|General Appearance||Agile, alert, of workmanlike, natural appearance. Standing well forward on forepaws. Strong quarters.
Deep in rib, very free in movement. Weather-resistant coat.
|Characteristics||Should impress as being active, game and hardy.|
|Temperament||Fearless and gay disposition; assertive but not aggressive.|
|Head and Skull||Head small, but in proportion to body. Skull broad; a decided indentation between the eyes with a definite stop.
Muzzle powerful, jaw strong but not long or heavy. Nose black . Head well furnished.
|Eyes||Wide apart, medium in size, dark hazel. Slightly sunk with shaggy eyebrows.|
|Ears||Small, pointed, well carried and erect, not too closely set nor heavily coated.|
|Mouth||Large teeth. Jaws strong with perfect, regular and complete scissor bite,
i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
|Neck||Well set on, not short.|
|Forequarters||Sloping shoulders, medium length of leg, good but not too heavy bone. Forelegs never out at elbow.
Legs covered with harsh hair.
|Body||Back level, medium length. Well sprung deep ribs; strong supple loin.|
|Hindquarters||Very strong muscular thighs. Good, but not excessive, bend of stifle.
Hocks well let down inclining neither in nor out when viewed from the rear.
|Feet||Forefeet larger than hind, may be slightly turned out. Pads thick and strong.
Thin, narrow or spreading feet and long nails objectionable.
|Tail||Short, balanced, well furnished with hair but not feathery. Neither high nor low set,
carried gaily but not turned down towards back.
|Gait/Movement||Very free-flowing stride. Forelegs reaching well forward. Hindlegs giving strong propulsion.
Hocks neither too close nor too wide.
|Coat||Very important. Weather-resistant. Must be double-coated, with profuse, harsh, but not coarse, outer coat;
undercoat short, soft and close. Open coats objectionable. Slight wave permissible.
|Colour||Cream, wheaten, red, grey or nearly black. Brindling in all these colours acceptable. Not solid black, or white,
or black and tan. Dark points, such as ears and muzzle, very typical.
|Size||Approximately 28-31 cms (11-12 ins) at withers, but in proportion to weight – ideally 6-7.5 kgs (14-16 lbs).|
|Faults||Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.|
|Notes||Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.|