General Appearance Small, low, keen dog, compact and strong, short back, good substance and bone.
Honourable scars from fair wear and tear permissible.
Characteristics One of the smallest of terriers, a ‘demon’ for its size. Lovable disposition, not quarrelsome, hardy constitution.
Temperament Alert and fearless.
Head and Skull Skull broad, only slightly rounded with good width between ears. Muzzle wedge-shaped and strong;
length of muzzle about one-third less than measurement from occiput to bottom of well defined stop.
Eyes Oval-shaped and deep-set, dark brown or black. Expression alert, keen and intelligent.
Ears Medium size, V-shaped, slightly rounded at tip, dropping forward close to cheek.
Mouth Tight-lipped, strong jaw, teeth strong and rather large; perfect scissor bite,
i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
Neck Strong and of medium length.
Forequarters Clean, well laid back shoulder blade, approximating in length to upper arm. Front legs short, powerful and straight.
Body Compact, short back, level topline, well sprung ribs.
Hindquarters Well muscled, good turn of stifle, hocks well let down and straight when viewed from rear; great propulsion.
Feet Round with thick pads.
Tail Docking of tail previously optional.
(a) Medium docked, set level with topline and carried erect.
(b) Tail of moderate length to give a general balance to the dog, thick at the root and tapering towards the tip,
as straight as possible, carried jauntily, but not excessively gay.
Gait/Movement True, low and driving. Moving straight forward from shoulder. Good rear angulation showing great powers of propulsion. Hindlegs follow track of forelegs, moving smoothly from hips. Flexing well at stifle and hock. Topline remaining level.
Coat Hard, wiry, straight, lying close to body. Longer and rougher on neck and shoulders. Hair on head and ears short and smooth, except for slight whiskers and eyebrows. Excessive trimming undesirable.
Colour All shades of red, wheaten, black and tan or grizzle. White marks or patches undesirable but permissible.
Size Ideal height at withers 25 cms (10 ins).
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.
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