|General Appearance||Small, low, keen dog, compact and strong with good substance and bone.
Honourable scars from fair wear and tear not to be unduly penalised.
|Characteristics||One of the smallest of the terriers. Lovable disposition, not quarrelsome, tremendously active with hardy constitution.|
|Temperament||Gay and fearless.|
|Head and Skull||Muzzle wedge-shaped and strong. In length two-thirds of measurement from occiput to bottom of well defined stop. Slightly rounded, wide skull, good width between ears.|
|Eyes||Small, oval-shaped, dark, full of expression, bright and keen.|
|Ears||Erect, set well apart on top of skull. Medium size with pointed tips. Perfectly erect when aroused, can be laid back when not at attention.|
|Mouth||Tight-lipped, jaws clean and strong. Rather large, strong teeth with perfect, regular scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.|
|Neck||Strong of good length, commensurate with correct overall balance, flowing into well laid shoulders.|
|Forequarters||Legs short, powerful and straight; elbows close to body. Pasterns firm and upright.|
|Body||Short back, compact with good depth. Ribcage long and well sprung with short loin. Level topline.|
|Hindquarters||Broad, strong and muscular, well turned stifle. Low-set hock with great propulsion.|
|Feet||Rounded, well padded and cat-like. Pointing straight forward standing and moving.|
|Tail||Docking previously optional.
(a) Medium docked. Set high, completing perfectly level topline. Carried erect.
(b) Tail of moderate length to give a general balance to dog, thick at root and tapering towards tip,
as straight as possible, carried jauntily, not excessively gay, completing perfectly level topline.
|Gait/Movement||Forelegs should move straight forward when travelling; hind legs follow in their track; hocks parallel and flexing to show pads.|
|Coat||Hard, wiry, straight, lying close to body, thick undercoat. Longer and rougher on neck forming a ruff to frame face.
Hair on head and ears short and smooth, except for slight whiskers and eyebrows.
|Colour||All shades of red, wheaten, black and tan or grizzle. White marks or patches are undesirable.|
|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.|