|General Appearance||Smooth-coated, well balanced, of great strength for his size. Muscular, active and agile.|
|Characteristics||Traditionally of indomitable courage and tenacity. Highly intelligent and affectionate especially with children.|
|Temperament||Bold, fearless and totally reliable.|
|Head and Skull||Short, deep though with broad skull. Very pronounced cheek muscles, distinct stop, short foreface, nose black.|
|Eyes||Dark preferred but may bear some relation to coat colour. Round, of medium size, and set to look straight ahead.
Eye rims dark.
|Ears||Rose or half pricked, not large or heavy. Full, drop or pricked ears highly undesirable.|
|Mouth||Lips tight and clean. Jaws strong, teeth large, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.|
|Neck||Muscular, rather short, clean in outline gradually widening towards shoulders.|
|Forequarters||Legs straight and well boned, set rather wide apart, showing no weakness at the pasterns, from which point feet turn out a little. Shoulders well laid back with no looseness at elbow.|
|Body||Close-coupled, with level topline, wide front, deep brisket, well sprung ribs; muscular and well defined.|
|Hindquarters||Well muscled, hocks well let down with stifles well bent. Legs parallel when viewed from behind.|
|Feet||Well padded, strong and of medium size. Nails black in solid coloured dogs.|
|Tail||Medium length, low-set, tapering to a point and carried rather low.
Should not curl much and may be likened to an old-fashioned pump handle.
|Gait/Movement||Free, powerful and agile with economy of effort. Legs moving parallel when viewed from front or rear.
Discernible drive from hindlegs.
|Coat||Smooth, short and close.|
|Colour||Red, fawn, white, black or blue, or any one of these colours with white. Any shade of brindle or any shade of brindle with white. Black and tan or liver colour highly undesirable.|
|Size||Desirable height at withers 36-41 cms (14 to 16 ins), these heights being related to the weights.
Weight: dogs: 13-17 kgs (28-38 lbs); bitches 11-15.4 kgs.
|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.|