|General Appearance||Smart, workmanlike, well balanced and compact.|
|Characteristics||Affectionate, obedient and easily controlled.|
|Temperament||Happy and volatile, rarely of shy nature. Game and fearless but definitely not aggressive although at all times able to hold his own when necessary.|
|Head and Skull||Flat, of moderate width between ears. Jaws powerful, clean cut, rather deep and punishing.
Stop not too defined, medium length from stop to end of nose. Nose black.
|Eyes||Small, well set in, dark, expression indicative of temperament. A round, full eye undesirable.|
|Ears||V-shaped, small, leathers not too thin, set on fairly high, carried forward and close to cheek.|
|Mouth||Jaws strong with perfect, regular scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.|
|Neck||Moderate length and thickness, slightly arched and sloping gracefully into shoulders.|
|Forequarters||Shoulders long, sloping and well set back. Legs straight and muscular, possessing ample bone, with upright and powerful pasterns.|
|Body||Back short and well ribbed up, loin strong, good depth and moderate width of chest.|
|Hindquarters||Strong, thighs muscular, of good length, with hocks well bent, well let down and with ample bone.|
|Feet||Small, round and cat-like.|
|Tail||Previously customarily docked.
Docked: Well set on. Carried erect but not too gaily.
Undocked: Well set on. Carried erect but not too gaily. In overall balance with the rest of dog.
|Gait/Movement||Fore- and hindlegs carried straight forward and parallel. Elbows move perpendicular to body, working free of sides, stifles turning neither in nor out.|
|Coat||Wiry, hard, very close and abundant. Single coat undesirable.|
|Colour||Black and tan for preference, or black grizzle and tan, free from black pencilling on toes.
Black below hocks most undesirable.
|Size||Height at shoulder not exceeding 39 cms (151/2 ins). Weight: 9-9.5 kgs (20-21 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.|