Link to the breeds homeland Standard
from June 2010
N° 88 /
19.08.2013 / GB
PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD
Companion dog and
: Group 1 Sheepdogs and
Section 1 Sheepdogs Without working trial.
working dog of great beauty, free from cloddiness and coarseness, action
lithe and graceful. Outline symmetrical so that no part appears out of
proportion to whole. Abundant coat, mane and frill, shapeliness of head and
sweetness of expression combine to present the ideal.
Skull and muzzle of
equal length, dividing point inner corner of eye. Slightly longer from
point of shoulder to bottom of croup than height at withers.
intelligent, strong and active. Affectionate and responsive to his owner,
reserved towards strangers, never nervous.
and elegant with no exaggerations; when viewed from top or
side a long, blunt wedge, tapering from ear to nose. Width and depth
of skull in proportion to length of skull and muzzle. Whole to be considered
in connection with size of dog.
Flat, moderately wide between ears, with no prominence of occipital
bone. Topline of skull parallel to topline of muzzle.
Slight but definite.
The characteristic expression is obtained by the perfect balance and
combination of skull and foreface, shape, colour and placement of eyes,
correct position and carriage of ears.
Tight with black rims.
Jaws level, clean, strong with well-developed underjaw. Teeth sound with
a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth
closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. A full
complement of 42 properly placed teeth highly desired.
Flat, merging smoothly into well rounded muzzle.
Medium size obliquely set, almond-shape with black rims. Dark brown except
in the case of merles, where one or both may be blue or blue flecked.
Small, moderately wide at base, placed fairly close together on top of
skull. In repose, thrown back; when alert brought forward and carried
semi-erect with tips falling forward.
Muscular, well arched, of sufficient length to carry head proudly.
Level, with graceful sweep over loins.
Sloping gradually to rear.
Deep, reaching to point of elbow. Ribs well sprung, tapering at lower half
to allow free play of forelegs and shoulders.
Set low; tapering bone reaches
to at least hock; with abundant hair and slight upward sweep. May be
slightly raised when moving but never over level of back. Never kinked.
straight when viewed from front, muscular and clean with strong, but not
very well laid back. At withers, separated only by vertebrae, but blades
sloping outwards to accommodate desired spring of ribs. Shoulder joint well
Approximately equal in length with shoulder blade.
Equidistant from ground and withers.
Strong and flexible.
Broad and muscular, thigh bones set into pelvis at right angles.
Stifle: Joint has
Hock : Joint
clean cut, angular, well let down with strong bone. Hocks straight when
viewed from behind.
Oval, soles well padded, toes arched and close together.
Lithe, smooth and graceful with drive from hindquarters, covering the
maximum amount of ground with the minimum of effort. Pacing, plaiting,
rolling, or stiff, stilted, up and down movement highly undesirable.
Double; outer coat of long hair, harsh-textured and straight. Undercoat
soft, short and close. Mane and frill very abundant, forelegs well
feathered. Hindlegs above hocks profusely covered with hair, below hocks
fairly smooth. Face smooth. The coat should fit the body and not dominate
or detract from the outline of the dog. Smooth-coated specimens highly
Sable: clear or shaded, any colour from pale gold to deep
mahogany, in its shade, rich in tone. Wolf-sable and grey undesirable.
Tricolour: intense black on body, rich tan markings preferred.
Blue Merle: clear silvery blue, splashed and marbled with black. Rich
tan marking preferred but absence not penalised. Heavy black markings, slate
or rusty tinge in either top or undercoat highly undesirable; general effect
must be blue.
Black and White, and Black and Tan: also recognised colours.
markings may appear (except on black and tan) in blaze, collar and chest,
frill, legs and tip of tail. All or some white markings are preferred
(except on black and tan) but absence of these markings not to be penalised.
Patches of white on body highly undesirable.
Ideal height at
37 cm Females
More than 2 1/2 cm above or below these heights highly undesirable.
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
Any dog clearly showing
physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
Male animals should have two
apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
Only functionally and
clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation, should be used for
latest amendments are in bold characters.
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