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Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)
Secretariat General: 13, Place Albert I - B-6530 Thuin (Belgium)
FCI-Standard No 248 / 15.09.1997 / GB
PATRONAGE: Great Britain
PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID
UTILIZATION: An alert keen hunter, hunting by scent and sight, using his ears to a marked degree when working close.
CLASSIFICATION F.C.I.: Group 5, Spitz and primitive types. Section 6, Primitive type. Without working trial
GENERAL APPEARANCE: Medium sized, of noble bearing with clean-cut lines. Graceful yet powerful. Very fast with free easy movement and alert expression.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT: Alert, intelligent, friendly, affectionate and playful.
HEAD: Foreface slightly longer than skull. Top of skull parallel with foreface, whole head representing a blunt wedge when viewed in profile and from above.
NECK: Long, lean, muscular and slightly arched. Clean throat line.
Lithe with almost straight topline. Length of body from breast to haunch
bone slightly longer than height at withers.
TAIL: Medium set- fairly thick at base and tapering (whip-like), reaching just below point of hock in repose. Carried high and curved when dog is in action. Tail should be not tucked between legs. A screw tail undesirable.
Forelegs straight and parallel.
Strong and muscular. Limbs parallel when viewed from behind.
FEET: Strong, well knuckled and firm, turning neither in nor out. Paws well padded. Dewclaws may be removed.
GAIT/MOVEMENT: free and flowing; head held fairly high and dog should cover ground well without any apparent effort. Legs and feet should move in line with body; any tendency to throw feet sideways, or high stepping 'hackney' action highly undesirable.
HAIR: Short and glossy, ranging from fine and close to slightly harsh; no feathering.
or rich tan with white markings allowed as follows:
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.
N.B.: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.