A small, active and
graceful dog, medium to fine boned, smooth, hairless body, with hair on
feet, head and tail only; or covered with a soft veil of hair.
Two distinct types of this
breed. Deer type, racy and fine boned, and Cobby type, heavier in body
Happy, never vicious.
HEAD AND SKULL:
Slightly rounded and
elongated skull. Cheeks cleanly chiselled, lean and flat, tapering into
muzzle. Stop slightly pronounced but not extreme. Head smooth, without
excess wrinkles. Distance from base of skull to stop equal to distance
from stop to tip of nose. Muzzle tapering slightly but never pointed,
lean without flews. Nose a prominent feature, narrow in keeping with the
muzzle. Any colour nose acceptable. Head presenting graceful appearance,
with an alert expression. Lips tight and thin. An ideal crest begins at
the stop and tapers off down neck. Long and flowing crest preferred, but
So dark as to appear
black. Little or no white showing. Medium size. Almond in shape. Set
Set low: highest point of
base of ear level with outside corner of eye. Large and erect, with or
without fringe, except in Powder Puffs where drop ears are permissible.
Jaws strong, with perfect,
regular scissor bite, i.e. the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower
teeth and square to the jaws.
Lean, free from
throatiness, long and sloping gracefully into strong shoulders. When
moving, carried high and slightly arched.
Shoulders clean, narrow
and well laid back. Legs long and slender, set well under body. Elbows
held dose to body. Pasterns fine, strong, nearly vertical. Toes turned
neither in nor out.
Medium to long. Supple.
Chest rather broad and deep, not barrel-ribbed. Breast bone not
prominent. Brisket extending to elbows; moderate tuck-up.
Rump well - rounded and
muscular, loins taut, stifles firm and long, sweeping smoothly into the
well let-down hock. Angulation of the rear limb must be such as to
produce a level back. Hind legs set well apart.
Extreme hare foot, narrow
and very long, with unique elongation of small bones between joints,
especially in forefeet, which almost appear to possess an extra joint.
Nails any colour, moderately long. Socks ideally confined to toes, but
not extending above top of pastern. Feet turning neither in nor out.
Set high, carried up or
out when in motion. Long and tapering, fairly straight, not curled or
twisted to either side, falling naturally when at rest. Plume long and
flowing, confined to lower two thirds of tail. Sparse plume acceptable.
Long, flowing and elegant
with good reach and plenty of drive. COAT: No large patches of hair
anywhere on body. Skin fine grained, smooth, warm to the touch. In
Powder Puffs coat consists of an undercoat with a veil of long hair,
veil coat a feature. COLOUR :Any colour or combination of colours.
Ideal height: Dogs 28 -33
cm (11 -13 ins) at withers. Bitches 23 -30 cm
(9 -12 ins) at withers.
Weight varies considerable, but should not be over
5.5 kgs (12 Ibs).
Any departure from the
foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with
which the fault should be regarded should be in proportion to its
Male animals should have
two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
All our DNA testing is carried out by
Genetic Technologies Australia.
DNA Testing of my dogs has begun and will be ongoing. We test for the PRCD PRA gene as well as DNA profiling of each dog. Although I have
found a line of carriers of this disease I can now make an informed
decision regarding the breeding of these bitches, ie mate to clear dogs
only, so that no affecteds will ever be produced by this kennel. That
progeny in turn will be tested to determine if pups are Clear or