General appearance: Merry, sturdy, sporting; well
balanced; compact; measuring approximately same from withers to
ground as from withers to root of tail.
Behaviour : Merry nature with ever-wagging tail shows a typical
bustling movement, particularly when following scent, fearless of
heavy cover. Gentle and affectionate, yet full of life and exuberance.
Cranial region :
Skull : Well developed, cleanly chiselled, neither too fine nor
Stop : Distinct, set midway between tip of nose and occiput.Facial
Nose : Sufficiently wide for acute scenting power.
Muzzle : Square.
Jaws/Teeth : Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor
bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square
to the jaws.
Cheek : Not prominent.
Eyes : Full, but not prominent. Dark brown or brown, never light,
but in the case of liver, liver roan and liver and white, dark hazel
to harmonize with coat; with expression of intelligence and gentleness
but wide awake, bright and merry; rims tight.
Ears : Lobular, set low on level with eyes. Fine leathers extending
to nose tip. Well clothed with long, straight silky hair.
Neck : Moderate in length, muscular. Set neatly into fine sloping
shoulders. Clean throat.
Body : Strong, compact.
Topline : Firm, level, gently sloping downwards to tail from end
of loin to set on of tail.
Loin : Short, wide.
Chest : Well developed and brisket deep; neither too wide nor too
narrow in front. Ribs well sprung.
Tail : Set on slightly lower than line of back. Must be merry
in action and carried level, never cocked up. Customarily docked.
Docked : Never too short to hide, nor too long to interfere with,
the incessant merry action when working.
Undocked : Slightly curved, of moderate length, proportionate to
size of body giving an overall balanced appearance; ideally not
reaching below the hock. Strong at the root and tapering to a fine
tip; well feathered in keeping with the coat. Lively in action,
carried on a plane not higher than level of back and never so low
as to indicate timidity.
Forequarters : Legs well boned, straight, sufficiently short
for concentrated power. Not too short to interfere with tremendous
exertions expected from this grand, sporting dog.
Shoulders : Sloping and fine.Hindquarters : Wide, well rounded,
very muscular; legs well boned.
Stifle : Good bend.
Hock : Short below the hock joint, allowing plenty of drive.
Feet : Firm, thickly padded, cat-like.
Movement: True through action with great drive covering ground
Hair : Flat, silky in texture, never wiry or wavy, not too profuse
and never curly. Well feathered forelegs, body and hindlegs above
Colour : Various. In self colours no white allowed except on
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.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities
shall be disqualified.
N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles
fully descended into the scrotum.