Gunsight's Kennel Rassestandard Englisch
 

Breed Standard Last Updated - January 2009
General Appearance Strongly built, short-coupled, very active; broad in skull; broad and deep through chest and ribs; broad and strong over loins and hindquarters.
Characteristics

Good-tempered, very agile (which precludes excessive body weight or substance). Excellent nose, soft mouth; keen love of water. Adaptable, devoted companion.

Temperament Intelligent, keen and biddable, with a strong will to please. Kindly nature, with no trace of aggression or undue shyness.
Head and Skull Skull broad with defined stop; clean-cut without fleshy cheeks. Jaws of medium length, powerful not snipy. Nose wide, nostrils well developed.
Eyes Medium size, expressing intelligence and good temper; brown or hazel.
Ears Not large or heavy, hanging close to head and set rather far back.
Mouth Jaws and teeth strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
Neck Clean, strong, powerful, set into well placed shoulders.
Forequarters Shoulders long and sloping. Forelegs well boned and straight from elbow to ground when viewed from either front or side.
Body Chest of good width and depth, with well sprung barrel ribs - this effect not to be produced by carrying excessive weight. Level topline. Loins wide, short-coupled and strong.
Hindquarters Well developed, not sloping to tail; well turned stifle. Hocks well let down, cowhocks highly undesirable.
Feet Round, compact; well arched toes and well developed pads.
Tail Distinctive feature, very thick towards base, gradually tapering towards tip, medium length, free from feathering, but clothed thickly all round with short, thick, dense coat, thus giving ‘rounded’ appearance described as ‘Otter’ tail. May be carried gaily but should not curl over back.
Gait/ Movement Free, covering adequate ground; straight and true in front and rear.
Coat Distinctive feature, short dense without wave or feathering, giving fairly hard feel to the touch; weather-resistant undercoat.
Colour Wholly black, yellow or liver/chocolate. Yellows range from light cream to red fox. Small white spot on chest permissible.
Size

Ideal height at withers:
Dogs: 56-57 cms (22-221/2 ins); Bitches: 55-56 cms (211/2-22 ins).

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, and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.
Note Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
 
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