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A Breed Standard is the guideline which describes the ideal
characteristics, temperament and appearance including the correct
colour of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function.
Absolute soundness is essential. Breeders and judges should at all
times be careful to avoid obvious conditions or exaggerations
which would be detrimental in any way to the health, welfare or
soundness of this breed. From time to time certain conditions or
exaggerations may be considered to have the potential to affect
dogs in some breeds adversely, and judges and breeders are
requested to refer to the Breed Watch section of the Kennel Club
details of any such current issues. If a feature or quality is
desirable it should only be present in the right measure. However
if a dog possesses a feature, characteristic or colour described
as undesirable or highly undesirable it is strongly recommended
that it should not be rewarded in the show ring.
Medium-sized, of distinguished appearance, robust and medium
Lively, intelligent, obedient, sensitive, very affectionate and
easily trained. Bred for hunting fur and feather, pointing and
retrieving from land and water.
Lively, gentle-mannered and demonstratively affectionate, fearless
and with well developed protective instinct.
Head and Skull
Head lean and noble. Skull moderately wide between ears with
median line down forehead and a moderate stop. Skull a little
longer than muzzle. Muzzle, although tapering, well squared at the
end. Nostrils well developed, broad and wide. Jaws strong and
powerful. Lips covering jaws completely and neither loose nor
pendulous. Nose brown.
Neither deep nor prominent, of medium size, a shade darker in
colour than coat. Slightly oval in shape, eyelids fitting tightly.
Yellow or black eye undesirable.
Moderately low set, proportionately long with a thin skin and
hanging down close to cheeks. Rounded ‘V’ shape; not fleshy.
Sound and strong white teeth. Jaws strong with perfect, regular
and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping
lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Full dentition desirable.
Strong, smooth and muscular; moderately long, arched and devoid of
Shoulders well laid and muscular, elbows close to body and
straight, forearm long, pasterns upright.
Back level, short, well muscled, withers high. Chest moderately
broad and deep with prominent breast bone. Distance from withers
to lowest part of chest equal to distance from chest to ground.
Ribs well sprung and belly with a slight tuck-up beneath loin.
Croup well muscled.
Straight when viewed from rear, thighs well developed with
moderate angulation, hocks well let down.
Feet Rounded with toes short, arched and tight. Cat-like foot is
required, hare foot undesirable. Nails short, strong and a shade
darker in colour than coat.
Tail Previously customarily docked.
Docked: Customarily docked by one third of length. Moderately
thick, rather low set. When moving carried horizontally.
Undocked: Rather low set. Moderately thick, slightly curved.
Tapering towards the end, reaching to hocks. When moving carried
Graceful, elegant with a lively trot and ground-covering gallop.
Short, straight, dense, smooth and shiny, feeling greasy to the
Russet gold, small white marks on chest and feet, though
Height at withers: dogs: 57-64 cms (22 1/2 - 25 ins); bitches:
53-60 cms (21 - 23 1/2 ins). Weight: 20-30 kgs (44-66 lbs).
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.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully
descended into the scrotum.