Breed Standard


A Breed Standard is the guideline which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament and appearance of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function with soundness essential.


Breeders and judges should at all times be mindful of features which could be detrimental in any way to the health, welfare or soundness of this breed.

Effective 31.03.2016


GENERAL APPEARANCE Medium-sized, of distinguished appearance, robust and medium boned.
CHARACTERISTICS Lively, intelligent, obedient, sensitive, very affectionate and easily trained. Bred for hunting fur and feather, pointing and retrieving from land and water.
TEMPERAMENT Lively, gentle-mannered and demonstratively affectionate, fearless and with well-developed protective instinct.
HEAD & 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.
EYES 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.
EARS Moderately low set, proportionately long with a thin skin and hanging down close to cheeks. Rounded ‘V’ shape; not fleshy.
MOUTH 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.
NECK Strong, smooth and muscular; moderately long, arched and devoid of dewlap.
FOREQUARTERS Shoulders well laid and muscular, elbows close to body and straight, forearm long, pasterns upright.
BODY 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.
HINDQUARTERS 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 horizontally.
GAIT / MOVEMENT Graceful, elegant with a lively trot and ground-covering gallop.
COAT Short, straight, dense, smooth and shiny, feeling greasy to the touch.
COLOUR Russet gold, small white marks on chest and feet, though acceptable, undesirable.
SIZE Height at withers: Dogs: 57 - 64 cms (22½ - 25 ins); Bitches: 53 - 60 cms (21 - 23½ ins). Weight: 20 - 30 kgs (44 - 66 lbs).
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 & 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. Only clinically and functionally healthy dogs with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.