FCI Standard Nr. 253 (26.03.2009.)
PATRONAGE: Great Britain
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD: 26.03.2009.
CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. :
- Group 9 Companion and Toy Dogs
- Section 11 Small Molossian type Dogs
- Without working trial
Decidedly square and cobby, it is "Multum in Pravo" shown in compactness of form, well knit proportions and hardness of muscle.
Great charm, dignity and intelligence. Even-tempered, happy and lively disposition.
HEAD: Large, round, not apple-headed.
Skull: With no indentation. Wrinkles clearly defined.
Nose: Well opened nostrils.
Muzzle: Short, blunt, square, not upfaced.
Jaws/Teeth: Slightly undershot. Wry mouth, teeth or tongue showing all highly undesirable. Wide lower jaw with incisors almost in a straight line.
Eyes: Dark, very large, globular in shape, soft and solicitous in expression, very lustrous, and when excited, full of fire.
Ears: Thin, small, soft like black velvet. Two kinds - "Rose ear" - small drop ear which folds over and back to reveal the burr. "Button ear" - ear flap folding forward, tip lying close to skull to cover orifice, and pointing toward eye. Preference given to latter.
NECK: Slightly arched to resemble a crest, strong, thick with enough length to carry head proudly.
BODY: Short and cobby.
Back: Topline level, neither roached nor dipping.
Ches: Wide in chest and well ribbed.
TAIL (Twist): High set, curled as tightly as possible over hip. Double curl highly esirable.
Forequarters: Legs very strong, straight, of moderate length, and well under body.
Shoulders: Well sloped.
Hindquarters: Legs very strong, of moderate length, well under body, straight and parallel when viewed from rear.
Stifles: With good turn of stifles.
Feet: Neither so long as the foot of the hare, nor so round as that of the cat; well split toes; the nails black.
GAIT / MOVEMENT:
Viewed from in front should rise and fall with legs well under shoulder, feet keeping directly to front, not turning in or out. From behind action just as true. Using forelegs strongly putting them well forward with hindlegs moving freely and using stifles well. A slight roll of hindquarters typifies gait.
Hair: Fine, smooth, soft, short and glossy, neither harsh nor woolly.
Colour: Silver, apricot, fawn or black. Each clearly defined, to make contrast complete between colour, trace (black line extending from occiput to twist) and mask. Markings clearly defined. Muzzle or mask, ears, moles on cheeks, thumb mark or diamond on forehead and trace as black as possible.
WEIGHT: Ideal weight 6.3 - 8.1 kgs (14 - 18 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 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.