Smart, upstanding, strongly built, compact.
Enduring, versatile gundog for all types of shooting, particularly in
Initially aloof, staunch and affectionate; with an endearing sense of
humour and a stable disposition.
Head and Skull
Head of good size. Skull high in dome; of good length and width
allowing adequate brain capacity. Muzzle long, strong, somewhat square
with gradual stop. Face smooth, nose large and well developed, dark
liver colour, overall an impression of fineness.
Comparatively small, almond-shaped, medium to dark brown, intelligent
Long, oval-shaped; set low, hanging close to cheeks.
Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e.
upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
Strongly set into shoulders, powerful, arching and long enough to carry
the head well above level of back.
Shoulders powerful and sloping; chest deep, reasonable width and
curvature between forelegs. Forelegs well boned and straight.
Ribs carried well back, so well sprung behind shoulder as to give a
barrel-shape. Back short, broad, and level, strongly coupled to
hindquarters. Loins deep and wide.
Powerful; well angulated stifle and low set hock.
Large round and spreading, well covered with hair over and between toes.
Short, not reaching to hock joint, straight, thick at root and tapering
to a fine point. Low set, straight and below level of back. 7.5-10 cms
(3-4 ins) of tail root covered by close curls which stop abruptly. The
remainder bare or covered by short straight, fine hairs.
Moves freely and soundly, with reach and drive; characteristic rolling
motion accentuated by barrel-shaped rib cage.
On body, dense, tight, crisp ringlets, free from woolliness. Hair
having natural oiliness. Forelegs covered down to feet with curls or
ringlets. Abundant all round, though shorter in front. Below hocks,
hindlegs should be smooth in front and with curls or ringlets behind
down to feet. On skull covering of long curls forming a pronounced
‘top-knot’, growing in a well defined peak to a point between the eyes.
Ears covered with long twisted curls. Neck covered with curls similar
to those on body. Throat smooth, the smooth hair forming a V-shaped
patch from back of lower jaw to breast bone.
Rich, dark liver with purplish tint or bloom peculiar to the breed and
sometimes referred to as puce-liver.
Height: dogs: 53-58 cms (21-23 ins); bitches: 51-56 cms (20-22 ins).
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
animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended
into the scrotum.