Low set, strong, sturdily built, alert and active, giving impression of substance and stamina in small space.
Characteristics Bold in outlook, workmanlike.
Temperament Outgoing and friendly, never nervous or aggressive.
Head and Skull Head foxy in shape and appearance, with alert, intelligent expression, skull fairly wide and flat between ears, moderate amount of stop. Length of foreface to be in proportion to skull 3 : 5. Muzzle slightly tapering. Nose black.
Eyes Well set, round, medium size, brown, blending with colour of coat.
Ears Pricked, medium-sized, slightly rounded. Line drawn from tip of nose through eye should, if extended, pass through, or close to tip of ear.
Mouth Jaws strong with perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
Neck Fairly long.
Forequarters Lower legs short and as straight as possible, forearm moulded round chest. Ample bone, carried right down to feet. Elbows fitting closely to sides, neither loose nor tied. Shoulders well laid, and angulated at 90 degrees to the upper arm.
Body Medium length, well sprung ribs, not short coupled, slightly tapering, when viewed from above. Level topline. Chest broad and deep, well let down between forelegs.
Hindquarters Strong and flexible, well angulated stifle. Legs short. Ample bone carried right down to feet. Hocks straight when viewed from behind.
Feet Oval, toes strong, well arched, and tight, two centre toes slightly advance of two outer, pads strong and well arched. Nails short.
Tail Short, preferably natural. Docked: Short. Undocked: Set in line with top line. Natural carriage above top line when moving or alert.
Gait/Movement Free and active, neither loose nor tied. Forelegs move well forward, without too much lift, in unison with thrusting action of hind legs.
Coat Medium length, straight with dense undercoat, never soft, wavy or wiry.
Colour Self colours in Red, Sable, Fawn, Black and Tan, with or without white markings on legs, brisket and neck. Some white on head and foreface permissible.
Size Height: approximately 25-30 cm (10-12 ins) at shoulder. Weight: dogs: 10-12 kg (22-26 lbs); bitches: 9-11 kg (20-24 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.
Note Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.