A Breed Standard is the guideline which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament 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 Kennel Club website for details of any such current issues. If a feature or quality is desirable it should only be present in the right measure.General Appearance
A distinctively spotted dog, balanced, strong, muscular and active. Symmetrical in outline, free from coarseness and lumber.
A carriage dog of good demeanour, capable of great endurance and a fair turn of speed.
Outgoing and friendly, not shy or hesitant, free from nervousness and aggression.
Overall balance of prime importance. Ideal height:
dogs: 58-61 cms (23-24 ins)
bitches: 56-58 cms (22-23 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 the effect on the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog's ability to perform its traditional work.
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