The sequence follows FCI breed standard.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID STANDARD
: October 2009
: Well balanced, sturdy, heavily coated, without excess.
: Gay and assertive.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT
: Alert, steady but somewhat aloof with strangers.
: Head furnishings with fall over eyes, but not effecting the dog's ability to see, good whiskers and beard. Skull moderately narrow, falling away behind eyes, not quite flat, but not domed or apple headed. Straight foreface with medium stop. Nose black. Muzzle about 4 cms (11/2 ins), but not square; length from tip of nose roughly one third total length from nose to back of skull.
: Upper incisors close just inside lower i.e. reverse scissor bite. Incisors in a broad and as straight a line as possible. Full dentition desirable.
: Dark. Medium size, frontally placed, oval, neither large nor full, nor small and sunk. No white showing at base or top.
: Pendant, heavily feathered.
: Strong and well arched.
: Length from point of shoulders to point of buttocks greater than height at withers. Ribs extending well back. Level topline. Strong loin. Balanced and compact.
: High-set, carried well over back but not like a pot-hook. Often a kink at end. Well feathered.
: Shoulders well laid back. Forelegs straight, heavily furnished with hair.
: Round, cat-like with firm pads. Well feathered.
: Well developed with good muscle. Good angulation. Heavily furnished with hair. Hocks when viewed from behind parallel and not too close together.
GAIT / MOVEMENT
: Free and jaunty.
: Top coat long, heavy, straight, hard neither woolly nor silky. Moderate undercoat. Coat never impeding action.
: Golden, sandy, honey, dark grizzle, slate, smoke, parti-colour, black, white or brown. All equally acceptable.
: Ideal height: dogs: 25cms (10 ins) at shoulders; bitches slightly smaller.
: 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 work.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.