The sequence follows FCI breed standard.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID STANDARD
: March 1994
: Medium-sized, lightly built, square in outline.
: Keen nose, active, versatile hunting dog of great endurance.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT
: Gentle, affectionate and even tempered.
: Elongated; narrow, slightly arched skull; well defined occiput; very slight stop. Skin taught, no wrinkles. Nose black, bridge slightly curved. Nostrils wide.
: Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Lips black; level.
: Oval, large and dark. Tight lids.
: Fine, low set, triangular. Length reaching to tip of nose, hanging close to cheek.
: Medium length, lean, slightly arched, well set on.
: Deep chested and well let down. Ribs moderately well sprung. Back short, muscular and rising slightly over loin.
: Set high, strong, thin, tapering. When moving, carried high in a sabre curve.
: Shoulders long and well laid back. Forelegs straight and powerful, pasterns slightly sloping. Elbows set close to body.
: Tight, oval. Pads and nails black.
: Thighs muscular and well developed. Well bent hocks. Limbs parallel when viewed from behind.
GAIT / MOVEMENT
: Straight forward, free and active.
: Coarsehaired: Harsh, dense, wiry, close lying. Length: 5 cms (2 ins) maximum. Shorthaired: Smooth, thick, shiny.
: Black/tan or any shade from deep red to wheaten. White markings on head, chest, feet and tip of tail permissible.
: Dogs: 52-59 cms (201/2-23 ins); bitches: 48-56 cms (19-22 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 work.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.