: The muzzle
should be short, broad, turned upwards and deep from corner of
eye to corner of mouth with sensible wrinkling. Distance from
inner corner of eye (or from center of stop between eyes) to
extreme tip of nose should not be less than distance from tip of
the nose to edge of the under lip. Nostrils large wide and open,
with well defined vertical straight line between. Fault: Muzzle too long, scissor or even bite. Wry jaw is a disqualifying fault.
Wide apart and of moderate size. Any color is acceptable, however, odd eyes (one dark, one blue or light) should be considered non preferred. Lacking pigment around the eyes is undesirable.
Fault: Misshapen or bugged eyes are a serious fault. Crossed eyes or non-symmetrically shaped eyes are a disqualifying fault.
Wide and broad. The nose should have nice open nostrils. Nose all colors acceptable.
The nose should be a solid color. Lacking pigment should be considered non preferred.
Fault: Completely pink nose (a small amount is acceptable).
Short in length and very muscular flowing into the shoulders and should not be set on the dog, so it appears to stop at the shoulders. Fault: Long or weedy appearing neck.
Chest : Ribs should be well sprung (rounded) and the chest wide and deep.
Depth of chest should be at least to the elbows. Fault: A hollow or narrow chest (slab sided) should be considered a serious fault.
Back : Males should appear square and balanced. Females should appear similar with consideration given for body length. Short with a very slight rise from the shoulders to the rump is preferred. A level back is acceptable as long as the tail does not come straight off the top of the back.
Fault: Excessive sway-back.
Shoulders : Shoulders should be well laid back with significant angulations to allow for good movement. Straight shoulders are a fault.
Legs : Forelegs should be straight and wide apart, neither bowing out nor turning in.
There should be significant bone substance. Elbows should be relatively close to the body. Lacking bone and substance is very undesirable. Fault: Bowed or turned out resulting in poor movement.
Rear legs should exhibit significant bend of stifle so to allow for good movement.
They should be well muscled. Fault: Straight or “posty” rear legs are a serious fault. Cow hocks are a disqualifying fault.
Feet : Round, tight both front and rear coming from strong pasterns. Fault: Weak pasterns and/or splayed feet.
The height should be 09 - 14 inches at the shoulder.
Between 50 - 55 lbs. Weight over
55 lbs up to 60 lbs allowed in breeding stock or pets, but will be penalized in the show ring.
Any color is acceptable
(Excluding Merle) with no preference for one over another.
coat should be short, glossy and stiff to the touch.
The tail may
be either straight or "screwed" (but never
curved or curly), and in any case
must be short, hung low, with decided downward
carriage, thick root and fine tip. If straight,
the tail should be cylindrical and of uniform
taper. If "screwed," the bends or kinks should
be well defined, and they may be abrupt and even
knotty, but no section of the tail should be
raised above the base or root.
: The disposition should be outgoing, happy,
loyal, courageous yet affectionate in nature. Human aggression without provocation is a disqualifying fault.