(The American Kennel Clubs Standard and Description)
A medium-sized gray dog, with fine
aristocratic features. He should present
a picture of grace, speed, stamina,
alertness and balance. Above all, the
dog's conformation must indicate the
ability to work with great speed and
endurance in the field.
Height at the withers: dogs, 25 to 27
inches; bitches, 23 to 25 inches. One inch over or under the specified
height of each sex is allowable but should be penalized. Dogs measuring
less than 24 inches or more than 28 inches and bitches measuring less
than 22 inches or more than 26 inches shall be disqualified.
Moderately long and aristocratic, with moderate stop and slight median
line extending back over the forehead. Rather prominent occipital bone
and trumpets well set back, beginning at the back of the eye sockets.
Measurement from tip of nose to stop equals that from stop to occipital
bone. The flews should be straight, delicate at the nostrils. Skin drawn
tightly. Neck clean-cut and moderately long. Expression kind, keen and
intelligent. Ears--Long and lobular, slightly folded and set high. The ear
when drawn snugly alongside the jaw should end approximately 2 inches
from the point of the nose. Eyes--In shades of light amber, gray or
blue-gray, set well enough apart to indicate good disposition and
intelligence. When dilated under excitement the eyes may appear almost
black. Teeth--Well set, strong and even; well-developed and proportionate
to jaw with correct scissors bite, the upper teeth protruding slightly over
the lower teeth but not more than 1/16 of an inch. Complete dentition is
greatly to be desired. Nose--Gray. Lips and Gums--Pinkish flesh shades.
The back should be moderate in length, set in a straight line, strong, and
should slope slightly from the withers. The chest should be well developed
and deep with shoulders well laid back. Ribs well sprung and long.
Abdomen firmly held; moderately tucked-up flank. The brisket should
extend to the elbow.
Coat and Color
Short, smooth and sleek, solid color, in shades of mouse-gray to
silver-gray, usually blending to lighter shades on the head and ears. A
small white marking on the chest is permitted, but should be penalized on
any other portion of the body. White spots resulting from injury should not
be penalized. A distinctly long coat is a disqualification. A distinctly blue
or black coat is a disqualification.
Straight and strong, with the measurement from the elbow to the ground
approximately equaling the distance from the elbow to the top of the
Well-angulated stifles and straight hocks. Musculation well developed.
Firm and compact, webbed, toes well arched, pads closed and thick,
nails short and gray or amber in color. Dewclaws--Should be removed.
Docked. At maturity it should measure approximately 6 inches with a
tendency to be light rather than heavy and should be carried in a manner
expressing confidence and sound temperament. A non-docked tail shall
The gait should be effortless and should indicate smooth coordination.
When seen from the rear, the hind feet should be parallel to the front feet.
When viewed from the side, the topline should remain strong and level.
The temperament should be friendly, fearless, alert and obedient.
Minor Faults--Tail too short or too long. Pink nose.
Major Faults--Doggy bitches. Bitchy dogs. Improper muscular condition.
Badly affected teeth. More than four teeth missing. Back too long or too
short. Faulty coat. Neck too short, thick or throaty. Low-set tail. Elbows
in or out. Feet east and west. Poor gait. Poor feet. Cowhocks. Faulty
backs, either roached or sway. Badly overshot, or undershot bite. Snipy
muzzle. Short ears.
Very Serious Faults--White, other than a spot on the chest. Eyes other
than gray, blue-gray or light amber. Black mottled mouth. Non-docked
tail. Dogs exhibiting strong fear, shyness or extreme nervousness.
Deviation in height of more than one inch from standard either way.
A distinctly long coat. A distinctly blue or black coat.
Approved December 14, 1971
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