- Largest of the terriers, a muscular, active, fairly cobby dog, without
suspicion of legginess or undue length of body.
- Keen of expression, quick of movement, on the tip-toe of expectation
at any movement. Character denoted and shown by expression of eyes, and
by carriage of ears and erect tail.
- Outgoing and confident, friendly, courageous and intelligent. Alert at
all times, not aggressive but fearless.
HEAD AND SKULL
- Skull long and flat, not too broad between ears, and narrowing
slightly to eyes. Well balanced, with no apparent difference in length
between skull and foreface. Free from wrinkles, with stop hardly
visible; cheeks level and free from fullness. Foreface well filled up
before eyes, not dish-faced or falling away quickly below eyes, but a
delicate chiselling prevents appearance of wedginess or plainness. Upper
and lower jaws deep, powerful, strong and muscular, as strength of
foreface is greatly desired. No excess development of the jaws to give a
rounded or bulging appearance to the cheeks, as 'cheekiness' is
undesirable. Lips tight, nose black.
- Dark in colour, small, not prominent, full of terrier expression,
keenness and intelligence. Light or bold eye highly undesirable.
- 'V' shaped with a side carriage, small but not out of proportion to
size of dog. Top line of folded ear slightly above level of skull.
Pendulous ears or ears set too high undesirable.
- Teeth strong. Jaws strong. Scissor bite, i.e. Upper teeth closely
overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws preferable, but
vice-like bite acceptable. An overshot or undershot mouth undesirable.
- Clean, muscular, of moderate length and thickness, gradually widening
towards shoulders, and free from throatiness.
- Shoulders long, well laid back, sloping obliquely, shoulder blades
flat. Forelegs perfectly straight, with good bone. Elbows perpendicular
to body, working free of sides.
- Back short, strong, straight and level, showing no slackness. Loins
muscular. Ribs well sprung. In short-coupled and well ribbed-up dogs
there is little space between ribs and hips. When dog is long in
couplings some slackness will be shown here. Chest deep (i.e.
approximately level with elbows), but not broad.
- Thighs long and powerful with muscular second thigh, stifles well bent,
turned neither in nor out. Hocks well let down, parallel with each other
when viewed from behind.
- Small, round and compact, with a good depth of pad, well cushioned,
and toes moderately arched, turning neither in nor out.
- Set on high and carried gaily, not curled over back. Good strength and
substance. Preferably docked. Tip approximately at same height as top of
- Legs carried straight forward. Forelegs move freely, parallel to the
sides. When approaching, forelegs should form a continuation of the
straight line of the front, feet being same distance apart as elbows.
Propulsive power is furnished by hind legs.
- Hard, dense and wiry, not so long as to appear ragged. Lying straight
and close, covering body and legs; outer coat hard, wiry and stiff,
undercoat shorter and softer. Hardest coats are crinkling or just
slightly waved; curly or soft coat highly undesirable.
- Body-saddle black or grizzle as is top of the neck and top surface of
tail. All other parts tan. Ears often a darker tan, and shading may
occur round neck and side of skull. A few white hairs between forelegs
- Height: Dogs: approx. 58-61 cms (23-24 ins) from top of shoulder
Bitches approx. 56-59 cms (22-23 ins) from top of shoulder
- 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.
- Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully
descended into the scrotum.