A medium size sighthound giving the appearance of elegance and fitness, denoting
great speed, power and balance without coarseness. A true sporting hound that
covers a maximum of distance with a minimum of lost motion. Should convey an
impression of beautifully balanced muscular power and strength, combined with
great elegance and grace of outline. Symmetry of outline, muscular development
and powerful gait are the main considerations; the dog being built for speed and
work, all forms of exaggeration should be avoided.
Size, Proportion, Substance
Ideal height for dogs, 19 to 22 inches; for bitches, 18 to 21 inches, measured
at the highest point of the withers. More than one-half inch above or below the
stated limits will disqualify. Length from forechest to buttocks equal to or
slightly greater than height at the withers. Moderate bone throughout.
Keen intelligent alert expression. Eyes large and dark. Both eyes must be of the
same color. Yellow or light eyes should be strictly penalized. Blue or wall eyes
shall disqualify. Fully pigmented eyelids are desirable.
Rose ears, small, fine in texture; in repose, thrown back and folded
along neck. Fold should be maintained when at attention. Erect ears should be
Skull long and lean, fairly wide between the ears, scarcely perceptible
Muzzle should be long and powerful, denoting great strength of bite,
without coarseness. Lack of underjaw should be strictly penalized. Nose entirely
Teeth of upper jaw should fit closely over teeth of lower jaw creating a
scissors bite. Teeth should be white and strong. Undershot shall disqualify.
Overshot one-quarter inch or more shall disqualify.
Neck, Topline, Body
Neck long, clean and muscular, well arched with no suggestion of throatiness,
widening gracefully into the top of the shoulder. A short thick neck, or a ewe
neck, should be penalized. The back is broad, firm and well muscled,
having length over the loin. The backline runs smoothly from the withers with a
graceful natural arch, not too accentuated, beginning over the loin and carrying
through over the croup; the arch is continuous without flatness. A dip behind
shoulder blades, wheelback, flat back, or a steep or flat croup should be
Brisket very deep, reaching as nearly as possible to the point of the
elbow. Ribs well sprung but with no suggestion of barrel shape. The space
between the forelegs is filled in so that there is no appearance of a hollow
between them. There is a definite tuckup of the underline.
The tail long and tapering, reaching to the hipbone when drawn through
between the hind legs. When the dog is in motion, the tail is carried low with
only a gentle upward curve; tail should not be carried higher than top of back.
Shoulder blade long, well laid back, with flat muscles, allowing for
moderate space between shoulder blades at peak of withers. Upper arm of equal
length, placed so that the elbow falls directly under the withers.
The points of the elbows should point neither in nor out, but straight back. A
steep shoulder, short upper arm, a heavily muscled or loaded shoulder, or a very
narrow shoulder, all of which restrict low free movement, should be strictly
penalized. Forelegs straight, giving appearance of strength and substance
of bone. Pasterns strong, slightly bent and flexible. Bowed legs, tied-in
elbows, legs lacking substance, legs set far under the body so as to create an
exaggerated forechest, weak or upright pasterns should be strictly penalized.
Both front and rear feet must be well formed with hard, thick pads. Feet more
hare than cat, but both are acceptable. Flat, splayed or soft feet without thick
hard pads should be strictly penalized. Toes should be long, close and well
arched. Nails strong and naturally short or of moderate length. Dewclaws may be
Long and powerful. The thighs are broad and muscular, stifles well bent; muscles
are long and flat and carry well down toward the hock. The hocks are well let
down and close to the ground. Sickle or cow hocks should be strictly penalized.
Short, close, smooth and firm in texture. Any other coat shall be a
disqualification. Old scars and injuries, the result of work or accident, should
not be allowed to prejudice the dog's chance in the show ring.
Low, free moving and smooth, with reach in the forequarters and strong drive in
the hindquarters. The dog has great freedom of action when viewed from the side;
the forelegs move forward close to the ground to give a long, low reach; the
hind legs have strong propelling power. When moving and viewed from front or
rear, legs should turn neither in nor out, nor should feet cross or interfere
with each other.
Lack of front reach or rear drive, or a short, hackney gait with high wrist
action, should be strictly penalized. Crossing in front or moving too close
should be strictly penalized.
Amiable, friendly, gentle, but capable of great intensity during sporting
More than one-half inch above or below stated height limits.
Blue or wall eyes.
Undershot, overshot one-quarter inch or more.
Any coat other than short, close, smooth and firm in texture.
Approved August 10, 1993
Effective September 29, 1993