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 CKC Breed Standards

General Appearance
A medium-sized grey dog with light eyes, he should present a picture of a great driving power, stamina, alertness and balance. Above all, the dog should indicate ability to work hard in the field.

The dog should display a temperament that is keen, fearless, friendly, protective and obedient.

Height at withers: Dogs, 25-27 inches (64-69 cm) Bitches, 23-25 inches (58-64 cm).

Coat and Colour
Short, smooth and sleek coat in shades of mouse-grey to silver-grey, usually blending to a lighter shade on the head and ears. Small white mark allowable on the chest, but not on any other part of the body. White spots that have resulted from injuries shall not be penalized.

Moderately long and aristocratic, with moderate stop and slight median line extending back over the forehead. Rather prominent occipital bone and trumpets set well back, beginning at the back of the eye sockets. Measurement from tip of nose to stop to equal that from stop to occipital bone. The flews should be moderately deep, enclosing a powerful jaw. Foreface perfectly straight, delicate at the nostrils. Skin tightly drawn. Expression kind, keen, intelligent. Nose grey. 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 1/16th of an inch (.158 cm). Complete dentition is greatly desired. Lips and gums pinkish flesh shades. Eyes in shade of light amber, grey or blue-grey, set well enough apart to indicate good disposition and intelligence. When dilated under excitement, the eyes may appear almost black. Ears long and lobular, slightly folded and set high. The ear when drawn snugly alongside the jaw should end approximately 2 inches (5 cm) from the point of the nose.

Neck clean-cut and moderately long.

Shoulder well laid on and snug. Forelegs straight and strong with the measurement from the elbow to the ground approximately equaling the distance from the elbow to the top of the withers. Dewclaws allowable only on forelegs - there optional.

The back should be moderate in length, set in straight line, strong and should slope slightly from the withers. The chest should be well developed and deep. Ribs well sprung and long. The brisket should drop to the elbow. Abdomen firmly held; moderately tucked-up flank.

Well-angulated stifles and straight hocks. Musculature well developed. Feet firm and compact, webbed, toes well arched, pads closed and thick, nails short and grey or amber in colour.

Docked. At maturity it should measure approximately 6 inches (15 cm) with a tendency to be light rather than heavy and should be carried in a manner expressing confidence and sound temperament.

The walk is rather awkward. The trot should be effortless, ground-covering and should indicate smooth coordination. When seen from the rear, the hind feet should parallel the front feet. When viewed from the side, the topline should remain strong and level.

Very serious: Any long-haired coat or coat darker than mouse-grey to silver-grey is considered a most undesirable recessive trait. White, other than a spot on chest. Eyes any other colour than grey, blue-grey or light amber. Black, mottled mouth. Non-docked tail. Cryptorchidism. Dogs exhibiting strong fear. Viciousness.

Serious: Poor gait. Very poor feet. Cow-hocks. Faulty back, either roach or sway. Badly overshot or undershot jaw. Monorchidism. Snipey muzzle. Short ears. Yellow in white marking. Undersize.
Faults: Doggy bitches. Bitchy dogs. Improper muscular condition. Badly affected teeth. More than four missing teeth. Back too long or too short. Faulty coat. Neck too short, thick or throaty. Low tail-set. Elbows in or out; feet east and west.

Minor: Tail too short or too long. Pink nose. Oversize should not be considered a serious fault, providing correct structure and working ability are in evidence.

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