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FCI-Standard N° 122 / 29.
01. 1999 / GB
ORIGIN : Great Britain.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD
UTILIZATION : Retriever.
CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. : Group
8 Retrievers, Flushing Dogs, Water Dogs.
Section 1 Retrievers.
With working trial.
GENERAL APPEARANCE : Strongly
built, short-coupled, very active; broad in skull;
broad and deep through chest and ribs; broad and
strong over loins and hindquarters.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT : Good-tempered,
very agile. Excellent nose, soft mouth; keen lover
of water. Adaptable, devoted companion. Intelligent,
keen and biddable, with a strong will to please.
Kindly nature, with no trace of aggression or undue
CRANIAL REGION :
Skull : Broad. Clean-cut without fleshy cheeks.
Stop : Defined.
FACIAL REGION :
Nose : Wide, nostrils well developed.
Muzzle : Powerful, not snipey.
Jaws/Teeth : Jaws of medium length, jaws and teeth
strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor
bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower
teeth and set square to the jaws.
Eyes : Medium size, expressing intelligence and
good temper; brown or hazel.
Ears : Not large or heavy, hanging close to head
and set rather far back.
NECK : Clean, strong, powerful,
set into well placed shoulders.
Back : Level topline.
Loins : Wide, short-coupled and strong.
Chest : Of good width and depth, with well sprung
TAIL : Distinctive feature,
very thick towards the base, gradually tapering
towards tip, medium length, free from feathering,
but clothed thickly all round with short, thick,
dense coat, thus giving « rounded »
appearance described as « Otter » tail.
May be carried gaily, but should not curl over back.
FOREQUARTERS : Forelegs well
boned and straight from elbow to ground when viewed
from either front or side.
Shoulders : Long and sloping.
HINDQUARTERS : Well developed,
not sloping to tail.
Stifle : Well turned.
Hocks : well let down. Cowhocks highly undesirable.
FEET : Round, compact; well-arched
toes and well developed pads.
GAIT / MOVEMENT : Free, covering adequate ground;
straight and true in front and rear.
HAIR : Distinctive feature,
short, dense, without wave or feathering, giving
fairly hard feel to the touch; weather-resistant
COLOUR : Wholly black, yellow
or liver/chocolate. Yellows range from light cream
to red fox. Small white spot on chest permissible.
Ideal height at withers : dogs 56-57 cm ( 22 - 22,5
bitches 54-56 cm ( 21,5 - 22 ins).
FAULTS : 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 and its effect upon the health and welfare
of the dog.
Any dog clearly showing physical
or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
N.B. : Male animals should
have two apparently normal testicles fully descended
into the scrotum.