FCI-Standard N° 157 / 24.
06. 1987 / GB
ORIGIN : Great-Britain.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD
UTILIZATION : Watch-dog.
CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. : Group
2 Pinscher and Schnauzer-Molossoid breeds-Swiss
Mountain- and Cattle Dogs and other breeds.
Section 2.1 Molossoid breeds,
Without working trial.
GENERAL APPEARANCE : Powerful build, symmetrical,
showing great strength, but not cumbersome, sound
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT : Powerful;
enduring, active and reliable. High spirited, alert
HEAD : Broad and deep.
CRANIAL REGION :
Skull : Skull large and square, viewed from every
angle, fair wrinkle when interested, but not when
in repose. Circumference of skull may equal height
of dog measured at top of shoulder.
Stop : Pronounced.
FACIAL REGION :
Nose : Nose broad with widely spreading nostrils;
flat neither pointed nor turned up in profile.
Muzzle : Muzzle short; distance from tip of nose
to stop approximately one third of length from tip
of nose to centre of occiput, broad under eyes and
sustaining nearly same width to end of nose; blunt
an cut off square, forming right angle with upper
line of face, and at same time proportionate with
Lips : Flews not pendulous, never hanging below
level of lower jaw.
Jaws/Teeth : Underjaw broad to end. Level desired
but slightly undershot allowed but not preferred.
Canine teeth large and set wide part, other teeth
strong, even and well placed.
Cheeks : Well filled.
Eyes : Dark or hazel, of medium size, set apart
the width of muzzle with furrow between. Light or
yellow eyes highly undesirable.
Ears : V-shaped, folded back, set on wide and high,
level of occiput giving square appearance to skull
which is most important. Small and deeper in colour
than body. Point of ear level with eye when alert.
Rose ears highly undesirable.
NECK : Well arched, moderate
length, very muscular and almost equal to skull
Back : Back short and straight, giving compact carriage,
but not so short as to interfere with activity.
Roach and sway backs highly undesirable.
Loins : Loins wide and muscular with fair depth
Chest : Chest, wide and deep, well let down between
forelegs, with deep brisket.
TAIL : Set high, strong at
root and tapering, reaching to hocks, carried straight
or curved, but not found fashion. Crank tails highly
FOREQUARTERS : Forelegs powerful
and straight, well boned, set wide apart, presenting
a straight front.
Shoulders : Shoulders muscular, sloping and powerful,
Pasterns : Pasterns straight and strong.
HINDQUARTERS : Hindlegs strong
Second thigh : Well developed second thighs, denoting
power and activity, not cumbersome.
Hock : Hocks moderately bent. Cow hocks highly undesirable.
FEET : Well arched, cat like,
with rounded toes, pads hard. Dark toe nails desirable.
Splayed feet highly undesirable.
GAIT / MOVEMENT : Movement
indicates power and sense of purpose. When moving
neither front nor hind legs should cross or plait,
right front and left rear leg rising and falling
at same time. A firm backline unimpaired by powerful
thrust from hindlegs denoting a balanced and harmonious
HAIR : Short and hard, weather
resistant, lying flat to body. Long, silky or woolly
coats highly undesirable.
COLOUR : Any shade of brindle,
fawn or red; colour to be pure and clear. A slight
white marking on chest permissible. Other white
markings undesirable. Black muzzle essential, toning
off towards eyes, with dark markings around eyes
contributing to expression.
SIZE AND WEIGHT :
Height at withers : Dogs 63,5-68,5 cm (25-27 ins).
Bitches 61 - 66 cm (24-26 ins).
Weight : Dogs 49,9-59 kg (110-130 lbs).
Bitches 41 -49,9 kg ( 90-110 lbs).
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.