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GENERAL APPEARANCE : Large-sized dog, sturdily built, well balanced and with much substance ; secondary sex characteristics strongly marked, with high nobility and dignity in modesty ; constitution tough.


IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS : The ratio of height at withers to length of body ( from the point of the shoulders to the point of the buttock) is 10 : 11, but the body is slightly longer in bitches than in dogs.


BEHAVIOUR AND TEMPERAMENT : The temperament is composed, faithful, docile and receptive.


HEAD


CRANIAL REGION :

Skull : The size is in proportion to the body.  The forehead is broad, with distinct furrow.  No wrinkle.

Stop : Defined.


FACIAL REGION :

Nose : Large and black. Slight and diffuse lack of pigment accepted in white dogs only, but black is always preferred. 

Muzzle : Moderately long and strong with broad base, tapering but not pointed.  Nasal bridge straight.

Jaws/Teeth : Teeth strong with scissor bite.

Lips : Tight.

Cheeks : Moderately developed.

Eyes : Relatively small, almost triangular in shape due to the rising of the outer eye corner, set moderately apart, dark brown : the darker, the better.

Ears : Relatively small, thick, triangular, slightly rounded at tips, set moderately apart, pricked and inclining forward.


NECK : Thick and muscular, without dewlap, in balance with head.


BODY :

Back : Straight and strong.

Loin : Broad and muscular.

Chest : Deep, forechest well developed, ribs moderately well sprung.

Belly : Well drawn up.


TAIL : Set on high, thick, carried vigorously curled over back ; the tip nearly reaching hocks when let down.


LIMBS


FOREQUARTERS :

Shoulders : Moderately sloping and developed.

Elbows : Tight.

Forearms : Straight and heavy-boned.


HINDQUARTERS : Well developed, strong and moderately angulated.


FEET : Thick, round, arched and tight.


GAIT : Resilient and powerful movement.


COAT


HAIR : Outer coat harsh and straight, undercoat soft and dense ; the withers and the rump are covered with slightly longer hair ; the hair on tail is longer than on the rest of the body.


COLOUR : Red fawn, sesame (red fawn hairs with black tips), brindle and white.  All the above mentioned colours except white must have « urajiro ». 

(Urajiro = whitish coat on the sides of the muzzle, on the cheeks, on the underside of jaw, neck, chest, body and tail and on the inside of the legs).


SIZE  :

Height at the withers :          Dogs      : 67 cm,

                            bitches    : 61 cm.

There is a tolerance of 3 cm more or less.


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.

  • Bitchy dogs / doggy bitches.

  • Undershot or overshot mouth.

  • Missing teeth.

  • Blue or black spotted tongue.

  • Iris light in colour.

  • Short tail.

  • Shyness.


ELIMINATING FAULTS :

  • Aggresive or overly shy.

  • Ears not pricked.

  • Hanging tail.

  • Long hair (shaggy).

  • Black mask.

  • Markings on white ground.


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.

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