Utility dog with long coat, tricolor, big size, well-balanced, with vigorous arts.
Ratio of height at withers / length of body = 9:10, height withers/ chest = 2:1.
Self confident, alert and good natured. Never sharp or shy. A dog which will not stand for examination shall be dismissed from the ring.
Skull-flat and broad with a slight furrow and a well-defined, but not exaggerated stop. Muzzle strong and straight. Dry mouthed. Teeth-strong, scissor bite, complete dentition.
NECK AND BODY:
Neck strong and muscular and of medium length. Back- broad and firm.
Top line level from withers to croup. Chest deep with well sprung ribs and brisket reaching at least to the elbows. Croup - broad and smoothly rounded to tail insertion.
Shoulders moderately laid back, flatlying, well muscled, never loose.
Forelegs straight and strong with the elbows well under the shoulders. Pasterns slightly sloping without weakness. Feet round and compact with well arched toes.
Thighs broad, strong and muscular. Stifles moderately bent, tapering smoothly into hocks. Hocks well let down and straight as viewed from the rear. When in repose, tail should be carried low, upward swirl permissible when alert. May be carried gaily, but may never curl or be carried over the back. Fault : kink in tail. Coat thick moderately long, slightly wavy or straight, with a bright natural sheen.
COLOR AND MARKING
Tricolor: jet black ground color with rich rust and clear white markings. Nose always black. Markings: rust over each eye, on cheeks, preferably reaching at least to the corner of the mouth, on each side of chest, on all four legs, under the tail. White : blaze and muzzle bland, chest marking, typically forming an inverted cross, feet, tip of tail. Faults: markings other than described, white legs, white collars, any ground color other than black.
Dogs 241/2" to 271/2" at the withers. Bitches 221/2" to 251/2" at the withers.
Natural working gait is slow trot, but capable of speed and agility in keeping with use in draft and droving work. Good reach in front. Powerful drive from the rear transmitted through a level back. Front and hind legs on each side follow through in the same plane. At increased speed, legs tend to converge toward the center line.
overshot and undershot bite. Ears medium sized, triangular in shape, gently rounded at the tip, hanging close to the head when in repose, brought forward and raised at the base when in alert. Eyes dark brown, slightly oval in shape with close- fitting eyelids. Disqualification: blue eye.