largest of the terriers, a muscular, active, fairly cobby dog
without suspicion of legginess or undue length of body.
Characteristics: keen of expression, quick of movement, on
the tip-toe of expectation at any moment. Character denoted and shown by
expression of eyes, and by carriage of ears and erect tail.
Temperament: outgoing and confident, friendly, courageous and intelligent.
Alert at all times, not aggressive but fearless.
Head and Skull:
skull long and flat, not too broad between ears, and narrowing
slightly to eyes. Well balanced, with no apparent difference in length
between skull and foreface. Free from wrinkles, with stop hardly visible;
cheeks level and free from fullness. Foreface well filled up before eyes,
not dish-faced or falling away quickly below eyes, but a delicate
chiseling prevents appearance of wedginess or plainness. Upper and lower jaws deep,
powerful, strong and muscular, as strength of foreface is greatly desired.
No excess development of the jaws to give a rounded or bulging appearance
to the cheeks, as “cheekiness” is undesirable. Lips tight, nose black.
Eyes: dark in colour,
small, not prominent, full of terrier expression, keenness and
intelligence. Light or bold eye highly undesirable.
Ears: “V” shaped with a
side carriage, small but not out of proportion to size of dog. Top line of folded ear slightly
above level of skull. Pendulous ears or ears set too high undesirable.
Mouth: teeth strong. Jaws
strong. Scissor bite, i.e.
Upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the
jaws preferable, but vice-like bite acceptable. An overshot or undershot
Neck: clean, muscular, of moderate length and thickness, gradually
widening towards shoulders, and free from throatiness.
Forequarters: shoulders long, well laid back, sloping obliquely,
shoulder blades flat. Forelegs perfectly straight, with good bone. Elbows
perpendicular to body, working free of sides.
back short, strong straight and level, showing no slackness. Loins muscular. Ribs wells sprung. In short-coupled and well
ribbed-up dogs there is little space between ribs and hips. When dog is
long in couplings some slackness will be shown here. Chest deep (i.e.
approximately level with elbows), but not broad.
Hindquarters: thighs long and
powerful with muscular second thigh, stifles well bent, turned neither in
nor out. Hocks well let
down, parallel with each other when viewed from behind.
small, round and compact, with a good depth of pad, well-cusioned,
and the toes moderately arched, not turned in or out
set on high and
carried gaily, but not curled over the back Customarily
docked. Tip approximately at
same height as top of skull.
Gait/Movement legs carried straight forward. Forelegs move freely, parallel to
the ground. When approaching
forelegs should form a continuation of the straight line of the front,
feet being same distance apart as elbows. Propulsive power is furnished by hind legs.
hard, dense and wiry, and not too long as to appear ragged. It should also lie straight and
close, covering the body and legs; the outer coat of hard, wiry, stiff
hairs, the undercoat should be a shorter growth of softer hair. Some of the hardest coats are
crinkling or just slightly waved; a curly coat is objectionable
body – saddle black or grizzle as is top of the neck and top
surface of tail. All other
parts tan. Ears often a
darker tan and shading may occur round neck and side of skull. A few white hairs between
Weight and Size Height about 23-24 inches (58-61 cm) for dogs, taken
from top of shoulder, and bitches about 22-23 inches (56-59 cm). Weight to be commensurate with
height and type
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.
male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully
descended into the scrotum.
Approved by the General Assembly FCI on the 23rd and
24th June 1987 in Jerusalem.