GENERAL APPEARANCE : Resembles
a roughcoated greyhound of larger size and bone.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT : The build suggests the unique combination
of speed, power and endurance necessary to pull down a stag,
but general bearing is one of gentle dignity. Gentle and friendly.
Obedient and easy to train because eager to please. Docile
and good tempered, never suspicious, aggressive or nervous.
Carries himself with quiet dignity.
HEAD : Long. CRANIAL REGION : Skull : Flat rather than round,
with very slight rise over eyes. Broadest at ears, tapering
slightly to eyes. Skull coated with moderately long hair,
softer than rest of coat. Stop : No stop. FACIAL REGION :
Nose : Slightly aquiline and black. Muzzle : Tapering more
decidedly to nose. In lighter coloured dogs black muzzle preferred.
Lips : Level. Good moustache of rather silky hair and some
beard. Jaws/Teeth : Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and
complete scissor bite, i.e. the upper teeth closely overlapping
the lower teeth and set square to jaws. Eyes : Dark. Generally
dark brown or hazel. Light eyes undesirable. Moderately full
with a soft look in repose, but keen, far-away look when dog
is roused. Rims black. Ears : Set on high and in repose folded
back. In excitement raised above head without losing the fold
and in some cases semi-erect. A big thick ear hanging flat
to the head or a prick ear most undesirable. Ear soft, glossy
and like a mouse’s coat to the touch; the smaller the better,
no long coat or fringe. Ears black or dark coloured.
NECK : Very strong with good reach sometimes disguised by
mane. Nape of neck very prominent where head is set on, no
BODY : Body and general formation that of a greyhound of
larger size and bone. Back : Flat topline undesirable. Loin
: Well arched and drooping to tail. Croup : Drooping, broad
and powerful. Chest : Deep rather than broad, not too narrow
TAIL : Long, thick at root, tapering and reaching almost
to ground. When standing dropped perfectly straight down or
curved. Curved when moving, never lifted above line of back.
Well covered with hair; on upper side thick and wiry, on under
side longer, and towards end a slight fringe is not objectionable.
A curl or ring tail undesirable.
LIMBS FOREQUARTERS : Forelegs straight, broad and flat. Shoulders
: Well laid, not too far apart. Loaded and straight shoulders
undesirable. Elbow and Forearm : Good breadth desirable. HINDQUARTERS
: With great length from hip to hock. Bone broad and flat.
Hips : Set wide apart. Stifle : Well bent. FEET : Compact
and well knuckled. Nails strong.
GAIT / MOVEMENT : Easy, active and true, with a long stride.
COAT HAIR : Shaggy, but not overcoated. Woolly coat unacceptable.
The correct coat is thick, close-lying, ragged; harsh or crisp
to the touch. Hair on body, neck and quarters harsh and wiry
about 7 cm (3 ins) to 10 cm (4 ins) long; that on head, breast
and belly much softer. A slight hairy fringe on inside of
fore- and hindlegs.
COLOUR : Dark blue-grey, darker and lighter greys or brindles
and yellows, sandy-red or red fawns with black points. A white
chest, white toes and a slight white tip to stern are permissible
but the less white the better, since it is a self-coloured
dog. A white blaze on head or white collar unacceptable.
SIZE AND WEIGHT :
Dogs : minimum desirable height at withers 76 cm (30 ins).
Weight about 45.5 kg (100 lbs).
Bitches : minimum desirable height at withers 71 cm (28 ins).
Weight about 36.5 kg (80 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.
N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles
fully descended into the scrotum.