General Appearance: Small, dainty, compact .
Characteristics: Alert, little dog, swift moving with brisk forceful action and saucy expression.
Temperament: Gay, spirited and intelligent, neither snappy or withdrawn.
Head & Skull: Well rounded “Apple Dome” skull, cheeks and jaws lean, muzzle moderately short, slightly pointed. Definite stop.
Eyes: Large, round, but not protruding; set well apart; centre of eye is on a plane with lowest point of ear and base of stop; dark or ruby; light eyes in light colours permissible.
Ears: Large, flaring, set on an angle of approximately 45 degrees giving breadth between ears. Tipped or broken down highly undesirable.
Mouth: Jaws strong, with a perfect regular and complete scissor bite, ie: the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
Neck: Slightly arched, medium length.
Forequarters: Shoulders well laid; lean, sloping into broadening support above straight forelegs; set well under chest giving freedom of movement without looseness.
Body: Level back. Body from point of shoulder to rear point of croup, slightly longer at height than at withers. Well sprung ribs, deep brisket.
Hindquarters: Muscular; hocks well let down, with good turn of stifle, well apart, turning neither in nor out.
Feet: Small and dainty, turning neither in nor out; toes well divided but not spread; pads cushioned fine, strong flexible pasterns. Neither hare nor cat like, nails moderately short.
Tail: Medium length, set high, carried up and over back (sickle tail). When moving never tucked under or curled below top line. Furry, flattish in appearance, broadening slightly in centre and tapering to point.
Gait/Movement: Brisk, forceful action, neither high stepping or hackney; good reach without slackness in forequarters, good drive in hindquarters. Viewed from front and behind legs should move neither too close nor too wide, with no turning in or out of feet or pasterns. Top line should remain firm and level when moving.
Coat: Smooth and Long:
Smooth Coat: Smooth, of soft texture, close and glossy, with undercoat and ruff permissible.
Long Coat: Long, soft texture (never coarse or harsh to touch) either flat or slightly wavy. Never tight and curly. Feathering on ears, feet and legs, pants on hind quarters, large ruff on neck desirable. Tail long and full as a plume.
Colour: Any colour or mixture of colours but never Merle (Dapple).
Sizes: Weight up to 2.7kg (6 lbs), 1.8 – 2.7kg (2 - 6 lbs) preferred.
If two dogs are equally good in type the more diminutive preferred.
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 dogs.
Notes: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.