The Breed Standard

General AppearanceBreed-standard_2

Distinctive head with beautiful silky covering,
with large, wise intelligent eyes off setting
long low weasely body.Short, strong legs;
weatherproof coat.

Characteristics

Game, workmanlike terrier.

Head and Skull

Head strongly made, large but in
proportion to the dog’s size. Muscles
showing extraordinary development,
especially the maxillary. Skull broad,Breed-Standard_1
narrowing towards the eye, measuring
about the same from the inner corner
of the eye to back of skull, as from ear
to ear. Forehead well domed; head
covered with very soft, silky hair which
is not confined to a mere topknot.
Cheeks gradually tapering towards
deep and strongly made muzzle.
Muzzle in proportion to skull as three
is to five. Top of muzzle has triangular
are patch pointing backwards to ewes
from nose about an inch broad. Nose
black.

Eyes

Rich dark hazel, set wide apart and low, large
bright. Full and round, but not protruding.

Breed-Standard_4Ears

Pendulous, set well back, wide apart,
low on skull, hanging close to cheek
with very slight projection at base;
broad at junction of the head and
tapering almost to a point, fore-part
of ear coming almost straight down
from its junction with head to tip.
Cartilage and skin of ear very
thin. Length of ear from three to four
inches. Ear harmonise in colour with
body colour. In a pepper dog covered
with soft, straight, dark hair (in some
cases almost black)in a mustard dog,
hair mustard in colour, a shade darker
than body, but not black. Both should
have a thin father of light hair
starting about two inches from the tip,
and of nearly the same colour and
texture as the topknot,
giving the appearance of a distinct
point.This may not appear until after
the age of two years.

MouthBreed-Standard_3

Jaws strong with a perfect regular and
complete scissor bit i.e. the upper
teeth closely overlapping the lower
teeth and set Square to the jaws. Any
deviation is highly undesirable. Teeth
very strong especially the canines
which are extraordinary in size or a
small dog. Canines fit well against
each other, to give greatest available
holding and punishing powers. Insider
of mouth black or dark coloured.

Neck

Very muscular, well developed and strong,
showing great power. Set well into shoulders.

Forequarters

Shoulders well laid back but not heavy. Forelegs short with immense muscular development and bone set wide apart and chest coming well down between
them. Forelegs to follow line of chest with feet pointing forward or slightly
outward when standing. Bandy legs highly undesirable.

Body

Long, strong and flexible; ribs well sprung and round, chest well developed
and well let down between forelegs; back rather low at shoulders having a
slight downward curve and a corresponding arch over loins, slightly gradual
drop from top of loin to root of tail. Backbone well muscled.

Hindquarters

Hind legs a little longer than forelegs; set rather wide apart but not spread out
in an unnatural manner, thighs well developed. Stifle angulated, hocks well let
down. Dew claws I present customarily removed.

Feet

Round and well padded. Hind feet smaller than fore feet. Nails dark, by varying
in shades according to colour of coat. Flat or open feet highly undesirable.

Tail

Rather short, from 8-10 inches, rather thick at root, getting thicker for about
10 cm (4ins) and tapering off to a point. Not twisted or curled in any way but
with a curve like a scimitar, the tip when excited carried gaily a little above
the level of the body.

Gait/Movement

Strong, straight impulsion from rear, giving a fluent free and easy stride,
reaching forward at the front. A stiff, stilted, hopping or weaving gait is
highly undesirable.

Coat

Very important feature of the breed. Hair should be about 5cms (2ins) long.
Double coat with soft linty undercoat and a harder topcoat, not wiry but
giving a crisp feel to the hand. The coat should not ‘shed’ down the back,
but should lie in the pencils caused by the harder hair coming through
the softer undercoat. The fore legs have feather about 5cms (2ins) long.
Upper side of tail covered with wiry hair, underside not so wiry with neat
feathering of softer hair.

Colour

Pepper and Mustard. Pepper ranges from dark bluish black to light silvery
grey, intermediate shades preferred. Body colour coming well down shoulder
and his and gradually.

merging into colour from rich tan to pale fawn. Profuse silvery white topknot.
Mustard varies reddish brown to pale fawn. Profuse creamy white topknot,
legs and feet of a darker shade than head. In both colours feather on fore
legs rather lighter than hair on fore part of leg. Some white hair on chest
and white nails permissible. White feet undesirable. Hair on underside of
tail, lighter than on upper side which should be a darker colour than body.

Size/Weight

The height at withers should be from 8’’ to 11’’ length from withers to root
o tail shout not be more than twice the height, but preferably 1’’ to 2’’ less.
Weight 8-11 kilograms (18-24lbs) for dogs in good working condition. The
lower weights 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.

Note

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended
into scrotum.

© The Kennel Club

 

pOINTS ARE NO LONGER APPORTIONED BUT IT IS INTERESTING TO NOTE HOW DANDIES WERE JUDGED IN THE PAST AND THE IMPORTANCE THAT WAS ALLOCATED TO CERTAIN FEATURES.
Body Coat Head Eyes Ears Legs
and
Feet
Neck Colour Tail Size
and
Weight
General Appear-ance
20 15 10 10 10 10 5 5 5 5 5 Total= 100