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BREED STANDARDS

COLLIE ROUGH

GENERAL APPEARANCE - The Collie shoud instantly appeal as a dog of great beauty, standing with impassive dignity, with no part out of proportion to the whole.

CHARACTERISTICS - To enable the Collie to fulfil a natural bent for sheep-dog work, its physical structure whould be on the lines of strength and activity, free from cloddiness and without any trace of coarseness. Expression, one of the most important points in considering relative values, is obtained by the perfect balance and combination of skull and foreface: size, shape, colour and placement of eye, correct position and carriage of ears.

TEMPERAMENT - (Not Specified)

HEAD AND SKULL - The head properties are of great importance and must be considered in proportion to the size of the dog. When viewed from the front or the side the head bears a general resembelence to a well-blunted, clean wedge, being smooth in outline. The skull should be flat. The sides should taper gradually and smoothly from the ears to the end of the black nose, without prominent cheek bones or pinched muzzle. Viewed in profile, the top of the skull and the top of the muzzle lie in two parallel straight planes of equal length divided by a slight, but perceptible "stop" or break. A mid-point between the inside corners of the eyes (which is the centre of a correctly placed "stop") is the centre of balance in length of head. The end of the smooth, wel rounded muzzle is blunt, but not square. The underjaw is strong, clean cut and the depth of the skull from the brow to the underpart of the jaw, must never be excessive (deep through). Whatever the colour of the dog the nose must be black.

EYES - These are a very important feature and give a sweet expression to the dog. They should be of medium size, set somewhat obliquely, of almond shape and of dark brown colour, except in the case of blue merles when the eyes are frequently (one or both, or part of one or both) blue or blue flecked. Expression full of intelligence, with a quick, alert look when listening.

EARS - Thses should be small and not too close together on top of the skull, nor too much to the side of the head. When in repose they should be carried thrown back, but when on the alert brought forward and carried semi-erect, that is, with approximately two-thirds of the ear standing erect, the top third tipping forward naturally, below the horizontal.

MOUTH - The teeth should be of good size, with the lower incisors fitting closely behind the upper incisors; a very slight space not to be regarded as a serious fault.

NECK - The neck should be muscular, powerful, of fair length and well arched.

FOREQUARTERS - The shoulders should be sloped and well-angulated. The forelegs should be straight and muscular, neither in nor out at elbows, with a moderate amount of bone.

BODY - The body should be a trifle long compared to the height, back firm with a slight rise over the loins, ribs well sprung, chest deep and fairly broad behind the shoulders.

HINDQUARTERS - The hind legs should be muscular at the thighs, clean and sinewy below, with well bent stifles. Hocks well let-down and powerful.

FEET - These should be oval in shape with soles well paded, toes arched and close together. The hind feet slightly less arched.

TAIL - The tail should be long with the bone reaching at least to the hock joint. to be carried low when the dog is quiet, but with a slight upward swirl at the tip. It may be carried gaily when the dog is excited, but not over the back.

GAIT/MOVEMENT - Movement is a distinct charactertistic of this breed. A sound dog is never out at elbow, yet it moves with its front feet comparatively close together. Plaiting, crossing or rolling are highly undesirable. The hind legs, from the hock joint to the ground, when viewed from the rearm should be parallel. The hind legs should be powerful and full of drive. Viewed from the side the action is smooth. A reasonably long stride is desirable and this should be light and appear quite effortless.

COAT - The coat should fit the outline of the dog and be very dense. The outer coat straight and harsh to the touch, the undercoat soft, furry and very close; so close as to almost hide the skin. The mane and frill should be abundant, the mask or face, smooth, also the ears at the tips. but they should carry more hair towards the base; the fore-legs well feathered, the hind legs above the hocks profusely so, but smooth below. Hair on the tail very profuse.

COLOUR - The three recognised colours are sable and white, tricolour and blue merle.
Sable: Any shade from light gold to rich mahogany or shaded sable. Light straw or cream colour is highly undesirable.
Tricolour: Predominantly black with rich tan markings about the legs and head. A rusty tinge in the top coat is highly undesirable.
Blue Merle: Predominately clear, silvery blue, splashed and marbled with black. Rich tan markings to be preferred, but their absence should not be counted as a fault. Large black markings, slate colour, or rusty tinge either on the top or undercoat are highly undesirable.
White Markings: All the above may carry the typical white Collie markings to a greater or lesser degree. The following markings are favourable: White collar, full or part; white shirt, legs and feet; white tail tip. A blaze may be carried on muzzle or skull or both.

SIZE - Dogs: 56-61cms(22-24ins) at shoulder
Bitches: 51-56cms(20-22ins)

Dogs: 20.5-29.5kgs(45-65lbs)
Bitches: 18-25kgs(40-55ilbs)

FAULTS - Length of head apparently out of proportion to body; receding skull or unbalanced head to be strongly condemned.
Weak, snipy muzzle; domed skull; high peaked occiput; prominent cheek bones; dish-faced or Roman-nosed.
Prick ears, low-set ears.
Undershot or overshot mouth; missing teeth.
Round or light coloured and glassy or staring eyes are highly objectionable.
Body flat sided, short or cobby; straight shoulder or stifle; out at elbow; crooked forearms; cow-hocks or straight hocks.
Large, open or hare feet; feet turned in or out; long weak pasterns.
Tail short, kinked or twisted to one side or carried over the back.
A soft, silky or wavy coat of insufficient undercoat.
Nervousness.

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

BREED STANDARD

COLLIE SMOOTH

GENERAL APPEARANCE - The Collie should instantly appeal as gifted wih intelligence, alertness and activity. He should stand with dignity, and his movements, governed by perfect anatomical formation, with no part out of proportion, should be smooth and graceful. He should give the appearance of a dog capable of working.

CHARACTERISTICS - To enable the Collie to fulfil a natural bent for Sheepdog work, its physical structure should be on the lines of strength and activity, free from cloddiness and without any trace of coarseness. Expression, one of the most important points in considering relative values, is obtained by the perfect balance and combination of skull and foreface, size, shape, colour and placement of eye, correct position and carriage of ears.

TEMPERAMENT - Should be gay and friendly, never nervous nor aggressive.

HEAD AND SKULL - The head properties are of great importance and must be considered in proportion to the size of the dog. When viewed from the font or the side the head should bear a general resemblance to a well-blunted, clean wedge, being smooth in outline. The skull should be flat. The sides should taper gradually and smoothly from the ears to the end of the black nose, without prominent cheek bones or pinched muzzle. Viewed in profile, the top of the skull and the top of the muzzle should lie in two parallel straight panes of equal length, divided by a slight but perceptible "stop" or break. A mid-point between the inside corners of the eyes (which is the centre of a correctly placed "stop") should be the centre of balance in length of head. The end of the smooth, well rounded muzzle should be blunt, but not square. The underjaw should be strong, clean cut and the depth of the skull from the brow to the underpart of the jaw, should never be excessive (deep through). Whatever the colour of the dog, the nose must be black.

EYES - Are a very imortant feature and should give a sweet expression to the dog. They should be of medium size, set somewhat obliquely, of almond shape and of derk brown colour, except in the case of blue merles when one or both eyes may be walled or jewelled. Expression full of intelligence, with a quick, alert look when listening.

EARS - These should be relatively large, wider at the base, and placed not too close together nor too much on the side of the head. When in repose they should be carried thrown back, but when on the alert brought forward and carried semi-erect, that is, with approximately two-thirds of the ear standing erect, the top third tipping forward naturally, below the horizontal.

MOUTH - The teeth should be of good size, with the lower incisors fitting closely behind the upper incisors; a very slight space not to be regarded as a serious fault.

NECK - Should be muscular, powerful, of fair length and well arched.

FOREQUARTERS - The shoulders should be sloped and well-angulated. The forelegs should be straight and muscular, neither in nor out at elbows, with a moderate amount of bone. The forearm somewhat fleshy with pasterns showing flexibility without weakness.

BODY - Should be a trifle long compared to the height, back level and firm with a slight rise over the loins; ribs well sprung; chest deep and fairly broad behind the shoulders.

HINDQUARTERS - The hind legs should be muscular at the thighs, clean and sinewy below, with well bent stifles. Hocks well let-down and powerful.

FEET - Should be oval with soles well padded. Toes arched and close together. The hind feet slightly less arched.

TAIL - Should be long with the bone reaching at least to the hock joint. To be carried low when the dog is quiet, but with a slight upwards swirl at the tip. It may be carried gaily when the dog is excited, but not over the back.

GAIT/MOVEMENT - Movement is a distinct characteristic of the breed. A sound dog is never out at elbow, yet it moves with its front feet comparatively close together. Plaiting, crossing or rolling are highly undesirable. The hind legs, from the hock joint to the ground, when viewed from the rear, should be parallel, powerful and full of drive. Viewed from the side the action should be smooth. A reasonably long stride is desirable and this should be light and appear quite effortless.

COAT - A very important feature of the Smooth Collie is his short, flat top coat of harsh texture, with a very dense undercoat.

COLOUR - The three recognised colours are Sable and White, Tricolour and Blue Merle.
Sable: Any shade from light gold to rich mahogany or shaded sable. Light straw or cream colour is highly undesirable.
Tricolour: Predominately black with rich tan markings about the legs and head. A rusty tinge in the top coat is highly undesirable.
Blue Merle: Predominately clear, slivery blue, splashed and marbled with black. Rich tan markings to be preferred, but their absence should be be counted as a fault. Large black markings, slate colour, or a rusty tinge either on the top or undercoat are highly undesirable.
White Markings: All the above may carry the typical white Collie markings to a greater or lesser degree. The following markings are favourable: White collar, full or part; white shirt, legs and feet; white tail tip. A blaze may be carried on muzzle or skull or both. All white or predominately white is most undesirable.

SIZE - Dogs:56-61cm(22-24ins) at shoulder
Bitches:51-56cm(20-22ins)

Dogs:20.5-29.5kgs(45-65lbs)
Bitches:18-25kgs(40-55lbs)

FAULTS - Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness of the fault should be in exact proportion to its degree.

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

BREED STANDARD

SHETLAND SHEEPDOG

GENERAL APPEARANCE - Small, long haired, working dog of great beauty, free from cloddiness and coarseness. Outline symmetrical so that not part appears out of proportion to whole. Abundant coat, mane and frill, shapeliness of head and sweetness of expression combine to present the ideal.

CHARACTERISTICS - Alert, gentle, intelligent, strong and active.

TEMPERAMENT - Affectionate and responsive to his owner, reserved towards strangers, never nervous.

HEAD AND SKULL - Head refined; when viewed from top or side a long, blunt wedge, tapering from ear to nose. Width of skull in proportion to length of skull and muzzle. Whole to be considered in connection with size of dog. Skull flat, moderately wide between ears, with no prominence of occipital bone. Cheeks flat, merging smoothly into well rounded muzzle. Skull and muzzle of equal length, dividing point inner corner of eye. Topline of skull parallel to topline of muzzle, with slight but definite stop. nose, lips and eye rims black. The characteristic expression is obtained by the perfect balance and combination of skull and foreface, shape, colour and placement of eyes, correct position and carriage of ears.

MOUTH - Jaws level, clean, strong with a well-developed underjaw. Lips tight. Teeth sound with a pefect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaw. A full compliment of 42 properly placed teeth highly desired.

EYES - Medium size obliquely set, almond shape. Dark brown except in the case of merles, where one or both may be blue or blue flecked.

EARS - Small, moderately wide at base, placed fairly close together on top of skull. In repose, thrown back; when alert brought forward and carried semi-erect with tips falling forward.

NECK - Muscular, well arched, of sufficent length to carry head proudly. FOREQUARTERS - Shoulders very well laid back. At withers separated only by vertebrae, but blades sloping outwards to accommodate desired spring of ribs. Shoulder joint well anguled. Upper arm and shoulder blade approximately equal in length. elbow equidistant from ground and withers. Forelegs straight when viewed from front, muscular and clean with strong bone. Pasterns strong and flexible.

BODY - Slightly longer from point of shoulder to bottom of croup than height at withers. Chest deep, reaching to point of elbow. Ribs well sprung, tapering at lower half to allow free play of forelegs and shoulders. Back leve, with graceful sweep over loins, croup slopes gradually to rear.

HINDQUARTERS - thigh broad and muscular, thigh bones set into pelvis at right angles. Stifle joint has distinct angle, hock joint clean cut, angular, well let down with strong bone. Hocks straight when viewed from behind.

FEET - Oval, soles well padded, toes arched and close together.

TAIL - Set low; tapering bone reaches to at least hock; with abundant hair and slight upward sweep. May be slightly raised when moving but never over level of back. Never kinked.

COAT - Double; outer coat of long hair, harsh textured and straight. Undercoat soft, short and close. mane and frill very abundant, forelegs well feathered. Hindlegs above hocks profusly covered with hair, below hocks fairly smooth. Face smooth. Smooth coated specimens highly undesirable.

COLOUR - Sables - Clear or shaded, any colour from pale gold to deep mahogany, in its shade, rich in tone. Wolf sable and grey undesirable.
Tri-Colours - intense black on body, rich tan markings preferred.
Blue Merles - clear silvery blue, splashed and marbled with black. Rish tan marking preferred but absence not penalised. Heavy black markings, slate or rust tinge in either top or undercoat highly undesirable; general effect must be blue.
Black & White and Black & Tan - are also recognised colours.
White markings may appear (except on black and tan) in blaze, collar and chest, frill, legs and tip of tail. All or some wite markings are preferred (except on black and tan) but absence of these markings not to be penalised. Patches of white on body highly undesirable.

SIZE - Height: Dogs 37cm (14 1/2 ins) at withers
Bitches 35.5cm (14ins) at withers
More than 2.5cms (1in) above or below 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 the scrotum.

 

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