GENERAL APPEARANCE: a bright and active dog of medium size with an intelligent expression showing power without lumber, and raciness without weediness.
CHARACTERISTICS: Generously endowed with natural gundog ability, optimism and friendliness demonstrated by enthusiastic tail action.
TEMPERAMENT: confident and kindly
HEAD AND SKULL: Head long and nicely moulded, flat and moderately broad with a slight stop between eyes, in no way accentuated, avoiding a down or dish-faced appearance. Nose of good size, with open nostrils. Jaws long and strong, capable of carrying a hare or pheasant.
EYES: Medium size, dark brown or hazel, with a very intelligent expression (a round prominent eye highly undesirable). Not obliquely placed.
EARS: Small and well set on, close to side of head.
MOUTH: Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws, Teeth sound and strong.
FOREQUARTERS: Chest, deep and fairly broad, with well defined brisket, on which elbows should move cleanly and evenly. Forelegs straight, with bone of good quality throughout.
BODY: Fore ribs fairly flat. Body, well ribbed-up showing a gradual spring and well arched in centre but rather lighter towards quarters. Loin short and square. Open couplings highly undesirable.
HINDQUARTERS: Muscular. Moderate bend of stifle and hock, latter well let down. Should stand true all round. Cow hocks highly undesirable.
FEET: Round and strong with toes close and well arched. Soles thick and strong.
TAIL: short, straight and well set on, gaily carried, but never much above level of back.
GAIT/MOVEMENT: Free and flowing, straight and true as seen from front and rear.
COAT: Dense, of fine to medium texture and good quality, as flat as possible. Legs and tail well feathered. Full furnishings on maturity complete the elegance of a good dog.
COLOR: Black or Liver only.
SIZE: Preferred weight in hard condition: dogs 25/35 kgs (60-80 lbs); bitches 25/34 kg's (55-70 lbs). Preferred height: dogs 58-61 cm's (23-24 ins); bitches 56-59 cms (22-23 ins).
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 to apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.