LIMBS:
FOREQUARTERS: Strong and straight. Upright. Slightly sloping pasterns are admissible.
Shoulder: Slanting in profile and transversely. Strong muscular development.
Upper arm: Strong and regular in size. Parallel to the mean body line.
Forearm: Long and strongly muscled.
Carpus (Pastern joint) Strong bones, broader when seen from the front than from the sides.
Metacarpus (Pastern): Long and strong.
Forefeet: Rounded and splayed. Little arched toes of medium length. The toe web, extending over the whole length of the toes, is composed of limp tissue and covered with abundant and long hair. Black nails are preferred, but according to the coat colour, may also be white, striped or brown. The nails do not reach the ground. Hard central pad and regular thickness in the other pads.

HINDQUARTERS: Well muscled and straight. Upright. Slightly sloping hocks are admissible.
Buttock: Long and well rounded.
Thigh: Strong and regular in length. Very well muscled. The stifle joint does not deviate from the mean body plane.
Leg: Long and very muscled. Does not deviate from the mean body plane. Well slanting from front to back. All tendons and ligaments are strong.
Hock: Strong.
Metatarsus: Long. Without dewclaws.
Hind feet: Identical to the forefeet in all aspects.

GAIT/MOVEMENT: Easy movement, short step walk, light rhythmical trot, energetic gallop.

SKIN: Thick; flexible; not very tight; internal and external mucous membranes preferably pigmented.

COAT: The whole body is abundantly covered with strong hair. There are two coat varieties: one long and wavy and the other shorter and curly. The first is slightly shinny and fluffy, the latter is dense, lustreless and forms compact cylindrical curls. Except for the armpits and groin the coat is even all over the skin. In the head it forms a topknot of wavy hair in the long and wavy variety and of curly hair in the curly variety. The hair in the ears is longer in the long and wavy variety. The coat colour is black or brown in various shades, or solid white. In black or brown coats, white is accepted in the following locations: muzzle, neck, pectoral, belly, tip of tail and lower extremity of the limbs, below the elbows and hocks. The white coat may not be albino, therefore the nose, eyelids and interior of the mouth must be black pigmented. There is no undercoat. In this breed, partial clipping of the coat, when it is too long, is typical. The posterior half of the body, the muzzle and the tail are clipped, leaving a plume of full-length hair at the tip of the tail.

HEIGHT AT THE WITHERS:
Males: 50 to 57 cm, with an ideal height of 54 cm.
Females: 43 to 52 cm, with an ideal height of 46 cm.

WEIGHT:
Males: 19-25 kg.
Females: 16-22 kg.

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.

SERIOUS FAULTS:
Head: Too long, narrow, flat and pointed.
Muzzle: Too tapered or pointed.
Eyes: Light, too protruding or too sunken.
Ears: Incorrect set, too big, too short or folded.
Tail: Heavy, drooped in action or raised perpendicularly.

ELIMINATING FAULTS:
Jaws: Undershot or overshot.
Eyes: Wall eye, uneven in shape or size.
Deafness: Congenital or acquired.
Tail: Docked, rudimentary or non-existent.
Feet: Presence of dewclaws.
Coat: Albinism, marbled nostrils in whole or in part; hair different from the described types.
Size: Gigantism of dwarfishness.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.


THE BREED