Standard

ORIGIN: Great Britain.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID
STANDARD: 04.11.2008.
UTILIZATION: Companion and Toy.
FCI-CLASSIFICATION: Group 9 Companion and Toy
Dogs.
Section 7 English Toy Spaniels.
Without working trial.

GENERAL APPEARANCE: Active, graceful and well balanced,
with gentle expression.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT: Sporting, affectionate,
absolutely fearless. Gay, friendly, non-aggressive; no tendency
towards nervousness.
HEAD
CRANIAL REGION:
Skull: Almost flat between ears.
Stop: Shallow.
FACIAL REGION:
Nose: Nostrils black and well developed without flesh marks.
Muzzle: Length from base of stop to tip of nose about 1 1/2 ins. (3,8
cm). Well tapered. Face well filled below eyes. Any tendency to
snipiness undesirable.
Lips: Well developed and not pendulous.
Jaws/Teeth: Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor
bite, i.e. the upper teeth closely overlappi
Eyes: Large, dark, round but not prominent; spaced well apart.
Ears: Long, set high, with plenty of feather.
NECK: Moderate length, slightly arched.
BODY :
Back : Level.
Loin : Short-coupled.
Chest : Moderate; good spring of ribs.
TAIL: Length of tail in balance with body, well set on, carried
happily but never much above the level of the back. Docking
previously optional when no more than one-third was to be
removed.
LIMBS
FOREQUARTERS:
General appearance: Legs moderately boned, straight.
Shoulders: Well laid back.
HINDQUARTERS:
General appearance: Legs with moderate bone.
Stifle: Well turned.
Hocks: No tendency to cow- or sickle-hocks.
FEET: Compact, cushioned and well feathered.
GAIT / MOVEMENT: Free-moving and elegant in action, plenty of
drive from behind. Fore-and hindlegs move parallel when viewed
from in front and behind.
COAT
HAIR: Long, silky, free from curl. Slight wave permissible. Plenty
of feathering. Totally free from trimming.
COLOUR: Recognized colours are :
• Black and Tan: Raven black with tan markings above the eyes, on
cheeks, inside ears, on chest and legs and underside of tail. Tan
should be bright. White marks undesirable.
• Ruby: Whole coloured rich red. White markings undesirable.
• Blenheim: Rich chestnut markings well broken up, on pearly
white ground. Markings evenly divided on head, leaving room
between ears for much valued lozenge mark or spot (a unique
characteristic of the breed).
• Tricolour: Black and white well spaced, broken up, with tan
markings over eyes, cheeks, inside ears, inside legs, and on
underside of tail.
Any other colour or combination of colours highly undesirable.
WEIGHT: 5,4 – 8 kg (12 – 18 lbs). A small, well-balanced dog well
within these weights desirable.
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 dog.
DISQUALIFYING FAULTS:
• Aggressive or overly shy dogs.
• Any dog clearly showing physical of behavioural abnormalities
shall be disqualified.
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully
descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed
typical conformation should be used for breeding.