Standard of breed
PATRONAGE: Great Britain
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: China
GENERAL APPEARANCE: Decidedly square and cobby, it is "multum in parvo" shown in compactness of form, well knit proportions and hardness of muscle.
CHARACTERISTICS: Great charm, dignity and intelligence.
TEMPERAMENT: Even tempered, happy and lively disposition.
HEAD & SKULL: Head large, round, not apple-headed, with no identation of skull. Muzzle short, blunt, square, not upfaced, Wrinkles clearly defined. EYES: Dark, very large, globular in shape, soft and solicitous in expression, very lustrous, and when excited, full of fire.
EARS: Thin, small, soft like black velvet. Two kinds - "Rose ear" - small drop ear which folds over and back to reveal the burr. "Button ear"-ear flap folding forward, tip lying close to skull to cover orifice, and pointing toward eye. Preference given to latter.
MOUTH: Slightly undershot. Wry mouth, teeth or tongue showing all highly undesirable. Wide lower jaw with incisors almost in a straight line.
NECK: Slightly arched to resemble a crest, strong, thick with enough length to carry head proudly.
FOREQUARTERS: Legs very strong, straight, of moderate length, and well under body. Shoulders well sloped.
BODY: Short and cobby, wide in chest and well ribbed. Top line level neither roached nor dipping.
HINDQUARTERS: Legs very strong, of moderate length, with good turn of stifle, well under body, straight and parallel when viewed from rear.
FEET: Neither so long as the foot of the hare, nor so round as that of the cat; well-split-toes; the nails black.
TAIL: (Twist) High set, curled as tightly as possible over hip. Double curl highly desirable.
GAIT/MOVEMENT: Viewed from in front should rise and fall with legs well under shoulder, feet keeping directly to front, not turning in or out. From behind action just as true. Using forelegs strongly putting them well forward with hind legs moving freely and using stifles well. A slight roll of hindquarters typifies gait.
COAT: Fine, smooth, soft, short and glossy, neither harsh nor woolly.
COLOUR: Silver, apricot, fawn or black. Each clearly defined, to make contrast complete between colour, trace (black line extending from occiput to twist) and mask. Markings clearly defined. Muzzle or mask, ears, moes on cheeks, thumb mark or diamond on forehead and trace as black as possible.
SIZE: Ideal weight 6.3 - 8.1 kg. (14 - 18 lbs).
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.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
Illustration: Ursula Wilby