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Head / Eyes :

Head medium length skull broad between the ears.

Size: Medium
Shape: Almond
Colour: Dark brown

Mouth :

Strong teeth complete dentition with scissor bite.

Neck :

Fair Length, Strong,Round, Very muscular

Forequarters :

Shoulders well laid back elbows well let down legs straight and muscular with
plenty of bone and substance
.

General / Body : 

Above average size stalwart dog correctly proportioned, compact and powerful form.

Chest roomy, broad and deep with well sprung ribs, back straight - not too long.

Hindquaters :

Upper thigh not too short broad and strong muscled, lower thigh well muscled at top
strong and sinewy below, strength and soundness of hock highly desirable.

Feet :

Strong round and compact with toes well arched toenails short dark and strong.

Coat / Colour :

Consist of top coat and undercoat long or excessively wavy coat highly undesirable. Black with clearly

defined markings either rich tan or mahogany not exceeding 10% of body colour.

Tail :

Should be strong and not set too low docking outlawed in SA.

Ears / Size :

Pendant, Small in proportion, Set high and far apart lying flat and close to cheek.

Height at shoulder
Dogs - 63 to 69 cm
Bitches - 58 to 63.5 cm

FCI  GRADING SCHEME

Description of grading applicable to dogs aged more than one yearprovided positioning is correct and radiographic quality is optimal.

FCI  Grade 

Description 

F C I   criteria 

Old RSA  Grade 

A1

Excellent hips 

No signs of HD 

A2 

Good hips 

No signs of HD 

B1 

Fair hips 

Near normal hip joints 

B2 

Marginal dysplasia 

Near normal hip joints 

C1 

Mild dysplasia 

Mild hip dysplasia 

C2 

Mild to moderate hd 

Mild hip dysplasia 

D1 

Moderate dysplasia 

Moderate hip dysplasia 

D2 

Moderate to severe hd 

Moderate hip dysplasia 

E1 

Severe dysplasia 

Severe hip dysplasia 

E2 

Very severe dysplasia 

Severe hip dysplasia 



 


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