Border Collie Breed Standard
|General Appearance:||Well proportioned, smooth outline showing quality, gracefulness and perfect balance, combined with sufficent substance to give impression of endurance. Any tendancy to coarseness or weediness undesirable.|
hard-working sheep dog, of great tractibility.
|Temperament:||Keen, alert, responsive and intelligent. Neither nervous nor aggressive.|
|Head and Skull;||Skull fairly broad, occiput not pronounced. Cheeks not full or rounded. Muzzle, tapering to noes, moderately short and strong. Skull and foreface approximately equal in length. Stop very distinct. Nose black, except in brown or chocolate colour when it may be brown. In blues nose should be slate colour. Nostrils well developed.|
|Eyes:||Set wide apart, oval-shaped, of moderate size, brown in colour except in merles where one or both or part of one or both may be blue. Expression mild, keen, alert and intelligent.|
|Ears:||Medium size and texture, set well apart. Carried erect or semi-erect and sensitive in use.|
|Mouth:||Teeth and jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor , i.e, upper teeth closeley ovelapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.|
length, strong and muscular, slightly arched and broadening to shoulders.
|Forequarters:||Front legs parallel when viewed from front, pasterns slightly sloping when viewed from side. Bone strong but not heavy. Shoulders well laid back, elbows close to body.|
in appearance, ribs well sprung, chest deep and rather broad, loins deep
and muscular, but not tucked up. Body slightly longer than height at shoulder.
|Hindquarters:||Broad, muscular, in profile sloping gracefully to set on tail. Thighs long, deep and muscular with well turned stifles and strong well let down hocks. From hock to ground, hindlegs well boned and parallel when viewed from rear.|
|Feet:||Oval, pads deep, strong and sound, toes arched and close together. Nails short and strong.|
|Tail:||Moderately long, the bone reaching at least to hock, set on low, well furnished and with an upward swirl towards the end, completing graceful contour and balance of dog. Tail may be raised in excitement, never carried over back.|
|Gait/Movement:||Free, smooth and tireless, with minimum lift of feet, conveying impression of ability to move with great stealth and speed.|
|Coat:||Two varieties: 1.) Moderately long; 2.) Smooth. In both, topcoat dense and medium textured, undercoat soft and dense giving good weather resistance. In the moderately long-coated variety, abundant coat forms mane, breeching and brush. On face, ears and forelegs (except for feather), hindlegs from hock to ground, hair should be short and smooth.|
of colours permissible. White should never predominate.
DOGS:53 cms (21 ins); BITCHES:Slightly less.
|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 two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum|
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