GENERAL APPEARANCE: Well proportioned,
smooth outline showing quality, gracefulness and perfect
balance, combined with sufficient substance to give
impression of endurance. Any tendency to courseness
or weediness undesirable.
CHARACTERISTICS: Tenacious, hardworking sheepdog,
of great tractability.
TEMPERAMENT: Keen, alert, responsive and intelligent.
Neither nervous nor aggressive.
HEAD & SKULL: Skull fairly broad, occiput not
pronounced. Cheeks not full or rounded. Muzzle, tapering
to nose, 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
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 sized and texture, well set apart.
Carried erect or semi-erect and sensitive in use.
MOUTH: Teeth and jaws strong with a perfect, regular
and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely
overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
NECK: Of good 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.
BODY: Athletic in apperance, 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 of 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 in shape, 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 moderately
long coated variety, abundant coat forms mane, breeching
and brush. On face, ears, forelegs (except for feather),
hindlegs from hock to ground, hair should be short and
COLOUR: Variety of colours permissable. White should
SIZE: Ideal height: Dogs 53 cms Bitches slightly
FAULTS: Any departure from the foregoing points
should be considered a fault and the seriousness with
which the fault should be regarded be in exact proportion
to its degree.
NOTE: Male animals should have two apparently normal
testicles fully descended into the scrotum.