(Revised 1986)

General Appearance
Strongly built, short coupled, very active, broad in skull, broad and deep through chest and ribs, broad and strong over loins and hindquarters.

Good-tempered, very agile (which precludes excessive body weight or substance). Excellent nose, soft mouth; keen love of water. Adaptable, devoted companion. (Geändert am 12.1.2009)

Intelligent, keen and biddable, with a strong will to please. Kindly nature, with no trace of aggression or undue shyness.

Head and Skull
Skull broad with a defined stop; clean cut without fleshy cheeks. Jaws of medium length, powerful not snipey. Nose wide, nostrils well developed.

Medium size, expressing intelligence and good temper, brown or hazel.

Not large or heavy, hanging close to head and set rather far back.

Jaws and teeth strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i. e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Clean, strong, powerful, set into well-placed shoulders.

Shoulders long and sloping. Forelegs well-boned and straight from elbow to ground when viewed from either front or side.

Chest of good width and depth, with well sprung barrel ribs – this effect not to be produced by carrying excessive weight. Level topline. Loins wide, short-coupled and strong. (Geändert am 12.1.2009)
Well-developed, not sloping to tail, well turned stifle. Hocks well let down, cowhocks highly undesirable.

Round, compact; well-arched toes and well - developed pads.

Distinctive feature, very thick towards base, gradually tapering towards tip, medium length, free from feathering, but clothed thickly all round with short, thick, dense coat, thus giving ´rounded´ appearance described as `Otter´ tail. May be carried gaily, but should not curl over back.

Gait / Movement
Free, covering adequate ground, straight and true in front and rear.

Destinctive feature, short dense without wave or feathering, giving fairly hard feel to the touch; weather resistant undercoat.

Wholly black, yellow or liver / chocolate. Yellows range from light cream to red fox. Small white spot on chest permissible.

Ideal height at withers: Dogs 56-57 cms (22-22 ½ ins). Bitches 54-56 cms (21 ½ - 22 ins).

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded in exact proportion to its degree and it´s effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.