ORIGIN: Great Britain.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID
CLASSIFICATION F.C.I.: Group 8 Retrievers, Flushing Dogs, Water Dogs.
Section 1 Retrievers.
With working trial.
GENERAL APPEARANCE: Strong, upstanding dog with a degree of elegance. Distinctive coat.
BEHAVIOUR/ TEMPERAMENT : Intelligent, steady, reliable.
Bold, friendly, self confident and independent. May seem aloof.
HEAD: Wedge-shaped in both side and front profiles. In proportion to body size.
Skull: Foreface and skull equal length. Planes of skull and muzzle parallel.
Nose: Black in blacks and brown in livers.
Jaws/Teeth : Jaws strong, with perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
Eyes: Large, not prominent, oval-shaped, obliquely set. Dark brown in blacks; in livers brown tone to blend with coat colour.
Ears: Rather small, set slightly above level of eye; lying close to head, covered with small curls.
NECK: Strong and slightly arched, of medium length, free from throatiness and flowing freely into well laid back shoulders.
Topline : Strong and level. Slightly longer from withers to root of tail than from withers to ground.
Loins : Short, deep and powerful.
Chest : Deep with well sprung ribs, oval in cross section with brisket reaching elbow. Forechest visible. Ribs extend well back.
Flank : Slight tuck up.
TAIL : Flows from topline. Should reach approximately to hock, carried straight on a level with topline when moving.
FOREQUARTERS : Forelegs straight, set well under body.
Shoulders : Well laid back and muscular.
Upper arm : Upper arm and shoulder blade approximately equal in length.
Pasterns : Strong.
HINDQUARTERS : Strong, muscular.
Stifles : Moderate turn of stifles.
Hock : Well let down and well bent.
FEET : Round, tight with well-arched toes.
GAIT / MOVEMENT : Effortless, powerful gait with good extension and drive. Parallel movement. At speed, legs tend to converge.
HAIR: Body coat a thick mass of small tight, crisp curls lying close to skin, extending from occiput to tip of tail; without undercoat or bare patches. Elsewhere hair smooth.
COLOUR: Black or liver.
SIZE: Ideal height at withers : Dogs: 67,5 cm (27 ins), Bitches : 62,5 cm (25 ins).
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.
N.B.: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.