PATRONAGE: Great Britain
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: China
GENERAL APPEARANCE: Decidedly square and cobby, it is
"multum in parvo" shown in compactness of form, well knit
proportions and hardness of muscle.
CHARACTERISTICS: Great charm, dignity and intelligence.
TEMPERAMENT: Even tempered, happy and lively disposition.
HEAD & SKULL: Head large, round, not apple-headed, with no
identation of skull. Muzzle short, blunt, square, not upfaced, Wrinkles
EYES: Dark, very large, globular in shape, soft and solicitous in
expression, very lustrous, and when excited, full of fire.
EARS: Thin, small, soft like black velvet. Two kinds - "Rose
ear" - small drop ear which folds over and back to reveal the burr.
"Button ear"-ear flap folding forward, tip lying close to
skull to cover orifice, and pointing toward eye. Preference given to
MOUTH: Slightly undershot. Wry mouth, teeth or tongue showing all
highly undesirable. Wide lower jaw with incisors almost in a straight
NECK: Slightly arched to resemble a crest, strong, thick with
enough length to carry head proudly.
FOREQUARTERS: Legs very strong, straight, of moderate length, and
well under body. Shoulders well sloped.
BODY: Short and cobby, wide in chest and well ribbed. Top line
level neither roached nor dipping.
HINDQUARTERS: Legs very strong, of moderate length, with good
turn of stifle, well under body, straight and parallel when viewed from
FEET: Neither so long as the foot of the hare, nor so round as
that of the cat; well-split-toes; the nails black.
TAIL: (Twist) High set, curled as tightly as possible over hip.
Double curl highly desirable.
GAIT/MOVEMENT: Viewed from in front should rise and fall with
legs well under shoulder, feet keeping directly to front, not turning in
or out. From behind action just as true. Using forelegs strongly putting
them well forward with hind legs moving freely and using stifles well. A
slight roll of hindquarters typifies gait.
COAT: Fine, smooth, soft, short and glossy, neither harsh nor
COLOUR: Silver, apricot, fawn or black. Each clearly defined, to
make contrast complete between colour, trace (black line extending from
occiput to twist) and mask. Markings clearly defined. Muzzle or mask,
ears, moes on cheeks, thumb mark or diamond on forehead and trace as
black as possible.
SIZE: Ideal weight 6.3 - 8.1 kg. (14 - 18 lbs). 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.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended
into the scrotum.