(from http://www.ankc.org....ils.asp?bid=200 )
Group: Group 7 (Non Sporting)
General Appearance: Sturdy, abundantly but not excessively coated dog with distinctly arrogant carriage and 'chrysanthemum-like' face.
Characteristics: Intelligent, active and alert.
Temperament: Friendly and independent.
Head And Skull: Head broad, round, wide between eyes. Shock-headed with hair falling well over eyes, not affecting the dog�s ability to see. Good beard and whiskers, hair growing upwards on the muzzle giving distinct �chrysanthemum-like� effect. Muzzle of ample width, square, short, not wrinkled, flat and hairy. Nose black but dark liver in liver or liver marked dogs and about one inch from tip to definite stop. Nose level or slightly tip-tilted. Top of nose leather should be on a line with or slightly below lower eye rim. Wide-open nostrils. Down pointed nose highly undesirable, as are pinched nostrils. Pigmentation of muzzle as unbroken as possible.
Eyes: Large, dark, round, placed well apart but not prominent. Warm expression. In liver or liver marked dogs, lighter eye colour permissible. No white of eye showing.
Ears: Large, with long leathers, carried drooping. Set slightly below crown of skull, so heavily coated they appear to blend into hair of neck.
Mouth: Wide, slightly undershot or level. Lips level.
Neck: Well proportioned, nicely arched. Sufficient length to carry head proudly.
Forequarters: Shoulders well laid back. Legs short, and muscular with ample bone, as straight as possible, consistent with broad chest being well let down.
Body: Longer between withers and root of tail than height of withers, well coupled and sturdy, chest broad and deep, shoulders firm, back level.
Hindquarters: Legs short and muscular with ample bone. Straight when viewed from the rear. Thighs well rounded and muscular.
Feet: Rounded, firm and well covered with hair.
Tail: Heavily plumed carried gaily well over back. Set on high. Height approximately level with that of skull to give a balanced outline.
Gait/Movement: Arrogant, smooth-flowing, front legs reaching well forward, strong rear action and showing full pad.
Coat: Long, dense, not curly, with good undercoat. Slight wave permitted. Strongly recommended that hair on head be tied up. Hair not affecting the dog�s ability to see.
Colour: All colours permissible, white blaze on forehead and white tip to tail highly desirable in parti-colours.
Sizes: Weight: 4.5-8 kgs (10-18 lbs)
Ideal weight: 4.5-7.5 kgs (10-17 lbs)
Height: no more than 27 cms (10.5 ins) at withers
Type and breed characteristics of the utmost importance and on no account to be sacrificed to size alone.
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 and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
Notes: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
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