GENERAL APPEARANCE: Appears as gifted with intelligence,
alertness and activity. Stands with dignity governed by perfect
anatomical formation, with no part out of proportion, giving
appearance of working capability. Physical structure on lines of
strength and activity, free from cloddiness and with no trace of
coarseness. Expression most important. In considering relative
values, it is obtained by perfect balance and combination of skull
and foreface, size and shape, colour and placement of eye, correct
position and carriage of ears.
IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS: Viewed in profile, top of skull and
top of muzzle lie in two parallel, straight lines of equal length
divided by a slight, but perceptible stop or break. Body slightly
long compared with height.
BEHAVIOUR/TEMPERAMENT: Gay and friendly, never nervous nor
HEAD: Head properties of great importance, must be
considered in proportion to size of dog. Viewed from front or side,
head resembles a well-blunted, clean wedge, being smooth in outline.
A mid-point between inside corners of eyes (which is centre of a
correctly placed stop) is centre of balance in length of head.
Skull: Flat. Sides taper gradually and smoothly from ears to end
of nose. Depth of skull from brow to underpart of jaw never
excessive (deep through).
Stop : Slight, but perceptible. The mid-point between inside
corner of eyes is centre of a correctly-placed stop or break.
Nose: Always black.
Muzzle: End of smooth, well rounded muzzle blunt, never square.
Muzzle not pinched.
Jaws/teeth: Teeth of good size. Jaws strong with a perfect,
regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely
overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Underjaw strong,
Cheeks: Cheek bones not prominent.
Eyes: Very important feature, giving sweet expression. Medium
size ( never very small), set somewhat obliquely, of almond-shape
and dark brown colour, except in case of Blue Merles, when eyes are
frequently (one or both, or part of one or both) blue or
blue-flecked. Expression full of intelligence, with quick, alert
look when listening.
Ears: Moderately large, wider at base, and placed not too close
together nor too much on side of head. When in repose carried thrown
back, but on alert brought forward and carried semi-erect, that is,
with approximately two-thirds of ear standing erect, top third
tipping forward naturally, below horizontal.
NECK: Muscular, powerful, of fair length, well arched.
Back: Level and firm.
Loin: With slight rise.
Chest: Deep and fairly broad behind shoulders. Ribs well sprung.
TAIL: Long with bone reaching at least to hock joint. To
be carried low when quiet but with a slight upward swirl at tip. May
be carried gaily when excited, but never over back.
FOREQUARTERS: Forelegs straight and muscular, with a moderate
amount of bone.
Shoulder: Sloping and well angulated.
Elbow: Turned neither in nor out.
Forearm: Somewhat fleshy.
Metacarpus (Pasterns): Showing flexibility without weakness.
Forefeet: Oval soles well padded. Toes arched and close together.
Thigh: Muscular. Hindlegs clean and sinewy below thighs.
Stifle: Well bent.
Metatarsus (Rear pasterns): Well let down and powerful.
Hind feet: Oval soles well padded. Toes arched and close together.
Hindfeet slightly less arched.
GAIT/MOVEMENT: Distinctly characteristic of this breed. A
sound dog is never out at elbow, yet moves with front feet
comparatively close together. Plaiting, crossing or rolling are
hightly undesirable. Hindlegs, from hock joint to ground, when
viewed from rear, parallel. Hindlegs powerful and full of drive.
Viewed from side, action is smooth. A reasonably long stride is
desirable and should be light and appear quite effortless.
HAIR: Short, flat, top coat of harsh texture, with very dense
undercoat. Not trimmed or clipped. COLOUR : Three recognized colours
: Sable and white, Tricolour and Blue Merle.
• Sable: Any shade of light gold to rich mahogany or shaded sable.
Light straw or cream colour highly undesirable.
• Tricolour: Predominantly black with rich tan markings about
legs and head. A rusty tinge in top coat highly undesirable.
• Blue Merle: Predominantly clear, silvery blue, splashed and
marbled with black. Rich tan markings preferred, but absence should
not be penalised. Large black markings, slate colour, or rusty tinge
in top or undercoat are highly undesirable.
All colours above may carry typical white Collie markings to a
greater or lesser degree. Following markings are favourable : white
collar, full or part ; white front, legs and feet ; white tail tip.
A blaze may be carried on muzzle or skull, or both. All white or
predominantly white is most undesirable.
SIZE AND WEIGHT
Height at withers: Males : 56-61 cm, Females: 51-56 cm
Weight: Males: 20,5-29,5 kg, Females: 18,0-25,0 kg
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 and on its ability
to perform its traditional work.
• Aggressive or overly shy.
• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities
shall be disqualified.
N.B. Male animals must have two apparently normal
testicles fully descended into the scrotum.