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Breed Standard






UK Kennel Club

FCI (in english)

Society Central Canine
(in french)


for interests sake




The British and French Standards compared


Kennel Club Comments Faults (from the French) French SCC
. The breed if summed up in a single word would be 'cobby' Stocky without being heavy- they are and elegant and agile breed    

Skull slightly rounded as seen from front, side or above.
Toplines of skull and muzzle should be parallel. Width of skull measured at the zygomatic arches is less than its length. Median line and occiput are slightly defined. Stop moderate. Muzzle tapered but not snipy. Ideal proportion of skull to muzzle as 3 is to 2. Nostrils open and well shaped.

Expressive, brown to dark, in harmony with coat colour, Somewhat oval in shape and slightly obliquely set. Never light or hard in expression.

Triangular in shape, slightly rounded at tip. Relatively wide and rather short with slightly wavy hair. Set and carried high, falling flat against the cheek. When drawn forward, the ear tip reaches the stop.

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

All shades of brown eyes are acceptable, so long as they are in harmony with the coat colour.

Any departure should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.

Skull: Square, ogival (pointed arch), narrow, too round, stop too marked.
Nose: Tight
Muzzle: Snipy, square outline in front
Lips: Thick, too looose, corner of lips too apparent
Eyes: Light, protruding, obliquely placed
Ears: Low set, drooping, big and frizzy, too long, twisted, white or with a white patch
Neck: Too thin, too short

SKULL: Supersillary arches too prominent
- EYES: Too light, vicious expression or that of a bird of prey, squint, convergent or divergent
- MUZZLE: very short. Cranial-facial axes too divergent
- NECK: dewlap

Skull - rounded, seen either from the front or in profile. Seen from above, the lateral sides (walls) also rounded. Cranial-facial axes (head planes) parallel or just very slightly divergent. Width of skull taken at level of Zygomatic arches - about 11 to 12 cm
Stop; Depression quite perceptible, although gently sloping.
Nose - Of the darkest colour of the coat, according to the dog being White/Orange, White/Liver or White/Black. Nostrils well open
Muzzle - Straight, shorter than the long axis of the skull.
Lips - Fine, rather tight, edge to edge. On the side, the upper lip overlaps very slightly the lower lip.
Teeth - Complete. Scissor bite.
Supercillary Arches - Forming a gentle curve.
Eyes - Rather round shaped. Horizontally placed. Colour in harmony with the nose and the coat. intelligent, lively expression.
Ears - Set high, triangular shape, slightly rounded at the tip, well furnished with wavy hair, carried flat against the cheek. If one stretches it forward against the cheek, the cartilage must not go beyond the junction of foreface and stop.
Medium length, clean and well set into shoulders.

Shoulders muscular and moderately sloping. Angulation slightly less that that of the hindquarters. Tops of shoulder blades set fairly wide. Elbows close to body. Forelegs muscular, vertical and straight. Pasterns slightly sloping.

Chest deep. Brisket reaching to elbow. Foreleg length is slightly greater than chest depth. Ribcage well rounded. Back short with loin short and strong. Topline slopes slightly from withers to croup.Croup very slightly sloping to set on of tail. Height at withers equal to length of body measured from point of shoulder to point of buttock.

(Slightly sloping' is intended to define that the topline is not perfectly flat, nor with a 'setter-like' slope)

('Moderate bend' intended to mean not TOO bent.)


Back: Long, saddle back, roach back
Loin: Long, narrow, weak
Rump: Too narrow, too sloping, too steep
Chest: Narrow, not deep enough, flat rib, ogival-shaped forming a keel sternum, too short
Flanks: Fleshy and drooping
Tail: Too long, short hair, carried vertically, low set in relation to the topline
Forequarters: Pasterns too slanting, loose elbows, toes turning in or out
Feet: Big, long, too round, splayed

Neck : Medium length, well set into shoulders. Skin fine, supple and quite loose but not forming folds.

Topline - straight and firm.
Back - Short and straight.
Loin - Short, broad and solid, length about 8 to 10 cm.
Rump - Very slightly sloping.
Hips - Lower than the withers, slightly prominent. The points of the hips are level with the back.
Chest - Broad, ribs well sprung, well developed towards the rear. Chest well let down to elbow level.
Belly and Underline - Normally raised without excess, neither too tucked up nor drooping.
Tail - straight or hanging. Length of 10cm maximum. Often a little twisted and with a tuft of hair at the tip. Certain subjects are born without a tail.

Moderate bend of stifle. Point of buttock and hock on approximately the same vertical. Thighs broad and muscular. Rear pastern vertical to ground.

Rather round, tight and compact with little hair between the toes. Rear feet slightly longer.

Naturally tailless, short or customarily docked.
Docked: Set high, carried horizontally or slightly lower. Undocked: Set high, carried horizontally or slightly lower.

With greater numbers of vets refusing to dock tails more and more EB / Brittanys will be seen with long tails. However, the present standard states a 'naturally tail-less, short, or customarily docked' tail, and whether docked or natural should be set high, carried horizontally or slightly lower .   Quarters:
Forequarters - Upright, in the axis of the body.
Shoulder - Oblique and muscular.
Upper arm - Muscular and bony.
Elbow - Close to body, neither in nor out.
Forearm - Strong, lean although well muscled, straight, vertical.
Pastern - Slightly oblique.
Feet - Lean and tight. A little hair between the toes.
Hindquarters - Seen from behind, perfectly upright. In profile, the point of the buttock and of the hock are more or less on the same vertical.
Thigh - Broad and well let down.
Hockjoint - Not too angulated.
Hock - well upright.
Feet - Tight toes, a little hair between the toes. No dewclaws.
Brisk, short stride, Should retain topline when moving. Hindlegs have little rear extension.


The gait is a short, quick movement. The pads on the rear paws are not displayed on moving - unlike a spaniel   Movement: Easy, lively, denoting the little cob full of energy. when hunting, the preferred gait is the gallop; quick strides, with relatively short extension.

Body coat dense but fairly fine. Rather flat or slightly wavy. Forelegs slightly feathered and hindlegs well feathered to mid-thigh.

Orange/white, liver/white, black/white, tri-colour, or roan of any of these colours. Nose dark or harmony with coat colour.

  Skin: Thick and too loose, forming folds
Hair: Frizzy or silky or too abundant. Short hair. Insufficient or too abundant fringes, too long.
Hair - On the body, fine without excess, rather flat or very slightly wavy. Forelegs slightly fringed and wavy. Hindquarters well fringed up to mid-thigh.
Colour - White and Orange, White and Liver, White and Black, Tricolour - White/Orange/Black,
White/Orange/Liver or roan pattern with one or other of those colours.

Ideal height at withers:: Dogs: 48-51 cms (19-20 ins); Bitches: 47-50 cms (18½-193/4 ins).


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.

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

Lack of type (insufficient ethnic character, which means the animal on the whole does not ressemble sufficiently anymore his like of the same breed)
size beyond the limits of the standard
convergence of the cranial-facial axes
white patch on one ear
eye situated in a white patch
eyes very light or of two different colours
pink on eyelids
excessive pink on the nose (butterfly nose)
over or under shot mouth
the1st Premolar considered as being unimportant, all dogs with more than 2 2nd premolars missing shall be eliminated as well as a dog with one missing tooth other than the pre-carnassial teeth.
coat not conforming to the standard and in particular a uni-coloured coat
timid character
Size: Minimum 47 cm, Maximum 50 cm, with a tolerance of 1cm more or less. Ideal for a male: 48 to 50 cm Ideal for a female: 47 to 49 cm