General Appearance: That of an active, game,
hardy, small working terrier of the short-legged class; very free in its movements,
strongly but not heavily built, standing well forward on its forelegs, deep in the ribs,
well coupled with strong hindquarters and presenting a well-proportioned build with a
medium length of back, having a hard, weather-resisting coat; head shorter and wider than
any other terrier and well furnished with hair, giving a general foxy expression.
Broad in proportion to the length with a decided stop and well furnished with hair on the
top of the head, which may be somewhat softer than the body.
Muzzle: Strong but not too long or heavy.
Teeth: Large, mouth neither overshot nor undershot.
Eyes: Set wide apart, rather sunken, with shaggy eyebrows, medium in
size, hazel or dark hazel in color, depending on body color, with a keen terrier
Ears: Small, pointed, well carried erectly, set wide apart on the side
of the head. Free from long hairs.
Tail: Tail in proportion to head, well furnished with hair but not
feathery. Carried gaily but must not curl over back. Set on at back level.
Body: Well muscled, strong, active body with well-sprung, deep ribs,
coupled to strong hindquarters, with a level back of medium length, giving an impression
of strength and activity without heaviness.
Shoulders, Legs and Feet: A sloping shoulder, medium length of leg,
good but not too heavy bone; forelegs should not be out at elbows, and be perfectly
straight, but forefeet may be slightly turned out. Forefeet larger than hind feet. Legs
must be covered with hard hair. Pads should be thick and strong and dog should stand well
up on its feet.
Coat: Hard and weather-resistant. Must be be double-coated with
profuse harsh outer coat and short, soft, close furry undercoat.
Color: May be of any color except white. Dark ears, muzzle and tail
tip are desirable.
Ideal Size: Involves the weight, the height
at the withers and the length of body. Weight for bitches, thirteen pounds; for dogs,
fourteen pounds. Height a the withers, bitches nine and a half inches; dogs, ten inches.
Length of body from fourteen and a quarter to fifteen inches from the front of the chest
to back of hindquarters. The dog must be of balanced proportions and appear neither too
short nor too long in body. Weight and measurements are for mature dogs at two years of
age. Older dogs may weigh slightly in excess and growing dogs may be under these weights
Condition: Dogs should be shown in good hard flesh,
well muscled and neither too fat or thin. Should be in full good coat with plenty of head
furnishings, be clean, combed, brushed and tidied up on the ears, tail, feet and general
outline. Should move freely and easily on a loose lead, should not cringe on being
handled, should stand up on there toes and show with marked terrier characteristics.
- Skull: Too narrow in skull.
- Muzzle: Too long and heavy a foreface; mouth overshot or undershot.
- Eyes: Too large, prominent, yellow and ringed are all objectionable.
- Ears: Too large, round at points, set too close together, set too high
on the head; heavily covered with hair.
- Legs and Feet: Too light or too heavy bone. Crooked forelegs or out at
the elbow. Thin ferrety feet; feet let down on the heel or to open and spread. Too high or
too low on the leg.
- Body: Too short back and compact a body, hampering quickness of
movement and turning ability. Too long, weedy and snaky a body, giving an impression of
weakness. Tail set too low. Back not level.
- Coat: Open coats, blousy coats, too short or dead coats, lack of
sufficient undercoat, lack of head furnishings, lack of hard hair on the legs. Silkiness
or curliness. A slight wave permissible.
- Nose: Flesh or light-colored nose
- Color: White on chest, feet or other parts of body.