Standard for the Brittany
A compact, closely knit dog of medium size, a leggy dog having the appearance, as well as the agility, of a great ground coverer. Strong, vigorous, energetic and quick of movement. Ruggedness, without clumsiness, is a characteristic of the breed. He can be tailess or has a tail docked to approximately four inches.
Size, Proportion, Substance Height: 17 1/2 to 20 1/2 inches, measured from the ground to the highest point of the shoulders. Any Brittany measuring under 17 1/2 inches or over 20 1/2 inches shall be disqualified from dog show competition.
Weight: Should weigh between 30 and 40 pounds.
Proportion: So leggy is he that his height at the shoulders is the same as the length of his body.
Body Length: Approximately the same as the height when measured at the shoulders. Body length is measured from the point of the forechest to the rear of the rump. A long body should be heavily penalized.
Substance: Not too light in bone, yet never heavy-boned and cumbersome. Head Expression: Alert and eager, but with the soft expression of a bird dog.
Eyes: Well set in head. Well protected from briars by a heavy, expressive eyebrow. A prominent, full or pop eye should be heavily penalized. It is a serious fault in a dog that must face briars. Skull well chiseled under the eyes, so that the lower lid is not pulled back to form a pocket or haw that would catch seeds, dirt and weed dust. Preference should be for the darker colored eyes, though lighter shades of amber should not be penalized. Light and mean-looking eyes should be heavily penalized.
Ears: Set high, above the level of the eyes. Short and triangular, rather than pendulous, reaching about half the length of the muzzle. Should lie flat and close to the head, with the tip rounded very slightly. Ears well covered with dense, but relatively short hair, and with little fringe.
Skull: Medium length, rounded, very slightly wedge-shaped, but evenly made. Width, not quite as wide as the length and never so broad as to appear coarse, or so narrow as to appear racy. Well defined but gently sloping stop. Median line rather indistinct. The occiput only apparent to the touch. Lateral walls well rounded. The Brittany should never be "apple-headed" and he should never have an indented stop.
Muzzle: Medium length, about two-thirds the length of the skull, measuring the muzzle from the tip to the stop, and the skull from the occiput to the stop. Muzzle should taper gradually in both horizontal and vertical dimensions as it approaches the nostrils. Neither a Roman nose nor a dish-face is desirable. Never broad, heavy or snipy.
Nose: Nostrils well open to permit deep breathing of air and adequate scenting. Tight nostrils should be penalized. Never shiny. Color: fawn, tan, shades of brown or deep pink. A black nose is a disqualification. A two-tone or butterfly nose should be penalized.
Lips: Tight, the upper lip overlapping the lower jaw just to cover the lower lip. Lips dry, so that feathers will not stick. Drooling to be heavily penalized. Flews to be penalized.
Bite: A true scissors bite. Overshot or undershot jaw to be heavily penalized.
Neck, Topline, Body
Medium length. Free from
throatiness, though not a serious fault unless accompanied by dewlaps, strong without
giving the impression of being over-muscled. Well set into sloping shoulders. Never concave
Shoulder blades should
not protrude too much, not too wide apart, with perhaps two thumbs' width between. Sloping
and muscular. Blade and upper arm should form nearly a ninety degree angle. Straight
shoulders are a fault. At the shoulders the Brittany is slightly higher than at the rump.
Any Brittany measuring under 17 1/2 inches or over 20 1/2 inches. Black in the coat. A black nose.
The above Standard was approved by the AKC on April 9, 1990 and went into effect May 29, 1990.
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