This is a smaller than average dog, well proportioned in every way. Very mobile and nimble with a friendly and intelligent look. A good guardian and herder of cattle; a faithful and incorrurtible guard dog and companion.
40-50 cm at the shoulder (15.7 - 19.7 inches)
Well-proportioned to the rest of the body. Flattened with a slight stop. The jaw is powerful and well shaped. The muzzle clearly detaches itself from the forehead and from the cheeks. Cheeks are not very well developed. The eyes are rather small, brown and alert. The nose is black. The ears are of a medium size and set high, rounded at the bottom, pendulous and set close to the head. As with all Swiss Mountain Dogs, the ear is turned slightly towards the front when the dog is alert.
Short and compact, connected to the body without transition.
Fairly stretched out, giving the dog the general appearance of being longer the he is tall. The chest is deep and broad, the back is straight and strong.
The shoulder is long and oblique. The legs are straight and sturdy; hocks at right angles. Feet round and tight. Dewclaws are undesirable.
The tail is blunt from birth or docked (4-6 inches).
The coat is similar to that of all Swiss Mountain Dogs; black with markings varying from yellow to rusty-brown over the eyes, on cheeks and on all four feet. Symmetrical white markings on the head (blaze), on the neck and chest and on all four feet are also viewed positively; yellow or brown colouring must then be situated between black and white areas.
A rounded superior part of the head, light coloured eyes; and elongated, fine or curved muzzle; a muzzle that is overshot or undershot. Pointed, short, detached or poorly set ears. Splayed toes. Inapproriate colours or too much white colour. Hair too long or too short.
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