Original UK Standard and Interpretation

 

UK Standard and InterpretationsMrs.Margo Hackney
Judge of the UK Kennel Club &
former chairman of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi Association
MARISCO
HOCKLEY HEATH
SOLIHULL
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REMARKS:

Margo Hackney:
“Can I respectfully remind contributors that a discussion about the standard is about one’s personal interpretation of it.
The UK standard is very vague on several issues. In fact when I was chair of CWCA I suggested that it be reviewed.but it was not felt necessary at that time. In the section on colour it says “any colour, with or without white markings, but white should not predominate”. therefore the only thing that excludes dudleys is that in the head and skull section it says nose black.
In the section on size it says “height : Ideal 30cms ( 12ins) at Shoulder. Weght in proportion to size with overall balance the prime consideration.
There is no mention of weight. The “ideal ” size is 12 ins but ( according to the standard)overall balance is the primary factor. It does not clearly define where the measurement be taken from
incidentally in the section on feet it states that all dew claws to be removed
I am not putting these points forward as my particular views, just poiniting out that the standard is totally open to ones interpretation.
The final paragraph of te UK standard says 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. I hope that makes it clear. As mud!!!!
Comment history”
The Original UK StandardA Breed Standard is the guideline which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament and appearance of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function. Absolute soundness is essential. Breeders and judges should at all times be careful to avoid obvious conditions or exaggerations which would be detrimental in any way to the health, welfare or soundness of this breed. From time to time certain conditions or exaggerations may be considered to have the potential to affect dogs in some breeds adversely, and judges and breeders are requested to refer to the Breed Watch section of the Kennel Club website here http://www.the-kennel-club.org.uk/services/public/breeds/watch for details of any such current issues. If a feature or quality is desirable it should only be present in the right measure.General AppearanceSturdy, tough, mobile, capable of endurance. Long in proportion to height, terminating in fox-like brush, set in line with body.

Characteristics
Alert, active and intelligent.

Temperament
Alert, intelligent, steady, not shy or aggressive.
Head and Skull
Head foxy in shape and appearance, skull wide and flat between ears tapering towards eyes above which it is slightly domed. Moderate stop. Length of foreface in proportion to head 3 to 5, muzzle tapering moderately towards nose which projects slightly and in no sense blunt. Under-jaw clean cut. Strong but without prominence. Nose black.

Eyes
Medium size, clear, giving kindly, alert but watchful expression. Rather widely set with corners clearly defined. Preferably dark, to blend with coat, rims dark. One or both eyes pale blue, blue or blue flecked, permissible only in blue merles.

Ears
Erect, proportionately rather large to size of dog. Tips slightly rounded, moderately wide at base and set about 8 cms (31/2 ins) apart. Carried so that tips are slightly wide of straight line drawn from tip of nose through centre of eyes, and set well back so that they can be laid flat along neck.

Mouth
Teeth strong, with scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Neck
Muscular, well developed, in proportion to dog’s build, fitting into well sloping shoulders.

Forequarters
Shoulders well laid, angulated at approximately 90 degrees to upper arm; muscular, elbows close to sides. Strong bone carried down to feet. Legs short but body well clear of the ground, forearms slightly bowed to mould round the chest. Feet turned slightly outwards.

Body
Chest moderately broad with prominent breast bone. Body fairly long and strong, with deep brisket, well sprung ribs. Clearly defined waist. Topline level.

Hindquarters
Strong, well angulated and aligned with muscular thighs and second thighs, strong bone carried down to feet, legs short; when standing, hocks vertical, viewed from side and rear.

Feet
Round, tight, rather large and well padded.

Tail
Like a fox’s brush, set in line with the body and moderately long (to touch or nearly touch ground). Carried low when standing but may be lifted a little above body when moving, not curled over back.

Gait/Movement
Free and active, elbows fitting close to sides, neither loose nor tied. Forelegs reaching well forward without too much lift, in unison with thrusting action of hindlegs.

Coat
Short or medium of hard texture. Weather-proof, with good undercoat. Preferably straight.

Colour
Any colour, with or without white markings, but white should not predominate.

Size
Height: ideal 30 cms (12 ins) at shoulder. Weight in proportion to size with overall balance the prime consideration.

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.

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

Last Updated – January 2009
Copyright The Kennel Club (UK)

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