Interim Breed Standard

General Appearance A small elegant dog, lively, long-legged, with fine bone and lean muscles. Characteristics Squarely built. Length of leg is slightly greater than the depth of body. 

Two coat types – smooth coated and long coated. Large ears carried erect, with fringing on the long haired variety. 

Temperament Active, lively, neither timid nor aggressive. Head and Skull Head small compared to the body. 

Skull slightly rounded, not too wide. Cheeks only slightly pronounced. Clearly defined stop. 

Muzzle lean and pointed, slightly shorter than the skull. Lips thin, tight-fitting and dark, or matching coat colour. 

Nose black or self-coloured. 

Eyes Quite large, rounded, dark. Lighter eyes permitted in self-coloured dogs. Set well apart and looking straight ahead. Eye rims dark or matching coat colour. 

Ears Large, thin, set high, erect. Fringed in long haired dogs. 

Mouth Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. 

Neck Long, lean, slightly arched. Head carried high. Forequarters Front legs fine boned, straight and parallel. Shoulders moderate in length, only slightly sloping and forming a rather open angle with the upper arm. 

Shoulders and upper arms of approximately equal length.   Elbows set close to body. 

Body Topline slopes gently from low withers to slightly rounded croup. 

Back strong and straight with short, slightly arched loin. 

Chest oval and not too wide. Tucked up belly and drawn up flanks, forming a curved underline. 

Hindquarters Moderately angulated. Seen from the rear, the hind legs are straight and parallel, but standing slightly wider than the forelegs. 

Feet Small, oval, compact, turning neither in nor out. 

Tail Previously customarily docked. Docked: short, carried high. Undocked: sickle tail, carried high when moving. 

Gait/Movement Brisk, positive action, maintaining topline on the move.

Coat Two types. Smooth haired: single coated, short, close-lying, glossy. Without bald patches. Long haired: moderately long (3-5 cms), straight or slightly wavy. Close-lying, not obscuring the natural outline of the body. Hair on the head and on the front part of limbs is short and smooth. Distinct feathering on rear side of limbs. The feet have long, silky hair which completely hides the nails. 

Ears fringed with thick, long hair. 

Tail well feathered. 

Colour Black and tan, brown and tan, blue and tan. Red of any shade, with or without black or brown overlay. Richer shades in all colours preferred. White markings not permitted. 

Size Height at withers: Dogs and bitches: 20-28cms (8-11ins), (tolerance +/- 1cm). 

Weight: Dogs and bitches: up to 3kgs (61/2lbs). 

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


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The late Valery Novikov was the President of the National Club of Russian Toys, President of the Russian Boxer Club, Honorary Member of the Kings County Kennel Club of New York.& FCI Breed Expert.

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