(AKC Toy Group)
Size: Very small.
Weight: 5 to 11 pounds.
Availability: May take some effort to find.
UTILIZATION : Toy.
GENERAL APPEARANCE : Small de luxe Toy spaniel, of a
normal and harmonious build, with long hair, moderately long muzzle
shorter than the skull, lively personality, graceful yet robust, proud
carriage with an easy and elegant gait. His body is somewhat longer
HEAD : In normal proportion to the body and proportionately lighter
and shorter than in the Spaniel of large or medium size.
CRANIAL REGION :
Skull : Not too rounded neither in profile nor from the front,
sometimes showing a slight trace of medial furrow.
Stop : Depression sufficiently accentuate. In the heavier dogs, this
depression is less evident yet still defined; in the very small dogs it is
clearly marked without ever showing sudden break.
FACIAL REGION :
Nose : Small, black and round, but slightly flattened on top.
Muzzle : Shorter than the skull, fine, pointed and not too hollow on
the sides; must not be turned up.
Nasal bridge : Straight.
Lips : Strongly pigmented, thin and tight.
Jaws/Teeth : Quite strong, closing well and normally.
Tongue : Must not be visible; the fact that it is constantly visible or
not drawn in when touched by the finger is a fault.
Eyes : Rather large, well open, in the shape of a large almond, not
prominent, set rather low in the head, the inner corner is at the
intersection of the skull and the muzzle. Dark in colour and very
expressive; eyelid strongly pigmented.
Ears : Quite fine but firm. Whether it is the oblique ear or the hanging
ear, when examined by hand, the cartilage must not end in too sharp a
point. The ears are set on rather far back on the head, sufficiently
apart one from the other, so as to reveal the slightly rounded shape of
â€¢ Variety with hanging ears, called : PHALENE.
The ear at rest is set high, considerably higher than the eye line,
carried hanging and yet quite mobile. Garnished with wavy hair
which may reach quite a length which gives the dog a pretty
â€¢ Variety with erect ears, called : PAPILLON.
The ear is set on high, the auricle (external ear) well open and turned
to the side; the inner edge of the auricle forming an angle of approx.
45Â° with the horizontal. In no case must the ear point upwards, which
would be like a Spitz type ear and must definitely be rejected. The
inside of the auricle is covered with fine hairs, also wavy. The longest
hairs extending slightly beyond the edge of the ear; the outer face, on
the contrary, is covered with long hair forming hanging fringes
extending well beyond the edges of the ear. Cross-breeding of the two
varieties often produces semi-erect ears, with drooping tip; this mixed
form of ear carriage is a serious fault.
NECK : Of moderate length, a little arched at the nape.
Topline : Neither too short or arched, nor saddled, without however
Loin : Solid and slightly arched.
Chest : Wide, fairly well let down. The circumference of the thorax
taken between the past two ribs must be approximately equivalent to
the height at the withers. Ribs well arched.
Belly : Slightly drawn up.
TAIL : Set quite high, rather long, abundant fringe forming a lovely
plume. When the dog is in action, it is carried raised along the line of
the back and curved, the extreme tip may touch the back; never should
it curl or lie flat on the back.
LIMBS : Legs straight, firm, fine. The dog must not seem to be
raised up; seen either from the front or from back, the legs are parallel.
Shoulders : Well developed, well attached to the body.
Arm : Of equal length as the shoulder-blade, normally angulated and
well joined with it, well attached to the body.
Pastern : Apparent in profile.
Hockjoint : Normally angulated.
FEET : Rather long, called Â« hare feet Â» resting evenly on their pads.
Strong nails, preferably black, lighter in the dogs with brown or white
coats (the white nails in white dogs or in dogs with white legs do not
constitute a fault if the dog is otherwise well pigmented). The toes are
strong with a tough pad, well furnished in between with fine hair
extending beyond the tip of the foot and forming a point.
GAIT / MOVEMENT : Proud, free, easy and elegant.
HAIR : The coat, without undercoat, is abundant, glossy, wavy (not to
be confused with curly), not soft but slightly resistant to the touch,
with silky reflections. The hairs are inserted flat; they are quite fine,
slightly curved by the wave. The appearance of the coat is similar to
that of the English Toy Spaniels, but it differs definitely from that of
the Pekingese Spaniel; at the same time it should not have any
resemblance to the coat of the Spitz. The hair is short on the face, the
muzzle, the front of the legs and the underneath part of the hock.
Of medium length on the body, it gets longer on the neck to form a
ruff and jabot, descending in waves on the chest; forming fringes at
the ears and at the back of the forelegs; at the back of the thighs, an
ample culotte with soft hair. There may be small tufts of hair between
the toes and may even extend slightly beyond providing they do not
give a heavy appearance to the foot, but rather give it a finer
appearance by lengthening it. Certain dogs in good coat condition
have hair 7,5 cm long at the withers and fringes of 15 cm on the tail.
COLORS : All colors are admitted on a coat with a white
background. On the body and legs, the white must be dominant in
relation to the color. The white on the head preferably extended by a
more or less wide blaze. A white marking is admitted on the lower
part of the head, but dominant white on the head constitutes a fault. In
all cases, the lips, the eyelids and principally the nose must be
SIZE AND WEIGHT:
Height at the withers : About 28 cm.
Weight : two categories :
1) Less than 2,5 kg for dogs and bitches.
2) From 2,5 kg to 4,5 kg for dogs,
from 2,5 kg to 5 kg for bitches.
Minimum weight 1,5 kg.