(AKC Toy Group)
Size: Very small.
Weight: Averages 10 pounds.
Availability: May take some effort to find.
UTILIZATION : Terrier.
GENERAL APPEARANCE : The dog is compact, moderately low
set, of medium length with a refined structure but of sufficient
substance to suggest the ability to hunt and kill domestic rodents.
The parted, straight silky hair presents a well-groomed appearance.
characteristics, embodying keen alertness, activity and soundness.
to between the eyes than from the same position to the occiput. The
head must be strong and of Terrier character, being moderately broad
between the ears.
CRANIAL REGION :
Skull : Flat and without fullness between the eyes, with fine silky topknot,
not falling over the eyes, (a long fall of hair on the foreface or
cheeks is very objectionable).
FACIAL REGION :
Nose : Black.
Lips : Tight and clean.
Jaws/Teeth : Strong jaws, teeth even and not cramped, the upper
incisors fitting closely over the lower (scissor bite).
Eyes : Shall be small, oval never round or prominent, dark as
possible in colour with a keen intelligent expression.
Ears : Should be small, V-shaped with fine leather, set high on the
skull, pricked, and entirely free from long hair.
NECK : Medium length, refined and slightly crested, fitting
gracefully into the shoulders. Well covered with long silky hair.
BODY : Should be moderately long in proportion to the height of the
Topline : Level topline at all times (both standing and moving). A
topline showing a roach or dip is a serious fault.
Loin : Strong.
Chest : Of moderate depth and breadth.
Ribs : Well sprung extending back to strong loins.
TAIL : Preferably docked, set on high and carried erect but not overgay.
Should be free of feathering.
If undocked, the first three vertebrae to be carried erect or
slightly curved but not curved over back. Must not be curled.
The length to give an overall balanced appearance. In accordance
with the description of the docked tail the undocked tail also to be
free of feathering.
The forelegs have refined, round bone and are straight and set well
under the body with no weakness in the pasterns.
Shoulders : Fine and well laid back, fitting with well angulated upper
arms snugly to the ribs.
Elbows : Turned neither in nor out.
Thighs : Must be well developed.
Stifles : Should be well turned.
Hocks : Well bent. When viewed from behind the hocks should be
well let down and parallel with each other.
FEET : Small, well padded, cat-like with closely knit toes, the toenails
must be black or very dark.
GAIT / MOVEMENT : The movement should be free and true
without slackness at shoulders or elbows, there should be no turning in
or out of the feet or pasterns. The hindquarters should have strong
propelling power with ample flexibility at stifles and hocks. Viewed
from behind the movement should be neither too close nor too wide.
HAIR : Must be flat, fine and glossy and of a silky texture. The
length of coat must not be so long as to impede the dogâ€™s action and
should allows daylight to be seen under the dog. The front and
rear feet to be free from long hair.
COLOR : All shades of blue and tan are acceptable, the richer
these colours and more clearly defined the better. Silver and
white not acceptable. Blue on the tail to be very dark. Silver blue or
fawn top-knot desirable. Distribution of blue and tan as follows : tan
around the base of the ears, muzzle and on the sides of the cheeks;
blue from the base of the skull to tip of tail, running down the forelegs
to near the wrists and down the thighs to the hocks; tan line showing
down the stifles and from the wrists and hocks to the toes and around
the vent. The blue body colour must be free from tan or bronzing.
Tan markings must be free from smuttiness. Black colouring is
permissible in puppies, blue colour must be established by 18 months
Height : Dogs : 23 to 26 cm (9 to 10 ins) at the withers.
Bitches can be slightly less.
Weight : Weight in proportion to height.