Standard


 

 

Comment

The first impression of the Belgian Sheepdog is that of a well balanced, square dog,

elegant in appearance, with an exceedingly proud carriage of the head and neck.

He is a strong agile, well muscled animal, alert and full of life. His whole conformation gives the impression of depth and solidity without bulkiness.

 

Head

 

Clean-cut and strong, overall size should be in proportion to the body. Expression indicates alertness, attention, readiness for activity. Gaze should be intelligent and questioning. Eyes brown, preferably dark brown.

Medium size, slightly almond shaped, not protruding. Ears triangular in shape, stiff, erect, and in proportion to the head in size. Base of the ear should not come below the center of the eye. Ears hanging (as on a hound) shall disqualify.

Muzzle moderately pointed, avoiding any tendency to snipiness, and approximately equal in length to that of the topskull.

The jaws should be strong and powerful. Nose black without spots or discolored areas. The lips should be tight and black, with no pink showing on the outside. Teeth A full complement of strong, white teeth, evenly set. Should not be overshot or undershot. Should have either an even bite or a scissors bite.

 

Neck

Neck round and rather outstretched, tapered from head to body, well muscled, with tight skin.

 

Forequarters and Hindquarters

Shoulder long and oblique, laid flat against the body, forming a sharp angle with the upper arm. Legs straight, strong and parallel to each other.

Bone oval rather than round. Feet round (cat footed), toes curved close together, well padded. Nails strong and black, except that they may be white to match white toe tips.

Legs length and substance well proportioned to the size of the dog. Bone oval rather than round. Legs are parallel to each other. Thighs broad and heavily muscled. The upper and lower thigh bones approximately parallel the shoulder blade and upper arm respectively, forming a relatively sharp angle at stifle joint. The angle at the hock is relatively sharp, although the Belgian Sheepdog does not have extreme angulation. Metatarsus medium length, strong and slightly sloped. Dewclaws, if any, should be removed. Feet slightly elongated. Toes curved close together, well padded.

 

Topline

Topline the withers are slightly higher and slope into the back, which must be level,

straight and firm from withers to hip joints. Chest not broad but deep. The lowest point should touch the elbow, forming a smooth ascending curve to the abdomen. Abdomen moderate development. Neither tucked up nor paunchy. The loin section, viewed from above, is relatively short, broad and strong, but blending smoothly into the back. The croup is medium long, sloping gradually.

 

Tail

Tail strong at the base, bone to reach hock. At rest the dog holds it low, the tip bent back level with the hock. When in action he raises it and gives it a curl, which is strongest toward the tip, without forming a hook. Cropped or stump tail shall disqualify.

 

Coat 

The hair is shorter on the head, outside of the ears, and lower part of the legs. The opening of the ear is protected by tufts of hair. Ornamentation , especially long and abundant hair, like a collarette, around the neck: fringe of long hair down the back of the forearm; especially long and abundant hair trimming the hindquarters, the breeches

 

Gait

Motion should be smooth, free, and easy, seemingly never tiring,exhibiting facility of movement rather than a hard driving action. He tends to single track on a fast gait; the legs, both front and rear, converging toward the center line of gravity of the dog. The backline should remain firm and level, parallel to the line of motion, with no crabbing. He shows a marked tendency to move in a circle rather than a straight line.

 

 

Materiały przygotowała:
Amatorska Hodowla Psów Rasowych
"PORĘBIANKA"
Roland Jasłowski
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38-460 Jedlicze
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