CKC Breed Standard

GENERAL APPEARANCE -Strongly built, active, well-balanced and alert little dog whose presentation (that is, coat and tail clipped in traditional lion clip) gives the "little lion" appearance.

HEAD AND SKULL - Short. Skull wide in proportion, flat between the ears, head carried proud and high. Well-defined stop. Short, strong muzzle.

EYES -Round, large and intelligent, dark in colour. Unbroken pigmentation of eye rims. Pigment to be in accordance with coat colour.

EARS -Pendant, long and well fringed, set on level with the eye, close hanging.

MOUTH - Jaws strong with perfect, regular and complete scissors bite (that is, the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaw).

NOSE -Black or brown according to coat colour.

NECK -Good length, proudly arched.

FOREQUARTERS -Forelegs straight and fine boned. Shoulder well laid.

BODY -Short, strong, well proportioned. Level top line. Ribs well sprung, strong loin with moderate tuck up.

HINDQUARTERS - Hind legs well muscled with good turn of stifle, straight when viewed from the rear.

FEET -Small, round.

TAIL -Of medium length, clipped with a tuft of hair to resemble a plume. Carried gaily on the move.

GAIT/MOVEMENT -Free, parallel movement fore and aft, no hackneyed action.

COAT -Fairly long and wavy but not curly. Fine and silky. Clipped in the traditional lion clip.

COLOUR - Any colour or combination of colours permissible.

SIZE -Height 25 -33 cm. (10 -13 in.) at the withers.

FAULTS - Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault is regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree. NOTE -Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.