General Appearance Symmetrically built, compact, strong, merry, active. Highest on leg and raciest in build of all British land Spaniels.
Characteristics Breed is of ancient and pure origins, oldest of sporting gundogs; original purpose was finding and springing game for net, falcon or greyhound. Now used to find, flush and retrieve game for gun.
Temperament Friendly, happy disposition, biddable. Timidity or aggression highly undesirable.
Head and Skull Skull of medium length, fairly broad, slightly rounded, rising from foreface, making a brow or stop, divided by fluting between eyes, dying away along forehead towards occipital bone which should not be prominent. Cheeks flat. Foreface of proportionate length to skull, fairly broad and deep, well chiselled below eyes, fairly deep and square in flew. Nostrils well developed.
Eyes Medium size, almond-shaped, not prominent nor sunken, well set in (not showing haw), alert, kind expression. Dark hazel. Light eyes undesirable.
Ears Lobular, good length and width, fairly close to head, set in line with eye. Nicely feathered.
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 Good length, strong and muscular, free from throatiness, slightly arched, tapering towards head.
Forequarters Forelegs straight and well boned. Shoulders sloping and well laid. Elbows set well to body. Strong flexible pasterns.
Body Strong, neither too long nor too short. Chest deep, well developed. Well sprung ribs. Loin muscular, strong with slight arch and well coupled.
Hindquarters Hindlegs well let down. Stifles and hocks moderately bent. Thighs broad, muscular, well developed. Coarse hocks undesirable.
Feet Tight, compact, well rounded, with strong, full pads.
Tail Previously customarily docked.
Docked: Set low, never carried above level of back. Well feathered with lively action.
Undocked: Set low, never carried above level of back. Well feathered with lively action. In balance with the rest of the dog.
Gait/Movement Strictly his own. Forelegs swing straight forward from shoulder, throwing feet well forward in an easy free manner. Hocks driving well under body, following in line with forelegs. At slow movement may have a pacing stride typical of this breed.
Coat Close, straight and weather resisting, never coarse. Moderate feathering on ears, forelegs, body and hindquarters.
Colour Liver and white, black and white, or either of these colours with tan markings.
Size Approximate height: 51 cms (20 ins).
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 and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.
Just to see how much things have changed.....Here is the Breed Standard 1934