Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club
of South Australia Inc.
The Breed Standard
GENERAL APPEARANCE: Active, graceful and well balanced, with gentle expression.
CHARACTERISTICS: Sporting, affectionate, absolutely fearless.
TEMPERAMENT: Gay, friendly, non-aggressive, no tendency towards nervousness.
HEAD & SKULL: Skull almost flat between ears. Stop shallow. Length from base of stop to tip of nose about one and a half inches. Nostrils black and well developed without flesh marks, muzzle well tapered. Lips well developed but not pendulous. Face well filled below eyes. Any tendency to snipiness undesirable.
EYES: Large, dark, round but not prominent; spaced well apart.
EARS: Long, set high, with plenty of feather.
MOUTH: Jaws strong, with perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
NECK: Moderate length, slightly arched.
FOREQUARTERS: Chest moderate, shoulders well laid back, straight legs moderately boned.
BODY: Short coupled with good spring of rib. Level back.
HINDQUARTERS: Legs with moderate bone; well turned stifle no tendency to cow or sickle hocks.
FEET: Compact, cushioned and well feathered.
TAIL: Length of tail in balance with body, well set on and carried happily but never much above the level of the back. Docking optional. If docked no more than one-third to be removed.
GAIT: Free moving and elegant in action, plenty of drive from behind. Fore and hind legs move parallel when viewed from in front and behind.
COAT: Long, silky, free from curl. Slight wave permissible. Plenty of feathering. Totally free from trimming.
COLOURS: The 4 recognised colours are:
Any other colour or combination of colours most undesirable.
WEIGHT & SIZE: Weight - 5.4 to 8.2 kgs (12 to 18 pounds). A small well-balanced dog well within these weights desirable.
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 the exact proportion to its degree.
Note: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles full descended into the scrotum
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