FCI-standard No 83


TRANSLATION : Mrs Peggy Davis

ORIGIN : Belgium


UTILIZATION :Watchdog and Companion, can be used for hunting.

FCI'S CLASSIFICATION : Group 1 Shepherd and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)
Section 1 Sheepdogs
Without Working Trial

GENERAL APPEARANCE - APTITUDES : Excellent and faithfull little guard dog, wary of strangers. Active, agile, tireless, always busy with what goes on around him, very protective of objects given to him to guard, very kind with children, knows the ways of the household, always curious to know what goes on behind a door or an object which is going to be moved, betraying his impressions by his sharp bark and upstanding ruff; seeks the company of horses, hunts moles and other vermins; can be used to hunt, indicates rabbit warrens, chases these and the hare in the copse.

COLOUR : All black.

HEAD : Fox-like. Forehead quite broad, narrowing towards the eyes; seen in profile, is slightly rounded; muzzle pointed, not too long, not too much stop.

NOSE : Small.

EYE : Dark brown, full, more oval than round, neither sunken or too prominent, lively and piercing.

EARS : Stiffly erect, small, triangular, placed high; lobes strong enough, so that they cannot fold other than lengthwise, excessively mobile, closer to each other when erect.

TEETH : Perfectly adapted.

NECK : Strong, carried upright.

BODY : Short and stocky.

SHOULDERS : Oblique and mobile.

CHEST : Broad on the front, broad behind the shoulders and deep, belly quite tucked up.

BACK : Straight, horizontal, looks higher in front because of the ruff.

LOIN : Broad and strong.

LEGS : Perfectly straight and well under the body, fine boned.

FEET : Small, round and tight; the nails straight, strong and short, not claw like.

THIGHS : Very broad, long and well muscled, hocks low to the ground.

TAIL : No tail.

COAT : Abundant and harsh to the touch, smooth on the ears, short on the head, the front of the legs and the hocks; quite short on the body, but longer around the neck, starting from the outer edge of the ears; forms a ruff and jabot; extending down between the front legs; also longer on the back of the thighs, where it forms culottes of which the points turn inwards.

WEIGHT : a) From 3 to 5 kg
b) From 5 to 8 kg

Dogs weighing less than 3 kg. and those weighing more than 9 kg will not be given awards at shows.

FAULTS : Light eye, ears too long or rounded, narrow head and elongated, or bulging or too short, not enough coat, wavy or silky, absence of ruff and culotte, coat too long, badly set teeth.

DISQUALIFICATIONS : Semi-erect ears, white hairs from birth, prognathism (overshot or undershot).

N.B.: Males shoud have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.