General Appearance Symmetrical, balanced, active, powerful, level mover; sound with kindly expression.
Characteristics Biddable, intelligent and possessing natural working ability.
Temperament Kindly, friendly and confident.
Head and Skull Balanced and well chiselled, skull broad without coarseness; well set on neck, muzzle powerful, wide and deep. Length of foreface approximately equals length from well defined stop to occiput. Nose preferably black.
Eyes Dark brown, set well apart, dark rims.
Ears Moderate size, set on approximate level with eyes.
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, clean and muscular.
Forequarters Forelegs straight with good bone, shoulders well laid back, long in blade with upper arm of equal length placing legs well under body. Elbows close fitting. Body Balanced, short-coupled, deep through heart. Ribs deep, well sprung. Level topline.
HindquartersLoin and legs strong and muscular, good second thighs, well bent stifles. Hocks well let down, straight when viewed from rear, neither turning in nor out. Cow-hocks highly undesirable.
Feet Round and cat-like.
Tail Set on and carried level with back, reaching to hocks, without curl at tip.
Gait/Movement Powerful with good drive. Straight and true in front and rear. Stride long and free with no sign of hackney action in front.
Coat Flat or wavy with good feathering, dense water-resisting undercoat.
ColourAny shade of gold or cream, neither red nor mahogany. A few white hairs on chest only, permissible.
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.
Note Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.