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Breed Standard

A Breed Standard is the guideline which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament and appearance including the correct colour of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function. Absolute soundness is essential. Breeders and judges should at all times be careful to avoid obvious conditions or exaggerations which would be detrimental in any way to the health, welfare or soundness of this breed. From time to time certain conditions or exaggerations may be considered to have the potential to affect dogs in some breeds adversely, and judges and breeders are requested to refer to the Breed Watch section of the Kennel Club website here for details of any such current issues. If a feature or quality is desirable it should only be present in the right measure. However if a dog possesses a feature, characteristic or colour described as highly undesirable it must not be rewarded in the show ring.

General Appearance

A well balanced, noble, upstanding sporting Spaniel built for activity and endurance.


Ideal for rough shooting or as a companion for the country dweller. Not suitable for the city.


Unusually docile, active, sensitive,independent.

Head and Skull

Conveys the impression of high breeding, character and nobility. Well chiselled, occiput well defined, lean beneath the eyes. A thickness here gives coarseness to the whole head. Slightly raised eyebrows. Moderate stop. Nose well developed with good open nostrils. Muzzle long and lean neither snipy nor squarely cut. In profile curving gradually from nose to throat.


Wide open but almond-shaped with tight lids showing no haw. Grave and gentle in expression. Dark hazel in colour.


Moderately long and wide, set low and well feathered.


Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite. i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.


Long, strong and muscular enabling dog to retrieve his game without undue fatigue.


Shoulders long and sloping and well laid back. Legs of moderate length. Straight, flat bone.


Chest deep and well developed. Ribs moderately well sprung. Length of ribcage is two-thirds of the body length. Back and loin strong, level and muscular.


Strong, muscular; stifles moderately bent. Hocks well let down.


Tight, round with strong pads and not too small.


Previously, customarily docked.    Docked:. Set on low. Never carried above the level of the back. Nicely feathered, with lively action. Previously,customarily docked by one third. Undocked: Set low. Never carried above the level of the back. Nicely feathered with lively action. Reaches approximately to the hocks. Of moderate length in balance with the rest of the dog.


Long, unhurried stride with great drive from the rear. Short stumping action undesirable.


Long, flat, glossy and silky in texture. Never curly, short or wiry. Dense and weatherproof. Abundant feathering on chest, under body and behind legs, but clean from hock to ground.


Black, black and tan, blue roan, blue roan and tan, liver, liver and tan, liver roan, liver roan and tan. In solid-coloured dogs, white or roan on chest is permissible. All other colours, including clear black and white, clear liver and white, orange, red, golden or sable highly undesirable. (See introductory paragraph).


Height: approximately 46cms (18ins) at the shoulders. Weight between 18-25 kgs (40-55 Lbs).


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.

Note: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

Published with kind permission from The Kennel Club © The Kennel Club

The Kennel Club Breed Standard