FCI Standard

ORIGIN: Central Africa.

PATRONAGE: Great Britain.

STANDARD: 25.11.1999.

UTILIZATION: Hunting dog, companion.

FCI-CLASSIFICATION: Group 5 Spitz and primitive types.
Section 6 Primitive type.

Without working trial.


Lightly built, finely boned
aristocratic looking animal, high on legs compared with its length,
always poised, alert and intelligent. Wrinkled head, with pricked
ears, proudly carried on a well arched neck. Deep brisket runs up
into a definite waist, tail tightly curled presenting a picture of a well
balanced dog of gazelle-like grace.

Distance from top of head to stop slightly more than from stop to tip of nose.


Barkless but not mute, its own
special noise a mixture of a chortle and a yodel. Remarkable for its
cleanliness in every way. An intelligent, independent, but
affectionate and alert breed. Can be aloof with strangers.


Fine and profuse wrinkles appearing on forehead when ears
pricked; side wrinkles desirable but not exaggerated into dewlap;
wrinkles more noticeable in puppies, but because of lack of
shadowing, not as noticeable in tricolours.


Skull: Flat, well-chiselled and medium width, tapering towards the
nose. Side lines of skull taper gradually towards mouth, giving a
clean-cheeked appearance.
Stop: Slight.


Nose: Black nose desirable.

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

EYES: Dark, almond-shaped; obliquely set, far-seeing and rather
inscrutable in expression.

EARS: Small, pointed, erect and slightly hooded, of fine texture, set
well forward on top of head, tip of ear nearer centre of skull than
outside base.

NECK: Strong and of good length, without thickness, well crested
and slightly full at base of throat with a graceful curve accentuating
crest. Well set into shoulders giving head a « lofty » carriage.

BODY: Balanced.

Back: Short, level.

Loin: Short-coupled.

Chest: Deep brisket. Ribs well sprung, deep and oval.

Underline and belly: Running up into a definite waist.

TAIL: High set, with posterior curve of buttock extending beyond
root of tail giving a reachy appearance to hindquarters. Curls tightly
over spine and lies closely to thigh with a single or double curl.



General appearance: Forelegs straight with fine bone. Legs in a
straight line to ground giving a medium front.
Shoulder: Well laid back, muscular, not loaded.
Elbows: Tucked in against brisket. When viewed from front, elbows
in line with ribs.
Forearm: Very long.
Pasterns: Good length, straight and flexible.

Forefeet: Small, narrow and compact, with deep pads, well arched
toes and short nails.


General appearance: Strong and muscular.

Stifle: Moderately bent.

Second thigh: Long.

Hock: Well let down, turned neither in nor out.

Hind feet: Small, narrow and compact, with deep pads, well arched
toes and short nails.

GAIT / MOVEMENT: Legs carried straight forward with a swift,
long, tireless, swinging stride.

SKIN: Very pliant.


Hair: Short, sleek and close, very fine.
Colour: Pure black and white; red and white; black and tan, and
white with melon pips and tan markings on muzzle and cheeks;
black; tan and white; brindle : red background with black stripes,
the more clearly defined the stripes the better. The white should
be on the feet, chest and tail tip. White legs, blaze and white collar

Ideal height: dogs 43 cm (17 ins) at withers,
bitches 40 cm (16 ins) at withers.
Ideal weight: dogs 11 kg (24 lbs),
bitches 9 1/2 kg (21 lbs).

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.

• Aggressive or overly shy dogs.

• Any dog clearly showing physical of behavioural abnormalities.

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

• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed , with breed
typical conformation should be used for breeding.