Rheged Springer Spaniels
 

RHEGED | ESS Breed Standards




A breed standard is the guideline which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament, & appearance of a breed & ensures that the breed is "fit for function" with soundness essential. Breeders & judges should at all times, be mindful of features which could be detrimental in any way to the health, welfare or soundness of this breed. 


NB ~ In Australia, the ESS is judged by the Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC) Breed Standard, as issued by the Kennel Club (KC), UK ~ & it can be viewed BELOW. However, I have also included versions issued by the American Kennel Club (AKC), Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) & the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) at the bottom of this page purely out of interest & it is well worth scrolling down to read them. As can be seen reading the 'Tail' definitions, Tail Docking, although banned in Australia, is still allowed in the United States, Canada & other countries around the world.


AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL KENNEL COUNCIL STANDARD ~
(Group 3 ~ Gundogs)
~ ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL

General Appearance:
Symmetrically built, compact, strong, merry, active. Highest on leg & raciest in build of all British land Spaniels.

Charateristics:
Breed is of ancient & pure origins, oldest of sporting gundogs; original purpose was finding & springing game for net, falcon or greyhound. Now used to find, flush & retrieve game for gun
Temperment:
 Friendly, happy disposition, biddable. Timidity or aggression highly undesirable
Head & Skull:
Skull of medium length, fairly broad, slightly rounded, rising from foreface, making a brow or stop, divided by fluting between eyes, dying away along forehead towards occipital bone which should not be prominent. Cheeks flat. Foreface of proportionate length to skull, fairly broad and deep, well chiselled below eyes, fairly deep & square in flew. Nostrils well developed.
Eyes:
Medium size, almond shaped, not prominent nor sunken, well set in (not showing haw), alert, kind expression. Dark hazel. Light eyes undesirable.
Ears:
Lobular, good length & width, fairly close to head, set in line with eye. Nicely feathered.
Mouth:
Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular & complete scissor bite, i.e. Upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth & set square to the jaws.
Neck:
Good length, strong & muscular, free from throatiness, slightly arched, tapering towards head.
Forequarters:
Forelegs straight & well boned. Shoulders sloping & well laid. Elbows set well to body. Strong flexible pasterns.
Body:
Strong, neither too long nor too short. Chest deep, well developed. Well sprung ribs. Loin muscular, strong with slight arch & well coupled.
Hindquarters:
Hindlegs well let down. Stifles & hocks moderately bent. Thighs broad, muscular, well developed. Coarse hocks undesirable.
Feet:
Tight, compact, well rounded, with strong full pads.
Tail: (Tail Docking is now banned in Australia)

  • Docked: Set low, never carried above level of back. Well feathered with lively action.
  • Undocked: Set low, never carried above level of back. Well feathered with lively action. In balance with the rest of the dog.
Gait/Movement:
Strictly his own. Forelegs swing straight forward from shoulder, throwing feet well forward in an easy free manner. Hocks driving well under body, following in line with forelegs. At slow movement may have a pacing stride typical of this breed.

Coat:
Close, straight & weather resisting, never coarse. Moderate feathering on ears, forelegs, body & hindquarters.
Colour:
Liver & white, black & white, or either of these colours with tan markings.
Size:
Height: approx. 51 cms (20 ins).
Faults:
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault & the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree & its effect upon the health & welfare of the dog, & on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.
Notes:
Male animals should have two (2) apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
 
Last Updated: 10th May 2010

~ FÉDÉRATION CYNOLOGIQUE INTERNATIONALE (FCI) ESS BREED STANDARD ~
(FCI Standard N° 125 / 28.10.2009 / GB) 


~ ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL ~
 
ORIGIN: Great Britain.

DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD: 28.07.2009.

UTILIZATION: Flushing dog, Retriever.

CLASSIFICATION F.C.I.:  

Group  8 ~ Retrievers - Flushing
 
  • Group  8 ~ Retrievers - Flushing
  • Dogs - Water Dogs.
  • Section 2 ~ Flushing Dogs.
  • With working trial.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY: Breed is of ancient & pure origins, oldest of sporting gundogs; original purpose was finding & springing game for net, falcon or greyhound. Now used to find, flush & retrieve game for gun.
GENERAL APPEARANCE: Symmetrically built, compact, strong, merry, active. Highest on leg & raciest in build of all British land Spaniels.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT: Friendly, happy disposition, biddable. Timidity or aggression highly undesirable.
HEADCRANIAL REGION:
Skull: Of medium length, fairly broad, slightly rounded, rising from foreface, making a brow or stop, divided by fluting between eyes, dying away along forehead towards occipital bone which should not be prominent.
FACIAL REGION:
Nose: Nostrils well developed.
Muzzle: Foreface of proportionate length to skull, fairly broad and deep, well chiselled below eyes.
Lips: Fairly deep & square.
Jaws/Teeth: Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth & set square to the jaws.
Cheeks: Flat.
Eyes: Medium size, almond-shaped, not prominent nor sunken, well set in (not showing haw), alert, kind expression. Dark hazel. Light eyes undesirable.
Ears: Lobular, good length & width, fairly close to head, set in line with eye. Nicely feathered.
NECK:
Good length, strong & muscular, free from throatiness, slightly arched, tapering towards head.
BODY:
Strong, neither too long nor too short.
LOIN:
Muscular, strong with slight arch & well coupled.

CHEST:
Deep, well developed. Well sprung ribs.

TAIL: Previously customarily docked.

  • Docked: Set low, never carried above level of back. Well feathered with lively action. 
  • Undocked: Set low, never carried above level of back. Well feathered with lively action. In balance with the rest of the dog. 

LIMBS:
FOREQUARTERS: Forelegs straight & well boned.
Shoulder: Sloping & well laid.
Elbow: Set well to body.
Metacarpus (Pastern): Strong, flexible.
Forefeet: Tight, compact, well rounded, with strong, full pads.
HINDQUARTERS : Hind legs well let down.
Thigh: Broad, muscular, well developed.
Stifle: Moderately bent.
Hock: Moderately bent. Coarse hocks undesirable.
Hind feet: Tight, compact, well rounded, with strong, full pads.
GAIT / MOVEMENT:
Strictly his own. Forelegs swing straight forward from shoulder, throwing feet well forward in an easy free manner. Hocks driving well under body, following in line with forelegs. At slow movement may have a pacing stride typical of this breed.

COAT:
HAIR: Close, straight & weather resisting, never coarse. Moderate feathering on ears, forelegs, body & hindquarters.
COLOUR: Liver & white, black & white, or either of these colours with tan markings.

SIZE & WEIGHT: Approximate height at withers: 51 cm (20 ins).

FAULTS: Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault & the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree & its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog & its ability to perform its traditional work

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS:

  • Aggressive or overly shy.
  • Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.

N.B.: Male animals should have two (2) apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
 


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