A powerful, well-muscled, medium-sized, white shepherd dog with erect ears, double coat or long double coat; elongated shape; medium sized bone and elegant, harmonious outline.
- Moderately long rectangular shape : body length (from the point of shoulder to point of buttock) to height at withers = 12 : 10.
- The distance from the stop to the noseleather slightly beyond the distance from the stop to the occipital protuberance.
Lively, without nervousness, attentive and watchful; towards strangers sometimes slightly aloof but never apprehensive or aggressive.
Strong, dry and finely chiselled, in good proportion to the body. Seen from above and from the side wedge-shaped. Axes of skull and foreface parallel.
Skull : Only slightly rounded; indicated central furrow.
Stop : Slightly marked, but clearly perceptible.
Nose: Medium-sized; black pigmentation desired; snow nose and lighter nose accepted.
Muzzle : Powerful and moderately long in relation to the skull; nasal bridge and lower line of muzzle straight, slightly convergent to the nose.
Lips: Dry , closing tightly, as black as possible.
Jaws/Teeth: Powerful and complete, scissor bite. The teeth should be set square to the jaw.
Eyes: Medium-sized, almond shaped, placed a little obliquely; colour brown to dark-brown; eye lids well fitting with black eye-rims desirable.
Ears: Erect ears, set high, carried upright, parallel and directed forward; in the shape of an oblong, at the tip slightly rounded triangle.
Medium-long and well muscled, with harmonious set on at the body, without dewlap; the elegantly arched neckline runs without disruption from the moderately high carried head to the withers.
Body: Strong, muscular, medium-long.
Back: Level, firm.
Loins: Strongly muscled.
Croup: Long and of medium breadth; from the set on gently sloping to root of tail.
Chest: Not too broad; deep (about 50 % of the height at the withers); reaching to the elbows; ribcage oval; well extending to the rear. Prominent forechest.
Belly and flanks : Flanks slender, firm; underline moderately tucked up.
Tail: Bushy sabre tail, tapering to the tip; set on rather deep; reaching at least to the hock joint; at rest, it hangs either straight down or with a slight saber-like curve in its last third part; in movement carried higher, but never above the topline.
Limbs: Strong, sinewy, medium bone.
Forequarters: Straight, seen from the front; only moderately broad stance; seen in profile, well angulated.
Shoulder: Shoulder blade long and well laid back; well angulated; whole shoulder strongly muscled.
Upper arm: Adequately long, strong muscles.
Elbows: Close fitting.
Forearm: Long, straight, sinewy.
Pastern: Firm and only slightly oblique.
Hindquarters: Seen from the rear straight and parallel; standing not too wide; seen from the side with adequate angulation.
Upper thigh: Medium-long, strongly muscled.
Lower thigh: Medium-long, oblique, with solid bone and well muscled.
Hock joint: Powerful, well angulated.
Hock: Medium-long, straight, sinewy; dewclaws should be removed, except in countries where their removal is forbidden by law.
Feet: Oval, hind feet a little longer than forefeet; toes tight and well arched; firm black pads; dark nails desired.
Rhythmical sequence of steps with even drive and enduring; front legs reaching out far, with strong thrust; trot ground covering and easy.
Skin: Without folds and wrinkles; dark pigmentation.
Hair: Medium length, dense, close-lying double coat or long double coat; abundant undercoat covered with hard, straight protection hair; face, ears and front of legs are covered with shorter hair; at the neck and the back of the legs the coat is slightly longer. Slightly wavy, hard hair is permitted.
Size and Weight:
Height at withers: Dogs 60 - 66 cm.
Bitches 55 - 61 cm.
Weight: Dogs : ca. 30 - 40 kg.
Bitches: ca. 25 - 35 kg.
Typical dogs with slight under- or oversize should not be eliminated.
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the serious- ness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.
- Slight deer colour (light yellow or fawny shading) on eartips, back and upperside of the tail.
- Partial loss of pigment of flecked appearance on noseleather, lips and/or eye rims.
- Heavy appearance, too short build (square outline)
- Masculinity or femininity not clearly defined .
- Missing more than two PM1; the M3 are not taken into account.
- Drop (hanging) ears, semi-pricked ears, button ears.
- Strongly sloping backline.
- Ringtail, kinky tail, hook tail, tail carried over back.
- Soft, silky topcoat; woolly, curly, open coat; distinctly long hair without undercoat.
- Distinct deer colour (distinct yellowish or tawny discolouring) on eartips, back and upperside of the tail.
Overly shy or aggressive.
One eye or both eyes blue, protruding eyes.
Over-or undershot mouth, wry mouth.
Total loss of pigment on nose, lips and/or eye rims.
Total loss of pigment in the skin and on the pads.
NB: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.