The Australian and International Australian Cobberdog Club Parent CLUB-AIACC
Preserving The Unique Qualities Of the Amazing Australian Cobberdog
australian cobberdog breed Standard
The Australian Cobberdog - Recognised as a Pure Breed In Development in January 2012
About Breed Standards
A breed standard or breed description is an articulate document which describes in detail how the ideal specimen in a specific dog breed, should look and behave. It is designed to provide a consistent, logical and enduring standard of excellence, intended to preserve the qualities of the breed, which make it suitable for the original purpose for which it was created.
Adherence to the breed standard by breeders and show judges forms the guardianship of the breed's future. In the case of a developing pure breed, what is known as a 'preliminary breed standard' is presented to the kennel club monitoring the breed in the country of origin, taking into account that the emerging pure breed may still be passing through developmental changes which may require additions or amendments over time.
The parent club is the only entity which is entitled to submit a preliminary breed standard and any future submissions for proposed changes or amendments. In the case of the Australian Cobberdog, its country of origin is Australia, and the kennel club body with the authority to accept or decline its preliminary breed standard as well as any proposed amendments or additions, is the (MDBA) which is an international pure breed dog registry with its headquarters in Australia.
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A gracefully athletic and balanced dog, free of exaggeration, with a luxurious non-shedding coat free of doggy odour, which gives it ready access for its purpose as an assistance dog and therapy dog into places that may refuse entry to dogs with shedding coats. It’s gentle nature, unique intuition which enables it to sense the emotional and physical needs of human beings and to act accordingly, together with its innate desire and aptitude for training, are expressed through its sociable and friendly nature, its desire for close human companionship, and in its eyes which seek intimate contact with human eyes, and which should never be hidden by an overhang of its coat.
2. Size, Proportion and Substance: Slightly off square, being a little longer than tall when measured from the point of the shoulder to the rearmost projection of the upper thigh (point of buttocks). Boning is neither heavy nor fine but is sufficient to allow the dog to carry out the duties required of an assistance dog, with the least wear and tear on its body. Miniature: 14ins – under 16ins (35cm – under 40cm) 35cm to 38cm being the ideal Medium: 16ins – under 20ins (40cm – under 50 cm) 43cm to 48cm being the ideal Standard: 20ins – 24ins (50 cm – under 61cm) 50cm to 58cm being the ideal
3. Head: Slightly square, free from exaggerations and in proportion to the size of the dog. Length from tip of nose to the inner corner of the eyes only slightly shorter than from the inner corner of the eyes to the point of the occiput. Nasal bones are broad and flat, with frontal bones a similar width to the side bones which have flat muscling giving a sculptured appearance. Skull gently rounded and of similar width to the frontal bones of the face.
Stop: blunt but well defined with a very slightly indented brow between the eyes.
Eyes: A Distinct Feature. Expression of the eyes is open, gentle, confident, and friendly. Round or oval, with long sweeping eyelashes and set well apart but not to the extreme side of the head. Expression and seeking intimate contact with human eyes is more important than exact shape. Eye colour and rich pigmentation of the rims blend with the surrounding coat.
Muzzle: More broad than narrow, but not to excess. Lips firmly fitting and rims lined with unbroken pigment.
Bite: Scissor bite is the Ideal, level is acceptable.
Teeth: Strong and white with no discolouration or signs of wear. Full dentition is prefered
Nose: A Distinct feature. Noticeably large and fleshy with open nostrils and rich pigment.
Ears:Pendulous with long silky furnishings and a slightly elevated set-on at the base, which is only slightly above the outside corner of the eyes. Leather fine and pliable, with its tip at least mid way down the face, but not extending below the nose. Furnishings may extend below this point. Ear canals large open and muscular free from thick hair
4. Neck, Top line and Body Neck: Elegant, with firm skin and a gentle arch. Moderate length flows naturally into the withers on the top, and down into the point of sternum on the underside without the appearance of being ‘stuck on’.
Topline: Level with a slight rise over the loins to allow maximum reach and drive from the hindquarters.
Croup: Slightly sloping to tail
Body: Free from exaggerations. Nothing should attract attention. Chest neither broad nor narrow, with brisket level or very slightly above the point of elbow. Ribs sufficiently well sprung to allow adequate heart and lung room but not giving a rounded impression.
The back: is short level and strong from withers to the last rib
Hindquarters: Moderate angulation allowing a broad strong low set hock.
Tail: Medium set on, plumed, sabre shaped without kinks or curl, can be carried reasonably high happily. The tip must not be above the dogs head.
5.Forequarters: Shoulder blades are flat and layered with muscle. Angulation of the shoulders is symmetrical to that of the femur and tibia bones in the hindquarters, with sufficient slope to allow maximum extension of the front limbs when trotting. The point of shoulder is in line with the pro sternum. Upper arms are well muscled, with elbows neither pinched into the sides not protruding. Front legs are parallel to one another and straight to the ground with no deviation whether viewed from the front or the side. Cannons are strong and straight and only slightly longer than the relatively short and springy pasterns
Fleece: A Distinct Feature. Single (no undercoat) non-shedding coat in
either waves [Wavy coat] or loose hanging curls [Spiral coat] it is soft and
luxurious to the touch, and ripples when the dog moves. Is not hair textured,
not fuzzy, fluffy, tightly curled or frizzy, it has a slightly moist feel.
Flows light and freely, long on the body, legs, head ,face, and tail. The face
is trimmed between and slightly above the eyes, the beard is short and coat on
the cheeks are rounded off, with the areas beneath the ears, under the jaw and
around the throat clipped short to permit adequate air flow. Paws are
clipped out to the ankles, with the overhang hiding the clipped area and
trimmed level with the ground. Top is trimmed or clipped reasonably short and
layered longer down the sides to its full length skirt, trimming around the
anal area beneath the tail is permitted in the interests of hygiene.
Both spiral and wavy coat types are expected to show discolouration and bleaching over the top coat, referred to as 'sunning' or 'weathering' as this breed is an active dog who enjoys the outdoors, and whose service work often requires him to spend a lot of time outside in all weathers. Discolouration of the top coat, or broken coat on the extremities are not penalised in the conformation show ring or other forms of competition. True colour can be determined by parting the coat with the hands and examining the colour the first two inches (5.1 cm) closest to the skin.
Parti - Colours have the same coloured eye and lip rims, and eye colour as their predominating colour white over topline is permitted but not ideal, white over eyes is a fault.
Black and Raven dogs have black eye and lip rims, black noses and dark brown to black eyes White dogs are white or off white and have black eye and lip rims, black noses and dark brown to black eyes Silver dogs have black eye and lip rims, black noses and dark brown to black eyes Blond dogs have black eye and lip rims, black noses and shades of brown eyes Gold dogs have black eye and lip rims, black noses and dark brown eyes Red dogs have either black or red eye and lip rims and noses, and dark brown eyes Brown Café and Parchment dogs have Rose [liver] eye and lip rims and noses, and hazel to amber eyes White Rose, Blond Rose and Red Rose dogs have Rose [liver] eye and lip rims, noses, and hazel hazel/green to amber eyes Blue dogs appear black but have blue skin, and blue eye and lip rims. Eyes brown Lavender is extremely rare and has pinkish to mauve skin, pinkish to mauve liver toned eye and lip rims and nose. hazel hazel/green to amber eyes Blue Merle dogs have black eye and lip rims, black noses and dark brown to black eyes Chocolate Merle dogs have Rose [liver] eye and lip rims and noses, and hazel to amber eyes
8. Gait (movement at the trot): A Distinct Feature Movement is the showcase of this breed’s suitability as an active assistance or service dog where it is required to work for long periods without fatigue, and its movement is characterised by a joyous bearing, with a light footed, airy and tireless, long reaching and effortless stride that appears to float above the ground and to be going somewhere with purpose. The full trot is a true two-time action with no sign of ambling or pacing and the hocks do not wobble or bump together when viewed from the rear but move directly forward in line with the front legs. Seen from the side, the topline remains level with a minimum of up and down movement and the head and neck are extended rather than being unduly raised. Prancing mincing or high stepping are strongly penalised and each of the four legs steps forward long and low without dishing or plaiting.
9. Temperament and Nature: Distinct Features of Equal Importance
Temperament: happy, confident and sociable, extremely clever, calm, observant, easily trained, and adapts well to new situations and environments when handled with positive training techniques, but is easily discouraged by harsh training methods. Early training is quickly and keenly absorbed and is essential to avoid owners being outsmarted. Nature: fun loving and clown-like with a keen sense of humour, sensitive and responsive to human emotion and physical incapacity, appears to be stubborn, when confused. Is happiest when living in close proximity to human family members and when it believes that it is serving them.
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 and upon its ability to carry out the functions for which it was created.
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