Phalene Group IX. - Companion and Toy Dogs, Section - Small Continental Spaniel.
It is gentle, but lively and intelligent dog although at first glance looks quite fragile, but it is only an illusion. It can be happy, playful and fun it loves the movement and various exercises, for example-agility training. Definitely it is not suitable for keeping outdoor pen. It is very friendly and perfectly happy in the company of the owner or members of owner´s. It loves cuddling.
Its attitude is a soulful, charming, gentle, noble and gentle. It is patient, but also proud, this character must be respected during training and education. When you are training it is docile and hardy working.
Temperament & Behaviour:
Its education does not make any more trouble, if it is nice and consistent. Only the owner cannot have an opinion that a dog of this size and character actually does need any education. It would be a big mistake. It would be totally spoiled and disobedient dog. It would be despite of its excellent features very stubborn and disobedient companion
It likes children. If it used to stay with children from young age, this bred can live together with cats and other pets. If it does not train, it needs regular daily long walks.
It suits in a city apartment, but it tends to watch, there might interfere its barking. You can learn in-not to bark. Feathering is its glory, but it necessarily requires regular care (grooming), which takes time.
It's a long-haired, elegant, and yet relatively hefty dog proud posture and harmonious construction, light and graceful movements. Body length from the front edge of the shoulder to point of buttock in the pan is equal to or slightly longer than the height. This is around 28 cm. According weight of body it is divided into two categories: a lighter weight of body 2.5 kg male and female and heavier weight of body 2.5 to 4.5 kg male and 2.5 - 5 kg for the females. Minimal weight of body is 1.5 kg.
The head is in proportion to the body proportionally, but rather lighter and shorter than in large and medium size of Spaniel. Skull should not be too curved even when viewed from the side, not the front. Sometimes it is seen slightly marked longitudinal front furrow.
The nose is small, black and round, slightly flattened top. Lips must be on the edges of deep pigmented, thin and tight jaws and teeth. The jaws are relatively strong; it requires the normal scissor bite. Tongue should not be seen when mouth closed. It is considered a defect; it is constantly visible or not retract when the touch of a finger.
The eyes are fairly large and open properly, almond-shaped, not bulking imposed fairly deep, dark, expressive. The inner eye corners are just to be on the transition of the skull to the muzzle. The edges of the eyelids must be ticked.
The earlobes should be relatively gentle, but firm. Whether it is erected or suspended it shall not be sharply pointed at the ends, which must be verified by touch. They are set rather far back on the head, quite large, so it does not obscure the slightly rounded dome of the skull.
The tail is fairly high, fairly long. Profuse feathering on it creates a "flag". For moving carried raised level with the top line of the body and towards the end curved such that the tip can touch the back. It should never be twisted or surface attached to the spine.
The chest should be wide and deep enough. Its circumference measured between the past two ribs must be approximately equal to height at withers
Feet are quite long, called hare. Nails should be strong, preferably black, but brown and white coloured samples can be lighter. White nails for individuals or white with white legs are not considered as a fault if they are otherwise well pigmented.
The coat, without undercoat, is abundant, wavy, but not curly, with a silky sheen. It is not entirely soft to the touch, rather it is a little harder, contiguous, fairly smooth and slightly wavy. Coat reminds King Charles spaniel, but significantly different from the hair Pekingese and even a little may not resemble the coat spike.
Faults include the above flat skull, the skull apple-shaped and arched as King Charles Spaniel, too steep or too gentle stop, convex or concave nasal bridge, incomplete pigmentation, overshot or undershot jaw, eyes small, too round, protruding or light coloured, with visible sclera.