Function: large game (including lion) hunting,
Dignified, intelligent, aloof with strangers, but showing no
aggression or shyness.
The ridge is unique of the breed. The ridge must be clearly
defined, symmetrical and tapering towards the haunch. It must start
immediately behind the shoulders and continue to the hip (haunches)
bones. The ridge must contain only two crowns, identical and opposite
each other. The lower edges of the crowns must not extend further
down the ridge than one-third of its length. A good average width
of the ridge is 5 cm (2ins).
for: Active people & families.
9 - 15 years The average lifespan is 12 years.
Dogs 63 cm (25 ins) to 69cm (27 ins)
Bitches 61cm (24 ins) to 66cm (26 ins)
The desirable weights are: Dogs 36.5kg (80lbs) Bitches
32 kg (70lbs)
Light wheaten to red wheaten. A little white on the chest and
toes is permissible, but excessive white hairs here, on belly or
above toes is undesirable. A dark muzzle and ears permissible. Excessive
black hairs throughout the coat are highly undesirable.
Hair - Should be short and dense, sleek and glossy in appearance
but neither woolly nor silky.
Appearance: Body, well balanced, strong, muscular, agile
& active, with elegance & soundness with no tendency towards
massiveness. Dark or amber eyes in accordance with nose colour which
can be black or brown. Ears hang to the side of the head. Tail moderate
length. All should have the unique ridge on their back.