Tatra shepherd dog

FCI standard Nº 252

Origin
Poland
Translation
Brought up to date by Dr. Paschoud
Group
Group 1 Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)
Section
Section 1 Sheepdogs
Working
Without working trial
Acceptance on a definitive basis by the FCI
Saturday 05 October 1963
Publication of the official valid standard
Wednesday 08 June 1988
Last update
Monday 14 July 1997
En français, cette race se dit
Berger de Podhale
Diese Norm ist in deutscher Sprache sichtbar
Tatra Schäferhund
En español, esta raza se dice
Pastor Polaco de Podhale
In het Nederlands, wordt dit ras gezegd
Tatrahond
In his country of origin, his name is

Polski Owczarek Podhalanski

Usage

Herder and watchdog. Its imposing attitude and beautiful appearance make it a good companion dog.

General appearance

Of strong and compact build giving the impression of stamina and mobility.

Important proportions

Rectangular in shape, the length of the body of males being a little shorter than that of bitches.

Behaviour / temperament

Temperament calm, intelligent and alert.

Head

Cranial region

Head
Lean, in good proportion to the body, carried at medium height both in movement and standing.
Skull
Seen in profile slightly rounded ; the frontal groove is shallow. 
Stop
Distinctly marked, but without abrupt break.

Facial region

Nose
Black, of medium size, with the nostrils wide open.
Muzzle
Strong, gradually tapering ; its length is slightly greater or equal to the length of the skull.
Lips
Desirably taut and well fitting ; the edges of the lips should be dark.
Nasal bridge
The nasal bridge is broad.
Jaws and teeth
Strong, regularly set. Scissor bite, pincer bite accepted.
Eyes
Medium size, expressive, set slightly slanting ; the iris is dark brown ; the eyelid rims are dark.
Ears
Set on at the height of the external angle of the eyes or a little higher, medium length, rather thick, triangular, well furnished with hair ; the front edge of the ear is in slight touch with the head ; auricle mobile.

Neck

Of medium length, muscular, without any dewlap, with a profuse mane ; the upper line of the neck is higher than the topline of the body.

Body

Body
Long and massive.
Withers
Distinctly marked, broad.
Back
Level, broad.
Loin
Broad , well coupled.
Croup
Oblique, slightly sloping.
Chest
Deep.
Ribs
Oblique, rather flat.
Underline and belly
Belly slightly tucked up.

Tail

Set on not too high, carried below the topline ; when excited carried above the topline, but not curved ; hanging, it reaches the hock ; the tip of the tail may be slightly curved.

Limbs

Forequarters

Generality
Forelegs muscular, with plenty of bone, but not too heavy ; seen from front straight and parallel.
Shoulders
Slightly sloping, well adapted to the body.
Pastern
Slightly sloping forward.
Forefeet
Compact, oval in shape like a relatively big fist. With hairs between the toes. Pads strong, hard and dark ; nails strong, blunt and dark.

Hindquarters

Generality
Viewed from the rear hind legs vertical ; seen from the side slightly set backwards, moderately angulated.
Metatarsus
Seen from the side vertical.
Hind feet
Like the forefeet.

Coat

Hair
On head, muzzle, frontpart of forelegs and on the hindlegs from the hock downward the hair is short and dense. The neck and the body are covered with long, thick, straight or slightly wavy hair, hard to the touch. Undercoat profuse. On the neck a rich ruff ; the thighs are covered with profuse, long hair ; on the tail hair also profuse, forming a flag.
Colour
Uniformly white ; little cream coloured patches are undesirable.

Size and weight

Height at withers
For males 65-70 cm, for bitches 60-65 cm.

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 its ability to perform its traditional work.
• Faults listed should be in degree of seriousness.

General faults

 Frontal furrow distinctly marked.
 Poor pigmentation of nose, eyerims and lips.
 Light eye (called « bear eye »).
 Entropion.
 Ears set high, directed backwards or cropped.
 Neck carried horizontal.
 Croup overbuilt.
 Tail carried constantly above the topline.
 Dewclaws.
 Lack of hair between the toes.
 Lack of ruff, lack of feathering on the legs.

Disqualifying faults

 Aggresive or overly shy.
 Stop too shallow.
 Pointed muzzle.
 Several missing teeth.
 Over-or undershot mouth.
 Ectropion.
 Hair curly or silky.
 Lack of undercoat.
 Coat with coloured patches.
 Nervous character.

NB :

• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
• The above mentioned faults when occurring to a highly marked degree or frequently are disqualifying.
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.

Bibliography

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