Wirehaired Slovakian Pointer

FCI standard Nº 320

Origin
Slovakia
Translation
Mrs. Peggy Davis
Group
Group 7 Pointing dogs
Section
Section 1.1 Continental Pointing Dogs, type “Braque”
Working
With working trial
Acceptance on a definitive basis by the FCI
Wednesday 17 February 1982
Publication of the official valid standard
Friday 06 January 1995
Last update
Wednesday 24 July 1996
En français, cette race se dit
Braque slovaque à poil dur
Diese Norm ist in deutscher Sprache sichtbar
Slowakischer Rauhbart
En español, esta raza se dice
Braco eslovaco de pelo duro
In het Nederlands, wordt dit ras gezegd
Braque Slowaakse ruwharige
In his country of origin, his name is

Slovenský Hrubosrstý Stavac (Ohar)

Usage

Pointer.

General appearance

Dog of moderate strength, working type, but with nobleness in his lines. The basic colour of the coat is called “grey” and the hair is harsh (hard). He must be fit and able to work on the plain, in the woods and in the water and especially to work after the shooting, searching and retrieving wounded game. He is obedient and easy to train.

Important proportions

Shape : The ratio of length of the body to the height at the withers must be of 10 : 9 in the males and of 10 : 8 in the females.
Unique type : It is desirable that the dog be solidly built, but not of a heavy type.

Head

Cranial region

Head
Sufficiently long, lean, without folds in the skin, proportional to the body.
Skull
Rectangular shape, the superciliary arches must be pronounced, the frontal furrow visible. The occipital crest is felt at the touch. 
Stop
The slope is moderate (about 45°).

Facial region

Nose
Sufficiently large, dark in colour. Large nostrils.
Muzzle
Approximately the same length as the skull, sufficiently high and wide. Lower jaw even and strong with a well developed set of teeth. The muzzle is straight.
Lips
Moderately developed; fitting closely, dark in colour.
Jaws and teeth
Well developed, scissor bite.
Eyes
Almond shape, well set into the eyesocket, of amber colour, with an intelligent expression. In the puppies and the young dogs, they are bluish (azure). The eyelids are dark.
Ears
Of proportional length, set above eye level. Broad at the inset (base) and the flap is rounded.

Neck

Of medium length, lean, without skin folds, well muscled; inserted high in the withers.

Body

Body
The dog is well built, rather high in size, straight back, the neck attached high and the head carried high.
Withers
Is well pronounced and well linked with the line of the back.
Back
Is straight, well muscled, solid, very slightly sloping towards the rear.
Croup
The croup is broad, sufficiently long, neither overbuilt nor drooping.
Chest
Sufficiently long and broad, oval, in proportion with the whole of the body, let down to the elbow. Ribs well sprung, breast well developed.
Underline and belly
Moderately tucked in.

Tail

Moderately strong, set rather high, carried downwards when the dog is at rest; carried horizontally when the dog is in action. Well furnished with hair but not brush style. The tail is shortened (docked) at half length.

Limbs

Forequarters

Generality
On the whole well developed, vertical seen from the front or in profile.
Shoulders
Well developed and muscled. Shoulder-blades : Placed obliquely.
Upper arm
Scapulo-humeral angle : 110°.
Elbows
Angle of elbow : 135°.
Forearm
Vertical with lean and marked musculature.
Carpal
Practically vertical.
Pastern
Quite strong, relatively short, almost vertical.
Forefeet
Rounded with tight and well arched toes. The nails and the pads are dark in colour. Claws of inner toes must be removed.

Hindquarters

Generality
Well angulated ensemble seen from profil, and vertical seen from behind.
Upper thigh
Sufficiently long, broad and well muscled. Angle of hip, (coxal-femoral) : 80° to 85°.
Lower thigh
Broad, sufficiently long and well muscled.
Stifle
Femoral-tibial (stifle) angle : Between 125° and 130°.
Metatarsus
Almost vertical.
Hock
Angle of the hock : Between 125° and 135°.
Hind feet
Rounded, toes tight and well arched. The nails and the pads are dark in colour. Dewclaws must be removed.

Gait and movement

Balanced, lively; at work on the plain the dog gallops.

Skin

Of medium thickness, elastic, without folds, of a grey colour.

Coat

Hair
Undercoat : down short and fine. Normally looses it in the summer. Topcoat about 4 cm long, harsh, straight and flat. At the lower part of the muzzle, the hair is longer and softer, forming a moustache. Above the eyes, the hair is more marked and laying obliquely. The forehead and the occiput are covered with short harsh hair. The hair on the leathers is short and soft. The tail is very hairy.
Colour
The basic colour is brown shaded sable (said “grey”) with varying lighter and darker shadings without white markings, or with white markings on the legs, and on the chest. Also “grey” with more or less large markings, eventually speckled.

Size and weight

Height at withers
Is from 62 to 68 cm for the males and from 57 to 64 cm for the females.

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.

Serious faults

 Size too big or too small in relation to the standard.
 Colour much too light going to nearly white.
 Heavy appearance and without nobleness.
 Head too strong.
 Arched back.
 Leathers too long or too thick.
 Hair too long or silky.
 Hair too short, without moustaches.

Disqualifying faults

 Aggressive or overly shy dogs.
 Other basic colour than the “grey” (brown shaded sable).
 All anatomical faults like prognathism upper and lower, entropion, ectropion, irregular position of the legs.

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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