The Russian Wolfhound club Standard 1905


September 1, 1905

HEAD – Skull slightly domed, long and narrow, with scarcely any perceptible stop, rather inclined to be Roman-nosed; jaws long, powerful and deep; teeth strong, clean and ever, neither pig-jawed nor undershot; nose large and black.

EARS – Small and fine in quality, lying back on the neck when in repose with the tips when thrown back almost touching behind the occiput; raised when at attention.

EYES – Set somewhat obliquely, dark in color, intelligent, but rather soft in expression, never full nor staring, nor light in color, eyelids dark.

NECK – Clean, free from throatiness, somewhat shorter than in the greyhound, slightly arched, very powerful and well set on.

SHOULDERS – Sloping, should be fine at the withers and free from coarseness or lumber.

CHEST – Rather narrow, with great depth of brisket.

RIBS – Only slightly sprung, but very deep, giving room for heart and lung play.

BACK – Rising a little at the loins in a graceful curve.

LOINS – Extremely muscular, but rather tucked up, owning to the great depth of chest and comparative shortness of back and ribs.

FORE LEGS – Bone flat, straight, giving free pay for the elbows, which should b neither turned in nor out; pasterns strong.

FEET – Hare shaped, with well-arched knuckles, toes close and well padded.

HIND-QUARTERS – Long, very muscular and powerful, with well bent stifles and strong second thighs, hocks broad, clean and well let down.

TAIL – Long, set on and carried low in a graceful curve.

Head – 15
Ears – 5
Eyes – 5
Neck – 5
Shoulders and Chest – 15
Ribs, Back and Loins – 15
Hind-quarters, Stifles and Hocks – 15
Legs and Feet – 10
Coat and Feather = 10
Tail – 5

Total – 100

COAT – Long, silky (not wooly), either flat, wavy or rather curly. On the head, ears and front of legs it should be short and smooth; on the neck the frill should be profuse and rather curly. Feather on hind-quarters and tail, long and profuse, less so on the chest and back of fore-legs.

COLOR – Any color, white usually predominating, more or less marked with lemon, tan, brindle, grey or black. Whole colored specimens of these tints occasionally appear. Solid black or black marked with tan to be considered a disqualification.

GENERAL APPEARANCE – Should be that of an elegant, graceful aristocrat among dogs, possessing courage and combining great muscular power with extreme speed.

SIZE – Dogs, average height at shoulder from 28 to 31 inches; average weight from 75 to 105 pounds. Larger dogs are often seen, extra size being no disadvantage when it is not acquired at the expense of symmetry, speed and staying quality.

Bitches are invariably smaller than dogs, and two inches less in height and from 15 to 20 pounds less in weight is a fair average.



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