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Neck - Medium length. Free from throatiness, though not a serious fault
unless accompanied by dewlaps, strong without giving the impression of
being overmuscled. Well set into sloping shoulders. Never concave or ewe-necked.
Topline - Slight slope from the highest point of the shoulders to the
root of the tail.
Chest - Deep, reaching the level of the elbow. Neither so wide nor so
rounded as to disturb the placement of the shoulders and elbows. Ribs
well sprung. Adequate heart room provided by depth as well as width. Narrow
or slab-sided chests are a fault.
Back - Short and straight. Never hollow, saddle, sway or roach backed.
Slight drop from the hips to the root of the tail.
Flanks - Rounded. Fairly full. Not extremely tucked up, or flabby and
falling. Loins short and strong. Distance from last rib to upper thigh
short, about three to four fingers widths. Narrow and weak loins are a
fault. In motion, the loin should not sway sideways, giving a zig-zag
motion to the back, wasting energy.
Tailless to approximately four inches, natural or docked. The tail not
to be so long as to affect the overall balance of the dog. Set on high,
actually an extension of the spine at about the same level. Any tail substantially
more than four inches shall be severely penalized.
Shoulders - Shoulder blades should not protrude too much, not too wide
apart, with perhaps two thumbs' width between. Sloping and muscular. Blade
and upper arm should form nearly a ninety degree angle. Straight shoulders
are a fault. At the shoulders the Brittany is slightly higher than at
Viewed from the front, perpendicular, but not set too wide. Elbows and
feet turning neither in nor out. Pasterns slightly sloped. Down in pasterns
is a serious fault. Leg bones clean, graceful, but not too fine. Extremely
heavy bone is as much a fault as spindly legs. One must look for substance
and suppleness. Height at elbows should approximately equal distance from
elbow to withers.
Should be strong, proportionately smaller than the spaniels', with close
fitting, well arched toes and thick pads. The Brittany is "not up
on his toes." Toes not heavily feathered. Flat feet, splayed feet,
paper feet, etc., are to be heavily penalized. An ideal foot is halfway
between the hare and the cat foot. Dewclaws may be removed.
Broad, strong and muscular, with powerful thighs and well bent stifles,
giving the angulation necessary for powerful drive.
Stifles well bent. The stifle should not be so angulated as to place the
hock joint far out behind the dog. A Brittany should not be condemned
for straight stifle until the judge has checked the dog in motion from
the side. The stifle joint should not turn out making a cowhock. Thighs
well feathered but not profusely, halfway to the hock. Hocks, that is,
the back pasterns, should be moderately short, pointing neither in nor
out, perpendicular when viewed from the side. They should be firm when
shaken by the judge.
Feet - Same as front feet.
Dense, flat or wavy, never curly. Texture neither wiry nor silky. Ears
should carry little fringe. The front and hind legs should have some feathering,
but too little is definitely preferable to too much. Dogs with long or
profuse feathering or furnishings shall be so severely penalized as to
effectively eliminate them from competition.
Skin - Fine and fairly loose. A loose skin rolls with briars and sticks,
thus diminishing punctures or tearing. A skin so loose as to form pouches