ShowSight Presents The Miniature American Shepherd

Ears: acceptable styles. Illustrations courtesy of Vicky Mistretta.

moderate bone proportionate to their size. Th e structure of a male reflects masculin- ity without coarseness. Th e females will appear feminine without being slight of bone. Th ickness of coat goes a long way in adding to or detracting from the amount of bone/substance that an animal appears to have. It is what is under the hair that should carry the most weight. Moderation is the overall impression of the coat. Hair is of a medium texture, may be straight to wavy, weather resistant and of medium length. Again, the amount of undercoat will vary depending on the seasons and the climate. Hair is short and smooth on the head and front of the legs. Th e backs of forelegs and breeches are moderately feathered. Th ere is a moderate mane and frill more pronounced in dogs than bitches. Keeping the breed “natural” is a priority, therefore, care was taken to include in the standard that hair may be trimmed only on the ears, feet, back of hocks, pasterns and tail. Also, untrimmed whiskers are preferred. Th e head is clean-cut, dry and in pro- portion to the body. Th e eyes are almond shaped, set obliquely, neither protrud- ing nor sunken and in proportion to the head. Eye colors come in a wide range and may have di ff erent color eyes on the same dog. Brown, blue, hazel, amber, including flecks and marbling are acceptable in all

coat colors. Eye rims and nose leather cor- responds to the base color, i.e., Black base color has black pigmentation and red base color has liver pigmentation. Ears are triangular, moderate size, set high on the head and may break for- ward and over or to the side as a rose ear. Th ere is no preference to style, however,

prick ears or ears hanging with no lift is a severe fault. Th e width and length of the crown are equal. Th e length of the muzzle is equal to the length of the crown. When viewed from the side, the muzzle and top line of the crown are slightly oblique to each oth- er with the front of the crown on a slight

“EYE COLORS COME IN A WIDE RANGE AND MAY HAVE DIFFERENT COLOR EYES ON THE SAME DOG.”

272 • S HOW S IGHT M AGAZINE , J UNE 2015

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