A look at the Cirneco dell’Etna
mucous membranes and the skin of the nose are in the colours described for the nose and must never show black patches nor be depigmented. COAT HAIR: Smooth on the head, on the ears and legs; semi-long (about 3 cm) but sleek and close lying on the body and the tail; hair straight and stiff like horse hair. COLOR : • Self-coloured fawn, more or less intense or diluted like isabella, sable, etc. • Fawn with more or less extensive white (white blaze on the head, white mark on the chest, white feet, white tip on tail, white belly); (a white collar is less appreciated). Self-coloured white or white with orange patches is tolerated; a fawn coat with a mixture of slightly lighter and darker hairs is allowed. SIZE AND WEIGHT Height at withers: Males : From 46 to 50 cm (18.11in to 19.69in). Tolerance up to 52 cm (20.47in). Females: From 42 to 46 cm (16.54in to18.11in). Tolerance up to 50 cm (19.69in). Weight :
1/3 of the height at the withers, with an obliqueness below the horizontal of 55° ; the upper tips of the blades are close to each other; the scapulo-humeral angle measures 115° to 120°. Upper arm: Its length is equal to half the length of the leg measured from ground to elbow; almost perfectly parallel or almost so to the median plane of the body, slightly oblique below the horizontal, with noticeable and distinct muscles. Elbow: Set at level or below the sternal line, parallel to the median plane of the body; the humeral-radial angle measures about 150°. Forearm: Its length is equal to the third of the height at the withers; straight and parallel; the cubital-carpal groove is well obvious; bone structure is light but solid. Pastern joint: Extends the straight line of the forearm; pisiform bone prominent. Pastern: Its length must not be less than 1/6 of the height of the foreleg, measured from the ground to the elbow; wider than the carpus, but flat and dry, the pastern is slightly sloping from back to front; bone structure is flat and lean. Forefoot: Oval shaped (harefoot) with well-knit and arched toes; nails strong and curved, brown or fleshy pink nearing brown, but never black; pads hard of the same colour as the nails. HINDQUARTERS: Straight and parallel. Seen in profile, a vertical line, which descends from the rear point of the pelvic tuber to the ground, touches almost or touches the tips of the toes. Seen from behind, a vertical line drawn from the rear point of the buttock to the ground, splits the point of the hock, the metatarsal and the hind foot in two equal parts. The length of the hindlimb measures about the 93% of the height at the withers. Upperthigh : Long and wide. Its length measures one third of the height at the withers; muscles are flat and the rear edge of the buttock is slightly convex; its width (outer surface) is equal to 3/4 of its length; the ileum-femoral angle measures about 115°. Stifle: Must be on the vertical which goes from the buttock to the ground; the tibia-femoral angle is about 120°. Lower Thigh: Of slightly inferior length to that of the upper thigh, shows an obliqueness of 55° below the horizontal. The coverging muscles are lean and very distinct; bone structure is light; the groove along the Achilles tendon is well marked. Hock: The distance from the sole of the foot to the point of the hock is not more than 27% of the height at the withers; its outer surface is wide; the tibial-tarsal angle is about 135°. Metatarsal: Its length is equal to a third of the length of the foreleg measured from ground to elbow; of cylindrical shape and in vertical position, thus perpendicular to the ground; no dewclaws. Hind feet: Slightly oval with otherwise all the same character- istics as the forefeet. GAIT/ MOVEMENT: Gallop, with intermittent trotting phas- es. SKIN: Fine, well fitting to the underlying tissues on all parts of the body. Colour varies according to that of the coat. The
Males: 10 to 12 kg (22.05lbs to 26.46lbs). Females: 8 to 10 kg (17.64lbs to 22.05lbs).
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.
ELIMINATING FAULTS: • Aggresive or overly shy. • Convergence of the cranial-facial axes. • Concave foreface. • Accentuated over-or undershot mouth. • Wall eye. • Totally hanging ears or bat ears. • Tail curved up over the back. • Black nails. • Pads (digital and central) black.
• Black depigmentation, even limited. • Self-coloured dogs brown or liver. • Black or brown patches. • Presence of black or brown hairs. • Brindle coat. • Black mucous membranes. • Total depigmentation. • Size above or by 2 cm (0.79in) below the margins indicated by the standard. Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified. N.B.: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
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