FCI Breed Standart

09.08.1999/EN  FCI-Standard N° 248 


ORIGIN : Malta

PATRONAGE : Great Britain.


UTILIZATION : An alert keen hunter, hunting by scent and sight, using his ears to a marked degree when working close.

FCI-CLASSIFICATION : Group 5 Spitz and primitive types.

                                           Section 6 Primitive type.

                                           Without working trial.

GENERAL APPEARANCE : Medium sized, of noble bearing with clean-cut lines. Graceful yet powerful. Very fast with free easy movement and alert expression.

BEHAVIOUR /TEMPERAMENT : Alert, intelligent, friendly, affectionate and playful.

HEAD : Foreface slightly longer than skull. Top of skull parallel with foreface, whole head representing a blunt wedge when viewed in profile and from above.


Skull : Long, lean and well-chiselled.

Stop : Only slight.


Nose : Flesh coloured only, blending with coat.

Jaws/Teeth : Powerful jaws with strong teeth. Scissor bite, i.e. the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Eyes : Amber coloured, blending with coat ; oval, moderately deepset, with keen, intelligent expression. 

Ears : Medium high set ; carried erect when alert, but very mobile ; broad at base, fine and large.

NECK : Long, lean, muscular and slightly arched. Clean throat line.

BODY : Lithe with almost straight topline. Length of body from breast to haunch bone slightly longer than height at withers.

Croup : Slight slope down from croup to root of tail.

Chest : Deep, extending down to point of elbow. Ribs well sprung.

Belly : Moderate cut up.

TAIL : Medium set, fairly thick at base and tapering (whip-like), reaching just below point of hock in repose. Carried high and curved when dog is in action. Tail should not be tucked between legs. A screw tail undesirable.

LIMBS FOREQUARTERS : General appearance : Forelegs straight and parallel.

Shoulder : Strong, long and well laid back.

Elbow : Well tucked in.

Pastern : Strong


General appearance : Strong and muscular. Limbs parallel when viewed from behind.

Stifle : Moderate bend of stifle.

Second thigh : Well developed.

FEET : Strong, well knuckled and firm, turning neither in nor out. Paws well padded. Dewclaws may be removed.

GAIT/MOVEMENT : Free and flowing ; head held fairly high and dog should cover ground well without any apparent effort. Legs and feet should move in line with body ; any tendency to throw feet sideways, or high stepping « hackney » action highly undesirable. 

COAT HAIR : Short and glossy, ranging from fine and close to slightly harsh ; no feathering.

COLOUR : Tan or rich tan with white markings allowed as follows : White tip on tail strongly desired. White on chest (called « the star »). White on toes. Slim white blaze on center line of face permissible. Flecking or white other than above undesirable.

HEIGHT : Dogs : ideally 56 cm (22-25 ins = 56-63,5 cm),

                  bitches : ideally 53 cm (21-24 ins = 53-61 cm).

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.


• Aggressive or overly shy dogs.

• Any dog clearly showing physical of behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.


• 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.