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Head and Skull
Medium sized head in proportion to body. The head is only slightly
rounded from ear to ear. Domed or apple heads are highly undesirable.
When viewed from the front and side, head is to be wedge shaped and

well filled in under the eyes. The stop to be moderate and when measured

fromthat point to occiput it equals the distance from the stop to the tip of
the nose with parallel planes. The colour of the nose is preferably
black, with the exception of a true liver which will have a liver nose.
There should be strength in the muzzle.

Not large, protruding or round, but slightly oval in shape. As dark as
possible with a keen expression and pigmented eye rims. Light eyes and
wall eyes are to be discouraged.



V shaped with slightly rounded tips, set high on the outer edge of the
skull, erect or semi-erect. If semi-erect the top third of the ear tips
forward. Not wide or large at the base, rather medium in size. The
length of the ear to be roughly equal to the width between the ears. The
ears are of a thin texture (not thick).



Strong jaws with full dentition and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper
teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth. Lips to be tight fitting and
pigmented. A wry mouth should be heavily penalised.



Strong and clean of moderate length, allowing head to be carried proudly.

Shoulders well sloped back and not too heavily muscled. Forelegs are of
strong round bone in keeping with the size of the dog, straight when
viewed from any angle with sufficient length of the upper arm which is
well angled to the scapula ensuring the elbows are set under the body
with the sternum clearly in front of the shoulder blades.



A short, compact, level topline. A strong back without slackness and
with powerful loins. Ribs moderately sprung, back ribs deep and reaching
well back with only a slight tuck up. The chest is of moderate width and
reaching in depth to the level of the elbow, but not below.


Not too heavily muscled. The rump is well rounded with only a slight
slope to the croup. Long and powerful thighs. The stifle is well bent
and the hocks well let down. The pastern should be parallel when viewed
from the rear, and vertical when viewed from the side.

Compact, round shaped, toes moderately arched.




Docked: Docked at the 3rd joint. Sometimes an undocked bob tail occurs.
High set and erect when alert, but not carried over the back. Carried
gaily, showing bold temperament. Undocked: Of moderate length, to give
balance to dog. High set and erect when alert, but not carried over the
back. Carried gaily, showing bold temperament.



To be short and of smooth texture. The Tenterfield Terrier is a single
coated dog.



General Appearance

The Tenterfield Terrier is a strong, active, agile working terrier of
great versatility and of pleasing proportion. The measurement of wither
to ground and wither to rear point of buttock should be of equal
proportions. The length of the head and neck should always be in

balance to the whole of the dog. The coat is always smooth.



A keen, intelligent and alert expression which is denoted by the
carriage of the ears and erect tail.


Confident, with an eagerness to learn, showing great loyalty to its
owner and although fearless and bold at work, he is an ideal companion
dog in the home.


Movement / Gait
Fore and hind legs carried straight forward and parallel. The elbows to
move perpendicular to the body, working clear of the sides, stifles
neither turning in nor out and the hocks not close, with good rear drive
coming from the well flexing hindquarters.



The height to be 25.5 to 30.5cms (10 to 12 ins) with ideal being 28cms
(11 ins) but not exceeding 30.5cms (12 ins). The weight to be in
proportion to the size of the dog.



Colouring is common (i.e. white with black markings and tan cheeks
and/or tan above eyes and/or tan breeches). Brindle markings acceptable
but not preferred. Full colour coats are not acceptable. Skin should
always be pigmented.



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.

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