General Appearance A toy dog, fine-boned, elegant and graceful. The
distinct varieties are born in the same litter. The Hairless with hair
only on the head, tail and feet and the Powderpuff, completely covered
with hair. The breed serves as a loving companion, playful and
Size, Proportion, Substance
Size Ideally 11 to 13 inches. However, dogs that are slightly larger or
smaller may be given full consideration. Proportion
rectangular-proportioned to allow for freedom of movement. Body length
from withers to base of tail is slightly longer than the height at the
withers. Substance Fine-boned and slender but not so refined as to
appear breakable or alternatively, not a robust, heavy structure.
Expression Alert and intense. Eyes Almond-shaped, set wide apart.
Dark-colored dogs have dark-colored eyes, and lighter-colored dogs may
have lighter-colored eyes. Eye rims match the coloring of the dog. Ears
Uncropped large and erect, placed so that the base of the ear is level
with the outside corner of the eye. Skull The skull is arched gently
over the occiput from ear to ear. Distance from occiput to stop equal
to distance from stop to tip of nose. The head is wedge-shaped viewed
from above and the side. Stop Slight but distinct. Muzzle Cheeks taper
cleanly into the muzzle. Nose Dark in dark-colored dogs; may be lighter
in lighter-colored dogs. Pigment is solid. Lips Lips are clean and
tight. Bite Scissors or level in both varieties. Missing teeth in the
Powderpuff are to be faulted. The Hairless variety is not to be
penalized for absence of full dentition.
Neck, Topline, Body
Neck Neck is lean and clean, slightly arched from the withers to the
base of the skull and carried high. Topline Level to slightly sloping
croup. Body Brisket extends to the elbow. Breastbone is not prominent.
Ribs are well developed. The depth of the chest tapers to a moderate
tuck-up at the flanks. Light in loin. Tail Tail is slender and tapers
to a curve. It is long enough to reach the hock. When dog is in motion,
the tail is carried gaily and may be carried slightly forward over the
back. At rest the tail is down with a slight curve upward at the end
resembling a sickle. In the Hairless variety, two-thirds of the end of
the tail is covered by long, flowing feathering referred to as a plume.
The Powderpuff variety's tail is completely covered with hair.
Angulation Layback of shoulders is 45 degrees to point of shoulder
allowing for good reach. Shoulders Clean and narrow. Elbows Close to
body. Legs Long, slender and straight. Pasterns Upright, fine and
strong. Dewclaws may be removed. Feet Hare foot, narrow with elongated
toes. Nails are trimmed to moderate length.
Angulation Stifle moderately angulated. From hock joint to ground
perpendicular. Dewclaws may be removed. Feet Same as forequarters.
The Hairless variety has hair on certain portions of the body: the head
(called a crest), the tail (called a plume) and the feet from the toes
to the front pasterns and rear hock joints (called socks). The texture
of all hair is soft and silky, flowing to any length. Placement of hair
is not as important as overall type. Areas that have hair usually taper
off slightly. Wherever the body is hairless, the skin is soft and
smooth. Head Crest begins at the stop and tapers off between the base
of the skull and the back of the neck. Hair on the ears and face is
permitted on the Hairless and may be trimmed for neatness in both
varieties. Tail Plume is described under Tail. The Powderpuff variety
is completely covered with a double soft and silky coat. Close
examination reveals long thin guard hairs over the short silky
undercoat. The coat is straight, of moderate density and length.
Excessively heavy, kinky or curly coat is to be penalized. Grooming is
minimal-consisting of presenting a clean and neat appearance.
Any color or combination of colors.
Lively, agile and smooth without being stilted or hackneyed. Comes and goes at a trot moving in a straight line.
Gay and alert.