Head
HEAD: Strongly built with close fitting skin. Triangular when seen from above or the side.  Skull -
Slightly longer than muzzle and somewhat domed.  Stop – clearly defined though neither steep nor
high.  Nose – Black. Dark brown in chocolate brown and some cream dogs. The nasal bridge is well-
developed and straight. Muzzle slightly shorter than skull. tapering evenly towards the nose to form a
blunt triangle when seen from both above and from the side. Lips - Black, close fitting. Dark brown in
chocolate brown and some cream dogs. Bite: Scissor bite. Teeth - Complete dentition. Cheeks –
Flat. Eyes – Medium size and almond shaped. Dark brown. Slightly lighter in chocolate brown and
some cream dogs. Eyerims are black. Dark brown in chocolate brown and some cream dogs. Ears –
Erect and of medium size. Triangular with firm edges and slightly rounded tips. Very mobile, reacting
sensitively to sounds and showing the dog’s mood. Faults - yellow or round protruding eyes.


2009 ISAA National. Puppy:  Judge Guðrún R. Guðjohnsen wrote Fawn with white
and with black mask, Overall impression: Good Type, overall good; Coat: long;
Head: good, good expression; Bite/Mouth: correct; Eyes: Dark & Beautiful; Ears:
good size; Chest: Good for age; Front angulation: good; Back angulation: good;
Topline: good; Tail: good, well placed, well curled; Movement: Moves well.
Expert's Cliff Notes: Head

Strongly built. Blunt triangle from above and the side.

Muzzle strong, clearly shorter than skull.

Scissor bite, full dentition.

Dark oval eyes. Black or dark brown pigment.

Erect, medium size, ears.
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Good Heads and Expressions.
Expert's Notes Regarding Head: The head is triangular when seen from above or the side and
strongly built with close fitting skin. The skull is slightly rounded and rather broad. The stop is clearly
defined though neither steep nor high. The nose is black or dark brown. The muzzle is slightly
shorter than the skull, tapering evenly towards the nose to form a blunt triangle when seen from both
above and from the side. The lips are close fitting. Pigmentation is black or dark brown. Eyes are
oval, of medium size, and very dark brown. They can be slightly lighter in brown dogs. They should
never be yellow or yellowish, blue or partly blue, which gives a very untypical expression and is
considered a serious deviation. The height of the ear is equal to its base and the distance between
the ears also equals the base of the ear. The ears are very mobile, reacting sensitively to sounds and
showing the dog’s mood.
Old dog -
Nicely cut head with beautiful lines and good
proportions. Strong muzzle, clearly shorter than skull.
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From the AKC Standard
SIFK’s Special Show in Borås 1 July 2007 -  Judge Sigríður Pétursdóttir  wrote 41 cm
tall (16.14 in). Masculine male. Very good expression and correct shape of head. Good
ears, well set, not too wide. Good neck and well carried. Good shoulders. Stabile body.
Good croup. Could have more angles in rear.  Good paws and correct double dew
claws. Good fur quality. Well carried tail.
May, 2008 DKK Show. Judge Hans-Åke Sperne wrote:  MALE; VERY GOOD
A large masculine stud with good proportions. Well shaped head and skull that could be a
little wider. Correct bite. Excellent pigmentation. Strong neck, well proportioned body.
Very well shaped tail. Double dew claws. Stronger legs would match the body better.
Eyes
Medium size and almond shaped. Dark brown. Slightly lighter in chocolate brown and some cream dogs.
Eye rims are black. Dark brown in chocolate brown and some cream dogs.
… Faults - yellow or round protruding eyes." - AKC Standard

Dominant, large, and round eyes are unwanted. This also goes for narrow and inclined eyes. Dark
and wide eye-rims may lead to an impression of large eyes even though this is not the case.
Incorrect Heads/Expressions
Holland - Jr. Class- Excellent - Judge Sigríður Pétursdóttir noted: Very typical expression,
good proportion and free movement, good muscle for age, must have more bone, very
good tail, good coat and good colour.   
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Hanstholm, Denmark. 2008. GOOD. Judge Hans-Åke Sperne noted: 45 cm male
dog with a beautiful head, wonderful expression and overall impression. A bit too
long coat, very well-bodied, suitable legs, double dew-claws, well curled tail, moves
well, though a bit short fore, unfortunately cowhocked hind, a bit pointing inwards
fore, very well-tempered, well shown.
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