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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 entertaining.
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.
- Stifle moderately angulated. From hock joint to ground perpendicular. Dewclaws may be removed. Feet - Same
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
Lively, agile and smooth without being stilted or hackneyed. Comes and goes at a trot moving
in a straight line.
Gay and alert.