This is the official breed standard as published by the Australian Kennel Council.
GENERAL APPEARANCE - strongly built, short coupled, very active; broad in skull; broad and deep through chest and ribs; broad and strong over loins and hindquarters.
CHARACTERISTICS – Good tempered, very agile. Excellent nose, soft mouth; keen love of water. Adaptable, devoted companion.
TEMPERAMENT - Intelligent, keen and bidderable, with a strong will to please. Kindly nature, with no trace of aggression or undue shyness.
HEAD AND SKULL – Skull broad with defined., Clean cut without fleshy cheeks. Jaws of medium length, powerful not snipey. Nose wide, nostrils well developed.
EYES – medium size, expressing intelligence and good temper , brown or hazel.
EARS – Not large or heavy, hanging close to head and set rather far back.
MOUTH – Jaws and teeth strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, ie: upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
NECK – Clean, strong, powerful, set into well place shoulders.
FOREQUATERS – Shoulders long and sloping. Four legs well-boned and straight from elbow to ground when viewed from either front or side.
BODY – chest of good width and depth, with sprung barrel ribs. Level top line. Loins wide, short coupled and strong.
HINDQUATERS – Well developed not sloping to tail; well turned stifle. Hocks well let down, cow hocks highly undesirable.
FEET – Round, compact; well arched toes and well developed pads.
TAIL – Distinctive feature, very thick towards base, gradually tapering towards tip, medium length, free from feathering, but clothed thickly all round with short, thick, dense coat, thus giving “rounded” appearance described as “otter “tail. Maybe carried gaily but should not curl over back.
GAIT – Movement-free covering adequate ground; straight and true in front and rear.
COAT – Distinctive feature, short dense without wave and feathering, giving fairly hard feel to touch; weather resistant undercoat.
COLOUR – Wholly Black, Yellow or Liver-chocolate. Yellow range from light cream to red fox. Small white spot on chest permissible.
SIZE - Height-: Dogs 56-57cm at wither. SIZE - Bitches 54.5-56 cm at wither.