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.
- Ideally 11 to 13 inches. However, dogs that are slightly larger
or smaller may be given full consideration.
- 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.
- Fine-boned and slender but not so refined as to appear breakable
or alternatively, not a robust, heavy structure.
- Alert and intense.
- 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.
- Uncropped large and erect, placed so that the base of the ear is
level with the outside corner of the eye.
- 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.
- Slight but distinct.
- Cheeks taper cleanly into the muzzle.
- Dark in dark-colored dogs; may be lighter in lighter-colored
dogs. Pigment is solid.
Lips - Lips are
clean and tight.
- 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 is lean and clean, slightly arched from the withers to the
base of the skull and carried high.
- Level to slightly sloping croup.
- 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 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.
- Layback of shoulders is 45 degrees to point of shoulder
allowing for good reach.
- Clean and narrow.
- Close to body.
- Long, slender and straight.
- Upright, fine and strong. Dewclaws may be removed.
- Hare foot, narrow with elongated toes. Nails are trimmed to moderate
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
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.
color or combination of colors.
agile and smooth without being stilted or hackneyed. Comes and goes
at a trot moving in a straight line.
June 12, 1990
Effective April 1, 1991