Historic FCI Standard (1995)

Federation Cynologique International (FCI) Standard No233/11.09.1995/GB

This is NOT a current standard. It is no longer applicable.


Group 9 Companion & Toy

Alternative Names:Little Lion Dog, Petit Chien Lion

TRANSLATION: The Kennel Union of Southern Africa.

ORIGIN: France.



FCI’S CLASSIFICATION: Group 9 Companions and Toys Section 1.3 Bichons and related breeds Without Working Trial.

GENERAL APPEARANCE : Intelligent, affectionate small dog of lively character which embodies in itself the characteristics of a companion dog. The coat is clipped in the traditional poodle style, the tail being completely clipped except for a plume at the end, so that the silhouette resembles that of a small lion.

HEAD: Short; fairly broad skull.
Nose: Black, well placed and in extension of the nasal bridge.
Eyes: Round, large, with intelligent expression, dark colour.
Ears: Pendant, long and well-fringed.

BODY: Short and well-proportioned.
Tail: Moderately long, clipped apart from the tuft in the shape of a plume at the end.

LEGS: Straight, slender.
Feet: Small and round.

Hair: Fairly long and wavy, but not curly.
Colour: All colours are permitted, may be single coloured or spotted, except brow coats (chocolate, liver) and all derivatives of this colour.

SIZE AND WEIGHT: Height at withers 25 – 32 cm Weight : 4 – 8 kg.

FAULTS: Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.
Head: Too long; insufficiently broad skull.
Nose: Spotty pigmentation, any colour other than black; upturned foreface (nose pointing upwards).
Eyes: Small, almond-shaped, bulging, light-coloured eyes; unsteady gaze or malicious expression.
Ears: Too short, insufficient or no fringes.
Body: Too long, lacking harmony or solidity.
Tail: Too long, too short.
Legs: Turned-out or bowed legs.
Feet: Flat, long or splayed.
Coat: Too short, curly or straight.
Dogs not clipped in accordance with the standard are to be excluded from judging.

N.B.: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.