New Zealand Kennel Club (NZKC) Standard
Intelligent, lively and affectionate.
A strongly built, active, well balanced and alert little dog whose presentation gives the “little Lion” appearance.
Head and Skull:
Short, fairly broad skull, flat between the ears, head carried proud and high. Well defined stop. Short, strong muzzle.
Round, large and intelligent, dark in colour.
Long and well fringed, set on level with the eye, close hanging.
The jaws should be strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
Black/brown according to coat colour.
Good length, proudly arched.
Forelegs straight and fine boned. Shoulder well laid.
Short, strong, well-proportioned. Level topline. Ribs well-sprung. Strong loin with moderate tuck up.
Hind legs well-muscled, with good turn of stifle; straight when viewed from the rear.
Small and round.
Free, parallel movement fore and aft, no hackneyed action.
Of medium length, clipped with a tuft of hair to resemble a plume. Carried gaily on the move.
Fairly long and wavy but not curly. Fine and silky. Clipped in the traditional lion clip.
Any colour or combination of colours permissible.
Height 25-35 cm. (10-13 inches) at the withers.
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness of the fault should be in exact proportion to its degree.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.