Illustrated Standard – Body (pg 1)

CKC Standard – Body

Back short, firm, of sufficient width, and muscular at the loin extending in a straight line from withers to the slightly rounded croup. Withers pronounced and forming the highest point of the body. Brisket full and broad, reaching deep to the elbow. Chest broad, and forechest well

defined. Ribs well sprung from the spine, but flattened at lower end to provide elbow

clearance. Belly well tucked up, extending in a curved line from chest. Loins well muscled. Hips broad in proportion to body, breadth of hips being approximately equal to breadth of body at rib spring.


The connection of the front and rear needs to be strong. The breed’s ability to pivot and turn quickly comes from the short, strong loin. The withers must not be pronounced because of an upright shoulder. The shoulders, spring of rib and rear should be equal in width when seen from above. The narrowing of the rib cage at the elbows is crucial for correct movement. Look down from above the dog to see that the elbows are neatly tucked into the body. The underline is as important as the topline, as it gives the overall outline its finishing touch.