Head: Large and typically molossoid. The upper longitudinal axes of the skull and the muzzle converge slightly.
Skull: Wide; at the zygomatic arches its width is equal to or greater than its length. convex in front, it becomes fairly flat behind the forehead as far as the occiput. The medio-frontal furrow is visible
Nose: Black and large with ample, open nostrils, on the same line as the nasal bridge.
Muzzle: Noticeably shorter than the skull (ratio muzzle: skull approximately 1:2). Strong, square: the front part of the muzzle is flat; the lateral surfaces are parallel; the muzzle is as wide as long. The profile of the nasal bridge is straight.
Lips: The upper lips hang moderately and cover the mandible, so that the lower profile of the muzzle is determined by the lips.
Jaws/Teeth: Jaws very large, thick and curved. Slightly undershot. Level bite acceptable, but not sought after.
Eyes: Medium-sized, ovoid, looking directly forward, slightly protruding. Eyelids close fitting. Color of iris as dark as possible depending from the color of the coat. expression keen and attentive.
Ears: Triangular, drooping, with a wide set on high above the zygomatic arches. Often cropped in the shape of an equilateral triangle.
Neck: strong, muscular, as long as the head.
Body: The body is somewhat longer than the height at the withers. sturdily built, but not squat.
Forequarters:Shoulder: Long, oblique, very muscular
Upper Arm: Strong
Forearm: Straight, very strong
Carpal Joint and Pasterns: Elastic
Forefeet: Cat feet.
Hindquarters:Upper Thigh: Long, wide, back line of thigh convex
Lower Thigh: strong, not fleshy
Hocks: Moderately angulated
Metatarsals: Thick and sinewy
Hindfeet: Slightly less compact than the forefeet.
Gait/Movement: Long stride, extended trot. The preferred gait is the trot.
Skin: Fairly thick, rather close fitting
Coat:Hair: Short, shiny, very dense with a light undercoat.Color: black, lead-grey, slate-grey, light grey, light fawn: stag red and dark fawn; brindle (stripes on different shades of fawn or grey); in fawn colored and brindle dogs the clack or grey mask on the muzzle should not go beyond the line of the eyes. A small white patch on the chest, on the tips of the feet and on the bridge of the nose is acceptable.
Size and Weight:Height at Withers: Males from 64 to 68 cm; females from 60 to 64 cm. Tolerance of 2 cm more or less.
Weight: males from 45 to 50 Kg; females from 40 to 45 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.
Severe Faults:Axes of muzzle and skull parallel or too converging; lateral surfaces of the muzzle converging Partial depigmentation of the nose Scissor bite; pronounced undershot mouth Ring-tail, tail in vertical position Permanent amble when trotting Over-or undersize
Eliminating Faults:Axes of muzzle and skull diverging Total depigmentation of the nose Bridge of nose very hollow, rams's nose Overshot mouth Partial or complete palpebral depigmentation. Wall eye; strabism. Tailless, short tail (docked or not) Semi-long, smooth or fringed hair All colors not indicated in the standard: large white patches. N.B. Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended.