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247 /05. 05. 2003 GB
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD
ORIGIN : : Morocco
UTILIZATION : Guarding and protecting
his master’s flocks and belongings
2 Pinscher and Schnauzer- Molossoid breeds
- Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs and other breeds
Section 2 Molossoid breeds, Mountain
With working trial
Solid, very hardy dog,
noted for its power and mobility; it is well-muscled,
sinewy, strongly built but not cumbersome and possessing
a thick bushy coat which protects it equally from the
sun and from the cold of its native mountains. This fleece
provides a protective armour in the fights which the Atlas
dog has to undertake against jackals and other predators.
It has a lively, direct and decided gaze as befits an
alert dog always ready to fulfil its guarding role. In
some regions of Marocco it is customary to crop the ears
and even dock the tail of working dogs.
Length of body (point of shoulder-point
of buttock) / size (height at withers) 10 : 9
- Depth of chest / size (height at withers) 1 : 2
- Length of muzzle / length of head 11 : 24
- Length of skull / breadth of skull 1 : 1
faithful, affectionate and docile with its owner and family
members, the Atlas Dog displays inherent guarding and remarkable
protective behaviour. Always alert, it instinctively measures
the gravity and proximity of any danger and fearlessly provides
an appropriate and efficient response.
HEAD : A strong, broad
head, well-proportioned in relation to the whole body,
its general shape is conical; the head is free from
wrinkles and has no prominent muscles; the cheek-bones
are not chiselled and link the skull to the muzzle on
the same plane without a break.
CRANIAL REGION :
Skull : The skull is flat and broad;
a slight frontal groove appears and the occipital protuberance,
although present, is scarcely perceptible.
Stop : Only slightly pronounced.
FACIAL REGION :
Nose : Black or brown in harmony with
coat colour, it is reasonably broad with open nostrils.
Muzzle : Conical like the rest of the
head; it is appreciably less long than the skull; the
stop is sloping and not very defined.
Lips : Thin, tight, black or brown
according to coat colour.
Jaws : Strong, armed with well-set,
powerful, white, regular teeth.
Teeth : The bite is pincer (edge to
edge incisors). Scissor-bite or reverse scissor-bite
without loss of contact between the incisors is tolerated.
Eyes : Moderate size, dark shade, varying
with the coat colour, from dark amber to golden brown.
Slightly oblique and well-pigmented, the eye-lids appear
painted on light-coloured coats. The gaze is very alert,
attentive and scrutinising.
Ears : Medium length with slightly
rounded tips, the ears are set obliquely so as to leave
the skull clear; they are carried half-dropped, raised
forward when alert and sometimes carried back when in
well-muscled, without dewlap
Topline : The topline must show a slightly
dipping profile, without being sway-backed.
Back : Broad, well-muscled back of reasonable
length, followed by powerful, very muscled and slightly
Croup : Harmoniously sloping.
Chest : Adequate width, long and well
let-down, reaching at least as far as the elbows, slightly
Underline : Rising behind the false ribs
without being whippety.
reaching at least to the hocks, it is set on the extension
of the line of croup, carried low, scimitar fashion in repose.
The tail is very bushy and the richness of the plume denotes
pure breeding. On the move, the dog carries its tail much
more gaily. The tail should never be permanently carried
curled over the back.
Shoulder : Oblique, withers distinctly defined,
scapulo-humeral angle of about 100 degrees.
Upper arm : Strong upper arm, muscled,
oblique and close to chest.
Forearm : Straight forearm, solidly constructed
and moderately well-muscled.
Metacarpus (pasterns) : Short and almost
Feet : Practically round, with solid
pads and strong nails whose colour depends upon coat colour.
Hips and thighs : The iliac wing is very
pronounced, the thighs are well-muscled without being
overloaded and quite well let-down.
Lower thighs : The angles at stifle and
hock are obtuse, which raises the croup and gives this
dipping appearance towards the withers.
Feet : Practically round with solid pads
and strong nails whose colour depends upon the coat colour.
trot, gallop : no hackney action and with sufficient reach.
Natural gait : Short, fast trot, single-tracking. At this
pace the Atlas Dog seems tireless.
HAIR : Thick, rather
harsh, half-long, about 6 cm long apart from on the
face and ears where it is short and finer. On the neck
and under the throat, it forms a mane, especially in
males. The breeches and tail are covered with well-furnished
and very long hairs.
COLOUR : The coat colour
is very variable.
- Fawn : From washed sand to deep red.
These coats can be brindled, with black overlay or carrying
a mantle of any hue. This mantle can be widely spread.
- Brown : From beige to burned bread
shade. The lightest tones can have a deeper brown mantle.
All these coats can be spotted with white, the spots
can go from a few discreet marks to a complete covering
(white coat). The lips and nose must always be strongly
pigmented black or brown (depending on coat colour).
Harlequin, blue, isabella are not acceptable.
52 - 62 cm
: 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.
- Cobby appearance.
- Fleshy head.
- Narrow skull.
- Ears short or too long.
- Lack of or excessive stop.
- Shifty, wild or expressionless gaze.
- Dudley-nosed or lack of pigmentation on eyelids or nose.
- Poor upright stance.
ELIMINATING FAULTS :
- Aggressive or overly shy.
- Pointed muzzle.
- Hawk eye – bird of prey eye.
- Ears permanently pricked.
- Undershot or overshot jaw with lack of contact.
- Tail permanently curled over.
- Insufficient plume.
- Short coat.
- Colour : Harlequin, blue, isabella.
- Cryptorchid mono or bilateral.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural
abnormalities shall be disqualified.
Male animals should have two apparently
normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.