FCI-Standard N° 252
TATRA SHEPHERD DOG
ORIGIN : Poland
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID
STANDARD : 08.06.1988
UTILIZATION : Herder and watchdog. Its imposing attitude and
beautiful appearance make it a good companion dog.
FCI-CLASSIFICATION: Group 1 Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except
Swiss Mountain-and Cattledogs).
Section 1 Sheepdogs.
Without working trial.
GENERAL APPEARANCE : Of strong and compact build giving
the impression of stamina and mobility.
IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS : Rectangular in shape, the length
of the body of males being a little shorter than that of bitches.
BEHAVIOUR /CHARACTER : Temperament calm, intelligent
HEAD : Lean, in good proportion to the body, carried at medium
height both in movement and standing.
CRANIAL REGION :
Skull : Seen in profile slightly rounded ; the frontal groove is
Stop : Distinctly marked, but without abrupt break.
FACIAL REGION :
Nose : Black, of medium size, with the nostrils wide open.
Muzzle : Strong, gradually tapering ; its length is slightly greater or
equal to the length of the skull. The nasal bridge is broad.
Lips : Desirably taut and well fitting ; the edges of the lips should be
Teeth : Strong, regularly set. Scissor bite, pincer bite accepted.
Eyes : Medium size, expressive, set slightly slanting ; the iris is dark
brown ; the eyelid rims are dark.
Ears : Set on at the height of the external angle of the eyes or a little
higher, medium length, rather thick, triangular, well furnished with
hair ; the front edge of the ear is in slight touch with the head ;
NECK : Of medium length, muscular, without any dewlap, with a
profuse mane ; the upper line of the neck is higher than the topline of
BODY : Long and massive.
Withers : Distinctly marked, broad.
Back : Level, broad.
Loins : Broad , well coupled.
Croup : Oblique, slightly sloping.
Chest : Deep.
Ribs : Oblique, rather flat.
Belly : Slightly tucked up.
TAIL : Set on not too high, carried below the topline ; when excited
carried above the topline, but not curved ; hanging, it reaches the
hock ; the tip of the tail may be slightly curved.
General appearance: Forelegs muscular, with plenty of bone, but not
too heavy ; seen from front straight and parallel.
Shoulder : Slightly sloping, well adapted to the body.
Pastern : Slightly sloping forward.
Forefeet : Compact, oval in shape like a relatively big fist. With
hairs between the toes. Pads strong, hard and dark ; nails strong,
blunt and dark.
General appearance: Viewed from the rear hind legs vertical ; seen
from the side slightly set backwards, moderately angulated.
Hock joint : Seen from the side vertical.
Hind feet : Like the forefeet.
Hair : On head, muzzle, frontpart of forelegs and on the hindlegs
from the hock downward the hair is short and dense. The neck and
the body are covered with long, thick, straight or slightly wavy hair,
hard to the touch. Undercoat profuse. On the neck a rich ruff ; the
thighs are covered with profuse, long hair ; on the tail hair also
profuse, forming a flag.
Colour : Uniformly white ; little cream coloured patches are
Height at withers For males 65-70cm,
for bitches 60-65cm.
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 and its effect
upon the health and welfare of the dog.
• Frontal furrow distinctly marked.
• Poor pigmentation of nose, eyerims and lips.
• Light eye ( called « bear eye »).
• Ears set high, directed backwards or cropped.
• Neck carried horizontal.
• Croup overbuilt.
• Tail carried constantly above the topline.
• Lack of hair between the toes.
• Lack of ruff, lack of feathering on the legs.
DISQUALIFYING FAULTS :
• Aggresive or overly shy.
• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities
shall be disqualified.
• Stop too shallow.
• Pointed muzzle.
• Several missing teeth.
• Over-or undershot mouth.
• Hair curly or silky.
• Lack of undercoat.
• Coat with coloured patches.
• Nervous character.
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles
fully descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed
typical conformation, should be used for breeding.