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Standard For Russian Wolfhounds 

Adopted By The Russian Wolfhound Club of America,

September 1st, 1905


Head - Skull slightly domed, long and narrow,with scarcely any perceprible stop, rather inclined to be Roman-nosed; jaws long, powerful and deep; teeth strong, clean and even,

Ears - Small and fine in quality, lying back on the neck when in repose with the tips when thrown  

Eyes - Set somewhat obliquely, dark in color, intelligent, but rather soft in expression, never full nor staring, nor light in color; eyelids dark.

Neck - Clean, free from throatiness, somewhat shorter than in the greyhound, slightly arched, very powerful, and well set on.

Shoulders - Sloping, should be fine at the withers and free from coarseness or lumber.

Chest - Rather narrow, with great depth of brisket.

Ribs - Only slightly sprung, but very deep, giving room for heart and lung play.

Back - Rising a little at the loins in a graceful curve.

Loins - Extremely muscular, but rather tucked up, owing to the great depth of chest and comparative shortness of back and ribs.

Fore Legs - Bone flat, straight, giving free play for the elbows, which should be neither turned in nor out; pasterns strong.

Feet - Hare-shaped, with well-arched knuckles, toes close and well padded.

Hind Quarters - Long, very mucular and powerful, with well-bent stifles and strong scond thighs, hocks broad, clean and well let down.

Tail - Long, set on and carried low in a graceful curve.

Coat - Long, silky (Not Woolly), either flat, wavy or rather curly. On the head, ears and front of legs it should be short and smooth; on neck the frill should be profuse and rather curly.

Color - Any color, white usually predominating, more or less marked with lemon, tan, brindle,grey or black. Whole-colored specimens of these tints occasionally appear.

General Appearance - Should be that of an elegant, graceful aristocrat amoung dogs, possessing courage and combinong great muscular power with extreme speed.

Size - Dogs, average height at shoulder from 28 to 31 inches; average weight from 75 to 105 lbs. Larger dogs are often seen, extra size being no disadvantage when it is not acquired