AUSTRALIAN BREED STANDARD AND EXTENSION
HEAD AND SKULL
THE HEAD SHOULD BE OF FAIR LENGTH, THE
SKULL FLAT, REASONABLY BROAD BETWEEN THE EARS BUT REFINED, MODERATELY WELL DEFINED AT THE
TEMPLES i.e. EXHIBITING A MODERATE AMOUNT OF STOP, NOT IN ONE STRAIGHT LINE FROM NOSE TO
OCCIPUT BONE. ENTIRELY FREE FROM WRINKLE. THE MUZZLE SHOULD BE LONG AND POWERFUL, NEVER
SNIPY, THE LIPS CLEAN, FITTING THE JAW MODERATELY CLOSE. THE NOSE IN THE BLACK SPOTTED
VARIETY SHOULD ALWAYS BE BLACK IN THE LIVER SPOTTED VARIETY ALWAYS BROWN.
The Dalmatian is not a head breed, but the head
must be in proportion to the rest of the dog, clean looking smooth and free of wrinkle.
The topskull and muzzle should be about the same length. The topskull is nearly as broad
as it is long and it is almost flat with a slight. centre groove starting at the occiput,
coming down the stop between the eyes and extending onto the muzzle to the nose leather.
The stop is not pronounced but a subtle rise where the muzzle blends into the upper head.
From the side, toplines of the skull and the muzzle appear approximately parallel. The
muzzle is never weak nor pointed. The lips are clean and dry. There are no flews or