A Breed Standard for any dog breed is the essential guideline for breeders. The ABS Inc. Standard for the Australasian Bosdog, formerly Australian Bulldog, describes the ideal characteristics, temperament and appearance to ensure optimal soundness and fit for function.
AUSTRALASIAN BOSDOG® SOCIETY INC.
The Australasian Bosdog is a short faced, smooth coated, thickset, medium sized dog with powerful build showing strength and agility, an Australasian Bosdog is sound and active. Bitches generally not so grand or well developed as dogs.
Conveys impression of strength, activity and stamina and exhibits a trustworthy and enduring disposition.
Loyal, fierce in appearance, but extremely outgoing and affectionate in nature. Very stable and predictable. Enjoys activity, however a lot of exercise is not necessary for health and mental stability. The breed craves human attention. Some may not tolerate aggressive overtures by other dogs.
Head and Skull:
The head should be large, but not exaggerated out of proportion to the body. Broad muzzled and short faced, but the nose should be long enough for unhindered breathing. Muzzle is broad and turning up. Muzzle length from tip of nose to stop to be no less than 25mm and no more than 50mm. Loose folds of skin across the nose, but in no way excessively wrinkled. Eyes are set low and wide, never bulging or sunken – preferably without visible haw. Eyes of any colour acceptable.
Head circumference should be equal to body height or up to 15% larger for males and equal or up to 10% larger for females.
Small to moderate size. Set wide apart. Never erect or cropped.
Broad jaw. Canines set wide apart. Well occluded incisors. Undershot (but not to excess) to level jaw. Flews are relatively broad and hanging over lower jaw at each side. Teeth should not be obviously protruding. Flews should not be excessive in size and mouth should not be excessively loose.
Moderate in length; thick, deep and strong with loose skin forming dewlap on either side.
Chest wide and deep. Shoulders broad, but not excessively so, rounded ribs. Forelegs powerful and straight, not bandy or curved, well boned, set wide apart presenting a straight front.
Back short and straight giving compact carriage, but not so short as to interfere with activity and agility. Bitches may have greater body length than males in order to assist natural whelping. Body shape in general is brick shaped with shoulders only slightly wider than hips.
- Body length for males should be equal to height or up to 15% longer.
- Body length for females should be between 10% and 25% longer than height.
- (Body length measuring distance from shoulders to base of tail)
Strong and muscular. Hocks slightly bent. Hip width should be no more than 15% narrower than the shoulders.
Round and compact. Excessively splayed feet undesirable.
Thickset at root. Straight (long or short), crank, pump-handle tails all acceptable. Screw tails acceptable, but tight screws undesirable.
Balanced, vigorous and uninhibited. Should not have a rolling gait.
Smooth, short, tight to body.
Tan, Red, Fawn, Brindle, White, Pied of any of these colours.
Height: Dogs: 17-21 inch (43-52.5cm), Bitches: 17-20 inch (43-50cm)
Weight: Dogs: 28-38 kg Bitches: 24-30 kg