Good natured and even-tempered. Extreme shyness or undue aggression is unacceptable. They should be confident, gregarious and project an impression of ownership of all that is around them. They should have the ability to cohabit with other pets easily and an enjoyment of children in keeping with the bull breeds they are a derivative of. There should be loyalty to family and pack and a great desire to be with their people. Their size does not lend to them being a successful guardian but they should not be yappy or flighty. Willingness to stand their ground makes them a true bulldog. Alert and watchful with the ability to notify family of the arrival of strangers or noise and commotion out of the normal is without question a part of this breed. A bigger than life attitude while endearing may find them in need of rescue from larger dominate counterparts. Proper socialization is important to ensure they establish a hierarchy in keeping with their size and ability. Obedience training is recommended with this or any breed. They are quick learners but will show a stubborn streak if your training lacks consistency or resolve.
Round head with typical bulldog features. A relatively pronounced stop is desired and fullness to the face and head lending to a “heavy” appearance of the head is in keeping with the standard. The overall shape of the head may be rounded to squared; the focus is the overall appearance of the head and features. The head should join well to the neck and shoulders. Not giving the appearance of distinct difference at the joining points. But more the illusion of being “sculpted” from a single beginning.
Should be curved, not straight.
Undershot slightly. The tongue should be capable of staying within the oral region and should not hang or protrude to a degree that it is a noticeable feature.
Note: Although undershot to reverse scissor bite is preferred, an even or correct bite should not be considered a true fault nor a disqualifying trait as long as the presentation of this bite does not take away from the traits of the head described in this standard.
Fault: Extreme under bite with exposed lower canines
Eyes set far apart and should not protrude. May be any color, with brown or amber being preferred.
Note: Dogs carrying a coat color that results in a skin and or coat lacking pigment may present with blue eyes or a single blue eye. This will not be a fault if it is in keeping with the skin / coat. (I.e. white coat, pink skin around the eye)
Fault: Eyes will be Cherry eye, entropion, or distinctly cloudy eyes or obvious presence of panes of the eyes. No dog should be shown with either of the first two listed conditions.
May be turned up slightly and may be black or liver colored or any color that is in keeping of the coat color of the dog.
Note: Dudley noses are a cosmetic fault. There are no nose colors that alone will be considered a disqualifying fault.
Cropped, drop are the only acceptable ear presentations. Ears should be set wide to the sides of the head and should not be set high on top of head nor low and “houndy” off the sides of the dome of the skull.
Note: Surgical and or manual manipulation of the ear set is acceptable but handlers should avoid showing the dog while healing from or being manipulated.
Any dog that displays stature that is more than minimally over the height and weight standards for the breed should be considered and dog found over them allowing for slight visual discrepancies should be considered a not ideal specimen and therefore faulted heavily in conformation examinations. This is a small – medium breed with diligent effort put into making and keeping the size within the stated ranges this will be a consideration during judging of the individual dog. Should be short from back of the neck to the tail.
Should be broad for height and have depth reaching to the elbow. A compact look is desired. Slightly longer torsos especially on females of breeding age while not the most desired look however, do remain an acceptable presentation unless it causes the dog to appear “long”. They should be well balanced in width and body length. They should have nice barrel of the torso and be well sprung in the ribs. They should be surprisingly dense and heavy for the size of the dog. The impression should be of a solid dog with thick muscle and great strength for size. A large dog in a small sack is the desired presentation. No matter the body type it should not affect the overall movement and flow of the dog in motion.
Height will lend to the short impression as indicated in the name of the breed but should not be dwarfish with a full large body. No more than 15” at the wither with males preferred height to be 14” and females being slightly smaller lending toward but not limited to 13”
Up to but no greater than 40 lbs. The preferred weight range will be 30 – 34 for males and 28 – 32 for females. There is no minimum weight for the breed. However the maximum should be considered a strong measuring tool of the breed.
Front quarters and hindquarters should be proportionate, not lending to a narrow rear and the chest may be slightly broader than the rear
Fault: very narrow hindquarters
Shoulders & Rumps
Well rounded and well muscled, lending to an appearance of strength. There should be a sturdiness to the stance and be well squared. There may be a slight rise over the loins.
Fault: Lions should not be roached, swayed or wheel backed.
Heavy boned and in direct proportion to the body.
Fault: Long legs in proportion to the body or fine bones
Tight feet and straight pasterns preferred.
Note: Any color of toes / toenails is acceptable. It is not preferred to remove the dewclaws but will not be considered a fault in structure.
Fault: Cow-hocked or pigeon toed. Splayed feet and down pasterns.
Tail must be short; either natural bob, docked or screwed are all acceptable in the breed. The tail should be no more than 1/6′ the distance to the hocks. With the shorter “bobbed” appearance being the most desirable.
Note: If surgical docking is mandated the recommended length should be three (3) vertebrae.
There will be no preference in judging given to solid vs. Pied or spotted coat coloration as either type is acceptable. All coat colors accepted except merle or black and tan.
Movement & Gait
They should strike out with good reaching extension of the front legs, and powering strongly with the rear. Full range of motion in movement is preferred. They should not lumber or roll but display smooth, even gait, free of hopping, dragging, or shuffling /crossing of legs and feet when in motion. They should not appear to float as they are heavy of body and posses strength in motion but neither should they pound. The correct movement should lift and glide with strength and flow. Any gait that is labored, out of sync, or uneven left to right – front to back should be considered a fault. Obvious malfunction of joints such as poor function of the hips, elbows, knees (i.e. Luxation of the patella) is a strong fault and should be taken into great consideration when evaluating the dog.
Shortybull Conformation Standard
A breed Standard must be precise enough to say what shall not be considered ideal and it must be vague enough not to disqualify because of merely individual differences. Thus, the Standard to meet the demand for precision must list everything considered a fault, particularly disqualifying ones. It should be a simulation and a guide to serious breeders and to conscientious judges to measure examples of the breed by.
Displaying or possessing aggressive behavior towards humans.
Over 15″ at the withers
Dogs that have been spayed or neutered
Rose or erect ears