A robust, stylish, dual purpose animal, active and vigorous showing breed character and vitality, well proportioned and muscled. Bulls masculine and cows feminine.
Generally alert, docile and easy to handle.
Moderately long coffin-shaped skull, orbital arches not prominent, slightly convex in profile. Forhead prominent.
Relatively short horned (30cm/12") curving outward and upwards, although down swept is seen. De-horning allowable and not penalised in the show ring. Poll cattle accepted.
Almond shaped, medium to large, dark, luminous, with soft expression.
Horizontal to head and pointed on ends.
Strong and medium length.
Large in bulls and small in cows. Placed ahead of/or directly above shoulders. Upright and firm.
Moderately developed, free of fleshiness with few folds.
Shoulders muscular and free moving, giving width of chest with room for heart and lung with well developed brisket.
Long and slender, 'whiplike', usually set high at rump, extending to about the hock. Black switch.
Legs and Feet
Medium length and well proportioned. To show some strength of bone. Short pasterns and hard small black hooves with equal halves and small cleft. Found and recognised brown hooves.
General shape above hock joint is round, wide at the pins, with good width between hips and between thurls. Rump broad, strong and rounded.
Good length of barrel, proportionate to height, rib cage well rounded.
Gait and Movement
Straight, covering the ground.
Tight and firmly attached.
Two moderately decended small testicles.
Compact, well attached, high with even quarters. Small to medium length teats with dark pigmentation and good capacity.
Dark pigmentation, black nose and rounded eyes. Found and recognised dark brown skin around eyes.
Any colour or combination of colours most common black, red, steel grey to almost pure white. All colours and broken colours should have black points - eyes, nose, horns and tail switch.
Short, dense and sleek.
At withers behind hump not to exceed 107cm/42" at two years of age.
Bull cough, grunt and roar. Cows to a lesser extent.
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.