Appearance: A medium to large sized dog. Robust and sturdy but nevertheless elegant. Lean with powerful muscles. Although imported dogs may have cropped ears, this is a purely cosmetic procedure. Ear cropping is illegal in Australia.
Temperament: Intelligent, active & even minded. Docile & affectionate with the owner.
Characteristics: Guardian of property, family and livestock and is extremely agile and responsive. In the past it has been used for herding cattle and hunting big game. Now used as a guard, protection, police or tracking dog
Colour: Black, lead-grey, slate grey, light grey, light fawn, stag red and dark fawn, brindle (stripes of different shades of fawn or grey). In fawn coloured and brindle dogs the black or grey mask on the muzzle should not go beyond the line of the eyes. A small white patch on the chest, on the tips of the feet is acceptable.