The head is clean - cut, dry, and in proportion to the body. Expression: alert, attentive and intelligent. May express a reserved look and/or be watchful of strangers.
Eyes: are set obliquely, almond shaped, neither protruding nor sunken and in proportion to the head. Acceptable in all coat colours, one or both eyes may be brown, blue, hazel, amber or any colour combination thereof, including flecks and marbling. The eye rim s of the reds and red merles have full red (liver) pigmentation. The eye rims of the blacks and blue merles have full black pigmentation.
Ears: are triangular, of moderate size, set high on the head. At full attention they break forward and over, or to the side as a rose ear.
Skull: the crown is flat to slightly round and may show a slight occipital protuberance. The width and the length of the
crown are equal.
Stop: is moderate but defined.
Muzzle: is of medium width and depth and tapers gradually to a rounded tip without appearing heavy, square, snippy, or loose. Length is equal to the length of the crown.
Planes: viewed from the side, the muzzle and the top line of the crown are slightly oblique to each other, with the front of the crown on a slight angle downward toward the nose.
Nose: Red merles and reds have red (liver) pigmentation on the nose leather. Blue merles and blacks have black pigmentation on the nose leather. Fully pigmented noses are preferred.
Bite: a full complement of teeth meet in a scissor bite. Teeth broken, missing or discoloured by accident are not penalized.