Highland Straight -SFL 71
This is a preliminary standard.
Final version is to be approved by the Standard Commission, and will soon be published.
The Highland Straight is a longhaired variety of the Scottish Straight and is identical to it in type.
Top of head
Well rounded. Overall look should have a sweet, open expression. Top of the head is round both frontally and in profile.
Muzzle and chin
Well rounded, but not plump cheeks. Short and medium broad muzzle with well-rounded whisker pads. Allowance should be made for jowls in adult males. The chin is firm and rounded.
The profile line starts from the round back of head, goes over the round top and rounded forehead. The nose break is pronounced, the nose is short, broad and straight.
Large and round, broad in set (not less than one eye size) and well open, giving sweet expression to the face. Eye colour independent of coat colour except pointed (blue) and mink (aqua). Deep brilliant even colours are preferred.
Medium to rather small and cupped ears with slightly rounded tips. Medium broad at the base. Set wide apart, they stand upright on the head.
Size and boning
Medium size, males can be slightly bigger than females, medium boning, well-muscled.
Rectangular format. The torso is rounded, slightly elongated, of even width from shoulders to hips.
Legs and paws
Strongly boned and of medium length. There should be no stiffness or lack of mobility due to distortion or rigidity in the leg bones and joints. Paws are neat and well rounded.
Reaching at least to the shoulders, it ends in a rounded tip. It may not have thickened areas or stiffness and must be fully flexible from the base to the tip.
Silky with abundant fine undercoat, light, not close lying but flowing off the body.
Full coat on body is desirable, but short hair is permissible on the face and legs. Britches, tail plume and toe tufts are desirable.
All colours and patterns are recognized. Any amount of white is allowed.
See General part.
Special breed faults
Long or narrow head.
Poor muscle tone.
Any apparent deformity of the spine.
Only Scottish Fold and Highland Fold are permitted.