February 9th 2009 1:09 pm
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When I meet new people, they always ask "What kind of dog is that?" or sometimes they even try to guess. Here are the guesses I've gotten so far:
- German Shepherd
- Australian Cattle Dog or Heeler
- Border Collie
- Pit Bull
- Shih Tzu (I know, that one definitely doesn't fit)
Silly humans! If you were smart, you would know that I am a purebred American Sesame Dog. Moose is too. Here is the official breed standard for the American Sesame Dog.
The American Sesame Dog can vary in appearance, depending on the line it is bred from. Overall character and temperament are more important than the physical features.
Any size is acceptable, so long as the animal is not overweight.
Ideally, the American Sesame dog possesses at least one feature that is out of proportion with the others; however, balanced animals are not disqualified.
Sturdy, able to play for long hours or lounge on the couch. Musculature and/or fat should not prohibit movement.
Each American Sesame Dog must have a head. Headless dogs will be disqualified.
Alert and always ready for anything, especially when food is nearby. Expression should be appropriate for type.
Any color or shape is acceptable.
All ear shapes are acceptable. Asymmetrical or different ears are preferred over two ears that are the same.
Each American Sesame dog must also have a skull.
Muzzle and Nose
The nose and muzzle should allow for reasonable, or preferably excessive, amounts of sniffing. Animals with noses that prevent them from finding food that has been left on the counter, or inside a garbage can, will be disqualified.
Bite and Jaw Structure
Undershot, overshot, scissors bite are all acceptable. Toothless animals and animals with missing teeth shall not be penalized.
Adequate for holding up the head.
Back and Topline
Any shape is acceptable, so long as the animal is healthy and able to move easily.
All body types are acceptable; bodies, legs and feet that seem out of proportion are preferred. The animal should have a tail, cropped or uncropped, although the latter is preferred as it allows for expression of the breed trait - "ability to knock over valuable objects with tail." American Sesame Dogs born with very short tails or without tails should not be penalized.
All coat types.
Any natural dog color, any shade, or combination of colors, in any pattern, is acceptable. Animals may be solid colored, spotted, have patches of one or more colors, or be brindled, merle, speckled, or mottled. Animals with unusual colors, such as pink, green, or purple shall not be penalized. Animals with unique markings are preferred.
The American Sesame Dog is able to run, jump, walk, and move freely, unless injury, illness, or age has made such actions impossible. Generally, dogs that are clumsy are preferred.
Character and Temperament
This is the defining characteristic of the breed. The American Sesame Dog must have a character and temperament that resembles one or more of the non-human characters on the children's television show "Sesame Street." The judge may ask the handler which character(s) the animal most closely resembles and judge accordingly. Ideally, the dog should be friendly towards kind, well-behaved children (Oscar the Grouch sub-types are exempt from this part of the standard). The American Sesame Dog should be amusing to watch, able to find food anywhere and easily knock over valuable items with its tail. The ideal American Sesame Dog has a character and temperament that greatly appeals to some people, and is irritating to others. Dogs that are serious or overly aggressive will be disqualified, except in the case of dogs of the Bert and/or Oscar the Grouch sub-types.
American Sesame dogs that take life too seriously, who do not act like cartoon characters, or who never get into trouble shall be disqualified, with the following exceptions:
- Dogs of the Bert sub-type shall not be disqualified for being overly serious.
- Dogs of the Prairie Dawn, Kermit, and Big Bird sub-types shall not be disqualified for being overly obedient.
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