|Barked: Sat Jun 19, '10 2:27pm PST |
|I think the other factor to remember is that dogs winning shows aren't always bred "to type." Many standards have been exaggerated by breeders (think the slope-back GSD, big blocky Labs, extremely short-snouted Bulldogs, and so on) because, for whatever reason, that type wins shows. I'm not saying it's "right," but it's the truth.
But, to answer your real question, following standard is not my biggest concern, especially when health is being compromised. I love the look of my Basset Miles (besides his twisted front leg), and he's from what we assume to be a BYB or working breeder and not at all to conformation standards. My other Basset, Wiggles, was smaller and less loose-skinned and I loved his look as well.
I am all for outcrosses that improve the breed, like the controversial Pointer/Dalmatian project. I also know a breeder crossing English Pointers and GSPs and I find the dogs produced to be amazing; they fulfill the purpose the breed intended them to. I see nothing wrong with it so long as it's done responsibly. At the same time, this doesn't stop me from noticing and admiring a gorgeous dog when I see one!
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