I've chimed in a few times since starting this thread because I'd really like some discussion on this
The standard had to be based on realistic dogs at one time, right? So why is there any
room for personal bias?
I mean, the standard even breaks down most features by dimensions. How can that be interpreted as anything other than exactly what it is?
I also find it fascinating that the champion NA dogs of yesteryear, such as Illena and the seven sires, all came from champion euro lines, suggesting that along the way, NA breeders began to stray from what was considered desirable features among both NA and euro lines. I imagine it is because they found that wiggle room for interpretation and personal bias. Do you agree?
As I stated earlier, I find it interesting that the modern champions (both NA and euro) have such a different look
than their predecessors. How many times has the standard been changed to accommodate, or require, these differences? And why?
Originally Posted by Fitzmar Dobermans View Post
There is the standard, and then there is reality - our standard is very well written, but there is a smidge of room for interpretation and personal bias.
Long and dry, resembling a blunt wedge in both frontal and profile views. When seen from the front, the head widens gradually toward the base of the ears in a practically unbroken line. Eyes almond shaped, moderately deep set, with vigorous, energetic expression. Iris, of uniform color, ranging from medium to darkest brown in black dogs; in reds, blues, and fawns the color of the iris blends with that of the markings, the darkest shade being preferable in every case. Ears normally cropped and carried erect. The upper attachment of the ear, when held erect, is on a level with the top of the skull.
Top of skull flat, turning with slight stop to bridge of muzzle, with muzzle line extending parallel to top line of skull. Cheeks flat and muscular. Nose solid black on black dogs, dark brown on red ones, dark gray on blue ones, dark tan on fawns. Lips lying close to jaws. Jaws full and powerful, well filled under the eyes.
Teeth strongly developed and white. Lower incisors upright and touching inside of upper incisors true scissors bite. 42 correctly placed teeth, 22 in the lower, 20 in the upper jaw. Distemper teeth shall not be penalized. Disqualifying Faults: Overshot more than 3/16 of an inch. Undershot more than 1/8 of an inch. Four or more missing teeth.