I am not saying I think it should change, I was sitting with nothing else to do and this popped into my head. How many of you think that the required standard for some dogs should include or be what the dog was originally bred looking like? And this would only hold for some breeds because not all have changed.For instance my breed, the Pomeranian was originally a 30 pound sled dog and was bred down to the 3 to 7 pound pocket pom it is now. Has the changing of some breeds cost us in health issues, the smaller breeds having more health problems. I am not sure how many breeds have changed over the last 100 years but I am curious to see your opinions. Again I am not trying to change standard.
Pomeranians are like potatoe chips you cant have just one.
Most of the changes in breeds have been for human fancy rather than the best interest for the breed. I watched a very interesting show on PBS Nature about dogs and it mentioned how the changed is some breeds have been kind of harmfull to the breed. I also think a 30 pound pomeranian would be the best watch and guard dog.
Knowing all the gamesmanship that goes into conformance really gives me the willies. The difference between success and failure for a dog can be so much a matter of passing fashion. And sometimes it's just in the interpretation of the standard -- not in the words of standard itself. That's what led me to a breed that's more common in field trials than conformance.
My breed came about in the early 1800's and I am happy to report other than a wee bit of change to a boxier head shape, it is still the same tenacious dog of the 1800's. Other than the AKC changing the name from Jack Russell Terrier to Parson Russell Terrier, it is still the same little white hunting dog.
He's your friend,your partner,your defender your dog.You are his life,his love,his leader. He will be yours faithful and true to the last beat of his heart.You owe it to him to worthy of such devotion
As a plain and simple animal (read that as dog)lovers we rarely pay much atention to the so called AKC standards. However we have pretty much gravitated to breeds that are not popular so there isnt that much pressure to conform. So far we have rescued and adopted a Jindo, a Shiba Inu and a Basenji, and comically enough they all seem to have a very similar philosophy, play don't fight. As all of the breeds are considered primatives I think we have simply fallen under the spell of dogs who tend to stand back and make us prove that we can be trusted.
i would like to see the standards of some breeds revised to emphasize the traits they were originally intended to have, a herding dog should be able to move freely not in the crippled fashion of the currently bred German Shephard Dog, that has such overly anglelated hocks that would never have existed in the wild canines. all standards should favor the physical structure that allows the dog to function and is not a detrament to the animal's health.if more conformation judges had the commitment to only put up dogs that met the standards and refused to award points if none of the dogs were of good quality there would quickly be an improvement of the dogs intering the ring.alas if such judges did exist they would soon find themselves without judging assignments.the menbers of each breed club vote on the wording of their standard and it tends to reflect the type of dog produced by the most influental breeders.