Question of the Week
The Great Dane is a regal and majestic dog, always a unit, possessing strength and elegance, never being clumsy or coarse.
The abundance of wrinkling all throughout the body of a Neapolitan Mastiff should not be in excess (we want balanced, symmetrical and harmonious wrinkling attached to the skull!), and you must clearly see the eyes of the Mastino when judging them.
Lake City, Florida
Long of ribbing with long ribs, low of body from depth, level when standing, strong of character and easy in motion creates a balanced Dachshund.
Learn to recognize a correct Cane Corso headpiece, and don’t award poor structure.
Type should always include breed-specific movement; we MUST stop talking about this as an either/or. (And that goes for both my breeds, Great Dane and Japanese Chin.)
Monroe, North Carolina
So little time, so much to say. The Azawakh’s movement when you see it for the first time is unlike any other Sighthound by a mile – the points of the standard that diverge from the generic Sighthound are of regional and environmental purpose, stemming from the historic.
For the Frenchie, on the go-around look at silhouette. The Bullmastiff is the same – never question your gut, then you will make a mistake. Read Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Blink”!
Lake Island, Illinois
The Portuguese Water dog should have an impressive head, substantial bone, and a well-knit, off-square body.
You should breathlessly admire the king of dogs while he indifferently stares right through you.
For the Rhodesian Ridgeback, which was created as a multi-purpose farm and hunting dog, endurance, balance and moderation are virtues, and these qualities can be lost when extremes are consistently awarded.
Julie L. Mueller
Salukis are Sighthounds, therefore it is preferred to approach them from the front, and not from the sides.
San Antonio, Texas
In a big-game hunter like the Dogo Argentino, don’t forsake functionality and type for a flashy show dog.
Youngsville, North Carolina
Judge like you were looking for a dog to take home for your breeding program.
Grants Pass, Oregon
It is called the German WIREhaired Pointer for a reason. (Quoting the standard: “The dog must have correct coat to be of correct type.”)
St. Simon’s Island, Georgia
Breed details matter.