According to (again) Mrs Jeancourt Galignani( The Poodle woman), one of the first competences to acquire for anyone is that of a dog's anatomy in order to be able to see which breeds are in a given dog.
She mentions rounded ribcage, brought to the miniature poodle by the Bichon.
The too rounded cranium in the Miniature Poodle,which is a problem of dwarfism or the crossing with another small breed.
Bad ears, thick lips, heavy head, the proportions of the head not according to standard....and how a judge needs to know how the feel of the head and determine just by doing that...can determine what breed is in the dog. Amazing, no?
Leg problems coming from a terrier mix,thin bone problems coming from a Whippett.
She even mentions white standard poodle problems with the legs.
A long neck sometimes put forth by judges is a default in the standard...because these judges confuse definitions!
That does make me wonder if judges nowadays know how to read the standard or was this just a problem until the 80's???
I had a British judge touch Compay's head(some of you have heard this before) and say..."there's Bouvier in that dog"..wow. I was impressed. "How did you know?" "I can see it" he said.
You sort of wonder when the most heterogeneous dogs of the Barbet are lined up, how judges from any country can't see what mixes are in each of them...except in certain countries where dogs who are not poodle-types are qualified as out of standard or whetever nasties they can say about them, by people who are not even judges.
Question number one and 2: Can a judge see what mixes are in a dog, and isn't it important to know what the dog is made of so we don't go down the wrong path and 3 or do we just pretend they are pure and ignore the past?Eh? When you think that only a few years back all the corrected pedigrees, which of course didn't correspond to pawpeds were posted every week on our own barbet irresponsible's website for everyone to see and copy...you just want to laugh. Of couse everyone knows some dogs have no Barbet blood. Especially the ones who say the breed was extinct between 1940 and 1970, in March I believe( haha) to be precise.
These same people are saving a re-incarnated breed from extinction?
What do they
saying about beating a dead horse?
Are they saving the name or the breed???????
Ah...the joys of Barbetlands, united.