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Guidelines to consider in writing Breed descriptions.

1.The purpose of a breed description is to be a guide for breeders and judges. Not just official conformation judges but those charged with judging the temperament or personality characteristics and anyone looking at the breed. As such, it is important to keep in mind those features that make the breed unique, those qualities the breed must possess to do the job for which it was created. A description should emphasize what is important in the breed. Conversely those qualities that are of little or no importance are mentioned only in passing or not at all.

2.The text of the standard must be as clear and concise as possible leaving little or no room for individual interpretation and limited risk of breeding toward an extreme. Sentence structure should be simple and straightforward. When verbs are used they should to the extent possible indicate the present tense: "is" or "are" rather than "should be".

3.Disqualifying faults should be listed in the appropriate sections in the body of the description. Thorough consideration should be given before a specific fault is made a disqualification. A disqualification must be clearly stated, defined, or measurable with no room for interpretation.

4.Disqualifying heights, like all disqualifications, should be put in a description only when a club is completely satisfied that disqualifying a dog over or under the specific limit is the best way to deal with size.

5.In describing the bite, the description should refer to the position of the teeth rather than that of the jaws.

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