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Suggested Breed Description Format.

1.General Appearance. This is the most important paragraph in the description, in the sense that is should spell out what the breed's most important unique qualities are. The General Appearance section should describe the breed's purpose and emphasize those qualities that are critical to fulfilling its function. The General Appearance section is not the description. It is the place to cite the breed's most important qualities. These features would then be fully described under their appropriate heading in the body of the description.

2.Size, Proportion, Substance. Height is described in centimeters and inches - measured from the ground to the highest point of the shoulder blades. In those breeds where weight is important it is given in grams and pounds. Proportion is the ratio of height to length. Length is usually expressed as the distance from the point of the shoulder to the rearmost projection of the upper thigh (or point of the buttocks). Breeds are usually either square or rectangular. Some breeds are just "off" square, while others are extremely rectangular. Some indication of what is appropriate for the breed should be included, even if the indication is that a wide range is acceptable. Substance includes the amount of bone.

3.Head

a.Expression

b.Eyes (include color and rim pigmentation)

c.Ears

d.Skull

e.Stop

f.Muzzle

g.Planes (Muzzle and Skull)

h.Nose (include pigmentation)

i.Lips

j.Flews

k.Bite

l.Teeth

4.Neck, Topline and Body

a.Neck

b.Topline

c.Body

d.Chest

e.Ribs

f.Underline

g.Tuck-up

h.Back

i.Loin

j.Croup

k.Tail

5.Forequarters

a.Angulation

b.Shoulders

c.Shoulder Blades

d.Point of Shoulder

e.Upper Arm

f.Elbow

g.Legs

h.Pasterns

i.Dewclaws

j.Feet

k.Toes

l.Pads

m.Nails

6.Hindquarters

a.Angulation

b.Legs

c.Upper Thigh

d.Stifle

e.Second Thigh

f.Hock Joint

g.Hocks (Rear Pastern)

h.Dewclaws

i.Feet

j.Toes

k.Pads

l.Nails

7.Coat. Include under this heading the description of the hair on all parts of the dog, and describe any trimming of the coat.

8.Colour. Include under this heading the color and markings of the coat (and the skin under the coat if skin color description is to be included). In breeds where multiple colors or color combinations are acceptable, but not all colors are permitted, the complete list of all acceptable colors and color combinations must be included in the description. In such cases, any color or color combination not mentioned are will be assumed to be unacceptable, Color of eyes, eye rims, mouth, lips, nose, nails, etc., are to be given under their respective headings.

9.Gait. A complete, positive description of the breed's gait should be given. Care should be taken to adequately express the importance of the breed's overall ability to move, which is usually best evaluated from the side.

10. Temperament. Such temperament description as is appropriate for the breed

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