About Breed Standards

‘Maintaining the Breed’ – an article by Frank Kane  published on the Kennel Club website.

In January 2009, the Kennel Club, after securing agreement from vets and breed experts, published the results of its review of each of the 210 breed standards for the breeds of pedigree dogs which it recognises. Many of the breed standards date back a long time but are continually reviewed to ensure that they evolve with the breeds that they describe. But what are these breed standards, why are they important in the show ring, how on earth to judges use them to decide on a winning dog and how are they relevant to dog enthusiasts today?

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