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THE GIANT SCHNAUZER IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BREED STANDARD

BY STEVE FOX

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(A version of this article originally appeared as a series in "Giant Steps.")

T he Breed Standard for any par- ticular breed is both the blue- print and a schematic for that breed. It tells us how the breed should be constructed, and in some breeds, such as ours, how that breed should be “wired.” Our Standard does, indeed, devote a significant portion to the breed’s ideal temperament. When a judge enters the ring to pass judgment on our exhibits, the purpose is to select the best breeding stock. Each exhibit is judged against the ideal type for that breed, using the Standard for guidance. The Stan- dard alone is the measuring stick for the breed, and in theory, the individuals are not judged against one another; rather, by how well they conform as an indi- vidual to the Standard. The judge has been licensed by AKC to judge each breed that he or she has been hired to preside over. Judges are interviewed and tested on each Standard before being given the breed. The AKC Breed Standard belongs to, you guessed it, the AKC. The Standard is maintained by the recog- nized parent club, but any changes have to be approved by AKC. Changing the Standard is not an easy process

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and should be carefully considered before diving into the process. The Judges’ Education Committee is charged with presenting the Standard to prospec- tive judges in a way that enables them to understand the nuances of the Stan- dard, and hopefully, have an understanding of breed type. It is not our place to rewrite the Standard or change it in any way. We simply apply it as written.

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