No dog should be rewarded which appears to be in pain or discomfort when moving.
Particular points of concern for individual breeds may include features not specifically highlighted in the breed standard including current issues. In some breeds, features may be listed which, if exaggerated, might potentially affect the breed in the future.
The features listed below are derived from health surveys, meetings of Group Judges, feedback from judges at shows or in consultation with individual breed clubs/councils.
Points of concern for special attention by judges
- Excessively heavy in build
- Excessive wrinkle and dewlap
- Excessively loose skin with conformational defects of the upper and/or lower eyelids so that the eyelid margins are not in normal contact with the eye when the dog is in its natural pose (e.g. they turn in or out, or both abnormalities are present)
- Unsound movement – especially that resulting from weak hindquarters
- Clear evidence of eyelid surgery
- Signs of dermatitis in skin folds; hair loss or scarring from previous dermatitis
Last updated on 23rd March 2012