Dogs which display difficulty in breathing or are unable to move freely should not be rewarded.
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
- Pinched nostrils
- Insufficient length of muzzle
- Heavy overnose wrinkle and prominent nasal folds
- Prominent eyes and incomplete blink
- Weak hindquarters
- Poor muscle tone
- Excessive coat
- Respiratory difficulty or noise, if associated with distress, at rest or with light exercise
- Sore or painful eyes due to damage or poor eyelid conformation
Last updated on 23rd March 2012