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
- Weak hindquarters
- Poor muscle tone
- Excessive coat
- Audible breathing
- Difficulty breathing
- Sore eyes due to damage or poor eyelid conformation
- Excessively prominent eyes
- Incomplete blink
- Heavy over nose wrinkle (roll)
- Excessive nasal folds
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