I have it on good authority (my husband heard it on the radio) that the American Kennel Association
is working with Dog Show authorities to change their standards of judging.
Up until now, it has been the traits of the pure-bred animal that has
led them to be show champions.
Traits which can often be detrimental to the health of the animal.
Well now, it seems, things are set to change. And change for the better.
A certain allocation of marks will now go to the HEALTH of the animal,
and if this flies in the face of the traits it has been bred for (think of the pushed-in face and barrel chest of the bulldog that lead to all kinds of breathing issues)
then no matter.
Whomever spearheaded this change, to you I say
We now will have healthier and I'm sure happier animals
and that has to be a
Very Good Thing.