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Current Replies for Prevention of breeding to a certain conformation for showing
12/5/2008 5:54:23 AM
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Does anyone know any SCIENTIFIC information on why dogs should not be bred to a specific conformation for the purpose of showing

12/5/2008 9:06:17 AM
Posts: 25
I'm not quite sure where you are taking this, but dogs should not be bred for the sole purpose of showing. They should be bred to conform to the standard for the breed, taking into account the function of the breed.

Example, Siberian Huskies are bred to the standard developed by the SHCA, the parent club, to represent the intent of the breed as a sled dog with the focus on long distance at moderate speed. Not so heavy as to be a freighting dog and not so extreme as to be a sprint dog. So, if a dog conforms to the standard, it should be acceptable as a "show" dog and/or a "working" dog. In a perfect world, that is!

As far as scientific, breeding in and of itself is a science and an art. But interpretation of the standard is subjective.