What are your thoughts on breed faults you see on a dog's standard? Do you find them reasonable or too picky (i.e. coat color).
unless it is on the grounds of health (ie double merle, albino) i find color disqualifications to be entirely ridiculous, particularly if they are a color that is known to occur in the dogs but has been disqualified because some dweeb had nothing better to do 100 years ago (like every color in labs that is not yellow/black/brown!!!). dont even get me started on white spot faults or having a pattern be “too heavy”.
honestly while i understand why breed standards are a thing, i think it is too abstract a concept for me to totally get behind LOL. like, dogs are dogs and breeds are made up, you know? they only exist because we say it does and make it so. its like, i will never understand why outcrossing is not allowed in kennel clubs. the movement where they are attempting to outcross boxers to get natural bobtails and then people say “they are not true boxers” and its like, why? they look like boxers, act like boxers, do all the things boxers are supposed to do, but because six generations ago they were mixed with corgi, they are no longer a boxer? it is such a bizarre thing to me. like if you want to classify what breed a dog is based on appearance and temperament and ability, there is no reason outcrossing shouldn’t be allowed because you can get all those things back, just how we got them in the first place. its not like one day a purebred boxer crawled out of an alien spaceship and befriended our nomadic ancestors and here they are to this day, the boxer, unchanged since the dawn of their extraterrestrial arrival.
so when you give me something like a conformation fault that is this dog has a 3 millimeter white fleck on their chest, invisible to the naked eye but seen through the microscope computer eyes of the judge or whatever i just think it is kind of hilarious. harmless, but hilarious.