Pedigree Dogs Exposed: Introductory Material

Here are the links to the program:

Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpP0e-V18M0

Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjBz42obDvQ

Part 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EKL8SZU6PI

Part 4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYfmHnO5bxw

Part 5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnNZb6yUwYg

Part 6 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pU4a_cKsQh4

Here’s how the Pekingese Standard has been changed (the major points; there are also some minor ones):

– Face shape (the standard now says nose not too short, muzzle must be evident, relatively short and wide. Well-defined chin, only a slight wrinkle, preferably broken, MAY extend over the bridge of the nose)
– Eye size (went from “large” to “not too large” )
– Leg length (it is no longer “short”; it’s “relatively short”)
– Neck length (from “short” to “relatively short”)
– Body type (they completely removed the “heavier in front than in rear” line)
– Coat is really dramatically changed (original was “Long, straight, with profuse mane extending beyond shoulders, forming a cape around neck; top coat coarse with thick, softer undercoat. Feathering on ears, back of legs, tail and toes. Length and volume of coat should not obscure the shapeliness of body. ” New is “Moderately long, straight, with mane, not extending beyond shoulders, forming a cape around neck. Top coat coarse with thick, softer undercoat. Feathering on ears, back of legs, tail and toes. Length and volume of coat should neither impair the activity of the dog nor obscure the shapeliness of body. Excessive coat must be heavily penalised.”)

Older Standard (Nov. 2004):

General appearance: Small, well balanced, thick-set with great dignity and quality. Any signs of respiratory distress under normal conditions are unacceptable and should be heavily penalised.

Characteristics: Leonine in appearance with alert and intelligent expression.

Temperament: Fearless, loyal, aloof but not timid or aggressive.

Head and skull: Head large, proportionately wider than deep. Skull broad, wide and flat between ears; not domed; wide between eyes. Nose short and broad, nostrils large and open. A wrinkle, either continuous or broken, should extend from the cheeks to the bridge of the nose in a wide inverted ‘v’. This should not adversely affect or obscure eyes or nose. Pinched nostrils and heavy over-nose wrinkles are unacceptable and should be heavily penalised. Muzzle wide with firm underjaw. Profile flat with nose well up between eyes. Pronounced stop. Black pigment essential on nose, lips and eye rims.

Eyes: Large, clear, round, dark and lustrous. Free from obvious eye problems.

Ears: Leather heart-shaped, set level with the skull, carried close to the head and not coming below line of muzzle. Long profuse feathering.

Mouth: Level lips, must not show teeth or tongue. Firm under-jaw essential.

Neck: Short and thick.

Forequarters: Short, thick, heavily boned forelegs. Bones of forelegs slightly bowed between pasterns and elbows. Shoulders laid back and fitting smoothly into the body. Elbows should be close to the body.

Body: Short, heavier in front than rear, with a distinct waist. Broad chest and well sprung ribs slung between forelegs. Level topline.

Hindquarters: Hindlegs lighter than forelegs, with moderate angulation and definition of stifles. Firm hocks. When viewed from the rear, legs are reasonably close and parallel. Absolute soundness essential.

Feet: Large and flat, not round. Standing well up on feet, not on pasterns. Front feet slightly turned out. Hind feet point straight ahead.

Tail: Set high, carried tightly, slightly curved over back to either side. Long feathering.

Gait/movement: Slow, dignified, rolling gait in front. Typical movement not to be confused with a roll caused by slackness of shoulders. Close action behind. Soundness in forequarters, hindquarters and movement is of the utmost importance.

Coat: Long, straight, with profuse mane extending beyond shoulders, forming a cape around neck; top coat coarse with thick, softer undercoat. Feathering on ears, back of legs, tail and toes. Length and volume of coat should not obscure the shapeliness of body.

Colour: All colours and markings are permissible and of equal merit, except albino or liver. Parti-colours evenly broken.

Size: Ideal weight not exceeding 5 kgs (11 lbs) for dogs and 5.4 kgs (12 lbs) for bitches. Dogs should look small but be surprisingly heavy when picked up; heavy bone and a sturdy well-built body are essentials of the breed.

Faults: Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.

Note: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

October 9, 2008 Standard:

General Appearance
Small, well-balanced, moderately thick set with great dignity and quality. Any signs of
respiratory distress for any reason or inability to move soundly are unacceptable and should
be heavily penalised. Not excessively coated.
Characteristics
Leonine in appearance. Alert and intelligent expression.
Temperament
Fearless, loyal, aloof, not timid or aggressive.
Head and Skull
Head fairly large, proportionately wider than deep. Skull moderately broad, wide and flat
between ears, not domed, wide between eyes. Nose not too short, broad, nostrils large and
open. A slight wrinkle, preferably broken, may extend from the cheeks to the bridge of the
nose in a wide inverted ‘v’. This must never adversely affect or obscure eyes or nose.
Pinched nostrils and heavy over-nose wrinkles are unacceptable and should be heavily
penalised. Muzzle must be evident, but may be relatively short and wide. Firm underjaw.
Lips not obscuring a well defined chin. Defined stop. Black pigment essential on nose, lips
and eye rims.
Eyes
Clear, round, dark lustrous and not too large. Free from obvious eye problems.
Mouth
Level lips. Must not show teeth or tongue. Firm under-jaw essential.
Neck
Relatively short and thick.
Forequarters
Relatively short, thick, heavily boned forelegs. Bones of forelegs may be slightly bowed
between pasterns and elbows accommodating ribs. Elbows should be close to the body.
Shoulders laid back and fitting smoothly into the body. Standing well up on feet, not down
on pasterns, which should be strong and not too close together. Absolute soundness
essential.
Body
Relatively short. Distinct waist. Broad chest and well sprung ribs slung between forelegs.
Level topline.
Hindquarters
Hindlegs strong and well muscled but moderately lighter than forequarters. Excessively
narrow hindquarters to be heavily penalised. Moderate angulation. Well defined stifles.
Firm, low hocks. Strong rear pasterns, parallel when viewed from the rear. Absolute
soundness essential.
Feet
Large and flat, not round. Front feet may be slightly turned out. Excessively turned out feet
to be heavily penalised. Hind feet point straight ahead.
Tail
Set high, carried tightly, slightly curved over back to either side. Long feathering.
Gait/Movement
Typically slow, dignified, rolling gait in front. Typical movement must not be confused with a
roll caused by slackness of shoulders or with other indications of unsoundness. Any
slackness of shoulders and elbows, and any indication of unsoundness in feet and pasterns
to be heavily penalised. Movement not to be hindered by excessive body coat.
Coat
Moderately long, straight, with mane, not extending beyond shoulders, forming a cape
around neck. Top coat coarse with thick, softer undercoat. Feathering on ears, back of
legs, tail and toes. Length and volume of coat should neither impair the activity of the dog
nor obscure the shapeliness of body. Excessive coat must be heavily penalised.
Colour
All colours and markings are permissible and of equal merit, except albino or liver. Particolours
evenly broken.
Size
Ideal weight not exceeding 5 kgs (11 lbs) for dogs and 5.4 kgs (12 lbs) for bitches. Dogs
should look small but be surprisingly heavy when picked up; heavy bone and a sturdy wellbuilt
body are essentials of the breed.
Faults
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness
with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its
effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
Note
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

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