The American Dog Federation recognizes dog breeds across the world. ADF recognizes: Parent Specialty, All-Breed, Specialty Single Breed, Group Club (limited to breed)
The ADF is a registry who recognizes the need to breed individuals as close to standard as possible, however the ADF realizes that dog standards vary in interpretation according to the taste of each individual breeder.
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a description of the characteristics of an ideal example of a breed, in essence a blueprint. Breed standards describe each part of the dog, color, gait and temperament. The description also includes faults and serious/ disqualifying faults. Breed standards are written by a collection of breeders and those standards are approved by the governing club. Breed standards can vary from kennel club to kennel club and from country to country Breed standards have been revised /updated over time
Skull, Stop, Occiput, Muzzle, Shape of Eye, Bite, Earset Length of Ear, Dewlap, Flew
Neck, Shoulder, (Point of Shoulder, Layback of Shoulder) Sternum, Chest, Upper Leg, Forearm, Elbow, Lower Leg, Pastern, Foot, Pad
Withers, Back, Loin, Croup, Stern, Upper Thigh, Gaskins, Stifle, (Bend of Stifle) Hock Foot Pad
Familiarize yourself with the terms as they are in your breed standard
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