The Standard of the ACD Show Dog.

(Definitely not official)


General Appearance:

The ACd show dog can best be described as an intelligent, courageous, beautiful, elegant, working animal, with the style of a fashion model, the build of an Olympic athlete, and the brains of a genius. All of which tells us absolutely nothing at all about the dog.

Characteristics:
As implied above, we have no idea at all, but it has been noted that some are prone to embarrass handlers in the ring, having emptied out four times within the previous ten minutes in the assembly area. Some get great satisfaction of scaring the hell out of novice judges just by clearing their throat of a piece of grass at precisely the time the judge is checking for bite. Male dogs have a great tendency to move around the ring on their elbows if there has been a bitch in season within fifty feet of the ring. Then, of course, there is the two male/female dogs, after playing together for hours in the assembly area will, upon entering the ring, turn into a snarling, "kill at all cost" pair of contagonists that takes four people to separate. This behaviour does wonders for judges that have been "warned" about those bloody awful cattle dogs. Totally loyal, it will protect it's food to the death, especially if you have some in your pocket. In other words, the perfect dog for all occassions.

Head:
Of great importance. especially to the dog. He/she relies on it constantly to see, hear and eat, but not necessarily in that order. If missing, it is not advisable to breed from the animal as this problem has a tendency to be genetic. Judges, and in particular, Breed Specialialists prefer dogs with heads. All Breeds Judges class it as desireable.

Muzzle:
All heads should have one of these, which starts just below the eyes and finishes at the nose.

Teeth:
All ACD's should have teeth which should not stick out too far in front or be too far towards the rear. There should be 42 teeth. If judges want to count them please advise they do so at their own risk and be sure to advise of those big, long ones at the front. It is a fault for a dog to have no teeth. No teeth is usually accompanied by very wide backend, dippy back and a lolling tongue.

Eyes:
ACD's should have two eyes, both of which will watch every move you make, so ensure you smile a lot. Under no circumstances should they be closed or have one missing. Crossed eyes are undesirable. No eyes are a disqualification as are eyes situated close together on one side of the head.

Ears:
same as for eyes. Not to be placed on the same side of the skull. "Flying Nun" ears are a no no, as are no ears. ACD's are ignorant bastards, so there is no use checking for deafness.

Neck:
If a head is present follow from head down towards the body. If nothing there, try the other end. However, there are no points allotted for a neck in this position. It is very rare to find a missing neck. If missing you can expect to find a very undernourished dog. Handlers have trouble controlling these dogs. Choker chains tend to trip the forequarters when moving.

Forequarters:
If a neck is present, it is usually connected to some form of shoulder construction, which in turn connects to two legs. Legs should preferably be of equal length and the feet should face to the front. Feet facing the rear should be penalised as should any other variation in direction. Both front legs, irrespective of rear legs, should both reach to the ground. Rear legs should read as per front with the exception of "should connect to shoulders". However should a specimen be shown in this condition, I would love a photograph. Legs should number four and be placed at each corner of the body, in a normal, sound dog.

Body:
This is what all the above is attached to in some way or another. If no body is present a severe penalty will be imposed. Legs are attached at each corner, either side of the head. There should be a chest between the legs at one end and two thingys at the other end. Points are deducted for wrong positioning of these essentials. There are a lot of bones in the chest. Come to think of it, there are lots of bones all over the place. Official Standards call for dogs to be strongly coupled. Times have changed and so have principles. Under no circumstances should any dogs be coupled in the show ring !!!

Tail:
This is attached at opposite end to head if present. If head is not present, you have distinct problem. If head is present, then tail should be placed between back legs above those two thingys. Tail should stick out when dog relieves itself otherwise dont handle tail. The tail sometimes has a brush for this problem.

Colour:
Depending on where the dog was born, colours can range from black to off-white. when being shown it is essential that no dye be seen on ground or on trousers of handlers. Now that "speckle" and "mottle" have been defined, Australian judges must carry a ten and twenty cent coin with them at all times.Overseas judges are definitely handicapped. Exchange rates at dog shows will vary from show to show and state to starte. Judges may see any colour from green to copper.

Size:
If you have a small dog, wait for a vertically challenged judge. His legs will be shorter and you will make the grade. If oversize or undersize, train your dog to lift his leg on any judge trying to measure height the conventional way.

Faults:
Ask any breeder and you will find there is not a show dog with any noticeable fault, especially dogs from that particular kennel. However, ask another breeder and you will find out about all the faults of the previous breeders dogs.

Disqualifications:
Dogs will be automatically disqualified if caught removing judges fingers, hands, ears or noses. here must also be two thingys under the tail. Bitches do not have to have these thingys and will not be disqualified if found.

Submitted by John Chandler