my breeder went for LONGER LEGS
According to the FCI breed standard, a SM/KM should have a longer body and shorter legs. I copied and pasted the following from the standard:
"The length of the body from point of shoulders to the buttocks should exceed the height at the withers by not more than 5 cm." This is one reason why it would be good for the SM/KM breed to have breed show evaluations where unbiased judges ensure that breeders are keeping the breed within the breed standard. It ensures consistency in the breed by allowing it to remain true to type. Hopefully Jim's pup's breeder did not go to the extreme and his pup will still be within the breed standard.
The German system is all about producing the total gundog...one that has sound hunting ability, temperament, health, and conformation. Dogs missing any one of those components should not be bred. Obviously no dog is perfect, but everything is on a scale and some dogs are pretty darn close to perfect! For instance, at DL breed shows, the dogs get rated on 3 things:
-Type (How much does the dog look like a DL should look? The main focus here is usually the head, the bone, and the chest)
-Conformation (How well does the dog function? Are the angles correct? Does he move well?)
-Coat (Pigment, Density, Texture, Feathering, Tail Flag are all taken into account here)
There are essentially 4 different rating categories:
- very good
To gain breeding certification, a dog has to receive at least a "g" (good) rating in each of the three categories. So again, dogs don't have to be perfect, but the ratings certainly give you a better idea as to what you have and what you should be breeding to. In Germany, they have a lot harder time selling pups out of breedings with only "good" ratings on them. I suspect this will be the case in America too once we start producing more puppies.
In the KMs, I believe that you only give two ratings...one for conformation and one for coat. I think they are just rolling the type and conformation categories into one category.