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Dog breed standards

Wednesday, July 20, 2011
posted by Jim Murphy

There are so many types of pedigreed dogs these days. Who gets to set the standards? Who says that a standard poodle must be 15 inches at the shoulders or that a miniature poodle should be shorter than 15 inches while a toy poodle is less than 10?  The American Kennel Club or AKC maintains the standards. This is done in cooperation with the national clubs for each dog breed. The AKC recognized about 159 breeds. There are another dozen breeds that are on the waiting list to be recognized by the American Kennel Club. One breed on this list is the Icelandic Sheep dog. Even these new breeds have standards The eyes of the Icelandic Sheep dog must be brown. No blue eyes are allowed.

Remember whatever breed you own, even if it’s just a regular mixed breed, show him lots of love, give him plenty of exercise, the right diet and dog treats and he’s sure to be your best friend for years to come. Remember, your pets count!



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