13-15 inches (33-38 cm). Any deviation from these limits
must be considered a serious
at withers, ideally 13 inches to 15
As you can
see, size is more of an issue in Canada. In the US
it is merely a preferred, with no explanation of what, if
any, consideration should be given to a dog that does not
meet the preferred. In Canada, a deviation is
considered a serious fault. I really think that is a bit
harsh, I would rather the standard read that the
seriousness of the fault be determined by how far it
deviates from the preferred. Without getting
into the reasons why (this is after all a judging essay,
not a breeding essay), I feel it is too harsh
because the larger dogs and the smaller dogs have an
important role in our breeding programmes. If a dog
has a value to a breeding programme, it should be able to
get a title. However, the standard is what it
is. We have to work with it.
is, very few judges can estimate size anyway. I
have had judges tell me that my 14 1/2" dog is too small
and then have another tell me the very same dog is too
big. So I'm not sure why I worry if a dog is a tiny
bit over or under the preferred. Although it is
also my experience that most breeders and exhibitors
can't estimate size either! I've seen dogs on
websites that are said to be 13" and I know darn well it
is impossible. I have been ringside with my 14 7/8"
dog who is dwarfed by the competition, listening to them
tell someone their dog is 15". Yet their dog towers
over mine? Not possible.
wicket it is virtually impossible to measure an IG.
I have a lovely wicket and I use it
regularly. I even bring it to shows sometimes
in case someone doubts my dog's measurements. I
also make it available to other exhibitors if they want
to use it, and many are shocked when they find out how
big (or small) their dog really is!
also be taken into consideration with the length of
leg. It doesn't matter if the dog is 14" if it's
legs are 2" too short!
many judges will not consider a 12 7/8" dog yet will
award a win to a 17" dog. How can 2" oversize
be better than 1/8" undersize? True, a too-small
dog can appear too Toyish, but most IGs that hit 17" do
not look like IGs either. They start to look
Whippety. I've had both too small and too tall, and
I've shown and finished both. To my eye, the best
IGs are between 13" and 15 1/2". That size range
usually has the best style of IG that presents what I see
as the breed standard.
IGs, if the out-of-preferred sized dog is truly the best
IG in your ring, then by all means award it. But
should a dog well out of sized be deserving of a Group
win or Best in Show? Only you can decide
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