I have received a number of emails asking me to explain what I mean when I make reference to normalising of faults in the breed. I could use an example such as overangulation of the hindquarter, the same principles apply, but that is a far more complex fault. A simpler fault to use would be ears. Specifically; large, broad based, not always but very often soft, roll tipped ears. This is not a health related fault and as such it receives less comment than overangulated hindquarters from me, but it is a very good example of what happens, and in my opinion it now exists at stage 4 of the 6 levels. It should go without saying but I say it anyway. This this is a simplistic visual presentation, it is configured to make the point. We all know there are exceptions, you are probably one of them, but what I show here is at the core of the reality of what can and does happen when the 'breed guardians'' don't do their job effectively, when they lose their idealism. The reasons for 'normalising' being able to occur, why comments by judges especially too many 'senior judges' are not made at say stage 3 or even 4 require no explanation by me here, I have done that in other articles including my Sieger Show reports in 'Our Dogs' UK last year and this year. I only wish to demonstrate ''in a very simple way'' the principle of normalising in response to the requests I have received.
Stage #1 - no comment in judges critiques
Stage #2 - no comment in judges critiques, especially if the dog on the right is an otherwise extremely well constructed dog
Stage #3 - no comment in judges critiques, same as above and now there is an equally well constructed and promoted son
Stage #4 - no comment in judges critiques and self explanatory in the chain
Stage #5 - occasional comment in judges critiques and now added to the mix are more 'people of influence' breeding, owning and selling dogs with the ear problem
Stage #6 - occasional comment in judges critiques. The general exhibitor and particularly the novice who make up the majority of people engaged in the sport of showing dogs now assume this is what most winning dogs need to look like! For the ''breed guardians'' to draw a decisive line in the sand as they could have done at stage 3 and needed to do at stage 4 is now almost impossible. The horse has bolted, the fault is now normalised and all that is left for the ''breed guardians'' is rhetoric and play the fault down.
Fault now normalised.