Importance of the Breed Standard
The Breed Standard is the yard stick that every dog show judge should use when evaluating your entry in the ring. The standard has been prepared and updated by the Scottish Terrier Club of America, because we are recognized by the AKC as the steward for this breed. The standard is a description of the “ideal” Scottish Terrier. Every AKC judge that has been approved to evaluate this breed is recommended to use this description to visualize their own version of this ideal Scottie. Then as they judge each entry in the ring, their objective is to compare that entry to their vision, picking the one that comes closest to the ideal.
Why is it so important?
The Scottish Terrier Breed Standard is so important because it helps guide and direct everyone associated with the breed. As discussed above, judges use it to visualize their ideal Scottie and then evaluate every show entry. But breeders are using the standard as well. Again, each breeder has their own visual interpretation of the standard.