The pictures on the following two pages represent variations in eye and ear placement and how expression is changed by these slight differences.

These components can change in many subtle ways, of which only a few are shown here. In the final analysis the judge must be able to recognize if all of these components combine in a way that is desirable and, in the ring, which of the resulting expressions is truly the "fairest of them all". While familiarity with the details is of extreme importance to the breeder who must seek to keep or improve specific components, the judge must be able to recognize if the "overall pattern" is correct.

The first option on each page is the original dog who has a very nice expression.

Picture #28


The first picture is of the original dog and shows the desired width between the eyes and can clue you into the width of the skull. The second illustration shows a dog with eyes closer together, indicating the skull might be narrower than desired. The lower left dog shows eyes that are too wide apart while the picture on the right shows a dog with somewhat round eyes. Nothing but eyes have been changed on this page.