I wish the Judges would remember when dogs are bred for working. I will use my own breed as an example. Some have such gorgeous coats and i appreciate all the work in the coats. But how does that dog work in the water, doing what it is supposed to do. And when you feel some of those dogs they have no muscle mass, which is required for swimming long distance and carting.
I am not saying all dogs should be working, but a dog should not be penalized for having a working coat, which is beautiful and well kept.
I have been very lucky lately where a couple of Judges have gone over the dogs and felt the dogs from top to bottom, instead of a quick skim and looking. So we have been able to do well. I would love people to follow the standard and also allow their dogs to do what they were bred to do. or at least breed them so that they are able to do it.
Some lines of newfies have lost their natural need to rescue and swim, I think that is sad. They have been bred for softer and silkier coats (which are no good for swimming long distance), instead of the quite rough guard hairs they should have.
And some have become too large/bulky and have changed their facial structure