The Shorty Bull Standard

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The Breed Standard has often been called the blueprint in which the architects(breeders) use to build their masterpiece, or in terms of dog breeds what is according to their eye as close as they can get to ideal representation of that breed. Within the Breed Standard you find all the information needed to form a visual representation of the breed in your minds eye without ever seeing a living example of the breed. Every aspect of the dog is outlined in the Breed Standard, from the way the dog should act right down to minute details like the length and texture of the coat. Every element of breed type will be payed out in the Breed Standard and if you want to be mentioned amongst any breeds most accomplished breeders you must master the ability to honestly evaluate your own stock and reasonably comprehend the written standard. Below you will find The Shory Bull written standard, please read and enjoy and feel free to leave comments or questions!

STANDARD: Shorty Bulls® as they are often referred to are a compact and muscular bulldog of small stature. They are athletically inclined and incredibly agile. Shorty Bulls® have a strong desire to please, are highly intelligent and good natured. Shorties make excellent family dogs and are very tolerant of children and other animals. They are bred to be well rounded family companions. Shorties have a zest for life and are little comics. They can easily adapt to different lifestyles from living in an apartment to life on a farm. Grooming is minimal. Shorty Bulls® should never be extremely shy or aggressive.

HEIGHT: 15 “and under (Over 15” is a Disqualification
WEIGHT: 40 lbs. Over 40 lbs is allowed but should be proportionate to height. Obesity is a fault.
HEAD: Round head with typical bulldog features. Eyes should set far apart and not protrude. Nose should turn up slightly and may be black or liver colored. Dudley noses are a cosmetic fault.
BITE: All dogs must be undershot but not protruding.
EYES: May be of any color but brown is preferred. Eyes should have an oval shape and not protrude from the skull.
EARS: Cropped, close to the head. In countries where cropped ears are not allowed, dogs may show with natural ears that are either dropped or rose and symmetrical. Prick ears are a disqualification from the show ring.
BODY: Body should be short from withers to tail. Chest should be broad for height and have a depth reaching the elbow. A compact look is desired, width of front and hind quarters should be proportionate, not lending to a narrow rear. The chest may be broader than the rear, but narrow hindquarters are a fault.
SHOULDERS AND RUMP: Well rounded and well muscled, lending to the appearance of strength. There may be a slight rise over the loins but not to an extreme degree.
LEGS: Heavy boned and in direct proportion to the body. Long legs in proportion to the body or fine bones are a serious fault. Cow hocks and pigeon toes are a fault.
FEET: Tight feet and straight pasterns are desired. Splayed feet and weak pasterns are a fault.
TAIL: Tail must be short, either docked or screwed. No long tails permitted in the show ring.
COLOR: All coat colors are acceptable with the exception of black and tan, and merle.
TEMPERAMENT: Good natured and even tempered. Extreme shyness or undue aggression is a fault.

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