Breed standards are our most important tools in understanding any breed in depth, they often referred as the blueprint of the breed....
Breed standard will be interpreted differentlybby different Readers, and without a basicnknowledge of anatomy, movement and dog terminology, the standard mean very little. Neither does the text itself spell out with any exactness the priiorities among all those important traits that make up a dog. It takes a great deal of experience an...d knowledge to interpret the breed standard correctly.
Fortunately we have available a couple of important tools to assist us in interpreting the standard: the breed's function on one hand and the breed's history and tradition on the other. In other words, the standard should be studied and understood in the light of function and history.....Espen Engh - world famous Greyhounds breeder and judge of Sighthounds, part of an article in the Italian Sighthound's Club magazine-