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"K" Dog Breed Standards

Check the Breed Standards Beginning with the Letter "K" Before You Look for Puppies for Sale Today!

Do Your Homework to Insure Your Puppy Will Have a Long and Healthy Life Without Genetic Disease 

The breed standard for each breed of dog is distinct, giving a detailed "word picture" of the appearance and behavior of an idealized dog of that breed. Included in the breed standard description are externally observable aspects of appearance and behavior that are considered by the breed club to be the most important for the breed, and externally observable details of appearance or temperament that are considered by the breed club to be unacceptable (called faults). In addition most breed standards include an historical section, describing the place of origin and the original work done by the breed or its ancestor types.

However, breed standards DO NOT include testing requirements for health, requirements for genetic testing as required by ResearchBreeder.com, or requirements for specific types of training or work; breed standards are only intended to describe the breed's externally observable qualities. Breed clubs often make other requirements for health testing or work testing, but these are not covered in the breed standard itself.

Learn About Genetic Diseases and Disorders

Cervical vertebral instability (Wobbler syndrome): Anatomy of the vertebral column and spinal cord: The vertebral column, or backbone, is made up of a series of small bones, the vertebrae. These bones surround and protect the spinal cord, the large collection of nerves through which information is transmitted between the body and brain. The spinal cord must be intact and undamaged in order to feel sensations (including touch and pain), and for normal movement of the body and limbs. The individual vertebrae are separated by intervertebral disks. These soft tissue structures allow for normal movement between the vertebrae, and also act as shock absorbers.
In cervical vertebral instability, there is compression of the spinal cord in the neck (cervical) region. There are seven vertebrae in the neck which surround and protect the spinal cord. Movement between these bones allows normal movement of the neck. With this condition, there are abnormalities in the structure of the vertebrae, of the ligaments that connect them, and/or of the disks between them. The reasons for these abnormalities are not clear; inheritance is a factor, and overfeeding in rapidly-growing large breed dogs is also thought to play a role. The result is instability between adjacent vertebrae, narrowing (stenosis) of the spinal canal, and pressure on the spinal cord. The consequences of compression of the spinal cord in the neck region are weakness and incoordination in all 4 legs - hence the name "wobbler".

 

K

Kau Ken

No Standard on file.

kai ken

Kishu Ken

No Standard on file.

Kishu Ken

Karelian Bear Dog

No Standard on file.

Karelian Bear Dog

Komondor

Komondor

Keeshond

Keshond

Kromfohrlander

No Standard on file.

Kromfohrlander

Kerry Blue Terrier

Kerry Blue Terrier

Kuvasz

Kuvasz