Often, one encounters dog owners who claim that they do not care what their dog looks like, as long as it performs well. Hunting people (this does not mean english-type but american-european continental hunting, which is something different altogether) are particularly prone to this view, to such extent that in some breeds of dogs practice has evolved which separates the "working" from "show" lines - they actually look different, sometimes the inexperienced observer might not guess they are the one and the same breed (e. g. the English Setters). Funny thing is those same hunting people like to have their best tools and weapons, rifles and maybe other accessories, decorated in the nicest way possible, and they are also particular about the way one chooses clothing when going into a natural-wilderness environment, etc (blue denim or camouflage are both cosidered bad taste in Croatia...). Isn't that a disparity? Does it not really mean that they would indeed LIKE to have the nicest dog possible, but DON'T KNOW either how to pick up the best possible puppy or, alternatively, how to breed best-looking dogs? Not to mention that the great majority of featured exterior qualities in a dog are really the extensions of working methods. Of course the dog with the crooked legs or badly formed back won't be such a good worker as the better looking one, no matter what his scenting or retrieving or whichever other "working" qualities are. Look at the colouring, for instance. If it is a gun dog, it must be of contrasting colour to leaves and other colours of nature, at least in order to survive longer, if not for the speed at which it helps locate game; if one has two or more dogs, it is best to have them all different colours, both to avoid confusion and increase speed; hence quite a range of colours in both longhair setters and spaniels and shorthair pointers and retrievers. (It looks like some different logic rules wirehair gun dogs, as they are mostly similar, chocolate or orange with white...)1

(1)This might be because the wirehairs were developed as later versions, the earlier versions of hunting wirehairs having gone their own way - the Poodle was once one. At that time the colour ranges characteristical of today's longhair gun dogs were already "occupied" by the, then much more popular than today, wirehair hounds.

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