This story, I feel, relates way too closely to the Clumber world today, and, yes, I ‘fess, I have probably looked for extremes in the past too. I hope with experience and realistic aspirations I am less inclined to now – I hope other breeders (and buyers as they ‘drive’ breeding programmes to a remarkable extent or the breeder would have to keep all their pups) are also aware that the pendulum of both extremes must settle in the middle for the security of the breed’s future.

EXTREMES IN PUREBRED DOGS by Tam Cordingley, CSI Instructor, Judge, Canine Consultant at