A Visualization of the Lionhead Standard
comments by Gail Gibbons, holder of the first COD for the Lionhead breed
|talking about breaks ........|
is nothing that seems to cause as much misunderstanding and hard feelings among
Lionhead breeders then bringing
think it would be useful for some of us to review why this section is in the standard.
It first appeared after the standard
That all being said the first question is what is "the break"?
revised Gibbons Lionhead Standard now states in the section on COAT under disqualifications
the beginning there seemed to be confusion among breeders and judges on what is
The dictionary defines the word distinct as "clearly seen, heard or understood" and the word distinctive as "the fact of marking a clear difference between two things". The word distinct was used and was kept because it was the intent of the standard to say that the break is clear and well defined and can be seen easily. On a properly posed Lionhead you should be able to simply see the break.
know that The NALRC published an article in their newsletter by Becky Armstrong
that says different, but folks do not believe everything you read. That article
is NOT correct - far from it. I know Ms. Armstrong was asked (by a local club
As we can see from the above definitions judges and breeders do not need to dig
in the wool or stretch out the animal
many cases this means younger juniors cannot be shown. In most of those cases
the saddle coat may be shed
Following are a lot of photos hopefully they will help in understanding what a break is and what a break is not.
|Lets start with what a break is not|
This youngster is beginning
to show saddle on the top
of the back but there is no
definition between the mane
wool & the transition wool.
It also should be dqed for
wool on the saddle as
it is still way to high.
This Smoke Pearl is just
beginning to show a slight
thinning of wool where the
break will be.
The saddle looks to have
enough shed out to maybe
make it on the show table
This baby has a wonderful
saddle but no break.
I suspect if you do as
Ms. Armstrong instructed,
you may find the start of
a break as the foreleg is
showing nice shed out.
A baby showing some
strong hints of shorter wool
where the break is bringing
to shed out.
You can see the beginning
of the color change as
more normal coat shows.
Lionheads in this row are the type that seems to cause the issues at most shows.|
I believe that all should be disqualified for no distinct break.
A tort is still showing some
long wool in the break area. You can see the line were
it should be but there is still
congestion at the center.
You can even see the crimping of the wool in
This Sable Point also shows
a bridge of wool that connects
the mane & transition wool.
It this case the connection
is higher up. A common area
to shed late on some lines.
A Tort with a very good start
on the break but you can see
wisps of softer longer wool.
This is the type of Lionhead
that when the judges dq,
the breeders get upset. The judges are correct.
This image shows what almost
looks like it has a break. You
can see the normal fur starting
at the foot and running cleanly
up to an area of shorter coat.
The shorter coat is still wooly
you can see the upper wool
has not shed off the saddle
up near the triangle. This
Lionhead also carries
wool too high on the saddle.
row is all Lionheads that are very close to having good breaks|
Some may past under some judges at shows.
These are the type Lionheads Ms. Armstrong' s article has caused the most issues with.
A nice Orange with a start
Blacks it can be very
Lionheads in this row would pass at most shows.|
You can see the break & there seems to be little longer wool in the area.
A judge could still look closely and decide there is still no much underwool and not enough
outer coat in the break area.
Ruby Eyed White one
Sable Point showing nice
Tort with a very clean
Blue with a nice break.
here down the Lionhead should pass on the show tables.|
All have distinct breaks and the transition wool is low and off the saddle. Some are juniors and some are seniors.
nicely shed out
junior Tort shows an
Siamese Sable showing very nice color.
Black with a very clean
Sable Point almost all
Tort with super length of
Blue showing a nice clean
nice younger Tort
are what we are
Tort showing great length to
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