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American Dexter Cattle Association

AN APPROVED STANDARD
FOR MEMBERS AND OWENERS OF THE DEXTER BREED

GENERAL APPEARANCE
The ADCA is a growing membership combines high spirits, reliability, strength, endurance and vigor. All members should be keen and alert. Correct behavior and understanding is of more importance than color or other purely beauty points.

TEMPERAMENT
Members should be friendly and confident, with no suggestion of coarseness. Aggressiveness, snappiness, and timidity are major faults and should be discouraged.

HEAD AND SKULL
Heads should be sensible level, well-set on shoulders. Narrow-mindedness is not desired. Lips tight to prevent mischief making.

EYES
Sensible and far seeing. Should not be blinded to faults.

EARS
Neat and well shaped. Should not flap to over-hear other conversations and comments.

MOUTH
Should be mainly be kept tightly shut except when in pleasant conversation. Any utterances should be healthy and pure white.

NECK
Members do need some neck, especially when showing dexters, although too much or too little can be a decided fault.

QUARTERS AND BODY
Members should have strong square shoulders capable of carrying the burden of office. Smooth and little muscles are an aid to easy mixing. Elbows should always be set close to the body and never raised in anger. Strongly muscled hind quarters with firm straight legs that are vertical to the ground are an essential need when showing Dexters. It is highly desirable that members should have a strong straight back and be prepared to support the Association in all ways, as best they can. Association events should move briskly and with drive when viewed from any angle, length of duration is equal to effort and attendance.

FEET
Sensibly clad to suit the weather and conditions prevailing. Feet, like the Association progress, should always be pointing forward.

TAILS
Tails should not be carried but cut down to correct size.

COAT
Members appearance should, preferably, be tailored just enough for smartness and fashion. It is essential they should present an all over picture of careful and sensible grooming, especially when in the show ring. Good under wear is essential.

COLOR
Corrected attitudes are more important than purity of color. Membership is open to all ages and all backgrounds.

HEIGHT
Ideally there should be no limit to the effort and height members will rise to on behalf of the Association.

FAULTS
Although faults are to be discouraged, members should, nerveless, be tolerant and understanding of those in others.

NOTE
For those of you who don't already know this.
Yes this is a joke directed at members and is not a required standard,

This (Member Standard) was written by Ray Delaney for another breed back In Ireland, where the members were always complaining and disagreeing, so as a joke one day he decided that it wasn't only the animals that needed a standard but also his members too, so he wrote a standard for his members and placed it in the breed year book as a joke.....

I thought it was very good so decided to share it with you.

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American Dexter Cattle Association

1325 W Sunshine #519
Springfield, MO 65807

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