Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Beautiful Pacific NW
The reason conformation is so important, no matter what folks say, is that in order to the the jobs they were bred to do, their conformation must be present and accurate or they'll have issues working, either tiring too quickly or not having the stamina to do a good job.
When you hear folks say "oh, we don't care if our dog is pretty", don't buy it. Be aware that if their conformation is all over the place, they won't have the grace and ease of movement they would if their conformation was somewhat similar to the "standard".