Re: Conformation or Schutzhund for breeding?
FUNCTIONAL is the key word in defining Structure to me, not FASHION.
I come from horses. Conformation is oft over-exaggerated in horses, lending itself to new problems, both in health and performance - QH are the most widely bred in the US for example - conformation breeding and line breeding/inbreeding has led to navicular and HYPP in QH - conformation horses are not functional, they cannot rein or cut cows as they cannot MOVE correctly for those endeavours. This all translates to dogs as well.
I look at breeding as a triangle of priorities - you must have all three or have not bred correctly:
Temperament (includes nerves, social and environmental soundness)
Functional structure (including health ie hips)
These three must be in balance - a dog with 2 of the three cannot perform satisfactorily in all areas.
Hexe Sch2, Komet & Kougar IPO1, Kira HGH, SG Bengal, Lynx v Wolfstraum ~ Ziberia IPO1 ~ ATB Basha, Kougar & Kyra, Fenja, Sch3s, Cito, Sch2, DangerRH, Csabre & Alice Sch1s ~Kelsey