Originally Posted by OutlineACDs
That's all well and good, but I do live in Texas, and yes farm dogs are stocky. Not all of them, but there are stocky big headed farm dogs. A personal friend of mine took her farm-bred ranch dog and finished him in AKC conformation.
I think my friend's point is that it doesn't matter what they look like as long as they can do the work. Hence there are lankier dogs, some are blocky as well and the people working them don't hold the blocky dogs with higher respect because they fit more into the standard. I don't think she cares about the standard, but only that they can work.
I really don't know anything about ACDs though, I'll ask my friend to join this forum so she can explain to you what she means. I don't think I understand the breed or working/showing politics enough to say much on the subject. I've also never worked a dog on sheep or cattle or anything like that so I can't comment on AKC or ASCA or just plain old farm work...