Depends on the breed. Fortunately in FCRs it's not an either/or.
Structure is extremely important to me. That said, I consider showing in the conformation ring to be just another sport, not intrinsically more valuable than other sports. I wish more breeds had a CCA-type program like Goldens in which a dog is assessed by a panel for structural soundness and adherence to the breed standard without the politics and extremes of the breed ring.
ETA: Working ability is still my #1. By far. But given the working style and intensity of the dogs I like, structure is equally important to keeping them sound through their working life.
ARCHX U-CD Kim MX MXJ NF CL3-SF RL3/2X/1X-COE CGC -- Golden Ditzhund, b. ~March 2007
MACH ARCHX U-CD Webster MXB MJB RL3/2X/1X-COE CGC -- Flying Houdini, b. June 2007
Mira CD JH MX MXB MXJ MJB CGC WCX -- Flat-Coated Retriever, b. July 2009
Brie -- Fiesty Feline, b. April Fools Day, 2010
Last edited by Shai; 02-17-2013 at 12:28 PM.