(The above two photographs are of the same dog...
I have corrected the unpigmented third eyelid only, using Photo Shop!)
NB: Thes eyes above are a little loose in lower lid and placed too far apart
and are not as frontally placed as the well placed eyes above.
Unpigmented third eyelids (nictitating membrane) can spoil the expression, but are purely a COSMETIC FAULT only, (in the same vein as uneven head markings, uneven brindling, etc).
Some dogs have a large membrane which can look to cover a large part of the eye; others have smaller ones which go almost unnoticed, particularly if the dog has tight eye rims.
(Note:Most breeders prefer a dog to have two dark "haws", but will accept one or both upigmented eyes on an otherwise good dog. Although it is possible to have fully pigmented eyes with white head markings, the incidence of unpigmented third eyelids occuring is more common in these dogs, than in dogs with "plain" faces.)
Therefore as a judge, if the dog in front of you is a better specimen STRUCTURALLY, than the other dogs in the class, the unpigmented eye/eyes should be ignored.
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Furrows on Top of Skull
The head should be "clean", and free of wrinkle. Furrows will appear on the top of the head only, when the dog is alerted.
(Wrinkles or furrows appearing on the sides of the skull, should be penalised.)
Excessive wrinkling leads to a "heavy" looking head - not clean as the standard requires.
The skin must be thin, not be thick, as thick heavy skin not only makes the head look wider but allows the flews to be too deep and heavy, pulling the eye sockets down and spoiling the expression.
Wrinkles or small folds will be evident on each side of the muzzle which fills in the break between muzzle
(See History and Purpose )
Slight, but not excessive "quilting" is also evident over the bridge of the
nose helping to pad out the muzzle.
If the ears are cropped they should stand firmly erect, if uncropped they are medium sized, and high set, carried slightly lifted and tilted forward towards the side of the cheeks.
In both cases the ears are very mobile.
The dark mask is confined to the muzzle area and should not extend too far upwards on the skull creating a sombre expression. The mask must be as dark as possible and not diluted!
A dark shading is always evident around the eyes, but a small break of coat colour should be evident on the side of the head between this shading and the mask on the actual muzzle area. This is more evident in fawn Boxers than in brindle Boxers.
Athough the dark mask is required in the standard, many dogs have white markings across their muzzle and between their eyes. These markings can look attractive, as long as they do not cover the dark mask entirely.
Plain black faces are also very attractive and equally acceptable in the show ring.
Don't ever let "off centre", or uneven head markings distract you from appreciating an otherwise good head. These markings are very common and quite acceptable on a Boxer.
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