This is the first year in a very long time that the winning dog was not a Chinese crested or a Chinese crested cross.
This year’s winner was a boxer cross named Pabst.
Pabst has a distinctly undershot bite, which I’m sure got him points with the judges.
But undershot jaws aren’t merely the realm of bulldog types.
My first golden had a slightly undershot bite, which isn’t that uncommon in working lines of golden retriever. It didn’t really affect her ability to carry things in her mouth, so I never worried about it. In the show ring, having a bite like this is considered a terrible fault.
Of course, that’s in the Sir Bufton and Sir Tufton world of conformation shows.
At the Sonoma-Marin Fair, an undershot bite seals the deal.