[blockquote]One thing I found missing was the responsibility of "judges" in directing the market by their "selection" for traits in the ring[/blockquote]
Good point. I have always felt that jugdes play a central role in determining fads within the dog breeding scene. If they selected winners based more on health and movability then surely the supersize me trend will die. I am not knocking physical confirmation as standard used in dog shows. There must always be some degree of that. However, it obvious that judges favor more substantial specimens and while it is the right of breeder to intrepet physical standards as they see fit they are all pandering to the more substantial standards of the judges. In doing so they try and outdo each other according to size, weight, wrinkle etc. This further adds to the super-size me spiral.