"The Irish Red & White Setter is bred primarily for the field. The standard as set out hereunder must be interpreted chiefly from this point of view and all Judges at Bench Shows must be encouraged to judge the exhibits chiefly from the working standpoint."
The above bit of clap trap comes from the AKC's web site, and shows how deeply boiled in the oil of their own nonsense they really are.
Here's a thought: Perhaps a dog named for its COAT COLOR might not really be "bred primarily for the field."
And perhaps a dog bred "primarily for the field" cannot really be judged at a Bench Show?
What's next, judging racing car drivers by hat size, or hiring astronauts based on whether they fit into the space suits?
How about hiring female workers by the size of their front racks? Now there's a business plan . . . for a strip club.
I am reminded of the old adage: "In theory, practice and theory should be the same, but in practice they are not."
True enough, true enough.
This lion read a book of theory just before his first hunt.