I've included below a fair number of links to a wide variety of breed
standards, mostly for livestock and other farm-type animals.
I've also included some links and excerpts from sites that discuss the
advantages -- financial or otherwise -- to creating and adhering to
the standard for a given breed.
I trust this information meets your needs and fully answers your
question. However, please do not rate this answer until you feel you
have everything you need. If you would like any additional
information, simply post a Request for Clarification to let me know,
and I'm at your service.
WELSH PONY BREED STANDARD
BREED STANDARDS -- CHARACTERISTIC POINTS OF WENSLEYDALE LONGWOOL SHEEP
A Comparative Analysis Of Alpaca Breed Type And Standards
Animal Husbandry -- How To Select and Show Winners
Highland Cattle Breed Standards
American Dexter Cattle Association
Australian Lowline Cattle Breed Standards
Definition of Pure-Bred Limousin Breed Standard
Breed Standards for Production - Bulls
Breed Standards for Production - Cows
Breed Standards for Production - Herds
The Maremmana breed is a descendent of the bos Taurus Macroceros, a
Texas Longhorn Breed Standards
Australian Red Poll Cattle Breeders Inc.
RED POLL Breed Standard
The Araucana Chicken
Boer Goat of South Africa
Highland Cattle Breed Standards
Tennessee Fainting Goat Breed Standard
British Belgian Blue Cattle
Breed Standards of the Boer Goat
Boer Breeders Association of South Africa
The above were selected to provide a broad cross-section of standards,
varying not only the animals, but the types of standards themseleves
-- from brief, to more etensive, to highly qunatitative.
If you are interested in seeing even more examples of breed standards,
you can review the results of my search on the following terms:
("breed standard" OR "breed standards") (livestock OR farm OR cows OR
chickens OR pigs OR hogs OR cattle) -dog -dogs
Note that you can easily modify the search to add terms of particular
interest, e.g. "goats", if that's an animal you wanted to see more
I've also included information on the beneftis attributed to breed
standards. This information is not as plentiful or as precise as the
standards themselves, and it often means reading over the sites to get
the full flavor of what they have to say. However, the excerpts I've
included here should at least get you started:
Advantages of Jerseys
[The page doesn't refer specifically to breed standards, but it's
clear from the context that having the standard preserves and insures
the advantages of the breed]
The standard developed by the National Miniature donkey Association is
sometimes used as a model for a breed standard that articulates the
advantages of each component of the standard:
NMDA Breed Standard
For instance, the section on Appearance reads (in part) as follows:
Overall balance in conformation and adequate bone is necessary for
work, such as carrying packs and pulling carts efficiently.
The Alpaca Breeders Fiber School is another group whose site extols
the benefits of strict adherence to the breed standard:
Benefits of ABFS accreditation
Earning the ABFS Accredited Alpaca Breeder status will be an enormous
asset to your alpaca business. Breeders who earn this accreditation
bring our industry to a higher level of professionalism. Accredited
breeders will use this distinction in their own business marketing,
designating the level of industry knowledge and expertise they have to
Advertising. Successful candidates will be given use of a specially
designed certification logo for advertising purposes and a certificate
High Standards. ABFS will promote the accreditation logo as being a
sign of an ethical educated breeder that subscribes to the high
ethical standards of the ABFS and has taken the trouble to educate
themselves and agreed to maintain professional standards.
Official title. Breeders successfully meeting the accreditation
requirements and qualifications shall be entitled to call themselves
ABFS Accredited Breeder.
Accountability. ABFS reserves the right to deny accreditation if the
candidate does not meet the standards set by ABFS for accreditation.
The ABFS Accreditation Board will review any such concerns, giving
ample opportunity for remedy if needed. Should any ABFS Accredited
Breeder be found to be in default of the code of ethics and standards
required the ABFS accreditation program, certification shall be
revoked immediately and the breeder removed from the published
accreditation listing. Such action will be taken to protect and
maintain the status earned by other ABFS Accredited Breeders.
...ABFS accredited breeders shall follow and utilize the International
Alpaca Breed standard for both Huacaya and Suri when selecting and
More on the advantages of the breed standard:
The Irish Gypsy Cob
The Irish Cob Society was formed in July 1998 in order to protect and
promote this amazing and unique breed. Upon examination of hundreds of
Irish Gypsy Cobs, a breed standard and stud book was approved on the
16th of July 1998 by the Irish Department of Agriculture, the
Competent Authority in the Republic of Ireland, in accordance with
Directive to Member States 90/427/EEC and Decision 92/353/EEC for the
purpose of maintaining The Irish Cob Stud Book as Stud Book of Origin
of the Breed.
This is now the largest and only Government approved registry and
contrary to popular belief, is absolutely dedicated to maintaining a
standard set by the Irish Travellers. This studbook was formed to
protect the breed. Although, there are many mares and stallions owned
by Gypsies who are not yet registered with the Society, more and more
are doing so as they realise the advantages of DNA and registration.
It means that there will no longer be unscrupulous farms maintaining
that they have particular bloodlines. Now the heritage of the Gypsy
Cob can really be protected and maintained.. Each and every one of our
horses was bought by a Judge for their conformation, feathering, step
and kindness, not on a promise or story that they are out of
Cattle Breed Society
Coloured--Marked progeny which leads to easy identification.
Docility and ease of handling.
Hardy, adaptable and prolific stock.
Premium prices at all stages of growth.
Fast Growth rate and efficient feed conversion.
High carcass yields and a high percentage of quality cuts.
Ideal Beef for the high priced European markets.
Again, just let me know if there's anything else you need here.