agreed Speed Racer. Take the poodle for example. IT's original purpose was a water retrieving dog. Now it's been bred down to lap size and is used mainly as a companion. I would love to get a pair of standard poodles and use them as duck dogs. Oh to see the other hunters faces!
I love my Dane, but I think the next dog I get will be a standard. No stupid poofy show cuts for my dog though, I'll keep him or her in what's called a puppy or kennel clip.
Were you aware that a team of standards ran in the Iditarod a few years back? They didn't win, but they finished the race. That's hardly what I'd call a froo-froo dog!