very true, not all of us breed for shows, we breed for what WE like to see in a bird and enjoy the genetic diversity that comes with it. Also as I mentioned earlier, Europe judges on a different standard on many breeds. There are 3 tail carriages I have seen from birds there, one from Germany is very high just like these birds. Sort of leghorn looking almost, another is low and flat like ours calls for, and other is hard to explain, sort of an in the middle version. Just remember when critiquing others birds, they all aren't going off the American standard. In many cases, the American standard is nowhere near what the country of origin goes by, so in those cases, who's right? Our standard we made up, or the ones from the point of origin?? See we as a nation too have taken breeds and bred in what we liked, then call it standard...That's the joy/curse of genetic variation. Sometimes we get a cool and unexplained mutation/deviation from the expected that we utilize and other times we get a "Crap, how the heck did that happen"?