Directly copied from the breed standard on the AKC website: "Untrimmed natural ruff on neck, moderate feathering on back of forelegs and on underbody; heavier feathering on front of neck, back of thighs and underside of tail." This wording would not be in the standard if it interfered with the dog's job. When a dog is crashing through underbrush to get a bird, the heavier feathering on the front of the neck will protect the dog from said underbrush. Having seen him up close and in person, Daniel is really a very moderate dog (according to my definition of moderate, which does not mean small) in size, bone, and coat. He's pretty much right down the middle in height, he's not fluffy, and he has a wonderful temperament. His coat is the correct texture as well and you'd easily be able to remove burrs or sticks that got caught in while working (which he does).