A Standalone Event and Mastering those ‘Difficult’ Breeds
Senior Editor Christi McDonald asks Best In Show Daily readers a timely question: “Are all dog shows today just about what can be won, or do we still want to go to shows that are unique and distinctive, representative of their heritage?” Christi explores the viability of “standalone” events in her look at one of this country’s premier all-breed competitions: the Bucks County Kennel Club. While economies of scale have created countless clusters, “Bucks” continues to celebrate the purebred dog in a manner rarely experienced today. Discover some of the many reasons why exhibitors from near and far come to this idyllic Pennsylvania setting each spring.
The correct presentation of any breed requires knowledge of its standard and the guidance of a qualified mentor. In today’s DFR, Kayla Bertagnolli talks about how getting a “feel” for a breed requires nothing less than patience and a lot of hard work. Although every new breed is a challenge to master, large dogs and coated breeds, it seems, can be more difficult than most.
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One of my favorite shows on the East Coast was this past Saturday, May 5. Bucks County Kennel Club held its 71st show at Tinicum Park in Erwinna, Pa., a pristine wooded location with sweeping green lawns that has provided an ideal setting for the event each spring since 1972.
The Bucks County Kennel Club show has for many decades been held the first Saturday in May, with Trenton Kennel Club, down the road in New Jersey, on Sunday. The pair of shows was among the two dozen or so largest shows in the nation for many years from the mid-1980s through 2005, and in 2000 Bucks was the fifth largest show in the nation. more
The importance of showing a breed correctly – and to its standard – has been on my mind lately.
I’ve been thinking about how correct presentation is important not only in the conformation ring, but also in the Junior Showmanship ring as well. It’s one of the factors judges take into consideration when making their final decisions.
Mastering any breed, however, takes time, patience and a lot of hard work! Every breed is special, and many are so specific in their presentation that it can be difficult to get that “feeling” for each one. This is easier said than done. more