Greetings! Subscribers to Best In Show Daily represent dog enthusiasts from around the world. New technologies have simplified communication across borders and datelines, resulting in a sport with a truly international following. Today Senior Editor Christi McDonald introduces readers to one of America’s few remaining benched shows – the International Kennel Club of Chicago. “International” is the magnet show of a four-day cluster, and a Best in Show victory here propels the winner toward the top of the rankings. In The Back Story, master blogger Billy Wheeler appeals to fanciers’ sense of order and fairness through his latest post, “A Fairer Ranking System.”…
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The International KC of Chicago Is an American Jewel
By Christi McDonald
When dog shows first began, both in Europe and in the United States, almost all were benched shows. For the uninitiated, a benched dog show is one where all dogs entered are required to be in the show building and in a designated area – usually on a slightly raised platform, thus the term “bench” – during show hours, except when in the ring.
All dogs of a given breed are traditionally benched together, with the dogs’ catalog numbers posted so that spectators are able to identify each dog. The advantages to the public of a benched show are obvious – exhibitors and breeders are a captive audience for the day and are thus available to share information about their breed in particular and purebred dogs and dog shows in general. more
For the past three years Dog Show Poop has maintained its own ranking system. I wanted to recognize some of those dogs owned by the average dog show exhibitor, the exhibitor who doesn’t have a trust fund, the exhibitor who has a regular job and can’t make it to 150 shows a year, the exhibitor who doesn’t have access to a corporate jet to show in four cities in four days. Bottom line, I think if you give the average exhibitor some recognition, we might encourage more people to enter an AKC dog show. Here’s my attempt at a ranking system that tries to correct some of the inequities inherent in the current system. more