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The Ups and Down of Dog Shows

It is well-known that I am a numbers nerd. I’ve been that way most of my life. I actually had a perfect 800 on math on my college boards, which, unfortunately, did not translate into a 4.0 GPA. However, I did manage to make a pretty good living using numbers to help people run their businesses more efficiently.

I’ve just finished tabulating last week’s numbers for our Top 100 dogs, and one thing stands out for me. There were a lot of really small shows this past week. As a matter of fact, the average show was worth something around 525 points. At first I was alarmed, thinking that maybe I had stumbled on a trend that portended a dramatic drop in entries. Had high gas prices and a bad economy finally had a real impact on our sport? So, I decided to check last year’s numbers to see how much of a decline I was witnessing. To my surprise, I found that our current Top Ten Dogs All Breeds have collected 10 percent more points than last year’s Top Ten had at the same point in 2011.

Now what I take from this is that entries were up during the first half of this year. That does not mean that this past week represented a healthy sport. Obviously everyone in the dog game would like to see show counts closer to the 1,000 mark. I compared this past weekend’s entries with the same weekend in 2011 and found that this year’s entries were down nearly 13 percent over last year. Hopefully this past week is just an anomaly, and the healthy trend we have been experiencing will continue.

The smaller numbers meant that there were no dramatic changes in our standings. As noted below, we did have some of our dogs move up, but by the barest of margins. Our Number One Dog, the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm, started the week with a better than 6,000-point lead on the field. Oakley and the Number Two Dog, the English Springer Spaniel, GCH CH Wynmoor Champagne Supernova, both managed to pick up three BIS each, but only improved their positions by a little, leaving the rest of the Top Ten very much in the mix.

Also posting multiple BIS this weekend was the nation’s Number One Terrier, now the Number Six Dog All Breeds, the Wire Fox Terrier, GCH CH AfterAll Painting the Sky, who swept both the Little Fort Kennel Club of Waukegan’s two all-breed shows and the limited-breed Great Lakes All Terrier Association event in Illinois, as well as the Number Eight Dog, the Black Cocker Spaniel, GCH CH Casablanca’s Thrilling Seduction, who pulled off the hat trick in Michigan, taking all three all-breed shows of the Grand Traverse Kennel Club.

The next two months should see some major entries and perhaps some upwardly mobile dogs entering our Top 100. You can only find the details on Dog Show Poop and here on The Back Story.

Written by

Billy Wheeler has been attending dog shows as a spectator and exhibitor for over 40 years. Billy is the man behind the popular Dog Show Poop. He is a retired management consultant who has advised multiple organizations affiliated with the AKC and the Cat Fanciers Association on business management, long range planning, customer service, and legislative matters. After 25 years of living in the big cities of New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, he now resides in his hometown of Memphis TN with his wife, Brenda, her Toy Poodle and his Cairn, Scottie, & IG. When he is not blogging, Billy can be found in the kitchen cooking, and listening to opera.