The show week ended with our top six dogs in the country packing up big rosettes in their tack boxes. The Number One Dog All Breeds picked up his rosette in Delaware OH yesterday, while the Number Two Dog, the English Springer Spaniel, GCH CH Wynmoor Champagne Supernova, collected his in Sioux City SD on Friday. The Number Three Dog, the Doberman Pinscher, GCH CH Protocol’s Veni Vidi Vici, made the most of her trip to Benton AR, finishing with BACK2BACK BIS.
The nation’s Number Four dog, the Wire Fox Terrier, GCH CH AfterAll Painting the Sky, got a big BIS yesterday in the Northern California town of Dixon. The Number Five Dog, the Affenpinscher, Banana Joe V Tani Kazari, stayed on top of the Toy Group with a BIS in West Springfield MA on Saturday. The Number Six Dog All Breeds, the Miniature Pinscher, GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare, is in hot pursuit of the Affenpinscher, answering with her own BIS on Saturday in Delaware OH. These wins keep our Top Ten intact for another week.
I can’t say the same about the bottom half of the Top Twenty Dogs All Breeds, as several dogs posted multiple BIS wins. The Number 14 Dog, the Harrier, GCH CH Downhome Hitech Innovator, spent a long weekend in Bayamon PR and came home with three big rosettes. The Number 15 Dog, the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Brighton Lakeridge Encore, stayed close to home and took both of the top prizes in Ridgefield WA. The Boxer, GCH CH Winfalll I Dream of Style, added two BIS to her resume in Austin TX. Finally Dog Show Poop DOG2WATCH, the Great Dane, GCH CH Longomiller N’ Lore’s Diamond Lil, made good on that designation with two BIS in Leesburg VA. The Dane’s wins should move her from Number 21 into the prestigious Top Twenty.
Allow me to pull out my soap box for a moment about the Leesburg shows. While reviewing the catalog, I noticed something that disturbed me. I saw one breed entry in which a breeder/owner had four of the five entries, in an obvious attempt to build a major. I can understand building a major when you have a rare breed or you live in an area where you never encounter your breed. What was unusual about this case was the entry of a champion dog in the American Bred class.
This raises several issues. One, this appears to be in violation of the AKC Rules Applying to Dog Shows. Chapter 3, Section 9 states:
The American-bred Class shall be for all dogs (except champions) six months of age and over, whelped in the United States of America, by reason of a mating which took place in the United States of America.
Two, while one may enter champions or even grand champions in some classes, surely this violates the spirit of the regulation if not the letter of same. If your champions and grand champions are being beaten by a class dog which you have owned, surely something is amiss.
Finally, this is simply an affront to the purpose of why we have dog shows. As I have written here before, we in the show community have a responsibility as ambassadors of our sport. Novice spectators are confused by this practice, wondering why are class dogs competing against champions and grand champions. Seasoned fanciers are not fooled. While the newbie may see a breeder who has finished multiple champions in one year, experienced dog folk see a breeding program that is more interested in success in the show ring than in the whelping box. In the end,wouldn’t you rather earn a title than buy one? And that’s today’s Back Story.