Let's explore how the National dog clubs and Parent breed clubs are failing
hobby breeders. First is the reduction in stand-alone fun matches, a significant
factor in clubs abandoning breeders. At one time, AKC-sanctioned matches were
held everywhere, EVERY WEEKEND!
The relaxed atmosphere at
these “fun match” events was very helpful in learning proper ring procedure and
general etiquette rules for competing. The sponsoring club members brought pot
luck dishes and asked only a donation.
√ Professional handlers came
to polish their skills and to socialize like everyone else.
√ Puppies were exposed to a
relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
√ It was training for new
owners and for judges to see a wide variety of breeds.
everywhere and camaraderie was abundant. Training for Conformation, Obedience
and other sanctioned events was integral in promoting the sport, and it
encouraged dogs and owners to the formal shows in droves.
Today matches are
on the show grounds. They are after the real show has concluded, that’s right,
after the entire show is done and the public has gone home. Wouldn’t it be beneficial for
the public to see the exhibitors having fun? Instead, fun matches start around
5-6pm and only attract the die-hard fancy that is delirious from fatigue. What’s
the point and why did clubs stop having stand-alone match events that are not
treated like the after-thought that it has become?
It seems that money and
laziness have both played a part. It takes money to purchase all the equipment
in order to hold a stand-alone match. Storage space is needed along with a
method of transporting the equipment and a cadre of club members to do the work
putting it together. However, at day’s end after a sanctioned show event, the
superintendent’s equipment is completely up and ready to use; how convenient.
Next you have the
standards that were created by the breed clubs and are the property of the
individual breed clubs… BUT… these parent breed clubs are subservient to the AKC
regulations as AKC holds ALL approval control over any changes to that standard.
Originally national Parent
(Breed) Clubs were responsible for education of their breed to both the fancy
and judges and dog shows played an integral role. Parent breed clubs today have
been seduced by the AKC’s gradual takeover of this educational function and
shamefully, many clubs are relieved to have that burden lifted.
And finally, as to judges,
AKC, Parent Breed clubs, and Kennel Clubs have all failed to create a formal
network to keep tabs on under-performing judges. They have failed to stop
hiring such judges, failed to hold them accountable and failed to realize that
despite the judge’s claim to being an independent contractor, they are still
dancing on the AKC’s ballroom floor.
So… with the surrender of
Judges Education and Breeder Education, giving up a final say on the Breed
Standards, and the extinction of Fun Matches, local and Parent Clubs have failed
to maintain stewardship over the breed and thus, have failed the breeders who
make it all possible.
What is your Kennel Club and
or Breed Club doing to educate judges? Does your local dog show club provide
time, room, and people to educate judges and to encourage owners to participate?
Got something to bark about?
Your feedback is important to
the sport and TheDogPress.com will share with the American Kennel Club. Your job
is to send this to your local kennel club and your parent breed club.
Signed input carries more
weight but you can also contribute anonymously.
note *to prevent spammers and for added authenticity from experts in the
field, please type your NAME
in 1st box, your EMAIL in the 2nd box, (email is privacy protected), then
enter your comment in the 3rd box, click the "comment" button when finished. To
view your post, click refresh or F5 for post to refresh. NOTE: Pressing the "comment" button more than once will duplicate your post.