The Glitz, Glamour And Competition Of Dog Shows
Dog Owner Study
What did the most definitive profile of the dog fancy, including judges, reveal about breed preference, still showing or breeding, and if not, WHY not…?
April 2018 | TheDogPress.com
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AKC GROUPS ARE: HERDING, HOUND, NON-SPORTING, SPORTING, TERRIER, TOY, WORKING. Breeds in each group line up in the Group Ring according to size or speed at
which they gait around the ring. BEST IN SHOW LINEUP is according to size of each Group winner so that larger breeds which
move faster are first with short-legged breeds lining up last.
The American Kennel Club divides dog breeds into Groups according to general
purpose for which the breed was developed. The AKC groups as of 2018 are as
plus Miscellaneous Class and Foundation Stock Service breeds which do not
compete at Group or Best In Show level and are therefore not tabulated.
When Did You Get Your First Purebred Dog?
pre-70s, pre-1999, post-2000
What Was Your First AKC Registered Dog?
The most popular breeds according to group classification i.e. breed type and purpose.
Herding, Hound, Sporting, Non-Sporting, Terrier, Toy, and Working Group
What Attracted You
To That Breed?
Janice Anderson - My mother brought one home as a pup when I was 8 yrs old, after our Lab,"Dino" died. I was hooked!
David Arthur - My mom always talked of them, and they're adorable.
Lilian Barber - Wanted a larger dog but had a tiny yard. Saw the IGs at a dog show and knew
this was "it".
Susan Bass - Family Guardian
Cyndi Bender - Cuteness
Jan Boggio - Temperament, look of the dog, working abilities
Caroline Boris - Had always wanted one since I was very
little but my mother said 'not in my house'
Nancy Broz - 4 H project
JoAnne Buehler - ability for a larger dog to live in a smaller space without knocking
Tracy Burdick - non-shedding, smart, trainable
Cahli Carothers - Intelligence
Bonnie Chandler - My parents chose it
Steffie Cheng - I was around people who breed them and she was given to me as a gift
Carlotta Cooper - All my life I thought that Setters looked the way dogs should look
- Family dogs. Then GS, boxer, sheltie, smooth fox terriers, border terriers
Alexandra Dantuma - A friend owned one and I loved her.
Mary Deats - Grew up with them, mother had them as well as GSDs and Brittany Spaniels.
Tamara Dunn - It was a gift. We moved from Alaska to Tennessee. The puppy was to console me
for being made to move.
Mary E - loving, gentleness and size plus we farmed and they loved being there with
Rincy Ebbert - Parents wanted one
Anne Eckersley - Small size with outgoing sweet fearless temperament
Karen Elvin - My parents' choice
Sharon Ero - Big dog in small package
Becky Eterno - personality, grooming a wire coat
Shirley Fair - young girl's fantasy, TV series
Gail Ferguson - Looks and personality
Kris Fitzgerald - love the spitz type and the breeds attitude
Donna Fitzpatrick - Dad raised them
Monica Galley - Family had Dachshunds
Debra Gaylord-Thomas - Family friends were in Poodles and Shy Bones fell in love with me, so my parents bought her.
Betty Grotophorst - Pretty, long coat, size, overall look, and mannerisms
Teresa Hall - Small size, coloring, temperament
D Hedgcock - Followed my mother home from docks in Long Beach during WWII
Judy Herring - Beautiful dog, good temperament
Diane Jacobsen - Duck hunting
Ken James - The subtleties of positive traits according to the breed standard
Teri Kavakos - Beauty and brains
Bobbi King - Most versatile
Janice Koler-Matznick - Tough, stoic personality, good with people, muscular appearance
Cindy Knox - Hubby wanted. Got rid of hubby kept dog and kids. Smart Woman
Jackie Kurzban - robust, intelligence, looks, size, working dog
Fred Lanting - My 1st GSD (late 40s) was large, noble, checked on all of us as we slept. Protector & cared-for.
Chris Lewis - Coat, colour, elegance
Nancy Link - dog was given to us
Liz Lufrano - Size and Temperament. Purchased at a pet store I passed every day on way to work.
J’Anna Lyttle - Wanted a GSD, but was unhappy with their structure, Rottie was similar and liked their structure.
Judith Maier - I'd met the breeder
Denise McGinnis - Markings, temperament, affininity with horses
Ann McMillan - The looks, size and personality
Dave Milne - personalities, characteristics of breeder-friend dogs
Ky Moffet - pure chance of an available dog
Pamela Offutt - My Grandmother had a stuffed toy Scottie
and I was in love with it as a child.
Diann O’Neal - Wanted a dog to protect
Mark P - Trainability and looks
T Palmer - My parents bought her for me.
Nancy Phillips - Hunting
Jeff Rodbourn - hunting skills
Marjorie Rosa - lived with them when staying with a friend long term - independence, loyalty,
Robert Schaible - My grandfather knew the breeder and bought a pup as a gift for me.
Joanna Seleme - Its personality, temperament, size and its gorgeous Silky coat.
Kathryn Smith - my mother raised SFT's
Paula Stebbins - Majestic and beautiful
Carol Stegavig - My parents always had Dobes & Shepherds. We I got married I wanted a big dog,
brains & friendly.
Shirley Taylor - I love everything about them
Becky Tehon - Temperament and family history with the breed
Pam Williams - Family had that breed
What Breed(s) Do You Now Have?
Tops were Terriers, followed by Herding and Working breeds.
Janice Anderson - Newfoundlands, Sussex Spaniels, Australian Cattledogs
Pam Williams - Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Debra Gaylord-Thomas - Siberian Huskies, Cardigan Welsh Corgis
& Belgian Mal. pet
Monica Galley - Dachshund
Cyndi Bender - Scottish Terrier
Teresa Hall - older Toy Fox Terrier,
1 mixed breed
Shirley Fair - German Shepherd,
Teri Kavakos - Welsh Springer Spaniel
Caroline Boris - Great Dane and Scottish terrier
Pamela Offutt - Scottish Terriers
Jackie Kurzban - Rottweiler and Australian Cattle Dog
Nancy Phillips - Skye Terrier, Scottish Terrier
Mark P - Doberman Pinscher
David Arthur - Standard Poodles and Dobermans
Judy Herring - Scottish Terriers
Judith Maier - Briard, APBT
Donna Fitzpatrick - Irish Russell Terriers and Malinois
Robert Schaible - Dalmatian
Diane Jacobsen - Rhodesian Ridgebacks
Sharon Ero - Scottish Terrier
T Palmer - Chow Chow
Liz Lufrano - Scottish Terrier
Joanna Seleme - Silky terriers
Jeff Rodbourn - Saint Bernard
Susan Bass - Beauceron
Fred Lanting - "working lines" this time
Shirley Taylor - Havanese
Ann McMillan - Shetland Sheepdog
Gail Ferguson - Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Tamara Dunn - Irish Wolfhounds, Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Karen Elvin - Norwegian Elkhound
Nancy Broz - Shih-Tzu
J’Anna Lyttle - Beaucerons - 3 females.
Bobbi King - German Shepherd Dog
Rincy Ebbert - Afghan Hound
Ken James - Chihuahua and Pug
Mary E - Chihuahuas - they think they are Shepherds
Betty Grotophorst - Portuguese Water Dog
Jan Boggio - Newfoundlands
Carol Stegavig - Great Dane and always will
Kathryn Smith - Scottish Terriers
Marjorie Rosa - Scottish Terrier
Becky Eterno - Welsh Terrier
Ky Moffet - Labrador retriever (working type)
Lilian Barber - Italian Greyhound
Denise McGinnis - Dalmatian & rescue Pekingese
Diann O’Neal - Shetland Sheep dog
Kris Fitzgerald - Icelandic Sheepdog
Nancy Link - Australian Shepherds
Anne Eckersley - Cavalier King Charles Spaniels & Tibetan Spaniels
Chris Lewis - Bernese Mountain Dogs and Lagotto Romagnolos
Dave Milne - Irish Wolfhound, Borzoi
Tracy Burdick - Papillon
Mary Deats - Schipperke
Bonnie Chandler - Sheltie and Belgian Tervuren
Cahli Carothers - Malinois & Poodle
D Hedgcock - Great Danes, parents and gparents, ggparents+ had them
Cindy Knox - Boxers and Frenchies
Carlotta Cooper - English Setters
Janice Koler-Matznick - Rhodesian Ridgebacks
Steffie Cheng - Basenjis and Dobermans
Becky Tehon - Collie
JoAnne Buehler - Afghan Hound
Paula Stebbins - Great Dane
Tam Cordingley - German Shepherd
Do you actively breed AND show? If the answer was No, why not?
70% said Yes ~ 30% said No
Janice Anderson - Yes
David Arthur - Yes
Lilian Barber - Yes
Susan Bass - Yes
Jan Boggio - Yes
Caroline Boris - Yes
Nancy Broz - Yes
JoAnne Buehler - Yes
Tracy Burdick - Yes
Cahli Carothers - Yes
Bonnie Chandler - Yes I actively show, but breed only when I have a bitch who passes all the
Steffie Cheng - Yes
Carlotta Cooper - Yes but not very often
Anne Eckersley - Yes
Sharon Ero - Yes
Becky Eterno - Yes
Tamara Dunn - Yes
Karen Elvin - Yes
Gail Ferguson - Yes
Kris Fitzgerald - Yes
Monica Galley - Yes
D Hedgcock - Yes
Judy Herring - Yes
Diane Jacobsen - Yes
Teri Kavakos - Yes
Bobbi King - Yes, I show in ALL venues and Therapy Dog and train service dogs
Janice Koler-Matznick - Yes
Cindy Knox - Yes
Jackie Kurzban - yes, show, on occasions and more
performance than conformation. breed, not currently.
Chris Lewis - Yes
Nancy Link - Yes
Liz Lufrano - Yes
J’Anna Lyttle - Yes
Mark P - Yes
T Palmer - Yes
Jeff Rodbourn - Yes
Marjorie Rosa - Yes
Robert Schaible - Yes
Joanna Seleme - Yes
Paula Stebbins - Yes I show, no I don’t breed
Carol Stegavig - Yes
Shirley Taylor - Yes
Becky Tehon - Yes
Pam Williams - Yes
Cyndi Bender - No, no interest
Tam Cordingley - No, retired
Alexandra Dantuma - No, he passed away
Mary Deats - No, not at moment, retired and moved from one country to another
Mary E - No, Has become too expensive and dangerous.
Rincy Ebbert - No, 2 of my Afghans are rescue, so no. One is a show dog whose handler stopped
showing because of health.
Shirley Fair - No, too expensive & political
Donna Fitzpatrick - No, shows are too political and many times the most popular handler wins and
not the best dogs.
Debra Gaylord-Thomas - No, my youngest Sibe is 12, I plan to
get another in 2018 or '19. Then I will start again.
Betty Grotophorst - No, I don't have a show-able dog. This breed is now become a back yard
breeders dream dog.
Teresa Hall - No, increased vet expenses, anti-breeder
vibe from vets, fear of government control over care of my pets
Ken James - No, I found the AKC environment to be very unfriendly, and I now do breed
rescue, which I love.
Fred Lanting - No, been there, done that. Just want a great companion now
Judith Maier - No, I got old. The dogs got old.
Denise McGinnis - No, too elderly & retired on limited income
Ann McMillan - No, gotten older so have stopped breeding.
Dave Milne - No, we show, lure course, etc dogs from breeder-friends
Ky Moffet - No, I only breed to maintain my line: 56 fieldbred UKC CHs plus BIS/RBIS. Done
Pamela Offutt - No, I am a judge. Feel it is unethical
for judges to breed and exhibit
Diann O’Neal - No, don't have any desire to
Nancy Phillips - No, showed for 28 years, retired now.
Kathryn Smith - No for several reasons - mostly personal, but disgusted with AKC and never
integrated into UKC
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