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ellie and charlie
12th November 2006, 07:28 PM
thanks

Barbara Nixon
12th November 2006, 11:20 PM
Many show people don't sell their older dogs and keep them for life. On the other hand, at shows, I've heard well known people refer to their dogs as 'the tri' or 'the ruby'; no mention of a name.

I'm not sure, but as a dog progresses up the levels at shows, it can't be shown at a lower one, even by a new owner. Hence if it's not making progress for a present owner, it wouldn't for someone else either .

Alison_Leighfield
14th November 2006, 07:30 AM
You would more than likely have to take the risk yourself or get an expert eye to look over a litter to look for a show quality pup for you. That is was breeders have to do themselves.
They watch from birth for weeks watching every inch of growth....just looking for the ideal standard. There are many, many litters born that never go into pet homes, they are bred for lines, looks and show quality alone.
Some breeders just do not sell to pet homes, they breed for show alone...have you any idea what a good quality health tested show puppy would sell for? especially an SM scanned one with a clear scan...!!!! PRICELESS in many different ways for many different reasons...

Very, very rarely will a show quality pup go into a pet home, they are worth their weight in gold to their breeders reflecting in years of breeding with the aim being to produce the one dog that may gain it's champ level.

Now and again a "mis-marked" pup would be available but that would be no good for a show ring.

It's a close knit thing.... perhaps think again and think hard about a less fortunate addition to the family....

Alison, Wilts, U.K.

Barbara Nixon
14th November 2006, 10:46 AM
A person who does reasonably well at shows, said that though she enjoyed the buzz, she wished in some ways that she had never started, because she finds herself being critical of dogs she would have once considereed perfect.

Karlin
17th November 2006, 07:02 PM
You should really get involved with your local club, start going to shows, get active, meet some breeders, form some connections. A breeder of a dog that would be of show quality at *any* level is very unlikely to sell to anyone they don;t know, and haven't worked with for some time, even on a limited registration. More likely they will want to retain some control over the dog through a joint ownership arrangement. Usually you will want to spend a couple of years really getting to know the clubs, the breeders and show people, and learn all you can about the dogs and showing before being at the point where breeders will consider parting with a show quality dog or pup. :) So now's the time to get involved and work towards that goal. :thmbsup: The smaller breeders are generally a lot more approachable, I have found.