Showing your Cavalier
So Lyra’s breeder and I have decided to try and show her It’ll be my first time handling a dog in the show ring so I will have to take handling classes and train Lyra up and such, but this is very exciting for me! No plans to breed or anything—I just want some experience showing and handling. Hopefully we’ll be able to work towards getting her Ch title.
Overall, Lyra is well built—good structure and everything, the only problem is her slight underbite. She’s 7 months old now so her bite could still correct itself, but if by March 2012 (which is the next major show) it hasn’t, I might reassess my decision to show her… I may just have her spayed instead. Lol, I’m not looking forward to all the grooming and cleaning to be done with not being able to trim her fur at all. I’m also really not looking forward to having to deal with an intact bitch!
Anyhow, I know some of you here have tons of experience showing your Cavaliers.. any pointers or advice? I’m really new to this so I’ll just have to learn along the way. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that her underbite will at least become an even bite by then (it is really a very minor underbite—her teeth are touching). I’ve been trying to teach Lyra how to free stack but lol, it is rather hard. Professional handlers make it look so easy!
We are not really looking to win lots of shows and become grand champions or anything, but it would be a great opportunity (IMO) to expose her to the show world. Mostly I would like to learn how to handle well—getting her titled is just the icing on the cake.
Cadence the tricolour Papillon (DOB: July 2nd, 2009) & Lyra the blenheim Cavalier (DOB: April 28th, 2011)