by Sunsilver on 03 October 2021 - 13:10
Hund, I can relate. When I got my first registered dog, there were no show breeders nearby to mentor me. I wound up seeking e-mail advice from one who lived 5 hours away!
I eventually did meet a show breeder who lived fairly close by, but since my dog came from someone he viewed as a rival, he was not helpful.
When I did actually go to a show, a pro handler told me my dog would never win in the N. American ring, as she was a cross between German and American lines, plus her pigment was too faded. They advised me to breed her to an ASL dog, and keep the best of the puppies to show.
And then, of course, Star x-rayed as mildly dysplastic at age 2, so that was the end of it.
by Hundmutter on 03 October 2021 - 15:10
Serious breeders here generally like to show off the stock they are producing, not just those dogs they run on and exhibit themselves. When they help out someone who has bought a puppy and wants to try to Show it, it is worth their while to encourage them and help them to attend their first Show or three. Of course we have some that don't help buyers; and even when they do assist, many do not take 'mentoring' to any greater lengths than that; but that first bit of setting people 'on the right road' can be ever so useful in answering the sorts of presentation and Rules questions newbies to Showing otherwise have to ask on here, in making introductions to Handlers, in helping people find their feet on the Show circuit. Those breeders who take a more parochial stance are cutting off their nose to spite their face, if they want to develop a good reputation as producers of correct stock, I think. That must have some effect on sales.
So its not all about getting the First rosettes instead of your 'rival'. Shortsighted.
As you note, Sun, s/l puppies are enough of a crap shoot with all that CAN go wrong along the way, that to be unhelpful just strikes me as short-sighted, too.
by hexe on 03 October 2021 - 16:10
Xeph is also involved in supporting juniors, and the young lady she's been mentoring for the past few years is doing well enough in the regular classes that she's been asked by owners of other breeds to handle their dogs as well. Last year, Xeph was approved by the AKC to judge juniors, giving her the opportunity to help even more youngsters. So there are still people who give freely of their time and skills, if you know where to look.
by Xeph on 03 October 2021 - 18:10
Thanks, hexe <3
I actually have somebody coming to my house this week so I can post ears. Not my breeding. Not even a show line.
Taping ears for someone else is how i got one of the buyers from my Soul Eater litter lol. She now has her first show puppy.