This is an outsider’s look at the most popular dogs shows in the US
I’m no dog expert, that’s my wife. I got pulled into the professional dog world when I got involved with her many years ago and in many ways I still consider myself an outsider.
Yes, we own dogs (German shepherds, malinois, and collies) but my wife shows them and is the show (and training, working etc) expert. My joy comes in the form of cuddling with them on a couch to watch TV or movies.
With this aside, after many years of observing “professional” dog shows, I’ve come to the conclusion that it is not about the dog but more about the person who shows the dog or the person (or people) who owns the dog. Its not about standards, its not about what the dog should look like, its not about how the dog acts, and it is definitely not about the dogs work ethic. (more…)