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Old 08-30-2019, 07:37 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Natural Poodle, we were all beginners once. Hang in there - it can be lots of fun!
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Thanks Johanna, I am definitely having fun with it :-)
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it is complicated and it does take time to learn. Wry grin and I just got a puppy that falls under another set of rules then most breeds so now have to learn the TWO sets of rules that apply to him... (he is a misc breed for those wondering called a Teddy Roosevelt Terrier)
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Back in the 1980s when I showing my Himalayan cats at CFA events (one made championship), some breeders would bring their kittens for sale there.

In the 1990s I went to several dog shows. The show breeders brought their business cards (that's how I connected with the one that later sold me my first poodle!). I vaguely remember seeing puppies for sale, but that part was so long ago I'm not sure if I'm mixing it up with the kittens at CFA shows.

Do breeders who are showing at AKC or the CKC events nowadays bring any puppies they have for sale? I have urged a friend to attend one so at least she'll make contacts.
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Do breeders who are showing at AKC or the CKC events nowadays bring any puppies they have for sale? I have urged a friend to attend one so at least she'll make contacts.
I did see some young puppies at the show (but now "shown"), I'm not sure if they were for sale or not. But I'm kicking myself for not walking up to see them because I later found out they were by a breeder I'm interested in, but who was not in attendance.

It is a great place to meet breeders and poodle people though, that's for sure!
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By the way, I had such a wonderful time at the show last weekend, thank you everyone for your tips and information! It helped make some sense of what was going on.

I couldn't have been more excited to attend this show if I were going to see unicorns. It was such a joy to be around these stunning creatures. I think my husband enjoyed it more than he thought he would, which was a bonus as well.

I have never been around such calm, well-behaved dogs in my life. I was actually quite surprised - is this just a show thing and they have the zoomies when they get home? Ha ha. But even a little 3-6 month pup I met in the parking lot afterward was so chill, it made me wonder if show dog lines are the calmest.

Any rules against posting photos of the event here?
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At all or (or almost all) AKC shows there will be a notice that no unentered dogs will be allowed on the premises. That precludes having puppies there. However people who travel to shows in a motor home often take puppies with them. They are usually parked in an area where they can have unentered dogs.

The primary reason for this rule is health. Young puppies are not fully immunized. So please do not ask someone to bring a puppy into the grooming area!

You asked if "dog show lines" are calmer. Generally speaking, that is true. People who breed for show and/or performance sports are going to focus strongly on temperament.
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Glad you enjoyed the show!

I see lots of people who bring dogs that are not entered. Some people bring their litter - they couldn't leave the litter home alone anyways. But as Johanna said, they set up the ex pen next to their motor home, not on the show grounds.

The show dogs are used to it. It's like business travelers vs somebody who only goes to an airport once every 5 years. Most likely the business traveler is much less excited about their trip, it's just routine.

Dogs that can't handle the show atmosphere are usually retired very quickly. It's stressful for the owner, no fun for the dog, and they won't be successful, because they don't move nicely in the ring if they're scared, stressed, or aggressive.
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Edit: the dogs at shows are also better behaved than your average group of dogs, because they are with professional handlers or experienced breeders. These people have better dog training skills than average Joe, so of course the dogs also behave better.

Imagine taking 20 dogs from your neighborhood and match them with skilled dog trainers instead of their owners. I bet a meetup would be calmer, too. In fact, I know dogs in our breed handling class that are a wild mess with the owner. But they're well behaved with a handler - which is why we pay handlers because they have skills
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Interesting about the change in behaviour with show handlers, I would not have thought of that.

Thank you all for your helpful insight! I'm already looking forward to attending my next show :-)
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