|Barked: Mon Apr 9, '12 11:55am PST |
|Guest...I don't think that was Squ'mey's point. But rather, than coming here for info is somewhat tantamount to going into a bar
A lot of people here have opinions. And that is what you get....opinions. Very valid in and of themselves, of course, but unless your paper is about the opinions of the pet owners regarding the show world, then not wholly appropriate.
Very few people here actually work dogs. Very few people here have more than novice level experience with the show world. A, to me, frustratingly small percentage belong to their breed clubs. Or, to a working club. As for pet owners, opinions here are very valid, and sort of what, whether talking about show vs work, or a natural breed vs an extreme breed, etc., bring things down to earth. "Keep it real," as they say. But they are not experts, often don't know the intricacies of what they are talking about....not that they would need to do or be to have an opinion, but in terms of a paper, their credibility and quote-ability is quite small. SAVE, as I said, for the paper being about pet owner opinions regarding the show world, such as a paper which presents how the show world's interpretation of the dog vs the pet owner may differ.
I can tell you, being a dog fancy historian of sorts myself, that doing a paper like this, as regards the questions you asked, would be a huge undertaking. Worth doing, of course! But it would be something of very extensive study. To be done it would have entail a study of the beginnings of the dog fancy/show world dynamic, which will push you back into the early 1800's. The formation of the kennel clubs. The history of breeds and their relationships to breed standards. Research into the health committees of all national breed clubs. Research into the function preservation wings of all breeds to which it is appropriate. Research into the effects of the growing sport titling venues, from the perspective of both working and show people. Research, certainly, into how standards have been revised in the past century, would be core to such a paper. As well as might be familiarizing yourself with the formation of the CHIC database, etc., what participation it has, how it is being used, its potential and so on.
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