|Barked: Sat Jan 19, '13 11:58am PST |
|Part of this is the split between the dog fancy and pet ownership.
Nothing wrong with a little elitism....as long as you prove it The proper breeding of purebred dogs is elitism proven. A breeder who has a website and will kak about how GREAT their dogs are with no titles, no nothing? Ah ha. Those who get high titles have proven something in a quality sense, which is what the art of breeding is all about. Breed the best to the best and hope for the best. Any dog can get a CD. A CD behind a dog's name means someone sought to do something with that dog. 'Tis all. I like to see it from breeders because it shows they involve themselves past the "my dog has a pretty face" mode. But not until UD levels do my ears prick. Not until then is a dog doing something "quality" in a dog fancy sense, i.e., something not all dogs can do. And that's valuable genetic info. Not just that he did, but that he did BETTER than a lot of dogs can. He did something only a select number can do. And that is very useful in assessing pedigrees, continuing lines, etc.
That doesn't need to be in the context of owners enjoying their pets. The AKC indeed started this movement. I remember when there were far fewer titles. No agility. Certainly no CGC. Getting people involved with their pets not only increases owner enthusiasm, but makes for happier owners apt to stay in dogs for many years to come, and also....important.....goes a lot closer to encouraging good doggie ambassadors out there in the street. Great stuff.
But still different schools. There is a difference between a dog proving than he "can" and a dog proving that he is BETTER than the average dog. The latter may have no hook at all for a pet owner....although some get the bug BIG time....but it has everything to do with taking the "best of his generation" mantra in the art of breeding dogs and put it on performance also, which is extremely important to those trying to better generations. In terms of pet owners, you don't need the best. You may not even get the point of that. Why do you need to be better than anyone else? You are just enjoying your dog. And that's fine, it's good. It's just different.
I confess, with no hesitation, that I am elitist about titles. But that's my dog fancy side. I don't care about rally, I don't care about CDs in looking at a pedigree other than the indication the breeder can move past the breed ring.
Whereas if you are talking about a pet owner getting "lighter" titles with their dogs....when adopters do that I am THRILLED! Those don't seem "lighter" to me then, but a great sign of an enthusiastic owner and some nice achievement between them and their dogs. What could be better?! There it has value. Whereas if I am looking at a pedigree....totally different world....it doesn't prick my ears terribly much.
Different worlds. Same with trainers for me. I don't go with trainers who don't have multiple high titles/venues, for there I can see they were better than their peers. And if I am going with a trainer, that matters to me. High titles, multiple venues. That is my qualifier, and then I start looking at the other stuff everyone else does. How did they get those?, have they coached those as well? and so on.
Edited by author Wed Jan 23, '13 5:05pm PST
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