|Barked: Sun Sep 30, '07 5:25pm PST |
|Portia's mom, I disagree with what you said. No disrespect is intended; you just haven't thought things out well.
In my post, I said I have two show champions. I also have a purebred rescue, and another purebred rescue puppy coming. I have owned and deeply loved a few "mutts," too, and probably will in the future. One rescue of mine earned her U-UD, the highest level of obedience. Also, I was once the only rescuer of coonhounds in the USA. So I've been on all sides of this question.
It's naive to think that ending dog shows will result in more dogs being adopted from shelters.
There are three "markets" for dogs. (I've been in all three.)
First: People who just want a dog, and don't care about the breed. They are supplied mainly by shelters, yay! But also by BYBs and mills breeding "labradoodles," "peke-a-poos," etc.
Second: People who want a dog with certain characteristics. Purebred dogs have certain characteristics "built in." Not only size, shape, and color, but talents. For instance, a retriever puppy will bring you things. A scent hound will follow its nose. A herding breed - well, you should have seen my (late, rescued) Malinois herd my cats into the bathroom! They never suspected a thing; they'd just wind up in the bathroom, with the dog standing at the door.
Folks looking for specific characteristics will be happy to adopt a purebred dog either from a shelter or a rescue group, but they do not want a mutt.
The third group is those who want a dog to show in the conformation ring. They need a dog from a show breeder with proven bloodlines. My AKC show champion, Gracie, has all champions in her pedigree; her parents, grandparents, great- and great-great- grandparents - all show champions.
This told me that there was a good chance that she could win in the show ring, and that she would probably produce good puppies, if I bred her to a good dog.
If someone wants to show a dog in conformation, they *can't* get one from a shelter or rescue. To show in conformation, the dog has to be intact (not fixed) and have a verified pedigree. Even if I could adopt a purebred rescue without having it fixed, which I can't, thank God, I would have no way of knowing the quality of its ancestors.
My point is that someone who wants a show dog won't be going to the pound. And someone who wants a Golden Retriever won't adopt a mutt.
I won't BS you by saying the *only* reason for conformation shows is to show and select breeding stock. But that is the basic reason behind the sport. So the dog in the ring has to be proven to be a purebred, by the pedigree, and also be breedable - not fixed.
There are people who show for fun, and they usually fix their dogs as soon as they finish their Championship.
Most of the other dog sports, like obedience and agility, herding, tracking, etc etc do *not* require proof of blue blood, or that the dog be intact. There are even registries, like UKC, that encourage mixed breeds to compete in these sports.
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