Comments on What Happened to the Bred-by-Exhibitor class?

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Fraya   Hollis, New Hampshire

7/26/2013 8:14:05 PM

I know that some breeds do very well from BBE, in fact they do well in any class without a professional handler. Not so in my
breed
I have been breeding and showing Standard Poodles for 35 years. Not only is BBE often an "also ran" class but lately, it has been taken over by professional handlers. Some of then are legitimately breeders, others just get their names added as co-breeders.

No matter what the circumstance it still pits the professional who knows all the judges and shows all the time, against the breeder, They are backed by immensely wealthy clients and profit win, lose or draw. It costs us a fortune to go to shows, for kennel help, travel expenses, and entry
fees.
And it is so depressing to return from a large 5 day cluster having seen the judges parcel out the awards to all the handlers and totally ignore the breeder.

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Mary   santa rosa, California

7/25/2013 7:02:45 PM

What happened? A couple things: political professional handlers get signed on as co-breeders of any given litter, and now show the get in BBE. AND real breeder-owner-handlers get discouraged and say "heck with this!" and refuse to provide point-fodder for same. Add to that the AR-fueled anti-breeder climate such that there are fewer and fewer breeders of quality purebred dogs. Plus "we" are getting older and less able to exhibit our dogs (I am in Sporting breeds, turned 60 last year and my hip joints are failing. Get the picture?) Love Mr. Beauchamp and would show to him in a heartbeat. However he is about my "vintage"so might appreciate the plight of the aging breeder-owner-handler in a sport with very very few upcoming breeder-owner-handlers, esp. since "breeders" are becoming increasingly extinct.

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Joann   New Freedom, Pennsylvania

7/25/2013 4:54:37 PM

I have only been showing dogs for 12 years and I am proud to say I have finished all my dogs from the BBE classes and I have 6 and almost 7 and have 3 from the same litter and 2 are GCH so I will hold my head up and continue to show my dogs in BBE and the judges have always given me a fair look in this class . My thanks to all of them I am Breeder ,owner handler of Staff Bull Terr.

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Karen   Birmingham, Alabama

7/25/2013 9:24:43 AM

I have been showing in the BBE class for over 20 years. Almost all the dogs I've bred have been finished from this class. I don't think the judges ignore this class at all, but I believe many exhibitors do ignore! As I was taught - "Good dogs come from any class" ;) . Thank you Mr. Beauchamp for highlighting how important the breeders are to the sport of showing, breeding and to the AKC!

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Margot   Gate City, VA

8/26/2008 2:48:57 PM

Very nice article by Mr. Beauchamp. Thank you. One thing: Its nice for our breeder experts to write to us breeders and those who like to show dogs, but the ordinary public and certain animal rights groups who think they know everything about purebred dogs do not know and understand the breeder who breeds selectively for the most important reason which is to "make a better breed". I consider myself a Professional because I do just that, even if I have not yet got my Best in show dog. I would like to know if there is anyone who can educate these animal welfare/animal rights people? And the general public who believe them because of who they are.

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