Chere Fuessel Tennessee Ridge, TN 4/11/2014 1:07:25 PM We must remember that the idea of dog shows was to showcase and choose the best dogs with which to further improve the breed. Of course, these days it seems to showcase who can spend the most to push their dog(s) to the higher rankings. Are the Big Name Top Winning Dogs always the ones that would do most to improve the breed? not necessarily, but it does prove which dogs have owners that can afford the advertising in the Big Magazines, afford the handling and boarding and training and entry fees for campaigning these dogs every week. True, some are really superior animals. But some are nice enough dogs, but real showers that make areally terrific impression. Many really good dogs belong to owners and breeders who cannot afford all the frills, and some of these dogs, if used, would make a more lasting impression ontheir bred than some of the highly ranked and popular stud dogs. Who is the better sire - the top dog who sires 80 puppies and 20 of them become champions, or the lesser-known dogwho sires thirty puppies, and 15 of them become champions?