Comments on Are Our Nationals Still Special?

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Jack   Seattle, Washington

3/2/2014 10:24:46 AM

Jobs and time constraints all make a difference in the choice to attend a specialty. Many times breeder-owner-professional handlers by career win because of their ability to evaluate many puppies from many litters they produce.

If you want to see more people attend. Do it indoors in the summer (many families can and do take vacations at this time) Do not allow professional handlers to show the dogs, and to really mix it up, don't allow large and well known handlers that are professionals show their dogs. You will see a big change in who wins.

If you think this is false, take the show we attended in late fall. A large professional handler who breeds and shows many of their own bred dogs to their championships took a dog out that was NOT theirs nor their breeding. The dog was by many standards not nearly as structurally sound as some of the competition, but because the judge saw this person with this dog, It took Best of winners over other dogs that clearly were superior. Three months later the nearly the same line up and the same judge, he again chose the handler, and the dog he had featured earlier did not even place in the line up with a naïve handler. The dog did not misbehave nor did it have any difference in appearance. The fact is the professional is always expected to have superior dogs.

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Melian and Tiny   E, CA

7/3/2013 1:26:24 PM

Well said! I'm going to share this article with my saluki fancier friends.

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