I do it because I find it fun, exciting and an interesting hobby. It isn't easy, and can be very expensive depending on what breed of dog you have, how much you have to travel to find a major, and whether or not you have to hire a professional handler. Ive heard $2,500 to $5000 to show a dog to it's Champion title isn't unusual.
Yes they are fun, but they are done for the love of the dog and enjoying the sport of showing. The money is at the big shows sponsered by iams and eukanuba. Mostly you get ribbons and trophies. Once I put together my parlor I will hang all of my ribbons and take photos for everyone :P
Its a good bit of money, buying a quality show dog tends to be pretty expensive, you have to understand how to upkeep their coat, muscle tone, they have to have the perosnality for it, you have to train socilize and work them.
its rewarding and its a fun hobby espcally if you only have one dog. Lots of places to travel, cool people to meet.
Me too, do it for fun and have fun with my furry friends, and my entire family goes together (husband, kids, mom, sister) we all show. Met alot of good people, and some really mean ones too. It can get expensive, but we love showing off our babies....not so much prizes, only if someone donated trophies for your breed from that club, but you get the points if your lucky, thats the important trophy
I've never showed in a dog show, but I have a good friend who shows her Irish Wolfhound. I've gone to shows with her a couple of times. Its very exciting! I enjoy going just to see the different dogs. They usually have booths too with stuff you can buy for your dogs or books, or even decorative type stuff for your house. I thought the atmosphere was exciting and you do meet a lot of really cool people with cool dogs!
Do you live in an area where there are lots of dog shows? Maybe you could go to some shows and talk to the younger exhibitors and see if that is what you really want to do, before your parents invest all the money into a show quality puppy for you to raise. They can be very expensive and I think the better breeders will expect you to show the dog to its full potential if you buy a show dog prospect.
Hi am am new to this site but i jupped on many of times and got lots of good tips by just reading. I just recently this year have purchased 3 baby bullies Tank(my male),Mercedes(my oldest female and Delilah my most recent female(shes 8wks old) bullies have always been the love of my life.My mother showed shelties,and german shepards when i was young,(she also breed and judged)and i remember how much fun it was as a family thing now i want to follow my dream and do the same with my bullies,but dont know where to start!!!!Please help??!!!I live in West PalmBeach FLA.and have found nobody to even give me advise.
The thing I like best at the dog shows is watching my dogs have fun. My female has so much personality she never stops amazing me. I enjoy watching her most when she wins a class she seems to know it and walks out of the ring ling the Queen of Sheba. I kid you not. She seems to know when she took 1st in her class or not.
The best way I can think of describing a dog show is controlled confusion. It is not like you see on the TV shows. you have an open building or field with about 20 riings, you have the ring stewart calling for the next class but no one can hear her/him unless you are standing next to her, you have handlers passing off one dog for another let alone the handlers walking out of the ring cursing they got robbed. I find it as much a comedy as anything else. But I do enjoy it.
You must have an exceptional dog if you get a championship for 2,500.00 to 5,000.00. I figure it will cost me in the neighborhood of $10,000.00 per dog between entry fees, handler fees, board and that doesn't take in consideration my traveling to see the shows.
We get off a little cheaper because we are breeder/owner/handler, we dont use professional handlers so it also saves up board fees, etc. Just entries, travel, and your basic expenses conditioning, feeding.
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I don't pay a handler to show my dogs, I do it myself. The only way I can see myself paying a handler is if all Riddick ends up having left is majors, and doing a 'ringside passoff'. I live less than 90 minutes from atlanta GA which has majors nearly every single show for my breed. So I don't have to travel around hunting up majors.
And because I live relatively close to such a major show area, I dont generally spend money on boarding, or on have to find a hotel and spend the night and spend extra money on food. 95% of the dog shows I go to, I drive up there, do the show, and drive back. It's a little more costly since gas has gone up but our car gets good gas mileage (about 25mpg). And it's still not as expensive as getting a room for a night. Even if I went to weekend shows, fri, sat, and sunday, I would still spend less driving all three days than I would in one night spent at a hotel.
You will notice I said in my post above that it "can be very expensive depending on what breed of dog you have, how much you have to travel to find a major, and whether or not you have to hire a professional handler."
Like we tell the kids, read the entire thing before you answer. Maybe we should take our own advise.
I live in Jersey and my dogs are showing in Ohio, Pa., Md., NY, and Jersey. I have to work to support my hobbies so I have a handler who specializes in Dobies and Danes. The shows are usually Friday, Saturday & Sunday so my handler traveles in a motor home with anywheres from 4 to 6 dogs. We do try to get to the Sunday show if it is within 4 hours of driving otherwise we just don't get there at all.
My handler usually has at least one dog that needs a major so she chases the majors in those states.
After they get their CH I plan on showing them in obediance and I am thinking of doing that myself, it is more my speed.
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