Beauceron people are hopeing for full breed recognition in July of '07
WE HOPE! it doesn't always turn out that way! Beaucerons are currently in Misc. and will move into herding group.
Haunter and I are still working on JUST a champion, it's hard to pull points together with such a rare breed, and I have only been showing him seriously for about 5 months (remember, he is only 16 months old!)
He now has 35 points (out of 100) needed for UKC Ch.
He also has ARBA (american rare breed Assoc.) points and NACK (north American Kennel Club...another rare breed club...) points
I wouldnt' say they're more lax. They don't allow professional handlers unless the handler actually owns the dog. And no bait or toys are allowed in the show ring.
Showing to a UKC championship can be just as difficult as showing in an AKC show in it's own way. There are fewer UKC shows in a year. In fact, in my area, there are a total of 4 shows in a year within a 3 hour driving distance from where I live. In that same time period, there are like.. 60? maybe even 100+ shows done by AKC in my area. If I want to do more UKC shows, I'd have to drive about 6+ hours. And since you have to beat out at least one other dog of the same breed, well if you go to those shows and youre the only one of your breed there, youre just kind of screwed :P I mean, yes you get points toward the Ch title by having best of breed, but... you also have to beat out other dogs of the same breed.
Also, some breeds are completely unrepresented in the UKC. AKitas are one.. Interestingly, labrador retrievers are one. Riddick's breeder has also shown a UKC registered Rat terrier to his championship title. SHe said no one shows labs in the UKC, which is kinda amazing since theyre one of the most popular breedsin the US. No one showed Akitas in the UKC shows either.
If you live in the midwest, particularly near michigan UKC shows are awesome. But if you live out west, or in the southeast... not so much.
I am in MI and I have been to a few UKC shows. It is the only one I have actually shown in, and it was more rewarding really than any of the times I have just 'given money' to have my dog shown by my handler.
I think the benifit of UKC shows is that they are more 'family oriented', and stress the natural dog. Not just no handlers, but not so much bullcrap. NO CHALKING THE DOG, NO DYING, markering, etc.... I am excited to start seriously showing MYSELF!
Sorry to WanderingSpirit for the thread-jacking. Your dogs are beautiful and congratulations on your show wins.
I am very much with Riley at this point. I really wish that AKC would just not allow handlers. If you can afford 'the right' handler your dog has a much better shot at finishing ABOVE dogs that may be better. It kind of goes against the whole principle of showing dogs. The whole 'handler business' is rather unfair.
***Edited By: alicat1 on 6/19/2006 12:15:23 AM*** Reason: ad
Not all AKC judges give awards to professionally handled dogs. Some do, but many do their best to judge the dog on it's own merits. Thats why it's nice to have a good mentor who can help advise you on different judges.
I wouldnt' say they're more lax. They don't allow professional handlers unless the handler actually owns the dog. And no bait or toys are allowed in the show ring. ------------------------------------------------------------- I meant "Lax" in the sense of the atmosphere. Not that it is easier to finish them or anything in the sense of competition. They are not as uptight in a overall mood than at AKC shows. AKC shows depending on your breed can be very cut-throat. As I am sure winning is still on everyones mind, it seems it is more of a relaxed show (along the lines of an AKC puppy match)
Because of the point system and handler business it is 'easier' to finish Boxers UKC. I know many who have titled their dogs UKC in several weekends, but the same dogs only have a few points AKC. I am sure it just depends on the breed though.
I really hate the condescending attitude that some AKC show people have about UKC and CanKC. THey have 'bought' the whole AKC show system hook, line, and sinker. Which I don't think I have yet.
AKC shows are way too hard to title. Is it because they want to ensure really the 'best dogs' are Ch. or because they want to make a lot of money from the dogs showing? I would say a strong both-- jmo.
Anyways I show AKC and UKC, and I like them both for different reasons. In AKC I frequently see one dog/handler "lock up" a show cirquit for months on end. In UKC the shows are fewer and farther in between.
The North American Kennel Club (for rare breeds) is very nice, but again, shows are VERY far inbetween.