I was wondering why earth dog trials wont let yorkies compeate? they are terriers even if they are in the toy group. my yorkie oliver would be great at it. he once got a hold of a mouse our cats killed, and he had a ball with it. he also likes those furry mice that you buy for cats. he like to "kiil" them. so why arnt yorkies alloud?
The only thing I can figure is because they are in the toy group, and not the terrier group. They were originally developed as ratters, and weighed considerably more than the 7 lbs they weigh now, up until the 1930s they weighed 20 or 30 lbs. They're so small and fragile I am wondering if that is the reason they're not allowed to participate.
http://www.jackrussellterrierclub.com/earth_dog_trials.html From this link it seems that the trials are very breed specific. I am guessing that they were only using the most instinctive hunting terriers. You are allowed to practice with any breed, but you can not compete unless you own a terrier that is on the list. I have never thought of yorkies as flushers. This is not a kill competition. It is a flushing competition. I am really assuming quite a bit from a few of the websites that I read. You can find more events to choose from at http://www.akc.org/dic/events/perform/getperf.cfm This site lists many events that many breeds can participate in.
I've always been somewhat disappointed that all breeds aren't eligible to get the titles. IMHO if a dog has a herding instinct, it should be cultivated, regardless of wehther it's an accepted herding breed or not. Same with lure coursing, field trials and earthdog trials. I remember when I had Ramoth, our Akita, I was always kind of disappointed that we really weren't eligible for any performance events through the AKC other than tracking, obedience and agility. I know my dog would have been a killer Lure Courser, with her high prey drive. It feels like many purebred dogs are very limited as far as their choices of AKC events, even working dogs. I've found myself annoyed by the fact that there's more options as far as event participation with some dogs than there were with others. Even when we get our newfoundland, draft dog, the water dog and water rescue dog titles aren't official events with the AKC, but sanctioned titles achieved through the Newfoundland Club of America. I do feel that the AKC is opening up more and more to different performance events, as they are becoming popularized on TV especially. Hopefully as time passes, more events become available.
I know that they dont kill the rat, but they need to want them, and they have to have the instinct. I was saying he "kills" his furry toy mice by shaking it very hard, thats how they kill mice and rats, they shake them till there neck snaps. its not just the terrier group they allow, they also allow, also included is the dacshund. I would love to see yorkies do what they were bred to do. they are more than just some frou frou dogs, and my ollie isnt snappy. he has never bitten me or my family, not even in play when he was a puppy. he put his mouth on me once, and as soon as he knew it was not his toy that I was holding, he let go, as soon as his teeth touched my hand he let go. but get him around a furry mouse, and hell have that thing torn to shreds in an hour.
I know everyone has said harsh things about the CKC but my dogs are both going to be registered with them since they are mixed breeds(both fixed) but now my little dog can be in agility and my larger dog can be in obedience trials. I don't like the fact that they let everyone register but I do like them because they let the lovable mutts have a chance at proving that they can do stuff too. You might want to see if they hold earth trials and see if they are breed specific. I was watching a CKC trial show on animal planet and they had all sorts of mixes doing different trials, some in agility, some in (I forget the name) but it is where they throw a lure and the dogs jump in to a pool of water and the one who jumps the farthest wins. It was really cool and they had rat terrier mixes as well as JRT mixes and purebreds doing earth trials on there.... Just a thought though!!
There are many national agility and obedience organizations that aren't related to the AKC that allow mixed breed dogs to compete. The UKC does as well, as long as the dogs have proof of spay or neutering (which the CKC doesn't require).
I realize that this is an old thrread, but I had started a post on Earth Dog competition sometime back and it is now buried in la-la land, since the TP transformation.
Reason I was asking about it is that my AKC Shih-tzu comes from a kennel that shows. Her entire sire's side of the pedigree includes Champion dogs, as far back as I can go. I didn't realize what SE stood for, but noticed on the back of the papers that it stands for Senior Earth Dog.
At some point, the AKC must have allowed Shih-tzus to compete for Earth Dog Trials, since so many from Daisy's background are also designated as both CH and SE.
Everything that I have read up on has mentioned the terrier breeds and I am wondering at what point they stopped allowing Shih-tzu's to compete in the Earth Dog Trials. Does anyone know?
Thanks for any help, I would post this on my original thread, but I can't find it at this point.
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