yes, he got WD that day, you can just see the purple ribbon peeking out from behind the Red/White Best of Opposite Sex ribbon in the pic. It was a very very small entry for labs, only 4 male dogs (I"ve never been to a show that didnt' have at least 8 or more of one or both sexes). But the chocolate lab he beat for WD has been winning big time in the Southeast this fall, so I hope that's a good sign that Riddick's finally reached physical maturity and will be able to get more points and maybe even his majors this spring.
I posted more on the show in this topic, Ali, if you want to read more info on the show :)
Best of Opposite sex... let me see if I can complain without confusing anyone (or myself).
When you go to a dog show, all the dogs in individual breeds compete against each other first before they go to the "Group Judging" that you usaully see when you watch Eukanuba Tournament of Champions or Westminster. So while you may only see one labrador retriver on TV at those shows, the reality is that that Lab, earlier in the day, had to compete against other labrador retrievers to make it to the "Group Judging' part of the show. That 1 lab that makes the cut to the group judging before Best In Show is called "Best of Breed".
Ok, so let's say the Best of breed dog that got to the group judging was a female (as she was in this Biloxi show). She got the best of all of the labs there, male or female, yes... but which dog was the best male represented there? That dog is called "Best of Opposite Sex".
I can't decide, Scout lol. I guess in a way Opposite sex is the greater honor since technically it's a bigger win than WD.
How did I get Riddick... wow that's a long tale in the telling, which many were around here. YOu want I should start at the very beginning with my 'first show dog' or with RIddick specifically ;)
Actually my husband and I knew for sure we wanted to get our first 'official' show dog. Our issue was that neither of us could decide on a specific breed. We knew we wanted a male, which meant we had to get a dog that would be ok with another male dog in the house, that prettty much ruled out getting another akita. We also had a strong preference for a dog that would be 50+ lbs, and yet good with children.
After looking at a variety of breeds, including the German shorthaired pointer, smooth collie, belgian tervuren (The ones we met at shows were so nervous we decided against them), and welsh springer spaniel (met a great breeder but my husbnad wanted a larger dog).
Finally we settled on the newfoundland, my husbnad was really interested in the draft dog and water rescue abilities of the breed, and their gentleness is legendary. We researched, met some breeders, and decided on a breeder who breeds canadian/american ch dogs near the canada/michigan border. Although we had never met the breeder, we emailed frequently, spoke on the phone. The breeder was highly respected/recommended among newfoundland breeders/showers in our area and we even put a deposit down on a puppy, but we knew there was a waiting list and that it might be a year or more. As we got closer to the time when we figured our puppy would be born, and we started to realize that really, the newfoundland is just a little *too* big for our current living situation. I mean 130 to 150 lbs is a LOT of dog, even for a dog that doesnt' need a huge amount of exercise.
So we apologetically called the breeder (who was very nice about it all) explained to her that we had decided to forfeit our deposit, and began looking for another dog. This time we decided to try and go with a local breeder, where we knew the dogs or could go meet them. Again, we looked at collies, a woman in the montgomery kennel club had an older puppy (6 months?), and a couple of other breeders in the kennel club had litters on the ground at the time, the breeds were basset hounds, irish wolfhounds (breeder is a wonderful woman, but dogs are tooooo big lol) and labrador retrievers.
Ironically my husband and I have always been people who like labs but at the same time we felt the breed was suffering from it's popularity. However, in temperament, labs and newfs are fairly similar, which makes sense given the newf was one of the founding breeds used in the development of the labrador retriever breeds. The advantage to looking at the kennel club member dogs was thaat we didn't just know the breeders, we knew all of the dogs being bred as well.
So we went and looked at the lab litter, there were two boys left at that time. A big boy (Red puppy) who was a little more reserved/submissive and his bouncy and overly exuberant brother (Green puppy). We felt the bigger quieter pup had better conformation, but even the breeder said she wasn't sure how he'd do in the show ring given his quiet nature. We played with the pups, even puppy-sat both of them for 5 days when the breeder went out of town, so that let us get to know them even better... finally we decided... on the shyer of the two pups, Red puppy (thx hubbie). Green puppy ended up going to the home of a 16 year old boy who suffers from leukemia.
The rest is history! Ironically despite oru reservations, when Riddick gets in the show ring ... he is like a totally different dog. He *shines* in the show ring, he is happy, bouncy, his tail wags constantly, he has an awesome *watch me!!* attitude that really comes across wonderfully.
***Edited By: Minniyar on 1/8/2007 10:18:29 PM*** Reason: add