sorry your right that is a breed, i havent read about them. i know about all the breeds that are common around where i live...i have lots of dog book and know alot about dogs. i like your dog was its name? does that breed like water?
You can choose what breed you want to show. (GoldenIrish are not a breed and therefore can't be shown, no "hybrid/designer/whatever you want to call them" dogs can.) It cost a lot of money to show a dog, but the amount depends on how many shows are close to you. For example if you live in L.A., I'm assuming you wouldn't have to spend as much money on traveling expenses. There are a total of two shows a year close to where I live and they are both over an hour away. I have heard that putting a CH on a dog can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000, not sure if that's true. I don't think there are many shows that offer any cash prizes. People who show do it because that's what they enjoy.
It generally costs $20 to $25 to enter a dog show with a dog, and usually the shows are done in 'clusters' of 2, 3, and 4 day shows on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Of course you can choose any dog you want to show. You can even handle your own dog, I've done it myself. However, you will need to learn how to handle a dog in the show ring, what to do and what not to do. Some people make handling other people's dogs their job, and are called Professional Handlers. They generally know their stuf and how to best present the dogs they show to the judge.
To show in AKC shows you have to have a dog that is 6+ months old, AKC registered, and not spayed or neutered, as dog shows are an evaluation of 'breeding stock'. The dog must also not be overly aggressive when other dogs are around, or when strangers try to touch it. A dog that bites a judge or another dog at a dog show can be dismissed and prevented from showing again, so temperament is very important.
Whether or not you travel a lot depends on how much you wantto show, and what area of the country you live in. For example if you lived in a large city where there were a lot of dog shows in the area (like say Atlanta GA) you'd have an easier time getting your dog to shows than you would if you lived in a more rural area.
With the exception of the Eukanuba Tournament of Champions show, dogs do not win any prizes for getting Best in Show. Instead ,they get prestige of winning, something called 'breed points' which are basically national rankings based on a dog's breed (this is how some dogs are give the rank the #1 beagle in the United States).
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Minn gave a good accurate reply. There are more details and small, but important points that are necesarry to know in order to show. From conditioning, training, grooming, gaiting , bait training, stacking, etc.
People are like slinky's, not really good for much. But its still fun to push them down the stairs.
Minn gave a really great summary. Just wanted to add :) -
Whether you want to handle your own dog sometimes depends on the breed. Some breeds win more quickly with the expertise of a professional handler. Some breeds, like Shelties, you can easily "owner handle" and do just fine as long as you know what you're doing. Most local Kennel Club's offer handling classes.
The actual showing part is cheap. Entry fees CAN start to add up if your dog isn't winning (which can have many external factors outside of how nice your dog is). For me, gas, motel, and grooming supplies are what kick me in the rear. I can do a lot more showing if I carpool with a friend and we share a motel room or stay with someone else we know in the area.
The breeds that require a lot of grooming to get ready for the ring also have the expense of their grooming products and supplies. A good pair of scissors to trim a Sheltie run about $150-200. You can count on sharpening those 2-4 times a year at $7-15 a pop. A bucket of chalk is $12-20 depending on brand and the price the vendor charges for it. Those are really just examples...
And I think someone else said it - it depends on where you're located. When I was in Western SD I was looking at a 6-8 hour drive to hit the CLOSE shows. Now in Eastern SD I can hit 8-10 weekends a year within a 4 hour drive - probably more like 15-20 if I extend my driving range to 5-6 hours. That makes a HUGE difference in how much it costs you to show. If you're lucky enough to be in an area that has a lot of really close shows, it's cheaper yet (located in Des Moines IA, you probably have 12-15 weekends a year within 2-3 hours of you...).
Showing is a great hobby. It's not really something you do for money unless you're a professional handler (in which case, if you're good, you can make a lot of money). I do it to prove the worth of my breeding program and for the social aspect as it allows me to spend time with other breeder friends who are far enough away that I really only see them at dog shows. It's about education as much as it is about winning. You lose more than you win, unless you're really lucky or have an amazing dog. And it's subjective. The same dog doesn't necessarily win every day, even with the same dogs competing against each other.
It's more fun, if you have a dog who loves to show! :) I have a couple that literally tug me to the car after they have a bath. :)
Many years ago I used to show my youngsters at the State Kennel Club. It was a real show club, but smaller scaled and it allowed recognized rare breeds. I saw several Xoloitzcuintle dogs then. Along with some of the first Russian Terriers (can't remember the correct name) that came over. The rare breeds that were trying for AKC recognition had to among other things show an active show community. The rare breed shows were perfect for that. I enjoyed meeting many true breeds that were from other countries. Neopolitan Mastiffs were being shown at the rare breed shows back then. Polish Lowland Sheep dog and many others.
I can actually prounounc the X dogs but can't spell it to save my life! They looked like a rather overgrown Chihuahua. They seemed sweet and their owners adored them. LOL--not very "warm and fuzzy" looking.