What do those of you who show in AKC think of this new title? I am still sort of trying to understand it. I know it will require 25 points but havn't sat down and read it piece by piece to the actual requirements such as if a certain amount has to be majors but you get the gist.
I sort of like the idea and think I will probably do what the AKC hopes we will do and that is spend spend spend. I have a dog that is a current AKC CH and I am interested in taking him with me as I take some class dogs with me that I plan to show this year. I don't show enough to break him into rank, but it may enough to put the GR.CH on him.
Actually it should remain about the same for "class" dogs since the points they earn from Winners Dog and Winners Bitch come from non-champion classes. After they finally get the 15 points and earn the regular CH title and get defaulted to BOB class can they start trying to earn the GR.CH.
They earn 15 points and become Champion,,,,,,,,,,,and then get 25 and become Grand Champion. None Champion dogs will be the only one's.
It will sort of be like "level 2" champion that can ONLY be earned from the Best of Breed class which technically isn't where the non-champions earn their points towards their title. YOu have to complete level 1 before going for level 2. Class dogs are safe. They may stand a lesser chance of getting Best of Breed or Best of Opposite due to more dogs but this will not affect the number of entries in Winners Dog and Winners Bitch.
I think it goes back to money. In the beginning especially, the Best of Breed class is going to explode with alot of already finished champions coming back into the ring. Some who probably havnt been shown in a coons age. It shall be interesting. I believe it will make a little change in the number of points the specialing dogs get as their will be more competition in the Best of Breed class.
Special dogs are dogs who are already Champions and trying to gain top national ranking in breed,group and all breed stats such as the top 10. In my breed the #1 Nat'l ranked dog is CH Coventry Vanity Fair isn't going to just have 5 other Champions to defeat in the BOB class, now she will have double or triple that. Not saying she can't do it, I am sure she will but there will probably be a show or two where an "old" champion who hasn't been shown in a while trying to earn his GR.CH. woops her hiney where otherwise he would have stayed at home if not for that second title. This will just affect her overall Nat'l points toward ranking. It will still be fair though because all breeds will be going through the same thing. I can only imagine that the beginning will have the BOB class swamped until several of the dogs earn their new titles and go back into hiding.
Yes I think it is for money but, they are also trying to add a "twist" to the same ole game the AKC dog world has playing for decades. You can't hardly blame them for trying to add another dimension. After all, most of us are in this because it is indeed fun. Now there is just a little more fun to be had with a dog whose already a champion.
I think there are more pressing issues they should've addressed. Why not give "grand champion" status to those champion dogs that have passed all their health testing? That means way more to me than 10 or so extra conformation points and it definately betters the breed. Why not encourage titles in both the conformation ring and the field? That would add weight to the "form follows function" argument. Why make showing more beginner friendly, by re-educating some judges and stressing the fact that they are judging the dog, not just their coat or the handler? If showing doesn't seem as "political" maybe more people will get involved which means a better public understanding of conformation and more money for AKC.
I don't mean to sound anti-AKC, anti-conformation or even anti-pro handler, I'm not at all, but I do believe the AKC has some issues that need to be addressed.
I am sorry i don't know much about AKC, as I show in rare breed venues. I know most like NAKC, ARBA, etc. have several champion steps. NAKC is my favorite, as you have to beat dogs to gain a champion, then have to beat so many champions to go higher etc.
I like the idea personally, but have to agree it would be nice if the grand champion would be required to have health testing done to prove health as well as looks.
All of the showing no matter if it is dogs, cats, horses or anything else is all about money. It is all horribly political, and sometimes just depends on who is on the other end of the leash. With DNA, it would be nice if all that could change, and we as breeders to produce only health dogs, and only healthy dogs would win in the show ring. ( I know wishful thinking )
I think they do have to beat another Champion or something to earn it. I need to reread through it all, the entire thing takes up a few months of AKC Secretary notes.
I think for AKC it is probably just too complicated to deal with each individual breed and it's breed specfic issue's to fully address. Good idea but don't know that AKC is up to that challenge yet, maybe someday they will be. The best thing to do is to voice the idea to the AKC club delegates. Maybe if they hear enough interest, they will look into it.
I admit showing in AKC is not for the faint of heart. I set out not too long ago my self but I'm quite head strong and declared that nobody was going to tell me I couldn't and mentally expected the worst most hateful people in the world. I actually have made several good friends at the shows in and out of my breed. The mean and hateful one's so far, have been few and far between. They do exist and can attempt to ruin the experience but I do my best to let it go. AKC does have a first time exhibitors briefing before every show although I was always way too busy grooming to go check it out. They are fast paced and high strung show atmosphere to say the least and took me a while to finally get a mental routine established and confidence that "yes I can do this" attitude when I finally got to the ring.
For people starting out showing, I think the rare venue's are excellent. I don't have the other you speak of Illusion but we do have 2 IABCA's in a year within driving distance and they helped me tremendously. I have a friend who wants to get acquainted with showing this coming year and I have invited her to go with me to the summer St. Louis show.
In short, it is a ploy for AKC to pull in more entry fees. I will not consider a 'must do' step in my program, however I do have a CH Beagle here that we may show for the title. Mostly for my son, who was happy to have finished him bummed that he wouldnt be showing him anymore, lol. We don't show for the breed points, so that part of it is not a worry to me.