Just got back from the Nationals and wanted to address this question from my previous post regarding the demand for show, working or pet dogs. I can say in general that the largest market for dogs are pet homes, followed by show homes with working homes a close third. Obviously this can vary by breed and by geographic location. Certain areas need dogs to survive so the big demand would be for a solid working animal. The majority of the world though, is looking for either a show animal or a pet. Breeders need to strive for the best. They need to breed animals that are capable of working, look nice, and that have solid, stable temperaments. The problem is too many breeders breeding for only the pet market or only the show market, etc. Even the most well planned breedings will not produce an entire litter that will fit in each category. Essentially there are some pups that will be best suited for working or show or as a pet. Breeders need to be knowledgable on how to temperament test and how to determine which pup will do best where. It is also important to make sure that each buyer is carefully screened, and that they have an idea of what type of dog they want. Do not allow buyers to buy pups on looks alone.... nothing worse than a high drive pup that should be a working animal, being placed in a pet home. The family cannot handle that high energy dog and are miserable, and the dog pays the price (usually ending up in a shelter) If I had my way, people would have to take a course in dog care pertaining to thier breed of choice before they could even consider getting a dog. Too many people buy on a whim or buy because the dog "looks cool". They buy the dog and then try to find out about it (usually after it's too late) Anyway, I'm kind of trailing off on something different now! LOL! My main point was just to answer the demand question... I will elaborate if you wish.. don't be afraid to ask!
my favorites in the dog world are the working group dogs. i have an anatolian shepherd, had a great pyrenees and grew up with german shepherds. though i don't live in a situation where any of these breeds are used for what they were bred for. my demand is for a family companion with the added bonuses these dogs provide. i prefer to buy a family companion from a breeder who strives to breed a working temperament vs. a show dog. especially when it comes to the gsd. i find that a breeder who breeds to maintain working temperament usually produces a dog who closely resembles the true characteristics of the breed. JMO
Very nicely posted BullyMom. I appreciate that someone else agrees that the majority of people that are purchasing for "pets" are doing so on a purely physical aspect. I also whole-heartedly support the education of animal owners. Indeed, all dog owners (or soon-to-be) should find out everything they can pertaining to the breed they have (or want). Thanks!
Great post BullyMom. Unfortunately, for the breed that I breed (Standard Poodles) a lot of the natural instinct of being a water retriever has been lost (bred out). We were very happy to find a breeder near us (with-in 40 miles) whotrains her standards in water work and gun dog. They also show conformation, compete in obedience and are all CGC. We were fortunate to be able to breed ours to one of her proven studs. Out of the first litter of six, 1 turned out having a retrieving instinct during the temperment test. The stud owner did the testing. He went to a hunting home near Chicago. He was the first out of three litter that she had tested that showed that instinct. Fortunately though, with the Standard Poodle Breed, the are intelligent enough to be trained for almost anything, if they have the right temperment. Out of this same litter, a female that went to SC was tested as shy, no retrieving instinct. She became very busy as she got older and is now training in herding. (Kind of out in left field for a Standard Poodle). The last litter of seven, one male tested well for the retieving instinct, and went to California to work on a winery. Just a little about our puppies so far. LTLGTO