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QUESTION FOR ALL SHOWSIGHT READERS What’s the biggest misconception about “dog show people”?
Thank you to everyone who offered opinions on this month’s topic. The following is a selection of the responses. Want to voice your opinion to the fancy? Follow ShowSight’s Facebook page for the monthly question prompt!
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That dog show people are nasty and mean. —Anonymous
According to the public at large, we are all a bunch of snobs and don’t care about the dogs—we just use them to win prizes. But according to fami- ly members, we are all just crazy people who only like dogs. —Anonymous
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I find the biggest fallacy is that we don’t care. They are just a tool or that we are elitist. —Anonymous
We are all puppy mills. —Anonymous
I have been breeding and exhibiting Boston Terriers and French Bull- dogs for 47 years and am now an AKC Breeder of Merit since 2011. It is my opinion that the biggest misconception about “dog show people” is that they are totally cut off from the outside world; walled off in a dog world of their own, which is very strange to outsiders, sometimes even intimidating, because we are wrapped up in our mission to get our furred children in top condition to show within a critical time schedule, then quickly moving on to the next one if you have more than one entered and/or have more than one breed entered in the show! No time to hang around for some idle chat- ter until after everyone has been shown. Even then there may be no time for chit chat if you have to exercise all the fur children, then load them up for a move to the next show site! We aren’t walled off from this world, just busy doing what needs to be done in the moment. Like most breeders, I am happy to speak with any interested parties, but it will have to wait until either there is a lull in the madness or they can contact me at home when I can devote my attention to their ques- tions. —Linda McKee
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They want to win at any cost. Most, like myself, want the best dog to win, not who’s on end of lead. —Anonymous
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