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So how can i go about doing this?

i have been wanting to find a show pup? only problem is as pups they are often times hard to evaluate their show potential. my other problem is that some breeders are out of state and it's hard to tell by pics whats going on. i talk with the breeders and they say yes they should have show potential but really would they say anything otherwise. i was wondering if there was a way that i could place an ad asking for a dog breeder who is an expert on being able to eval pups to do an evaluation for me...but where should i go to do this? i think this is far fetched.


Asked by melody77 at 6:42 PM on Feb. 22, 2011 in Pets

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    Here is the AKC site that allows you to search for a breed club by state. You can also look at the UKC for a similar search.

    Answer by spottedpony at 8:30 PM on Feb. 22, 2011

  • The other qualification for being a show dog is they have to be purebreds. Also there is lots and lots of training them involved.

    Answer by dancer at 6:45 PM on Feb. 22, 2011

  • also i think i would be rude to call a breeder and say hey i'm considering buying this dog it's not one of yours but could you eval it for me?

    Comment by melody77 (original poster) at 6:43 PM on Feb. 22, 2011

  • This is not too difficult, but you have to be prepared to take a lot of time, no rush to get the puppy if you are serious in finding a good show prospect.

    First, figure out what breed you want. If you don't know, start going to some local dog shows.

    Second, do a search and find the closest dog breed club that is either all breeds, or even better the breed of dog you are looking for.

    When you find this club, start attending meetings, network with the dog owners, specifically the owners of the breed you want. Make some friends there who you feel are knowledgeable and trustworthy.

    Ask them for their referral on a breeder, ask if they will accompany you to look at the pups. Most often they will.

    Another route to go is to go to the shows and watch the dogs move and place. Talk to the ones you think have the top dogs. Word to the wise though, dog shows can be political and it is not always the best dog who maybe

    Answer by spottedpony at 8:19 PM on Feb. 22, 2011

  • talk to the top 3 exhibitors and handlers, to be on the safe side!

    Also, since you are novice, there are some breeds that are very practical and easy for a novice to handle (if you don't plan on hiring a professional handler). My advice is go with those breeds. I would also advise you to pick a breed that is easier to train handle, and low maintenance on grooming for your first conformation experience..

    Okay, step three...
    Call around to training centers and find out who offers conformation (show dog) classes. Attend and observe the classes and get to know the instructor, if possible. That is another GREAT resource. The instructor is often happy to offer assistance because hey, you will be another client for them and if they help you find a good dog they look good too!

    Last, if you do this, you need to be sure to bring your thickest skin. Sorry to say, but the dog show exhibitors and owners are often a very tough crowd.

    Answer by spottedpony at 8:23 PM on Feb. 22, 2011