Why do people assume show breeders don’t…?
Question by Annie: Why do people assume show breeders don’t…?
Why do people assume show breeders don’t do working events, therapy visits, and/or rescue?
I’ve hit this many times — where people accuse show breeders of being snobs, not doing obedience or other “real” activity, and of not doing — or worse yet – being against rescue.
However, myself, and most people I know not only extensively show their dogs, but do all sorts of activities with their dogs. Many work with rescue, and most give money even if they don’t do the leg work of rescue.
Just recently, someone on here quite haughtly told me that she does “competitive obedience” and that I, as a show breeder, am “what’s wrong with breeders today” because I breed dogs for show…and yet there hasn’t been a year in recent memory where I haven’t gotten at least one obedience title, and in some cases up to 5 obedience titles in a year, not counting other performance event titles (sheep herding, draft, water rescue) as well as the show championships I get on my dogs.
I guess my question is, why are people so willing to believe that people are only one thing — just pet owners or just obedience people or just performance people or just rescue people? I don’t know any people who are just one facet, most people have many sides, many abilities and many activities. Life’s not simple and neither are the people living it.
Why do I assume — because I’ve heard it time and again on here and in other forums. And I didn’t state “everyone” or even “most”. Just “people”
Raven if I wanted to post my successes to brag, it wouldn’t be in vague terms. I specifically did not mention the high profile shows won, the versatile titles, the “X” dog of the year awards…If I wanted to brag I certainly could do a much better job of it!
Answer by •Poppy• 4 Days ‘Til ND23!
Because there are a handful of breeders (in many breeds) who simply don’t, and give others a bad name. Usually those who have fallen in love with the ‘look’ of a breed but not the working aspect, which is often how you get a split between working vs. show.
Of course there are breeders who do both. And/or volunteer in rescue. And/or have dogs titled in agility, obedience, etc. Those are the breeders *I* admire, and those are the breeders I respect.
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