Want To Start With Dog Shows? Show Small Dogs!
There’s no business like show business, but dog shows can come close. It’s not Hollywood, but it’s pretty darn close to it – at least for your dog. If your answer is yes, then we suggest you start with small dogs, popularly known as “toy” dogs, as they are easier to maintain and easier to keep around at home than larger breeds.
When dogs of a certain breed enter a dog show, they would be judged by a pre-established standard that would define their eventual success. The winners, or Best of Breed dogs, then compete against each other for Best in Group within one of the seven basic groups to which their breed has been assigned (the Herding Group, Hound Group, Non-Sporting Group, Sporting Group, Terrier Group, Toy Group or Working Group). These seven Group Champions would then vie against each other for Best In Show title, and this could earn them more points leading to the Championship title.
Since you are most likely new to the dazzling world of dog shows, here are some reasons why small dogs are a better choice than larger dogs.
Looking Good In Little To No Time!
The lesser to clean them with – this usually applies to small dogs, which are easier and faster to bathe and groom than bigger dogs. You’ll soon find out for yourself that this small detail could mean a lot at the end of the day. You’ll need less grooming agents like soap and shampoo, less water and you’ll have an easier time carrying these small show dogs in and out of the tub. Drying time is faster too, because all small dogs, except long-coated ones, have lesser hair to dry. So you’ll realize soon enough that you can groom about five toy-sized show dogs like Yorkshires in the same time it’ll take you to groom a Standard Poodle show dog.
Less Size, More Dogs For Show
The second reason would be because small dogs take up less space, allowing you to breed more dogs for show purposes. You will need to purchase small traveling crates for each dog, but worry not as you can easily carry them around and store them when necessary. Small show dogs also require the use of grooming tables, but as long as they get along, two small show dogs can share one table.
Easy Does It
The third reason would be the fact that small dogs don’t require much strength or effort in handling. Small dogs won’t give you problems with endurance as they do their thing in the dog shows. Instead, small show dogs work harder to cover ground and keep up with the handler, whereas large show dogs cover ground in great strides, requiring the handler to work to keep up. And when it comes to preparing a small dog for viewing purposes, you won’t exert as much physical energy as you would with a large dog.
As you can see, showing small dogs enjoys a bit of an advantage over showing large dogs. And with less stress involved, you’ll also find that showing small dogs is the best and easiest way to become a sporting champion in the world of dog shows – who knows, maybe we’ll be seeing you on ESPN2 someday!
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