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Old 12-25-2012, 10:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Westminster-Ultimate Goal For Breeders?

This is just one of many random questions I have from time to time.
For those of you who show your dogs,have you ever had or strive to have one of your dogs in Westminster? I don't know why I even thought of this today,but I just did.

In watching the show,I sometimes hear a couple of handlers say 'Every breeder should strive to be here' or something similar.

I'm not a breeder,but my opinion is that everyone has different goals for their kennel and just because you don't have a goal to get to 'the big show', it doesn't really make you less stellar.
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Old 12-25-2012, 10:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 12-25-2012, 11:20 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm not a breeder, but I have a couple of bitches that I show.

I have a few friends, with a different breed, that have been to Westminster. I've never gotten the impression from any of them that it is the goal to get to the Garden. It's a big show, it's prestigious, it would be great to get a win there, sure. But not the goal of their breeding programs...

Since you brought up Westminster, I looked to see who some of the invitees are.

Capi (of course - the National winner, and #1 GSD )
Margarita Rose (she is a Dallas daughter, ranked in the top 5).
And Galaxy (who is the full brother of my champion's dam's, also ranked in the top 5).

More useless trivia - the judge who is judging the Herding Group for this year's Westminster show, gave my girl Winners and Best of Breed a few months ago. I think I'm kind of partial to him, LOL.
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my dog went to Westminster several times.
Westminster Maryland and Westminster Pa.
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Old 12-25-2012, 11:52 AM   #5 (permalink)
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LOL doggiedad. Reminds me of the time I spent in Paris. Paris, Texas.
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Considering that Westminster is an AKC conformation thing and there aren't many GSD breeders who are into and follow AKC standards you arne't going to have a lot of breeders who give a rat's behind about it.
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my dog went to Westminster several times.
Westminster Maryland and Westminster Pa.
Now that you mention it, when I lived in MD I often took the Hooligans to the shows and matches up at the Westminster, MD fairgrounds (obedience) ... so I can honestly answer YES, my dogs have been to Westminster and won ... HO HO HO!!!
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I don't show GSDs but pretty much like Dogfaeries said. It's great to be invited, it's even better to win or get an AOM (and group placements...that's a pretty big deal for sure). It is a very prestigious show and it's a big deal largely because a lot of the top show dogs from all over the country compete there. Most breeders would rather win the National though
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Most breeders would rather win the National though
Absolutely.
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As far as all breed shows go, yes, Westminster is a big goal for many in terms of shows to attend. Not so much a goal for a breeding program.

It is true most would rather win at their national.
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