Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Moore, Oklahoma
Okay, I'll put my 2 cents in. And believe me, that's ALL it's worth, since I am a newcomer to showing in conformation, though I've been going to dog shows for the last 45 years as a spectator.
It's HARD to finish a GSD in AKC. And it's not automatic, even if you are a big name handler.
I'll give you a recent example, using my champion bitch, Carly, and a champion bitch that was shown by a TOP handler. These girls are about a month apart in age, and have been shown against each other several times. They finished their championships within TWO days of each other, on the same weekend.
Carly finished with 19 points, 3 majors, under 8 judges. She won her points with my handler, my co-owner, and two different junior handlers. Oh, and I am a nobody, with what I think is a nice bitch.
The other bitch was shown by a TOP handler. She finished with 15 points, 2 majors, under 9 judges. I guarantee you that this bitch was shown in way more shows than my bitch was. This bitch is owned by someone that has been in the breed for many many many years (who can afford this TOP handler).
Yes, the AKC German Shepherd Dog breed ring is dominated by handlers. I have a handler because I can't show a dog to save my life. Yes, I have been frustrated because sometimes I think the judge is out of their everlovin' mind.
~ Diane ~
RUSSELL .... Lauremi's Paix
CARLY ........ Ch. Lauremi's No Reservations (AKC GCh pointed, HIC)
and absent friends... SAGE ~ 2010-2015