Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Yeah Total Dog points are a big deal for some people! I know a lot of people (not GSD) that *only* enter Total Dog (meaning they are *always* doing conformation and a performance event).
UKC for GSDs can be hit or miss but for a lot of breeds it's a pretty big deal and there are really high quality dogs. Of course it goes without saying for breeds that are not in AKC (Klee Kai, White Shepherds, for example) but even some that are have a very high quality UKC following that are not your novice handler like myself.
I find that at smaller shows with GSDs it's very hard to get anywhere with a young male class dog. I've offered to help enter and handle dogs for several people so that we can get some competition going in the classes and exhibit some GSDs other than the extreme Amlines (which do show up in UKC though not really *the* type like they are in AKC specialty). It's a win-win for them. If the dog wins, they're getting points and if the dog loses, oh well they didn't have to handle the dog anyway. One of the young WL males we put in ended up doing pretty well and a friend got to try handling for the first time. I helped an acquaintance enter her dog at a show last minute and there was a Junior handler that offered to handle so she got the Juniors points as well. At the bigger shows there's generally GSD competition in every class. The nice thing about UKC is that they do TL numbers and Day-Of-Show entries so there's nothing prohibiting someone from getting involved with their dog, your dog doesn't even have to be registered the day of the show and it can still enter and compete (but you can only keep the points/wins if you get the dog properly registered within 60 days).
Also I like that the UKC technically does not allow excessive grooming. Some people still do and I have no idea how they get caught, but for most people it's nice to not have to worry about getting judged based on the grooming and not the actual condition of the dog. Of course I bathe my dog the week of a show, trim nails, clean ears, thoroughly brush and make sure the coat is in good condition, but we aren't pressured to spend hours grooming on a show day. The last show I was at I took my dog off the lure course directly into the ring (the coursing was taking forever) and he ended up getting his first big win in the Champions class.
Coke (All-American 7/7/06)
Nikon (GSD 9/7/08)
Indy (All-American 5/10/12)
Legend (GSD 10/22/13)
Rainbow Bridge Kenya (GSD)
Last edited by Liesje; 01-08-2013 at 12:41 PM.