"I like Daffy" Moderator
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: New Douglas, IL ( near St. Louis)
Re: Pop Quiz: Show Quality versus Pet Quality
I have been involved with German Shepherds for 40+ years. My mom has been breeding GSD's since the late 1960's, and I grew up in the sport. I have finished 8 champions over 3 generations. I don't have a kennel, and all of my dogs are house dogs with outside time. I have also trained dogs to many AKC performance titles -- one Utility Dog, 4 CDX titles, 6 CD titles, as well as titles in herding, agility, and rally. In 2004, I had the #2 GSD show dog in AKC, and he went on to win an Award of Merit at Westminsteer KC in 2005.
The only show home I ever worried about was mine. I do my breedings based on what I want for myself, and then I find the best homes I can for the rest of the puppies. I generally have more performance people wanting dogs from me than show people, so I try to match them up with the best puppy for their desires, regardless of whether I believe the pup could be a good show dog or not. I have tended to be disappointed when I sell a pup as a show prospect -- not becasue of the puppy, but the owners generally fail to follow thru with the commitment needed to show a dog to its championship.
I have never had a litter where I felt all of the puppies were show quality. And I have had litters where I didn't find what I was looking for either. It happens even with the best laid plans.