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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-18-2009, 10:26 AM Thread Starter
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Pop Quiz: Show Quality versus Pet Quality

Pop quiz for the reputable breeders of this board....

Give a brief synopsis of yourself (e.g. We have three show bitches and have been breeding for X years...)

1. In each litter, how many puppies do you think/sell as "show quality puppies"?

2. Is there ever a time when every puppy in one litter is "show quality" and sold as such?

3. Is there ever a time when every puppy in one litter is "pet quality" only and sold as such?

I had someone tell me today that their "entire litter" (of 8 dogs) are all "show quality" as she had a friend of hers come over and look at them.

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Not a breeder but I do show my dogs and I guess when I am looking for a puppy I don't really care of the litter is "show quality" because unless there is an obvious fault they ALL are "show quality". I can show my scrawny fine boned working line bitch in the AKC ring, UKC ring, and Sieger ring and no one can stop me or point out any automatically disqualifying faults. So what does "show quality" even mean? I think it's more important that the buyer communicates to the breeder what they intend for the dog. Just showing a dog is a lot different than aspiring to having a HOT-dog achieving a VA rating (or an AKC show dog showing every weekend but never getting any big wins vs. being a CH and ROM).
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I had someone tell me today that their "entire litter" (of 8 dogs) are all "show quality" as she had a friend of hers come over and look at them.
Since "show quality" simply means there are no disqualifing faults I would say that is possible.

COULD the dog be shown? Sure. WILL the dog win? That's a whole 'nother subject!
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COULD the dog be shown? Sure. WILL the dog win? That's a whole 'nother subject!
Sure, and so much of it depends on the judge. Nikon has shown against the same dog 4 times now. Nikon is west German show lines, other dog is very much the trendy American line. Nikon beat him twice, he beat Nikon twice (each having one win in AKC and one win in UKC).
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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.
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Re: Pop Quiz: Show Quality versus Pet Quality

i don't believe you can look at a young puppy and say, "Oh this is show quality or breeding stock." because you just can't tell from a puppy. but i am not a breeder.
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