December 13, 2017

Want To Start With Dog Shows? Show Small Dogs!

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There’s no business like show business, but dog shows can come close. Ever think you might like to become involved with showing dogs? If your answer is yes, then we suggest you start with small dogs, popularly known as “toy” dogs, as they are easier to maintain and easier to keep around at home than larger breeds.

When dogs of a certain breed enter a dog show, they would be judged by a pre-established standard that would define their eventual success. The winners, or Best of Breed dogs, then compete against each other for Best in Group within one of the seven basic groups to which their breed has been assigned (the Herding Group, Hound Group, Non-Sporting Group, Sporting Group, Terrier Group, Toy Group or Working Group). And when the group champions are determined, they will compete for Best In Show, and maybe earn enough points to win the grand Championship.

Small dogs are a better choice than their bigger counterparts for many reasons, and here are just a few of the major ones that any dog show rookie can benefit from.

Sitting Pretty

First of all, smaller dogs usually are easier to groom and give a bath to before the show begins. You’ll soon find out for yourself that this small detail could mean a lot at the end of the day. You’ll need less grooming agents like soap and shampoo, less water and you’ll have an easier time carrying these small show dogs in and out of the tub. With the exception of long-coated breeds, less dog equals less hair, which equals less drying time. So why groom a Standard Poodle show dog when you can spend the same amount of time taking care of five or six toy-sized show dogs?

Git Along, Little Doggies

The second reason would be because small dogs take up less space, allowing you to breed more dogs for show purposes. You will need to purchase small traveling crates for each dog, but worry not as you can easily carry them around and store them when necessary. Small show dogs also require the use of grooming tables, but as long as they get along, two small show dogs can share one table.

They Aren’t Hard To Handle

Handling a small dog for show is much easier than handling a larger dog, simply because they don’t require much effort. You’ll seldom see small show dog handlers huffing and puffing as they race around the ring. A large dog has much longer limbs, naturally, and would make bigger strides, often making it hard for a handler to keep up with it, unlike small dogs, where all the handler usually has to do is match the dog’s pace. In addition, “setting up” a small dog for viewing is a simple physical task, whereas a larger dog can involve much more effort.

Especially if you’re new in the business, showing small dogs is a much less stressful proposition than showing large dogs. Dog shows are a hobby and a sport that can be very addictive – and glamorous – and showing small dogs is the perfect way to get started on the route to sporting glory.

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