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    Why do show dogs need to be entire? Is it for breeding purposes?

    What if you wanted to show but not breed, wouldn't be hard keeping five female dogs in heat secure? (Do they go into heat at same time?)

    Sorry if this is jumbled...Having difficulty putting my question in writing.

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    its like shows rams and bulls ( sorry i dont know much about showing dogs only livestock)

    Well if i had female ACD and she was the Aust Champ i would breed from her to improve the breed..

    For example: i had the No 1 ram in Aust i would put him cross my top ewes so they could carry his bloodline.

    If i really want to make sure that the rams bloodline is passed on, I would AI my top ewes with his sperm

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    There are not very many neutered classes held at dog shows.

    So yes you need an entire dog or you are not going to be entering very many shows.

    Having said that, it would be difficult to tell if your bitch was desexed after having had a season or two.

    Male dogs will be checked by the judge for two testicles.

    Many people show but do not breed. I do not have a litter every year, probably closer to every 2.5 years.

    Showing in my opinion keeps you honest. Do I have the best dog? Is he/she winning? How does he/she compare to other dogs of the same breed.

    I do not find it difficult to keep entire females, it can be a little more difficult to keep more than 1 entire male when there are females in season.

    One of my whippet bitches and Gordon Setter come into season together (though Gem is now de-sexed), but having said that I've had mothers and daughters that never do.

    I will breed from a really good example of the breed or one that will bring new and/or complimentary bloodlines to my kennel. But I will never breed from one that is not competitive.

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    Thanks guys that really helped.

    So are shows mainly there to test breeding dogs for quality?

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    We enter dog show's so that we can show our dogs to the rest of the doggie fraternity and other like minded people... eg when I go to a show I can expect to see on average anywhere between 20 and 50 other stafford owners and at a specialty up to 300, who all have one thing in common, breeding the best dog possible... we get to see other dogs and judge them for ourselves... via our breed club we are also upto date with any diseases that may be relevant and also any testing that is available to eliminate same... ie DNA testing is now available for LG2A and HC in staffords, whereas 5 years ago it was dream...
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    Thanks Staff!

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    Honestly - with everything people have said on this forum over time, you should understand why people keep dogs entire for showing. Why do YOU think they do it?

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    I was more wondering if you wanted to show but not breed, why aren't you allowed to neuter them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occy View Post
    Honestly - with everything people have said on this forum over time, you should understand why people keep dogs entire for showing. Why do YOU think they do it?
    I don't know. I don't know anything about showing. All I know is people here feel very strongly about neutering, so I wondered why that didn't apply to show dogs. I didn't understand why dogs that weren't used for breeding needed to be entire for showing.

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    Do you understand that all dogs go into the ring with the potential to be excellent breeding dogs?

    And that most breeders desex and rehome or keep dogs that fail in the ring?

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