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    How is this going to alter the fact that ANKC registrations and membership have declined?

    The dog in shows - entire or neutered still need to be registered with the Governing body and the owner still have to be members of...lets say Dogs NSW.

    Honestly...the neuter class as I see it...is a bit of fun at the Specialty shows and really do not serve any purpose. What are the main reasons for showing a dog...to gain points and see whether it is Championship material and eventually breeding material.

    In my opinion...the Neuter class is superfluous in the show scene. What can you possibly use the "Neutered Championship" title for other than having it on your mantle piece!

    Sure...you can have the best neutered dog/bitch...so what?

    Do you think maybe, just maybe the reason for less registrations now than 1995 is because breeders have become more selective regarding what puppies they consider to be good show material as to pet material?!?

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    Sorry Natty forgot to answer you. Yes Erskine Park was boggy around the car park but the rings held up well.

    I didn't get there until 7:15 so missed the earlier rain. We didn't get looked at in Intermediate group, the Foxhound got it, you'll know the one and my boy was knocked out by the bitch getting RUBOB so we high tailed it out of there before the thunder in the back ground amounted to anything.

    We did the google weather radar before we left so knew we had a pocket of time. It was nice to show in the evening in the cool. I did the Aust Day one and it was a stinker.

    It's funny I'm not in the mood for the shows at the moment and I think my boy is sensitive to that hence still chasing those remaining couple of points.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    How is this going to alter the fact that ANKC registrations and membership have declined?

    The dog in shows - entire or neutered still need to be registered with the Governing body and the owner still have to be members of...lets say Dogs NSW.

    Honestly...the neuter class as I see it...is a bit of fun at the Specialty shows and really do not serve any purpose. What are the main reasons for showing a dog...to gain points and see whether it is Championship material and eventually breeding material.

    In my opinion...the Neuter class is superfluous in the show scene. What can you possibly use the "Neutered Championship" title for other than having it on your mantle piece!

    Sure...you can have the best neutered dog/bitch...so what?

    Do you think maybe, just maybe the reason for less registrations now than 1995 is because breeders have become more selective regarding what puppies they consider to be good show material as to pet material?!?
    I do get what you are saying.
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    I to believe there should be more neutered classes. There are a lot of people I know who have often talked about showing - because they have desexed dogs, they cant get in the ring and do it. By being about to show their desexed dogs, they can learn how to handle their dogs, they can get a feel for showing and find out if it is something they would like to keep on doing.

    If they hate it, then they wont waste their time, or the breeder of their dogs time by finding an entire dog to show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mouseandchicken View Post
    I believe the decline is due to the costs involved in showing from all aspects.
    Yes from all aspects including costs on memberships, registrations and entry fees, and as these continue to decline then expect future increased costs on these.
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    I would recommend going to show training and attending many many breed shows as a spectator. Because unless they have been sold a show stopper then the better neuters are still going to beat them or the veteran neuters (past champion entire dogs/bitches) are going to beat them.

    I would love for someone to campaign a puppy from this litter, but I will be honest and say that due to costs and the fear of finding GOOD homes for the remaining puppies I only breed when I want something myself. If there are two of equal quality, then I'm also likely to keep both for a while at least to see if one loves to show and the other doesn't

    And people have to be brutal, if that puppy doesn't turn out then they have to sell it to a pet home and try again. Not many people can do that and so you end up with a surplus of dogs to keep and maintain.

    I have a policy; if it doesn't "turn out" and it's under 1yo then a pet home is found for it. After that it's with me for life. I've waited months for the right home to come along for that dog/bitch that didn't make it, but it's a commitment that I have to make for the benefit of that dog and my remaining dogs. It's heart breaking but you can't keep them all. It's why I live on acreage now.

    And this is an expensive hobby that also involves living breathing animals that you get attached too. I've cried many many times.

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    I should say the costs involved in keeping a dog and costs of travel to and from shows. I used to do the country ag shows a lot. Now I limit myself to the city shows because of the costs of fuel.

    I tell myself that my dogs are competing against the tougher city competition but truth be told if fuel was cheaper I'd love to go away more and camp overnight like I used to.

    The costs of premium foods, vets etc has also increased.

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    MAC we've had bigger Whippet entries out here in the sticks in the last few weeks than in Sydney...

    And I do know the Foxhound you mean, he's knocked me and my 'luki out of group lineups too often to recall. Dammit, where's my last points!!

    Travel is expensive. But other hobbies are expensive as well. I watch the horsey folks when we do Ag shows and think myself lucky I have dogs!

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    Oh and Quincy, sorry - I forgot neuter sweepstakes.

    I've only seen it run once around here at one of our group specialty shows and it only attracted one entry. We're not running it again, sashes aren't that cheap.

    But it's a nice idea. I'm flat out trying to get my others in the ring - but I think neutered dogs can be handy in the Junior Handler ring as well though.

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    Yeah I know Whippet entries can get big out of town, but given the right judges everyone will travel in to Erkine Park or Castle Hill, I generally try to enter under those judges so that any CC's or BOB's are worth it.

    I will get back out there soon, we're fitting out the old ute which uses less fuel than the 4x4 and we've got a camper so I'm looking forward to it.

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    I think showing neutered dogs for fun is okay, but showing them seriously is dopey. Otherwise, they wouldnt have been gelded. Oops, I mean neutered.(horse brain!!)

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