Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Beat by a Peke

How does a GORGEOUS Doberman get beaten by a Pekinese?!?

You can tell who my favorite was at The Westminster Kennel Club Show 2012.

If you are not a dog show watcher you might wonder how they judge these dogs and why a certain dog wins over another.

There is a breed standard set by the American Kennel Club.  Each entrant is judged against the standard.  After deciding which dog is a great representation of the breed according to that standard, they are judged against each other to compare which comes closer to the standard.

Dobermans compete against each other in Breed judging.  Dobermans then compete against all the other dogs in the Working Group.  The best representation (according to the Breed's standard) from that Group then proceeds to Best in Show where all the Groups are represented in one ring.

Dog shows are a way for Breeders to improve and also keep the look of the Dobermans we recognize.  If there were no standard, there would be so much variation that  a Doberman would no longer look like a Doberman.  He might look like a Rottweiler or a Great Dane or a Chihuahua.

And besides that, who doesn't love to see 25 Dobermans all together in one ring right?!?
Happy Showing!

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