A show breeder is a professional pet breeder who produces animals to meet a set of specified show standards. They may also be involved with dog activities such as agility, conformity, or obedience and show their dogs as part of a hobby. Breeders who show their dogs are apt to impose higher prices for their pups, particularly if they have show potential.
What is the difference between a professional pet breeder and a show breeder?
A show breeder can tell you the standards to which they breed. If they do not adhere to a set of standard, then they are a pet or hobby breeder. The dogs produced by hobby and pet breeders are not necessarily any better or worse than a show breeder’s animals. All it means is that their dogs are less likely to win a place at a show.
What are the different standards for show breeders?
Each breed’s parent club creates a standard, which is a written description of the ideal specimen of that breed. Standards are owned, maintained, and written by the parent organizations of each breed, and describe:
- Physical traits
- General appearance
What is the purpose of dog shows?
Each breed the American Kennel Club (AKC) registers creates a standard. Breeders attempt to create a dog that conforms as closely as possible to the AKC breed standard, such as matching the physical and mental attributes. The idea is to show the capacity, structure, and function for which the dog was bred, such as:
- Actions, including stance and posture
- Appearances, such as coat and eye color
- Personality, character, and temperament
What is conformation?
The official name for dog shows is conformation. A dog’s conformation is its overall presentation and composition. The real aim of conformation showing is to assess the breeding stock. It is also evidence of the dog’s capacity to produce quality purebred pups. AKC certified judges inspect the dogs and rank them according to how closely each one matches the official standard of the breed's perfect dog.
What is a pet quality puppy?
A pet quality puppy is one that does not perform well in the show ring or one that should not be bred based on the breeder’s best judgment. Conformation display is decided on a dog’s appearance regarding the description of the breed or written standard. Flaws as uncomplicated as markings, color, tail curl, and coat texture can limit a puppy from being ranked show quality by its breeder.