The Golden Retriever Club Inc.
New Zealand

Why show your dog?

There are lots of reasons why you might like to show your dog.

  • Show off what a fabulous dog you have
    The showing process compares your dog with other dogs, which can convince other people what a fabulous dog you have. They will be more likely to want to breed to your dog or get your dog's puppies. The puppies from a champion dog are usually considered more valuable.
  • Get to know your breed
    You will learn a lot about your breed from talking to (and commiserating with) other breed owners.
  • Meet people with the same interests
    All of the people at the dog show will have one thing in common. They like to show off their dogs. As a source of information and camaraderie, they canít be beat.
  • A lifetime hobby
    It is a fun and competitive hobby. It is not as expensive as some hobbies, and there is nothing to dust!
  • See the country
    Depending on how much you want to travel, shows are a good way to see the country.
  • Build a bond
    Showing your dog builds a close bond between you and your dog. Both of you learn to rely on each other. You to tell him what to do, and him to show how he is the best dog entered.

Last, but not least, an important reason for showing your dog is it is a fun thing to do with your dog. No dog will win every show. Depending on the judge, the dog, and the day, you might go home a winner, or you might go home with just memories. Win or lose though, you still take home a good friend.

Dog showing can be a great family sport. Each member of the family can have some meaningful task in showing: brushing, walking, handling or just applauding their dog while heís in the ring. The kids might show him in the Junior Handler category, while Mum or Dad can show him in the regular classes. The outcome of hard training is about two minutes in front of the judge in the ring. What comes before this moment is a great amount of knowledge, care, time and preparation.


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