If you are looking for a fit and well-bred dog, you will likely hear the term show dogs. It is predominantly used by dog breeders who participate in sports of dog shows. Ideally, the difference between show dogs and pet puppies is the intensity to which each dog attains the breed standard. It is essential to know and interpret the breed of puppy you want to get. Some dog standards have ineligibilities that preclude such puppies from getting to show level.
What it Takes
Show dog’s participants have to be competitive to win. When selecting a show dog, you must consider its structure and temperament. Show dogs are required to have the proper structure and ideal temperament for their breed. The structure of the dog is generally how it is built. Moderate back length, strong, and incline a little from the withers. The dog should also have a developed chest with deep well-laid shoulders. The ribs should be long and nicely sprung, firm abdomen, and tucked up edge.
On the other hand, temperament is the dog’s character, personality, and disposition. It should be friendly, obedient, alert, and courageous. Dogs who are shy or nervous are highly disregarded for show quality.
Good breeders look for dogs with more minor flaws while considering that no dog is perfect. Sometimes, the significant difference between a show dog and a pet dog is minimal such that it is hard to identify unless a judge or a breeder is involved. The presence of undesirable traits would prevent the dog from being a successful show dog. And generally, a respectable breeder would not breed the dog.
Pet puppies are less expensive than show dogs. However, be careful when getting a dog. A higher price does not always mean good quality, just as a lower price doesn’t mean a good deal. Keep in mind the breed ineligibilities related to all dog breeds, such as not portraying nicely descended testicles for males.
Most breeders will not sell show dogs into a pet home. They want them participating in dog shows; hence they will most likely sell them to show homes. Given the dog breed, the breeder will want to understand what exactly you want the puppy for. Show dogs are not the type to sit in the house. They require regular dog exercises and are taught dog activities such as tracking, obedience, and herding.
Furthermore, pet puppies do not necessarily mean rejection. If you are looking for a pet dog, don’t be too concerned about show quality. Either way, the extra money you will be required to pay will not guarantee the best pet. The structure of the puppy has nothing to do with how good the puppy is and will be. Just get a good companion for a puppy. Show dogs are not generally proven to be excellent or aggressive watchdogs. When adopting your puppy, be determined of the reason for adopting him initially. If you are not planning to show your dog, just be contented, you have a suitable puppy from a reputable breeder.
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