Welcome to our Working and Herding Issue. It is the first issue of the year to feature our 2012 Top Sires and Dams statistics, along with profiles of some of these great producers. At Dogs in Review we’ve always been committed to showcasing the talents of our best breeders. Their skills are most evident in selecting brood bitches and stud dogs that complement one another and go on to produce better than themselves. Having the eye to evaluate the next generation, recognize the most promising puppies and place them wisely is what separates consistently successful breeders from the also rans who might enjoy a bit of luck now and then but can’t repeat the feat decade after decade.
Some breeders mistakenly keep a low profile when they are not currently campaigning a special. They modestly accept the kudos of owning the Top Sire or Dam in their breed, but the fanfare is left for the owners and backers of the top-winning dog in their breed. And yet, with four, six, 10 or even more new champion offspring produced by their great brood bitches and stud dogs in a calendar year, the contribution these breeders make to the sport is inestimable. Buyers, handlers, backers and judges have always depended on the consistent efforts of knowledgeable breeders to advance the quality of dogs in competition. Pet owners, too, benefit from the consistency of a solid breeding program. Most are loyal to the great breeders who have provided them with wonderful companions over the years. Forgive the cliché, but such quality is no accident.
We have our occasional Cinderella dogs in every breed; the puppy from an unheard-of sire and/or dam that ends up with an owner who attends a dog show and gets bitten by the bug. The puppy defies the odds, turns on the showmanship and flies to his title. We love those stories. It’s what makes our sport different from all the others that keep the newcomer out. However, if we are searching for a show prospect from tried-and-true generations of quality; from parents whose excellence has been proven in the show ring and whose good health has been proven through genetic testing; all of this backed by a caring breeder who will be a mentor for the life of the dog, then the choice is clear. We go to a great breeder who has, over time, put together a fine family of dogs that can be counted on to produce quality puppies that are sound in mind and body.
There have always been excellent breeders who have consistently produced superb dogs for others with more time and greater resources to show. Our sport could never prosper without them. But these are the breeders who should be honored by their parent clubs and their breeds’ active exhibitors for their contributions. They shouldn’t be hiding their light under a bushel because the current crop of exhibitors in search of instant gratification might not recognize their names. That only points out the need for more education and pedigree study.
Congratulations go out to the talented breeders of the 2012 champions included in this issue. You should feel justly proud.
From the April 2013 issue of Dogs In Review magazine. Purchase the April 2013 digital back issue or subscribe to receive 12 months of Dogs In Review magazine.