Why the Bred-by-Exhibitor Class?

The prestigious Bred-by-Exhibitor class let breeders showcase their dogs in the ring.

Q. What is the purpose of the Bred-by-Exhibitor class? Is it just another way for a dog to go in front of a judge with smaller competition? I have entered American-Bred class, after which I was told that it sent the wrong message to the Judge.

Also, my 6-month-old Irish Wolfhound, during her first time at GGKC spent the entire time in ring “talking,” even with the judge. They tell me the judge was highly amused.

A. The Bred-by-Exhibitor class should be a very prestigious class, and one that breeders support to showcase their best. I am very proud of the fact that just about every dog I’ve finished in the last 20-or-so years, that wasn’t purchased, did so from the Bred-by class. To me, it makes a powerful statement to the judge: This is a dog that I bred, that I own (and so presumably must feel is correct), and I am proud to take into the ring.

The AKC, by awarding a medallion to dogs that have earned their championship exclusively from the BBE class, is acknowledging the importance of this class. What would owners and handlers have to show were it not for the efforts of breeders? Shows, including the AKC/Eukanuba National Invitational, that offer Bred-by group competition further reinforce the value of this class.

I don’t know what “wrong message” you were transmitting to the judge by entering the American-Bred class, and I do think it looks foolish to put an immature dog of a giant breed – or any breed, for that matter – 12 months and one day old, in the Open class. Traditionally, the Open class is for more mature dogs in full bloom. Having said that, the judge should be evaluating the dogs in his ring on the day … and that means that if the best dog in the ring is the 6- to 9-month-old puppy, that should be the dog taking home the points. A mediocre adult dog that has little to offer besides maturity should not defeat a promising, typey, well-shown puppy.

I too have been mortified showing vocal puppies, but most judges are understanding, and the aim of the exercise is to let the puppy have a good time. I’d much rather a talkative happy puppy than a grim little soldier that plods around the ring without a spark of joy or spontaneity. That doesn’t bode well for an animated, future show dog.

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