Below you will find my thoughts regarding the difference between
companion puppies, show potential, show quality etc.....
These are puppies or adults of appropriate breed temperament that
the time of sale exhibit one or more physical qualities that
from the AKC written breed standard for that breed.
Although this deviation
would be discouraged in a breeding program that
stresses "breeding to
the standard", it should in no way detract from
the dog's role as
family companion. Examples might include:
incorrect coat, a gaily carried tail, pacing instead of trotting gait,
soft topline, incorrect ear set or length, bend of leg, an undershot or
overshot mouth on a breed that calls for a scissors bite. The possibilities
for physical deviations are limitless. If he or she is otherwise healthy,
a few cosmetic faults would certainly not diminish this dog's
ability to be a loving companion.
These are puppies or adult dogs that go beyond the definition of
quality. These dogs are free of all AKC disqualifying faults.
are not guaranteed to win in the show ring but AT THE
TIME OF SALE,
display no structural, cosmetic or temperament faults
prevent them from attaining a breed championship.
While no dog is perfect, this one comes closer. This dog embodies
breed type, structure, coat, tail, movement and temperament
appropriate to the breed and in addition has that extra showiness
sets it apart from others of it's breed. In our opinion, this is not a
designation one can realistically apply to an eight week old puppy.
brings many changes.
If shown, this adult dog would most likely win his or her championship.
He or she should be healthy and vigorous, free of joint disease as
attested by the OFA, PENN Hip, eyes AVCO or CERF'd. He or she
should have appropriate breed temperament, display no serious structural
faults and should display appropriate breed TYPE. Of equal importance
is a family history of healthy genes. A pedigree that is solid for OFA
Normal hips and elbows, CERF ratings etc., tells an important part of
the story but of equal importance is the health and soundness of the
LITTER MATES of the dogs displayed on the pedigree.
A SHOW QUALITY DOG IS NOT ALWAYS OF BREEDING QUALITY.
The fact that a dog may finish a championship does not necessarily
mean that it is of breeding quality. Correct phenotype (what the judge
sees from the outside) does not guarantee correct genotype (the mix
of genes that will be passed on to the next generation). In dogs,
what you see is not necessarily what you'll get.
A JUDGES OPINION (NO MATTER HOW RESPECTED) DOES NOT
MAGICALLY ALTER A POOR