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Why buy from a show breeder when
all you want is a pet. Well here’s why!
BUT I DON'T WANT A SHOW DOG!
Why do people recommend choosing a breeder who shows
their dogs to folks who are just looking for a pet
and have no interest in showing? Why should breeding
to breed standard be important to a pet home? Does
it seem excessive, or “snobby”?
It’s not, and here’s why.
Dog shows are a means of
evaluating dogs against the breed standard, to
evaluate soundness, movement/gait, type, and
Soundness: The state of physical and mental health
when all organs and faculties are functioning
properly, each in its rightful relation to each
Type: Breed type encompasses appearance, character,
condition, bone structure, temperament, and
movement; "breed type is all these things." Breed
type also includes a character specific to each
breed, a combination of behaviour, temperament and
carriage that demonstrate an essence of the breed.
Gait: The gait of a dog is its quality of movement.
You want to see ease of movement, unimpaired by
illness or poor structure.
Temperament: The general attitude a dog has towards
other animals and people. From the Pomeranian Breed
Pomeranian is an extrovert, exhibiting great
intelligence and a vivacious spirit, making him a
great companion dog as well as a competitive show
Even though a Toy dog, the Pomeranian must be subject to
the same requirements of soundness and structure
prescribed for all breeds, and any deviation from the
ideal described in the standard should be penalized to
the extent of the deviation.”
So. That’s a very basic intro to what goes on at a
show... why does this matter? You want a pet, a
companion, not a show dog, right? Well, you chose a
Pomeranian for a reason. You’ve done your research,
they are a TOY DOG and they make excellent
companions and love spending time with their people.
That their good and kind nature predisposes many
Pomeranians to be excellent therapy dogs. Good,
responsible breeders seek to preserve those
definitive and positive characteristics.
What about type and structure? How the dog is put
together, able to move freely and comfortably? Would
you rather buy from someone who has proven publicly,
over time, that the dog they’re breeding can move
well, free of limp, or a structural problem? Or just
trust someone who has no interest in proving their
dogs? It’s your puppy’s quality of life and comfort
(as well as your wallet) that’s at stake.
Not every dog in a well-bred litter is going to be
show quality- there will ALWAYS be pet-quality
puppies. Well-bred, but maybe with a slight
imperfection, and those are the puppies placed in
pet homes. You don’t have to want a show-quality
puppy to get a well-bred puppy!
This is not about being snobby, being elitist,
thinking that one dog is “better” than another, it’s
about ensuring you get a puppy that acts and looks
like the breed you fell in love with. It’s about
ensuring that all puppies have the best start in
life, and will grow into a loving family member.
It’s about loving our breed enough to want to see
everything that’s good about them preserved for
future generations to enjoy. If you want a healthy
dog, with a properly sweet temperament, choose your