All About Dog Shows
A university professor asked us to define The Fancy as a career choice because dog show judges, exhibitors and breeders pump $millions into host city economies.
What Is The Dog Show Fancy?
"Dog Fancy" doesn't necessarily mean fancy dogs but its origin defined purebred dogs - and the people who love them.
When the professor who frequently visits TheDogPlace asked to define "the dog fancy" as it might relate to career choices for his students, we were amazed to find no definition for such an important segment of society. So we wrote one for him.
The "dog fancy" is comprised of professionals and hobbyists who are invested in the sport of showing dogs in judged competitions.
Those competitive events range from traditional dog shows (selection based on structure and breed type) to performance events such as Obedience, Agility, Field Trials, and a growing number of popular spectator events like Terrier Racing, Dog Dancing, Lure Coursing, Weight Pulling, etc.
The Dog Show Fancy Includes:
Peripheral groups that derive income from the dog fancy include:
A big dog show can pump over $800,000 into the local economy as show dog handlers, owners, and out of town spectators frequent motels, hotels, restaurants, shopping, gas stations, RV service centers, and local attractions.
Dog show events may be three or more days in the same location but they are usually hosted by individual "Kennel Clubs" whose Board and members are devoted dog fanciers. Kennel Clubs put on dog show events which offer learning opportunities, seminars, and ring competitions adjudicated by different judges (approved by their respective registries) for each breed, each day.
The most famous show is the televised Westminster Dog Show in New York City in February. There, members of the dog fancy rub shoulders and chat with movie and TV stars, sports celebrities and news commentators, all of whom are there because they are members of "the dog fancy."
A special press box is set up for newspaper photographers as shown here and TV cameras are shooting from every angle.
The Group judges wear tiny microphones so that viewers can hear their greeting and instructions to the handlers as each dog is examined and gaited.
Unlike most sporting events, spectators can get up close with both the "exhibitors" (the person showing the dog) and the dogs themselves but always ask before petting a dog. It takes time, expertise, and concentration to prepare a dog for the show ring. Most of the dog handlers are also parents who know children can have sticky hands. Politeness and protocol is important in the dog fancy.
If you are a dog breeder, dog show judge, handler, or exhibitor and are tired of explaining who you are and what you do, Send this page to family and curious acquaintances.