All About The Show Dog
Who are the people that make up what we call Dog Fanciers? Finally, the Dog Show Fancy is defined!
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.
A college professor who frequently visits TheDogPlace asked us 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 such as Terrier Racing, Dog Dancing, Lure Coursing, Weight Pulling, etc.
The Dog Show Fancy is comprised of:
Peripheral groups that derive significant income from the sport of dogs 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 hosted by individual "Kennel Clubs", each offering learning opportunities, seminars, and ring competitions adjudicated by different judges (approved by their respective registries) for each breed, each day.
The most famous dog show event is the televised Westminster show in New York City every February.
A special press box is set up for newspaper photographers as shown here and of course 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. Always ask before petting a dog that may be on its way into the judging ring.
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