Often one wants to show off your Scottish Terrier. To that end there are numerous opportunities for you and your dog to compete - and this is a great way to spend quality time with your Scottie.
There are a number of ways you can "compete" with your Scottie - they include.
Conformation: Conformation is probably the competition you know best - this is the "Dog Beauty Show" you see on TV (though you only see the last bit). In fact, conformation is not a beauty show - it is a careful comparison of the dogs in the ring against the Standard for that breed. Conformation is an important part of any breeding program - this is how breeders 'measure' their Scotties. The Scottish Terrier Standard sets out the structure of the dog. Often, when watching a conformation show - your eye may be drawn to a particularly 'pretty' Scottie, and you may be surprised when that Scottie does not win. In fact, to properly judge a Scottie (or any dog), you MUST 'go over' the dog with your hands - really to feel the structure of the dog. Clever grooming can hide many a flaw. By the way - if you are considering purchasing a Scottie, a show is a great place to get to know breeders and dogs. Word to the wise, if you want to talk to somebody showing their dog - wait until after they come out of the ring - beforehand - they are usually pretty busy.
Junior Showmanship: Really, in this case - it is the handler who is competing, not the dog. This is a great way for kids to learn about showing
Performance: Conformation meaures the structure of the dog - Performance the ability of the dog to do what it was bred for. For Scotties, the AKC performance event is "Earthdoging". Scotties were bred to go to ground - to go down tunnels hunting vermin and badgers - yes badgers!
Companion Events: Often people confuse "performance" and "companion" - understandably - after all, if you've ever watched an agility dog at work - they are Performing!. The reason these are called companion events is because the dogs, by an large, were not bred to do this - hence, unlike performance, it is not tied to the breeding in particular. That said, Companion Events like Obedience, Agility, Rally, etc. are very popular and great ways to spend time with your dog.
Click on the links to learn more about competing with your Scottie - and have a great time!
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