Then I went out for a smoke and was introduced to a lady (from the dark side) who asked me a few genetic questions because she ran into some problems in her breeding program. As I was answering her questions, Harley's owner signaled her to walk away so that she could approach me. Before she reached me I was already talking to other members of my group but she asked me to walk away so she could talk to me about something in private. Ok, we walked up the hill, where she immediately proceded to get extremely "snotty" about the remarks I have posted regarding her dog. She was also upset over the fact that I tried to get his picture (as the ultimate representative of my breed) removed off the Wiki. So, I tried to point out to her that it's not "personal" -- just FACT--her dog is not a "perfect" representative of MY Breed, Period! In fact, if he was to be expertly evaluated by an honest judge, he would not even qualify as breeding stock! In Europe a good GSD has to pass his Koer rating. Unfortunately, in America they don't use that system!
This enraged her and she started pointing her finger at me, yelling that she did not care what I think, if he wasn't perfect, he wouldn't be the top dog in ARBA!
So I pointed my finger back in her face and informed her that any fool can buy a title, big deal! It doesn't prove that her dog is a "champion" just that she was dumb enough to spend thousands of dollars for a piece of paper!
I still feel very strongly that dog show venues that encourage "professional" handlers provide an unfair advantage to poor quality dogs and debase the real purpose of exhibiting rare breeds.
That's when she told me that I had no right to "bad mouth" her dog and I replied that what I have said about him was true and now I will just have to do a full report, a lot sooner than I had expected to!
That's when she ran off towards the ARBA office, screaming that she was going to have me thrown out!
What a joke! We paid to get in, and we had as much right to be there as anyone else, whether she liked it or not! Why are these slivers so scared of me?
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that the dogs they are showing should be disqualified--if anything! Most of them are under-sized and have horrible faults! Or doesn't anyone even bother to look at the Breed Standard? For judges that may choose to invent their own interpretations, we have provided pictures!
Let's take a moment to inspect the best, top winner they have!
#1. I don't think that Harley is even tall enough to meet the standard! Everyone seems to be terrified of asking the judges to put a wicket on him! I would like to see a REAL GSD judge (German preferred) take an honest measurement of this dog! I highly doubt that he is 28 inches tall! I have stood next to Daniel. He is not a very tall man. I would guess 5'4" to 5'6" at best. Karen is 5'3" so let's compare these three dogs standing next to a person.
#2. Let's look at some of his other faults as compared to the Illustrated Breed Standard.
Please take a few minutes to view the drawings in our Illustrated Breed Standard. Now take a moment to compare him to the German Shepherd Breed Standard. He fails that one too! I have seen long haired GSD's that are more appealing to look at, and I have known many Shilohs that have proven themselves as outstanding producers--so why is this dog rated as the #1 ARBA champion?
It's all about the money!
In other words, it all depends on how much the owner is willing to spend in order to buy awards!
Anyone looking for an ego trip can go to their local shelter, rescue a GSD mix and hire a great handler, then go to all of the ARBA shows for a year and you can beat his record! Great, eh?
Well, how does that improve the breed? Is there any sense in such foolishness? Who benefits from such games? Certainly not the breed!
Now let's compare two ISSR Shiloh Shepherds.
This is what a good show should look like.