If you have decided that you would like to get into showing dogs and you are looking for a good breed to move forward to, then you need to start by learning all you can about showing dogs in a competition. Familiarize yourself with the rules and requirements of showing, how to get involved with the shows, where your nearest shows are, etc. Once you feel like you know about showing dogs, you should delve into the show world and make some friendly acquaintances who are involved and who can mentor you. Then, you want to choose the right type of dog. You may find that German Shepherds can be great for showing. This article will introduce you to some of the fantastic benefits of owning show bred German Shepherds:
German Shepherds are easy to work with
German Shepherds are very intelligent dogs who love to please their owners and handlers. They learn fast and once they know something they are known for repeating that action consistently. They can be active when you want, but they can also be calm mannered when it is called for. German Shepherds also love to learn new tricks and want to show off what they know.
German Shepherds will blend into the family well
You want a dog that you can also bring into your home and make a part of the family when they aren't on the road being shown. German Shepherds tend to be fantastic family dogs. They will get along with everyone and have a high tolerance for loud children. However, they can also be naturally protective of the home and the family when it is called for.
German Shepherds tend to travel well
You will want a dog that handles traveling well when you plan on taking them from show to show. German Shepherds are also great for this as well. They generally like to be in the car. Since they are so loyal and obedient, you won't have to worry about them wanting to run off the first time you accidentally leave the car door open for a few seconds too long, like some of the other breeds who love to wander, with Siberian Huskies being a good example of wandering breeds.
German Shepherds are easy to groom
Show dogs must undergo the proper grooming to make sure they meet the grooming standards in the show ring. German Shepherds require very little grooming beyond bathing and brushing, which is helpful. Also, they don't mind being handled, so you won't have to fight them to bathe them, brush them and even tend to their teeth (as long as you started getting them used to teeth brushing early on).