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 Post subject: From Working To Show
 Post Posted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 2:01 am 
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This is a great little read !! http://www.terrierman.com/rosettestoruin.htm

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 Post subject: Re: From Working To Show
 Post Posted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 9:58 pm 
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It was a great read, Mis!! I cut out a paragraph, for those who dont read articles, thinking that if they put Lacy in where terrier is, they might go on and read the whole article.

As for those actually interested in terriers as working dogs (and if not, please read the paragraph above), we would do well to remember that we did not create these wonderful little dogs, and we do not 'own' a breed anymore than we 'own' anything in this world. Like most worthy things, we inherit our dogs from our forbears, serve as custodians for their gene pool in our lifetime, and have a responsibility to pass on this gene pool in a reasonably good condition for the future.

In the modern world, passing on the gene pool means breeding dogs that are the correct size as determined after you have done some real earth work.

Great food for thought!!

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 Post subject: Re: From Working To Show
 Post Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:53 am 
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Mrs. Betty I am so pleased that you read that one ! And that you saw it's relevance
to the Lacy Breed.

I know it seems like a pain in the rear to read a lot of these links but I hate trying to summarize them or even worse try to re-write them and have them mistaken as my own work. And I don't like posting entire articles that are copy righted..so I add the links in hopes that people take the time to read them and learn a little something or if nothing else see the support out there for Associations like the N.L.D.A.

I too found that paragraph to be important for all breeders to understand. :)

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 Post subject: Re: From Working To Show
 Post Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 1:34 pm 
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Such a good read Mis! I love Terrierman, he is a great writer and a true student of working dogs. Even better, he clearly has no agenda beyond a passion for working terriers, he does this all for the dogs.

These are the paragraphs above the one Betty pulled out. I love hers, but I love these too!

"Most of these back-yard-and-hobby-show-breeders do not do any genetic testing on their dogs, and when asked are quick to say their bumbling acquiescence to the destruction of a working breed is OK because "No one's hunting birds to feed their families any more," "We don't need strong jaws on a bull terrier, we have barbed wire now" "No one hunts fox anymore -- it's illegal in the UK you know."

I would suggest to these people that they get deeply involved in breeds that are not working breeds -- Shit-zoos, Peeking-ease, or Pappy-yawns, perhaps. Miniature Schnauzers or Minature Pinschers are nice dogs -- give them a try. Or better yet, get a dog from the local shelter and train it in to a high degree of perfection in agility, flyball or even circus tricks.

But please stay away from breeds that are working dogs!"

AMEN :ymapplause:

And this is another great point everyone wanting a Lacy. A good breeder will work their dogs for you. If they can't take you out in the field due to scheduling or safety issues, they should have lots of pictures to prove their dogs do more than sit in a kennel or sleep on the couch. If the parents don't work, don't expect your puppy to work! You might get lucky, but you are playing the genetic lottery.

And this time I took the liberty to personalize the quote for the Lacy crowd ;) Changes are in brackets. But everything else is the same.

"For those looking to buy a [Lacy,] I would suggest embracing a working standard, not only for the dog but for the BREEDER as well. If the breeder doesn't own a [cut collar, a tracking harness, a set of traps or a herd of cattle,] I would suggest giving that kennel a pass. Ask to see pictures of the sire or dam in the field. No pictures, no cash.

A serious breeder takes the work of their dogs seriously, and a serious breeder will work their dogs at least a few times just to make sure they have the drive, the size and the temperament to actually do the job.

The standard for a working [Lacy] is NOT in the ring, but in the field and it is only in the field that a dog can be judged worthy of being bred."

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