Totally agree, Dean. The next time a judge asks to have the dogs shown on a loose lead, I'll want to know whether he's seen the CD. Usually, judges want to know whether dogs on a loose lead will show themselves, but maybe a freshly educated judge will be looking to see whether those noses hit the ground like they're supposed to.
Dean, you should have posted a more recent picture of Y.Lee. He looks alot different now. Bigger chests make for shorter looking legs (in Bassets!). And what about Critter? She's a very typey bitch. And field dogs aren't trained to "pose", which can sometimes mask conformation faults. I forgot to add Miriam's name to the list of people who compete in field events with show quality dogs. My apologies. The next Basset I get will be out of either Miriam's or Ruth Paules lines (hopefully both!). And I agree, Bassets should be shown in the breed ring with their noses to the ground. They're not supposed to air scent, that's why they have those dwarf legs! Take care, Belinda.
I'm sorry for my ignorance, but what is tempermant testing in BAssets? I have a friend with a GSD who almost flunked her tempermant test because she ran behind her owner, instead of going for a stranger who went for them carrying an umbrella and a bunch of bags (hope I have that right). Anyway, the idea was that the dog was supposed to attempt to guard her owner from this threatening stranger..is this is same test used with Bassets?
The same test is used, but the testers take into consideration the dog's age, breed, training, environment (kennel dog or house pet) etc. A shepherd would be expected to at least be keeping an eye on the agitator, who is acting in a threatening manner, ready to protect his owner. My bassets tend to be so busy sniffing that they pay no attention to him. However, hiding behind the owner will fail any breed.
I mentioned earlier that Y. Lee Coyote is a pest!!! I put his latest girl friend in a small pen. He had gone over the 4' chainlink until I put a hot-wire around the top. He tore the fabric of the gate once and tore the gate off the hinges once. This boy is nothing but determined !! You can see the hose clamps used to repair the gate. There are several missing, but he made it through. There were tie-wires, cable ties and clamps holding the fabric.
Not trying to butt in but there is a dog show Judge that wanted the dogs to put their nose to the ground,Col.W.Pedee(spelling could be off).He wanted them on loose lead and told us not to pull their heads up.He wanted to see the dogs as if they were tracking.
I'm pretty sure I know who Vickie means; I've shown under him, and I've seen his name regularly in premium lists. And I definitely remember him insisting that the bassets be shown on a loose lead. My funniest memory of him was watching him lecturing a class in the ring about turning their armbands around so he could see them. As if we had all practiced, I and about 12 other people waiting ringside to exhibit our dogs, grabbed our armbands in unison and yanked them around so they could be better seen. We didn't want to get the same lecture when it was our turn.
Actually,I think this man is now the president of the CKC and does not judge AKC shows any longer.I liked him , he put my bitch up ( a way long time ago)over professional handlers,of course I was the novice and did what the judge asked,I also referred to him as "Sir".
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