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10 – September, 2022

While at dinner with some very knowledgeable dog breeders and exhibitors–some professional and others not–we discussed our individual lists of the best. The best judges, breeders, handlers, etc. As expected, everyone had different and similar answers but it seemed there was a consensus as to what defined the best of each group. Simply put, each person named to each list was a good, knowledgeable dog person who could always find the better dogs no matter how deep or shallow the quality.

It seems this is what it’s about, isn’t it? If you are breeder, exhibitor, professional handler, or judge, you must be able to find the best dogs. And the best people, those on our lists, are the ones you would give your hard-earned money and send them out to buy you a dog.

Most people in our sport are discerning individuals who demand excellence. That being said, it is easy to understand that it was difficult coming up with a lengthy list of individuals whom we would trust to find us the next “great one”. That is partly because we are in a sport where young prospects are difficult to evaluate and then consider what they will look like in the future. It is also partly due to the fact that we all have strong opinions about the opinions of others.

So, what makes a great dog person? What does it take to become knowledgeable enough to be considered the best by your peers? Do they acquire their talent through study, experience, or are they just gifted? In my opinion, it is a combination of those elements. However, those that are truly great are truly gifted.

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