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So, you want to be a championship dog breeder? Part four

Deb and Coco
Deb and Coco
Deb Shindle

The sport of showing dogs is not inexpensive. According to Deb, a first time breeder can expect the following:
“Expenses start at the onset with the purchase of your first bitch, good food and veterinarian care, expenses of showing to their championship; health clearances, stud fee, more vet care, preparation for expense of C-section, if necessary…whelping supplies and plenty of time and money to care for the puppies until they are old enough to go to their appropriate homes.”

Showing a dog through its championship includes fees for a professional dog Handler. These individuals can command thousands and thousands of dollars. It may appear they don't do much other than hold a dog for the judge to examine or run around a ring, but Handlers can make all the difference between winning and placing and being ignored. In some cases, they can handle more than one dog in the competition. The more wins they receive, the higher their fees. Some of them are responsible for grooming, as well.

The sport of showing dogs is just that: showing the dog to its absolute potential. "Lois Demers showed Coco's father to top Cardigan, so we were so happy she wanted to take over Coco's career with Dinah Planche as owner." Lois showcased Coco at Westminster expertly taking her through her paces. In one random photo already published, Coco is trotting and not one paw is on the floor; she is airborne. Simply put, Handlers know the positions that best feature the dog being shown.

It is for the above reasons that show dogs share ownership with more than one party; in Coco’s case she is owned by Dinah Planche, and breeder of record is Julie (Deb's sister) and Bill Divens and Deb Shindle. Deb speaks very highly of Dinah Planche who foots the bills. “She does not question every little expense which is quite uncommon. It makes all the difference."

Upcoming: Part five