Yes and no.
There are judges that will put up an owner who can competently show their dog. I know this first hand.
If you really want to do this your self, it can be done. There are breeders who will sell to you, but it might be harder.
You might even try to find a breeder who is also a handler. They will be able to help you and mentor you so that you can be competitive, and if it doesn't work out for you (ie, no talent or you decide you hate it), they can finish the dog.
I love showing my dogs, win or lose, and the times that we win totally make up for the times that I lose. When my dogs win, I know that it isn't because of the face that is handling them, its because they are nice and I did a good job!
- strong & honest response...to the concern I was projecting to maybe a newbie or less than a veteran dog handler.
- just showing for wins or place, even with the best DNA...may be few & far between...in the early stages
40 years ago...I gave up confirmation completely, to focus on obedience trials.
- it was too frustrating for me and having flipped my first vehicle (1949 Fargo Van) when I was in grade 12...headed to college / easy profit paid for 1/2 of my post secondary school tuition
(been in Sales all my life - so handling rejection...is not new to me & I can take it as part of the game...if their is somewhat of a level playing field) I just want the poster to realize
, you can always enter with the very best dog, and thinking a win is in hand - is not realistic.
Now that I am semi-retired, I am open to learning different venues of dobe competition...with the free time I have available.
I will start with another puppy from my Montreal breeder - but it's not fair to burden my senior girl / while her live to life is still so strong...and she is our only baby.
Unfortunately, my out of province breeder (& handler) is to far away to mentor me (15 hour round trip, by car)...nothing like this special attention and gifted learning would please me more.
Without professional & mentoring help, I like to focus on very early obedience training - and finishing all off-leash training...while the dog is still a pup. Doing this avoids the doberteen's !!
I loved showing my last dog in OB and I was thrilled with good scores, but not needing to win.
- confirmation and me, was not easy on my nerves...4 decades ago...lol.
OB is like a 100 yard dash...the person that crosses the finish line first, gets 1st place / taken out of the judges hand completely.
ThkU for your most thoughtful post and I wish we were closer...I could have found a great teacher...to guide me, along the journey.