What is a Breed Championship?
And why should anyone care?
Getting a Breed (or 'Conformation') title is lots of work--and LOTS of baths and primping!
I asked my mom, Betsy, why we needed to go through all of that and she said that it is important to make sure that people who want a dog like me (or like Lassie or RinTinTin or Toto or.....) are able to find a "mini-me". In a Conformation show, dogs are compared to the image of the PERFECT example of their breed. Then, those dogs that come closest to that image can be bred to reproduce the looks and personality of that breed. (Of course, it is also very, very important to do health checks on any dog before making the choice to breed them.)
I guess everyone has a picture in their head of what they want a dog to look like--small/large, black/white, long/short hair, floppy/stand-up ears, long/short nose, tall/short, etc. So, even people who choose to rescue a pup look for 'breed characteristics.
By the way, I am now officially CH Dreamvale Diverse Portfolio RN, CGC, CGC-A, CGC-U, THDN, THD, THDA, THDX, TKN.