Originally Posted by KittiesHasMe
My understanding is that the breed alter class(es) can be just as competitive as the other since many alters are retired breeders that already have granded or championed in the regular class. So the alter class is not just made up of cats that didn't quite measure up for use as breeders. Is this right?
I think it may also weed out people who thought they wanted to show and go into breeding but once they try it and find out what it takes they drop out.
I used to show salukis and whippets. Most dog breeders feel that a dog is either show quality or it's not. To dog breeders show quality and breeding quality are usually the samething. If it's not then it is petted out.
Not all "show/breeding" quality dogs are bred tho. Some people put dogs up in the ring just to show what their dogs have produced... granted there's always the possability of breeding the dogs, but not always.
I know there are non-conformation events... UKC allows mixes to compete in non-conformation events, they offer an ILP listing for all altered dogs. I beleive they also allow mixes in Jr Handling as well.. but Jr Showmanship is about judging the handler's abilities.. not the dog.
My Crested was sold to me as a pet because "he doesnt have the furnishings that's preferred in the ring".. he's very nice for a true hairless.. if there was an alter class, I'd put him up in the ring for the fun, to see how he compares. Not many people like to show trues.. they prefer the hairier Cresteds that have the flashy furnishings. I'd like the experience of showing, but I dont really want to deal with keeping an intact animal.