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Purebred dog enthusiasts have been around for hundreds of years. While mixed breeds can make good pets, purebred dogs will always be in demand because they are predictable. Size, temperament, health, talents, trainability, suitability for a particular lifestyle all things to consider when looking for a canine companion. A well bred purebred dog is like a top of the line automobile. There are many activities that you can enjoy with your dog depending on his or her breed.
Conformation shows are where the dog is judged on his adherence to the ideal of the standard of the breed.
Obedience is judged on how well the dog performs a set of exercises on several different escalating levels.
Rally is obedience on a sort of random level. You don’t know what exercises you will be asked to perform until you enter the ring.
Agility is a sort of obstacle course. Fastest time wins.
Tracking is using the nose over a course to find an end object. Scent hounds are very good at these tests but many breeds can participate.
Several different field and hunt tests exist for different breeds. Pointing breeds run their dogs in field trials off horseback and need several square miles as the dogs range far and wide, while their hunt tests are foot handled and need much less space. Both are used to assess the dog’s hunting ability. Pointers “freeze” when a bird is found, are released when the bird is shot, and retrieve to hand.
Spaniel field trials and hunt tests are all foot handled, spaniels hunt in a “windshield wiper” pattern and “hup” or sit when they find the bird, then flush on command and retrieve to hand after the bird is shot.