Guardians of the breed, which is what AKC states that the Parent Club for each Breed Club is charged with. Exactly what does this mean for each of us as club members? We all know that we must preserve and protect the future of our beloved breed. How do we all stack up?
As a club we have a Health Committee that aids us in making sure we all check (test) for any genetic issues that may arise or that we need to keep a watch out for. We also have a Breeders Education committee that helps to continuously educate us in a multitude of areas from breeding to showing our dogs. We have a Historian that guards our history for us, a Judges Education and Standard committee that assures the future judges and members are well educated.
But, what are we doing? Besides breeding to our Standard and doing the asked for Health checks, are we going that extra little bit to preserve our Breed for the future? Do we encourage new owners and handlers and in-struct them in our standard and help them in the show ring or performance ring? Do we politely say, “We call them Griff’s” or get steamed and huff away? Have we politely told people that the nose can be a mile long, but if the nares are narrow they cannot breathe or just stop talking? Do we remind new people that we have a double tracking breed so they should not be narrow in from or behind or just ignore their lack of knowledge?
I personally have seen quite a few of our club members very carefully and thoroughly helping out the new and not so new in any and all ways they can. Kudos to each and every one of you! My hope is that we can all try to encourage and foster as well as “guard” our wonderful little Breed.