The Making of An AKC Champion
Many people feel that an AKC Conformation Dog Show is a "Beauty Contest for Dogs". In one sense of the word it is....but there is more. A conformation show is a professional evaluation by an authorized, informed judge of you breeding stock.
Breeders who do not attend conformation events with their dogs really only have their own opinion to confer with when mating two dogs. Most of us breeders become "kennel blind" if left to our own devices, just because we fall in love with our dogs, just like you do yours.
In order to do the dachshund breed justice, I must constantly evaluate my breeding stock against the written standard. Otherwise a dachshund would eventually not look like a dachshund anymore.