Does size matter?犬展规模的影响
There are two main distinctions between the dog show scene here in the UK and Its equivalent in the USA. These are closely related one to the other. The first is the size of the shows in terms of number of dogs entered – particularly at events at which championship qualifying awards are available. The secondhand directly related point, is the number of shows. I am usually chided by certain American dog people when I mention the fact that even our average sized championship show is far bigger than the biggest show in the USA，as far as the number of dogs entered is concerned. I am constantly reminded, and quite rightly, that the greater number of dog shows in the USA means that the overall number of entries in the USA is probably just as great per head of population as it is in the UK.It is, they always explain, just that the size of the shows is smaller because of the larger number of events and greater frequency. My response to that is to ask what is preferable – a large number of small shows or a small number of large shows?
And whose fault is it that certain shows are becoming smaller and smaller, some to the point of extinction?
It was therefore interesting to read Sari Brewster Tietjen’s Tell It Like It. Is’ article in DN Magazine on July 1 headed Drumbeat.In it she bemoaned the fact that the AKC seems intent on allowing more and more shows and says in her opening remarks: We have been beating the drumbeat for a number of years that there are too many dog shows, shows which have become so diluted in the number of entries that majors and/or significant points are few and far between, and that many of the existing shows have gained a reputation of being handler shows.
Sari Brewster Tietjen She goes on to say that the number of shows in some areas is so great that people have five choices of which to attend and that the average size of all-breed shows is now around 700 dogs.
Sari Brewster Tietjen 在DN 杂志6月期刊的广告版面中发表了一篇名为‘发扬犬展，喜欢犬展’的文章。阅读这篇文章十分有趣。文章中提到，AKC似乎有意举办更多犬展，对此她感到惋惜。她公开表示，多年来，我们已经为宣扬犬展做了大量的广告，然而真正具有意义的犬展已经变得稀少。她说，有些地区举办了非常成功的犬展，参赛者有自由选择的空间，普通规模的犬展参赛犬只控制在大约700只以内。
let us look some of the facts which make the differences between the USA and the UK look even more surprising than you would have thought.They also explain some of the reasons for the differences in show sizes.
First of all let us think of the relative human population sizes of the two countries. The USA’s population is over 320 million with the equivalent UK population at around 4 million. That gives a ratio whereby the USA is some five times the size of the UK in terms of population. But when it comes to the physical size of the two countries the contrasts are even greater. The USA is over thirty times bigger than the UK in terms of its area in square miles. I always remind people that the Boston/Washington corridor alone is rather similar to the UK in size of population and area. Comparing the UK to the USA is therefore very dangerous.
All of this is bound to mean that the statistics for dog shows are inevitably very different in the two countries. In the USA there are around 1,500 all breed or group shows per annum at which championship points are available. In the UK the equivalent number is just 38. So there are 40 times more multi breed championship points shows in the USA than there are in the UK. The largest show in the USA last year was the AKC Show in Orlando, Florida with 3,915 dogs. The largest in the UK is Crufts with this year 21,919 individual dogs entered.
The number of USA breed specialty shows is around 3,700 whereas in the UK they number 550.That is a seven times greater ratio – rather nearer to the population difference between the two countries.It is therefore not surprising that the relative size of all-breed shows in the UK is very much greater than in the USA. The average size of UK all- breed championship shows is around 8,000 dogs and for group shows the equivalent is 1,700 dogs.
美国每年举办的单独展大约3,700场，英国大约550场。这是一个7倍的比例，接近两国人口数量的比例。 所以英国举办相当规模的全犬种犬展比美国大并不奇怪。英国中等规模的全犬种展大约有8,000只犬只，犬种群展大约有1,700 只。
The impression we get is that the average size of points shows in the USA is declining. In the UK everyone talks as though that is the case here too but this is not so.Up to three years ago certainly, shows had been falling by two or three pet cent a year for a number of years. That trend does thankfully now seem to have been halted. For the last few years entries have been going up but admittedly only very slowly. They were up by 1.1% in2014and1.3%in2015and this year to date they are up by 1.2%.