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Route 66 Kennel (870) 269-8545

Bernice Mountain Dogs

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As you may or may not realize, breeders classify their dogs in two categories: companion and show. People often fear that when they ask for "just a pet" they will be acquiring an inferior dog. Bear in mind that all dogs are companions first, show dogs second. After all, a show career will be very short (or should be) compared to their life span. If your dog is not a good companion, then it will more than likely not be a good show dog. A "pet" or companion dog is a healthy, fully functioning, loving animal. A "show" puppy is the puppy that has the best possible chance of exceeding in the show ring. It would be wonderful for the breeder if all the pups were of show quality, but this simply does not work out in the percentages. It is far more likely that more of the pups will be companions.

Bernice Mountain Dog Female
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Bernice Mountain Dog Male


A companion has the same number of legs as a show puppy. They have the same number of bones, vocal cords that work just as well, a fast licking tongue, and they shed just as much as a show dog. The differences are things like coat texture, length, and markings. A puppy may have ears set just a bit too high or a bit too low and will be classified as a companion even though they are well able to hear the rattle of the milkbone box from a mile away. An overshot or undershot jaw will not make the least bit of difference to the companion owner or to the puppy, but will make a big difference in the show ring. In short, the differences between a companion and show dog are not obvious to the untrained eye. Examples such as flaws in movement, angulation or extension of gait will never be noticed by anyone who has not studied the breed extensively. Companion quality puppies are raised exactly the same as show quality puppies. Health is as very important in the companion puppy, and they all get the same care as their show littermates. The breeder, of course, wants loving homes for all puppies in the litter. The dog show is a breeder's advertising showcase, so of course they want to show those puppies that typify the breed standard. It is important to remember that the puppies do not know the difference and all of them are more than capable of loving and being loved.

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Route 66 Kennel 16567 Hwy 66 Mountain View, Arkansas

Telephone :  (870) 269-8545