ANIMALS

The 'Rescue Dog Only' Dog Show Judges Dogs On Personality Instead Of Breed And It Is The Best Idea Ever

by Elana

Dog shows are a time-honoured tradition that are taken awfully seriously. Dogs are held to very high standards when they compete against each other for titles such as "Best of Breed" and "Best in Show," and for the most part no money is rewarded! While owners may spend up to a quarter of a million dollars preparing their dogs to compete, they typically win nothing more than the prestige of a title.

Simply qualifying to compete in such competitions as the Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show and the National Dog Show, dogs usually have to be pure bred and come from prestigious pure bred lineage. This leaves out some of the most beloved dogs in the entire world: rescue dogs and rescue mutts. Finally, the tides have turned and in February a new dog show is coming to the United States and we couldn't be more excited to share all the juicy details with our fellow dog lovers!

Dogs in dog shows have historically been judged on their breed and breed standards, but not anymore.

Dogs in dog shows have historically been judged on their breed and breed standards, but not anymore.

The American Rescue Dog Show will base dogs on their personality traits and the only requirement is that all dogs competing must be rescues

This dog show will be showcasing the dogs’ best traits out of 10 categories!

The American Rescue Dog Show will base dogs on their personality traits and the only requirement is that all dogs competing must be rescues

Featuring hosts Rebecca Romijn and Rich Eisen as well as other celebrity judges, the personality-packed pups compete for the following titles:

Best Couch Potato, Best In Fetching, Best In Kissing, Best In Listening, Best In Senior Dog, Best In Snoring, Best In Special Needs, Best In Talking, Best In Under-bite, and Best In Wiggle Butt!

Featuring hosts Rebecca Romijn and Rich Eisen as well as other celebrity judges, the personality-packed pups compete for the following titles:
via: People

Celebrity judge Ross Matthews loves the idea. He says:

I love special needs dogs. I love an under-bite and a crocked tooth. That is just how I roll.
Celebrity judge Ross Matthews loves the idea. He says:

But wait, there's more!

That's not all that's different about this competition! The Petco Foundation is providing $75,000 in non-profit grants to the winners!!

But wait, there's more!

Rebecca Romijn told People:

It’s such an incredible idea for a show. It’s a chance to encourage people to ‘adopt, not shop,’ to showcase these unbelievable creatures and help end the epidemic of animal homelessness. A lot of people may not understand that there are so many beautiful dogs, pure breeds as well as mixed breeds, who need to be rescued.

It is truly one of the most heartwarming ideas to hit the competition scene and when the goal is to raise awareness for homeless pets and dogs in need, you really cannot find anything to complain about!

Tune in February 2019 to see what the second annual competition has to offer the world! We certainly cannot contain our excitement!

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