I've loved dogs since I was 2 and have devoted way too much time reading about them and taking care of them. My three seniors are all rescued mutts. I want my next dog (not soon) to be a purebred Rat Terrier. So, I see the billboard about the dog show and, in spite of my better judgment, decided to have a look. Even if they were sub-standard, a morning with dogs can't be too bad, right? I know AKC has its flaws, so maybe these guys have a more common sense attitude: like maybe a peke who can breathe? Not Not Not! There were only 16 dogs present. If there was only one of any breed, he got the "championship" ribbon. One went to a Pomeranian with genetic white legs that were stained yellow from his environment. There was a winning Border Collie that clearly was crossed with Australian Cattle Dog. The real clincher was a Cairn Terrier that was so fearful that he had to be dragged into the ring. This is how they can advertise "champion lines." Everybody feels disgust when they see the news clips of sick, dying dogs being pulled from puppy mills. I think something else is way under reported. The people at this show were not technically-- nor did they consider themselves-- puppy mills. Most of these breeders see dogs as livestock. That rationale works for a critter who is kept for a short time and ends up in the freezer or closet. Keep it clean and kill it humanely. It doesn't work for dogs. People are spending hundreds of dollars for an animal they expect to fit with their homes and kids and the quality control is way less than for a comparably priced tv.