What a surprise: Mexican Dobermann bitches are tiny! Ashra is not that big herself (at 62cm at the withers, currently), and yet she was the biggest one there, and the only other bitch with her body type was twice her age. Anyway, another strange aspect I saw was that the 'Mark of the Dictator', as some call it, a ridge-like cowlick, seems to be bred for here in Mexico.
So, about those results:
On Saturday Ashra was very distracted, looking at me and not following her handler properly, refusing to hold a stack etc. As a result, the judge barely even looked at her, except for when he had to check her teeth. I'm not sure if Ashra's natural ears had something to do with it as well... quite a disappointment - I was not expecting to win, but for the judge to not even look at my dog was rather discouraging.
Sunday was a HUGE improvement, Ashra was walking well and paid attention (she was bribed with a sausage), but unfortunately she lost out to an 18 month old red bitch, whose handler laughed at me saying that the judge was gay, winking and obviously into him. Oh well, at least she came in second! That's not too shabby for her first show weekend :).
I figured though, for her next show, in order to save money I'm going to handle her myself at Expocan in Mexico city. Just how well I'll do, we'll have to see, but even though I won't be able to take any pictures I can be sure of one thing: she's not going to be distracted and looking for me in the crowd ;-). I think with 10 days of showing we may be able to have a bit of luck this time.
It's on tomorrow morning and I feel pretty foolish after finding out the show is three days. I only entered her on Saturday and Sunday, oh well. I'm quite anxious to see how she'll do after looking at a bunch of photos from previous dog shows in Mexico. They seem to prefer the deer look as is popular in the US. I guess that statement should have been extended to the whole of North America. Well, at least I know if she's too solid for the NA ring, that would give her a chance in the Euro ring, once I return to Germany.
If that doesn't turn out though, I'll be content with working more intensely on her Schutzhund/IPO career. The whole dog sport club idea hasn't picked up here yet in Mexico, so unless you're willing to pay for a private trainer, your sport dreams are not going to happen. I don't have $400+ per month to spend on my dog's training, so I'll have to wait to get to Germany before we can join a Hundesportverein and get started. As Ashra has a very high prey drive and her favourite activity is biting the tug and obedience, I can't wait. I'm pretty sure she'll do quite well... and hopefully it will tire her out and stop her from trying to hunt/herd small dogs for a few days per week.