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# of dogs running FT

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I just got my RFTN yesterday. It listed some statistics from 2006. Is that info correct?!?!?!?!? It showed over 15,000 running in Open alone. I was astounded. Just because we have all been watching the Westminster pageant, it raised the question for me, how many dogs compete in the bench venues? I cant believe that there are that many field trialers out there, not to mention the hunt testers, and the ones in the show ring are considered the bench mark for the retriever breeds. Does anyone here know the numbers for the dog show world? Just curious.
Meaningless trivia regards.......
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Ok, I see where the 15,000 # came from. But is there any way to determine how many dogs are involved in FT altogether, (not just placing)? I am really curious now to see how the number of FT'ers compare to show dogs.
Granddaddy said:
Steve Amrein said:
.... the numbers do take a bit of the fun out of it. ....

Want to take the fun out of it or make it even more of a challenge? Take the top 20-25 FT pros in the US, deduct all the dogs they field title or train that receive amateur field titles, then look at how many field titles there are left for the rest of us that train & handle our own dogs. :shock:


Look at it another way, consider what an achievement it really is for an amateur to train and handle his dog to a field title much less a nat'l title. :wink:
'scuze me but I love that. Too often it looks like us owner/trainers are discouraged from our goal. I do love where this thread has gone, but my original question was how do the competition dogs compare to the show dogs in numbers. Does what we saw at Westminster really represent a majority of the "active" retriever folks?
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