Not really. We'll still probably have to travel to find majors without waiting a long time. The problem for some of the clusters is you just don't KNOW whether there will be a major (there might be) until you've already entered and spent a lot of money over several days. Most of the clusters are at a venue about 2 hours from us. There is also the Cranberry Cluster on Cape Cod in Sept. But since that one is outdoors there is less chance of a major, especially on the week days. We do have several breeders in the area with puppies or young open dogs showing right now. They all owner handle, but they are all GOOD, and they are also very well known to the judges.
Panda still needs points though, of course, so the smaller numbers are OK too for now. He half brother (same litter, different sire) has been showing at the same shows as she has, but since their breeder put him with a handler, he has gone to SEVERAL shows that she hasn't gone to. He has done well, though, and has all the points he needs. SO now they just are on the hunt for majors. The breeder feels that the same judge isn't likely to like both of them equally, because they are quite different in type. He's a lot larger, Irish Pied sable with a lot of coat. She is a little tank, but a LITTLE tank. She's got her pretty B&W markings, and a lighter, silkier coat. She's also by far the flashier mover of the two.
Now their other show sibling is also in the ring. He started later than either Mynas or Panda, (also with the handler) and I'm not sure if he has any points yet. But he's also a very nice dog too.
The unknown of majors until the show is closed is a problem the few I mentioned have been running into. Our breeder has entered but not shown in three shows so as to not take away singles and doubles for those that actually need them. I understand the reasoning behind not displaying any info on the entry until later, but it sure would ease a burden
The problem we
will run into will be finding anything over a single. Because there are so many breeder-owners in the area, it's just Nino and Frankie locally for class dogs. It would take a weekend with two out-of-towners to bump it up to two points for them. We aren't in a hurry to finish him, so I'm not too irritated...it just may take awhile.
Nino and his littermate also have their differences (same parentage for them), though both are nice looking Havs. Frankie has a pound or two on him, and he's a bit longer with a different coat. It will be interesting to see how it grows out, because right now Nino is the one looking like the rest of the family. They have the same black and white, but Nino moves faster and with more of a jaunt (as long as he doesn't gallop...yikes). It's crazy how the breed varies, even from sibling to sibling. Like a box of chocolates, these guys
Presuming she's out of season within the next 2 or 3 weeks, when is your next show? We have just one weekend off before our next one on the 27th, and then things really start to heat up. Four within 6 or 7 weeks, and one of those is out of town (but we are still deciding on that one). Thank goodness it's something I enjoy.