The Labrador Retriever Club of Potomac
If you love your Labrador Retriever, you may want to join the Labrador Retriever Club of Potomac in Maryland. The club holds a spring and fall specialty show, retriever hunt tests, obedience trials, rally trials, CGC testing, and informal matches. To learn more, visit their website. You can also view their social media pages to keep up with the latest in the breed.
The LRCP is home to one of the most prestigious labrador dog shows in the country. They have over 1,200 top-rated Labs competing at their annual shows. The Westminster Kennel Club will also be in attendance, which makes this event one of the most highly-regarded single-breed dogs shows in the world. The club’s annual show culminates in the Best of Show, with judges from across the world.
This prestigious event draws just shy of a thousand Labs, making it a regional specialty show. Normally, the Potomac club holds about twice the number of entries as a national specialty show. A Best of Breed winner from the Potomac Labrador Club of Potomac is GCH. HYSPIRE GHOSTSTONE A TOUGH NUT TO CRACK, a daughter of Lakeside Memoir Of Gallivant CGC TKN and the breeders are Judy Chambers and Vonnie Russell.
The club is also home to a Top Twenty event.
At the Top Twenty gala, the top twenty dogs from the previous two years are recognized. This event helps support the AKC Canine Health Foundation, and proceeds from the event go to the foundation. The Top Twenty is usually only held at national specialties, and this event is unique because it is the only local Top Twenty event in the region. The LRC of Potomac has a full list of events.
The LRC has added a height disqualification to their standard because of the concerns of some breeders. Dogs in the championships often did not meet the standard height ranges. The defendants argue that height standards are not unique. They cite nearly 100 AKC breeds with height standards, including all 24 sporting breeds. Of those, only 6 have height disqualifications. So, while the LRC may have had some legal challenges regarding this decision, the Labrador Retriever Club of Potomac has a very good chance of prevailing in this case.
The Plaintiffs assert irreparable injury and loss of goodwill. In support of this assertion, the Plaintiffs submitted numerous affidavits stating that they did not have the original championship stock status of their dogs. Moreover, the owners of Original Championship Stock Labrador Retrievers testified under oath under penalty of perjury that they would not sell their dogs without the championship stock.
While these lawsuits are not against the Labrador Retriever Club of Potomac, it is an attempt by the AKC to prevent the breed from becoming a national champion.
To win a championship, a dog must meet the AKC standard for the breed and compete in conformation events. As a result, they are much more expensive than non-stock Labrador Retrievers.
The spring show is the largest single breed specialty in the world. Typically, it attracts more than 2,000 entries and is known by dog fanciers throughout the world. The show includes various events including the B Match competition, Judges’ education, Junior Showmanship, Trick Dog, and International Night. The club’s spring show was recently named the Best Specialty Show in 2019 by Dog News. It is a fantastic opportunity to participate in a competitive environment and make new friends.
As the plaintiffs argue, the 1993 study by the Labrador Retriever Club of Potomac Specialty Show of 341 dogs was invalid. This study also found that 69% of the bitches and 43% of the dogs competing in the show fell outside the AKC’s Revised Standard. They further contend that the percentage of disqualifications at shows has increased since the Revised Standard was implemented.