Many more of us have working dogs and companion dogs than show dogs. Very few of us are terribly concerned with the show ring at all, and some of us will do our utmost to keep our breeds from being subsumed into the AKC or other mainstream show associations. Owning a show dog and handling a show dog are not necessarily tied together, either. You'll notice that it is a rarity for the owner of a top show dog to actually be handling the dog once it begins to make its way toward the top ranks. If you do want to show your dog, the most important part of choosing a breed is to choose a breed that you love and enjoy and want to live with - and can handle on a daily basis, as the best show dogs are also typically family dogs and are loved companions.