Do you ever wonder if there is a breed club where there are
no politics? After considerable research on the subject, I would
venture to say that there is no such dog breed club in existence.
Regardless of the total population size of individual breeds, you
really cannot escape coping with breed politics So.....how can one
survive ? Basically, anywhere you have a group of people with
conflicting personalities, you are sure to come across politics.
The solution to surviving breed politics may be simpler than you
First you have a decision to make. Are you going to participate or
not? If you choose not to participate then you will most likely start
to lose favor with fellow owners and your personal image may suffer.
You may have a winning champion kennel, but your lack of
willingness to deal with current politics might influence your
image more than you think.
If you have decided to participate, you will usually be much happier
and come to realize that you can thrive despite all of the politics.
Many owners have confided to me that they do not wish to become
involved in politics, and only want to breed and show their PONS.
Consider the following points:
If you have many relatives, ask yourself this question. Do you need to
deal with conflict in your family? If you are married, do you have
differences of opinion with your spouse? The fact is that when
you have a group of people that interact, personality conflicts arise.
People with stronger personalities often have their own agenda and
will not think twice about stomping over people to make sure their
agenda is followed.
First of all, decide you are going to play the game, but not sell your
You should never compromise your integrity or sell yourself short when
dealing with the political forces. Here are some things to help you
start thinking about how you might “play” and be happier.
Always strive to maintain integrity. People can spot someone with
integrity a mile away and are attracted to the qualities that someone
with integrity possesses.
Stay away from gossiping. If that local dog show is the place where
the griping goes on, show your PON and then become busy and
Do not be afraid of politically powerful people among breeders. The
reality is that people who carry a lot of political clout are almost
always welcoming to owners who feel comfortable talking to them
directly about breed issues. You will find that most politically
oriented people like to be challenged on their own terms.
Consider forming a relationship with political players. E-mail or call
them in order to get to know them. If you have a solution to PON breed
issues, feel free to talk about it with fellow PON breeders and
get their opinions.
When discussions become hot and the accusations start flying, do not
get sucked into the argument. If it goes on, simply be quiet or leave.
If asked later why you left, be completely honest and say that you
felt the discussion was unprofessional and that you had nothing to
contribute in a hostile atmosphere.
Stay positive in all situations. If everything appears negative in a
situation, take the high road and stay solution oriented. If someone
tries to engage you in negative activity, simply say that you have
nothing to say unless the discussion becomes constructive.
Express your opinions, but avoid being obnoxious. Be confident in your
abilities and view yourself as an important contributor. You need to
develop a good self image which will not go unnoticed.
Avoid becoming emotional. If you are confronted about something, state
facts and never raise your voice or reveal your true feelings.
Generally speaking, you should not avoid PON politics. In contrast, you
should learn to effectively participate with no compromise.