We have this award here in Australia. Obviously it works in a different manner, but it was intraduced for exactly the same reason the AKC is introducing it… I.E. To encourage the better dogs of the breed to remain in the ring.
Actually, the GC in AKC shows has nothing to do with quality.
It is solely for the revenue it can possibly generate.
Quite frankly, I think it is rubbish.
A dog can get a GC having NEVER won a Best of Breed!
Seriously… if the dog is that good, it should at least win some BOBs.
No, it may not be a dog being campaigned,
but why should they get a higher title without attaining something golden ???
As it is, if a class dog wins breed, they can't count those points towards the GC, as they aren't yet finished.
I agree with Lisa... why spend y money as point fodder for someone campaigning and wanting the numbers of rankings? Might as well use that money on me or my dogs elsewhere!