but what are the chances that a really young puppy in BBE is going to win against a more mature dog in that same class? It's more of a curiosity to me considering I'm not eligible for BBE anyway (although Zoni is).
Well at Potomac, Liyah's brother won from BBE and went on to be Winner's Dog - and he was just a few days past 6 months (it was his first show). Needless to say, he beat dogs that were fully mature adults even though he was so young. I think it was a 5 point major. Another brother of hers just did the same thing (4 point major) at another show. If I were a breeder, I would think that I would want my puppies in BBE - especially if I thought they were very nice - but what do I know.
FWIW, Liyah's breeders have been deciding what classes she should be in (and balancing it with her siblings) - since I have had to take a less active role because of health issues with my father.