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I've not heard of this breeder before. Maybe they are new, as they don't list any champions. Are they currently showing any dogs? They seem to be a Hobby/BYB to me, but I may be mistaken. Good luck.
 

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I've not heard of this breeder before. Maybe they are new, as they don't list any champions. Are they currently showing any dogs? They seem to be a Hobby/BYB to me, but I may be mistaken. Good luck.
They do have several champions, they just list them differently. It's listed as Ritzy's Champion xxxx instead of Champion Ritzy XXX

I personally have had no experience, good or bad, with this breeder but I am familiar with several of the dogs in their breeding program.
 

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They do have several champions, they just list them differently. It's listed as Ritzy's Champion xxxx instead of Champion Ritzy XXX

I personally have had no experience, good or bad, with this breeder but I am familiar with several of the dogs in their breeding program.
Is it possible to have Champion be part of the name, possibly misleading people into believing it's a champion when it isn't? Or is there an AKC rule against that?
 

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Is it possible to have Champion be part of the name, possibly misleading people into believing it's a champion when it isn't? Or is there an AKC rule against that?
Hey that is a really good question! i had to look up the answer because I wasn't 100% sure but this is what the akc says

Words and phrases that may not be included in a dog's name:
Champion, champ, sieger or any other AKC title or show term, either spelled out or abbreviated.
Obscenities and words derogatory to any race, creed or nationality or transliterations of such words.
Kennel(s), male, stud, sire, bitch, dam and female.
Breed names alone.
There are no restrictions on arabic (1, 2, 3), cardinal (one, two, three) and ordinal (first, second, third) numbers that are spelled out.


The champions on Ritzys site are champions of record though, i know that for a fact. I like that the pedigrees are listed on her site - I have more than one relative here!
 

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Hey that is a really good question! i had to look up the answer because I wasn't 100% sure but this is what the akc says

Words and phrases that may not be included in a dog's name:
Champion, champ, sieger or any other AKC title or show term, either spelled out or abbreviated.
Obscenities and words derogatory to any race, creed or nationality or transliterations of such words.
Kennel(s), male, stud, sire, bitch, dam and female.
Breed names alone.
There are no restrictions on arabic (1, 2, 3), cardinal (one, two, three) and ordinal (first, second, third) numbers that are spelled out.


The champions on Ritzys site are champions of record though, i know that for a fact. I like that the pedigrees are listed on her site - I have more than one relative here!
Really good to know! Thanks for looking that up :)
 

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I've chatted with her many times when I was looking for a malt. She was GREAT and I learned a lot about maltese from her. We talked on the phone for over an hour sometimes. She didn't have puppies at the time I was looking and her dogs didn't have the "look" I was hoping for so I didn't go with her. Nothing against her or her dogs, they're beautiful!
 

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I was confused about the names of her dogs too but if you look at some of the pedigrees she has listed you can see what their registered names are.

I know it's something that will never be agreed upon but to me a "hobby" breeder is what I want. "Professional breeder" to me, means that is their profession (how they make a living). I want to buy from someone that breeds on a small scale and barely breaks even. Not someone who is pretty much a commercial breeder (puppymill). I wouldn't be to quick to assume "hobby" is synonimous w/ BYB.
 

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I was confused about the names of her dogs too but if you look at some of the pedigrees she has listed you can see what their registered names are.

I know it's something that will never be agreed upon but to me a "hobby" breeder is what I want. "Professional breeder" to me, means that is their profession (how they make a living). I want to buy from someone that breeds on a small scale and barely breaks even. Not someone who is pretty much a commercial breeder (puppymill). I wouldn't be to quick to assume "hobby" is synonimous w/ BYB.

I didn't think that show breeders labeled themselves as hobby breeders, excuse my ignorance.
 

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I call myself a 'small hobby show breeder.' Suzan, I wouldn't call yourself ignorant! I don't think I knew that before I started showing, etc. I think I assumed that bybers called themselves 'hobby breeders' to make themselves sound better and they still might.
 

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I call myself a 'small hobby show breeder.' Suzan, I wouldn't call yourself ignorant! I don't think I knew that before I started showing, etc. I think I assumed that bybers called themselves 'hobby breeders' to make themselves sound better and they still might.
Yes, I think they might, as when I was looking for a puppy I ran across several BYB's that called themselves Hobby Breeders.
 

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Actually, you're right. I think I've come across some BYBers who call themselves hobby breeders also.
They sometimes call themselves show breeders too. Despite having only one ch. or having not shown in many years.

All of these titles do not really tell enough of a story.
 

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I didn't think that show breeders labeled themselves as hobby breeders, excuse my ignorance.
I understand completely, Suzan. I belong to a large Yorkie forum and all the BYB's who home raise their puppies refer to themselves as "hobby" breeders. They can't call themselves show breeders and they don't want to be lumped in with backyard breeders who actually raise their puppies in their backyard or puppy mills.

Over there, it means "I don't want to spend the time & $ on showing, so breeding is just a hobby." It puts them in a category somewhere above byb's, but below show breeders.
 
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