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As to the CCA, I agree it is an extremely valuable teaching tool, but I also think it is a valuable tool for breeding decisions.
From what HVgoldens posted about the CCA program taken from the GRCA website
The purposes of the CCA program are to (a) provide a noncompetitive
means of evaluating and scoring the conformation
qualities of individual Golden Retrievers against the Breed
Standard (as opposed to a competitive “dog-to-dog” comparison
as in dog show competition).
If someone (i.e., Me) has a Golden that is not a show type dog, or even if they are from show lines but has something about them that would mean they are not likely to win in the ring (for example, my girl has what the CCA evaluators considered a "working" coat, which is perfectly acceptable in the standard, but realistically would not win in the ring), but they want have an independent certification that that dog does conform to the standard before they decide, or to help them decide, if they want to breed their dog.
In addition, although a passing score in the CCA is 75 from three evaluators (yes there are other restrictions in that score), a dog can get three 75s or they can get three 99s, so there is a way to get more information about how closely a dog conforms to the standard through the CCA.
Finally, to the point that some dogs people do not think should pass do pass since evaluators do not fail dogs, that is a problem with the evaluator and as time goes by with the club that asks that evaluator to be part of their CCA evaluation. When my girl got her CCA, maybe a third of the dogs that day passed. Granted, the evaluators were known as being sticklers and not at all likely to pass a dog to prevent hurting someone's feelings. One dog failed the temperament portion of the test due to timidity during the individual evaluations.
In short, I think the CCA program is an amazing educational program, but it CAN also be useful as a tool to independently evaluate potential breeding dogs.
Note, although my girl did pass her CCA, I decided not to breed her.
Carolyn (A.K.A. Aunt Care) and
Creekwood Tanglefoot Selchie CD, RN, AX, AXJ, CGC, CCA, (A.K.A. Selli-Belle) Golden
Valentine Byrd McDuff (A.K.A. Duffy) Golden/Sheltie
Tanglefoot Autumn Dexter CGC (My Heart Dog at the Bridge) Golden