Well, the Animal Rights movement has been attacking pure bred dogs, and they will spread any lies that suit their goals which are now becoming way to well spread. To counter that, before breeds are lost, and quality is affected Fanciers (that would be dog show enthusiasts) are going to have to take some vocal action NOW before it is too late. Without dog shows, breeds would not look the way they do, Animal Rights nutcases think that is a good thing. They think selective breeding and showing has harmed dogs, but then Animal Rights people also think that man should not keep dogs as pets. They think dogs should live in the wild as wolves.
The fancy has to start being more inviting to the public. The Fancy has to realize that the overpopulation advertising that the AR camp is doing is a myth in many areas of the country they are actually importing dogs from off shore. However what is much more important is that people should have a right to have a dog of their choice, one that grows to look like they expected it to. The Fancy also has to start letting go of their puppies when they sell them. In the 70s when someone bought a dog, they had the ability to breed it without worrying about registration papers. AKC did not offer the limited option and many people who did not intend to show ended up breeding a litter or two and becoming interested. Dog shows were growing back then, since the limited registration came out the AKC lost 500 thousand registrants. Couple that with legislation proposed by HSUS and we need to allow people to raise AKC dogs now in hopes that the general public will defend their ability to raise a litter from their pet at home. Like it or not, that is the reality. In truth no one, not even Annie (who recently died) owns a breed. Individuals in a breed are owned, and it is time those that show and raise nice dogs let go of offspring and allow the new owner to own them. It is time that the Fancy seeks new owners who will not spay and neuter but who will carry on the breeds. That small change will have fanciers promoting dog shows, and involvement by owners. That small change would lead to saving the sport, and lessening the ridicule you asked about. I'm not sure if there is enough time to have an affect given how advanced the ARs have gotten, but unless that happens in 10 years the whole system as we have known it, will be gone.