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Show Dogs: Mathematical Beauties?

Dog shows are sometimes criticized as being mere canine beauty pageants, self-aggrandizing spectacles where dogs are paraded around for the chance to win a blue ribbon and a title or two. To the uninitiated, the backstage bottles of hair spray and assorted flat irons certainly seem to suggest that physical beauty – or at least… read more


Breeder Buzzwords – The Brussels Griffon

In the 1997 film, “As Good as It Gets,” a little dog, named Verdell, manages to steal the show from his Academy Award-winning co-star. The tiny Toy is a Brussels Griffon, and the movie’s box office success introduced audiences to the charms of the delightfully energetic Belgian breed – very much at Jack Nicholson’s expense…. read more

Breeder Buzzwords – The Alaskan Malamute

Alaska occupies the northwestern corner of North America, where temperature extremes and harsh living conditions require a particular toughness of its inhabitants – both man and beast. It is in this challenging environment that one dog breed was developed for a life of heavy labor and subsistence living within isolated human societies – the Alaskan… read more

BISD Polls: Dog Show Attire, Consecutive Shows, Welcoming Newbies and Finding Majors

Each week Best In Show Daily asks readers to chime in on a topical dog-related question derived from a recently published article or blog. Today we’re taking a look at your views on lucky charms in the ring, the number of consecutive days you’re willing to show your dogs, the best way to welcome new… read more

Breeder Buzzwords – The Tibetan Terrier

Take a look at the Tibetan Terrier and you’re likely seeing one of the world’s oldest breeds of domesticated dog. Recent DNA analysis confirms its ancient roots on “The Roof of the World,” though legend and romance remain a large part of the breed’s biographical record. In “The Tibetan Terrier Book,” published in 1984 by… read more

Breeder Buzzwords – The Havanese

Four hundred years of isolation in Cuba led to the development of a charming little dog favored by the privileged families of this colonial island nation. Known originally as the Havana Silk Dog, the Havanese is one of several small, companionable breeds in the Bichon family that found its way from the Mediterranean Sea to… read more

Breeder Buzzwords – The American Water Spaniel

The “American Brown,” as the American Water Spaniel has been called, worked alongside market hunters on the lakes and rivers of the upper Midwest beginning in the 1880s, supplying game for sale to the public. The breed was developed as an all-purpose hunter, equally at home on land and in the water, and exceptionally equipped… read more

America’s Most Popular Dog Is the ‘Rescue’

Listen carefully. Eventually you will hear someone mention it. You might be standing in line at the supermarket checkout, waiting for a table at your favorite restaurant or listening to the local radio station. It can happen anywhere. Sooner or later you are likely to overhear someone within earshot talking about his or her new… read more

The Basenji is known as the “barkless dog,” although the breed makes a yodel-like sound when excited. Photo © Sergey Rusakov/Dreamstime.

Breeder Buzzwords – The Basenji

Central Africa has been the home of the Basenji for thousands of years. Since the time of the pharaohs, “the dog of the forest” has hunted alongside local peoples in the Ubangi-Uele basin, eking out a living in the heart of Africa. Research studies of canine DNA suggest the Basenji is one of the few… read more

BISD Polls: Nostalgia, Purebred Dog Welfare, Travel Plans and Dog Show Fun

Best In Show Daily readers can share their opinions with the dog world through our topical poll questions. Each week we ask readers to share their views on the widest range of dog-related topics, from training methods and veterinary practices, to presentation techniques and AKC policies and procedures. Today we’re taking a look at your… read more

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