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A Canine Alliance and the Apollo of Dogs

Best In Show Daily’s Senior Editor Christi McDonald reports on the newly formed “Canine Alliance,” a grassroots organization formed in the wake of this year’s Crufts dog show. On March 16, a large group of fanciers gathered in Birmingham, England, to discuss the fallout from this year’s requirement that 15 “high profile breeds” undergo veterinary examination before being allowed to compete in the Groups. Representing the views of breeders, exhibitors and judges in future negotiations with the Kennel Club, the new organization has adopted the motto, “Responsible for Pedigree Dogs.” Learn how the group voted to petition the Kennel Club to acknowledge that the system used at Crufts 2012 is flawed and find out how you can lend it your support.

In today’s Breeder Buzzwords, the “Apollo of Dogs” is profiled as a Colossus that inspires awe. Easily admired – even adored – the Great Dane is a sculpted tower of strength, dignity and elegance with a legion of devoted worshipers.

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Best In Show DailyGrassroots Movement Begins in Reaction to Crufts Barring Dogs from Competition
By Christi McDonald

On the evening of March 16, 2012, following the Crufts dog show, 320 fanciers gathered at the National Motorcycle Museum near the National Exhibition Center in Birmingham, England, to discuss the fallout from this year’s requirement that 15 “high-profile breeds” undergo veterinary examinations before being allowed to compete in the Groups. As most of our readers know, six of those Best of Breed winners were not approved to continue on to the Groups, including the Basset Hound, Bulldog, Clumber Spaniel, Mastiff, Neapolitan Mastiff and Pekingese.

The initial agenda for the meeting was, according to well-respected judge Andrew Brace, “to point out to the Kennel Club that the way the 15 breeds were targeted and humiliated at Crufts is unacceptable.” more

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Breeder Buzzwords – The Great Dane

By Dan Sayers
Breeders of purebred dogs speak a language all their own. Wherever they gather, at dog shows, seminars or in chat rooms, words and phrases are used that have very narrow definitions. Their usage makes it difficult for a novice to fully participate in the conversation, and all but impossible for the general public to follow along.

Much of the breeder’s language is derived from domesticated livestock or veterinary science. Veterans who’ve spent a lifetime perfecting their own family of purebreds use agricultural and medical terms with confidence. When noted breed authorities get together, the dialog that results can effortlessly span the broadest topics, although the words spoken will often have the narrowest of definitions. more

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