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March 30, 2013 Subscribe

AKC Companion Event Extravaganza, plus Balancing Show Career and Parenthood

Editor Susan Chaney reports on the inaugural American Kennel Club Companion Events Extravaganza held earlier this month at the Expo Square in Tulsa, Okla. Nearly 1,700 dogs competed in obedience, agility and rally in one venue, and organizers are pleased with the first event of its kind for the AKC. Find a list of the top 10 scorers in the first ever AKC Rally National Competition’s four divisions.

Balancing a high-energy show career with producing the next generation of happy, healthy purebreds is a conundrum that many serious breeders must face. Two or three years spent on the road can leave a dog with little time for romance, but breeding programs – like shows – must go on. Blogger-In-Chief Billy Wheeler provides a few examples of dogs that have passed along their good genes even as they received the show ring’s highest accolades.

Be sure to check out our photo galleries, where you’ll find recent winners and candid photos from shows held near and far. Just click on Show Scene below the masthead banner, or select any of the images in the left-hand column of our home page.

Dan Sayers
Editor in Chief

Show or Breed or Both?
By Billy Wheeler

One of the real joys of writing my Dog Show Poop blog and this column here on Best In Show Daily is the opportunity to see the young dogs coming up in the show ring. I love it when I stumble across one of the offspring of a dog I had followed in previous seasons. Breeders spend entire lifetimes trying to produce that one perfect show specimen for their programs. more
 

First AKC Companion Events Extravaganza Draws 1,600-plus Dogs
By Susan Chaney

Almost 1,700 dogs, along with their owners, support teams and fans, descended on Tulsa, Okla., earlier this month for the inaugural American Kennel Club Companion Events Extravaganza, which combined obedience, agility and rally in one venue. more
 

 

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