In today’s reprise of Social Media Maven Pilar Kuhn’s interview with Joe Berkau, the popular all-breed handler shares his thoughts about how assisting noted professionals and being a junior handler laid the foundation for his career success. Listen in as Joe talks about how hard work and the right mentors can make all the difference in the world for young people with a passion for dogs.
The Borzoi is an aristocratic creature with a royal pedigree and a revolutionary history. As hunting companion to the tsars, the breed may well have gone the way of the Romanov family had it not been for a few well-chosen exports to the West. Discover how this Russian original survived a national rebellion to become an international icon of unmistakable elegance.
Many of this year’s top show dogs are featured in their own beautiful mini-websites on Best In Show Daily. Simply click on a banner ad to see the dog’s up-to-date show history, plus a slide show of photos that reveals exactly why it’s a top dog.
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Breeder Buzzwords – The Borzoi
By Dan Sayers
In the early 20th century, the impossibly elegant Borzoi became an icon of streamlined beauty and elegant efficiency. The breed formerly known as the Russian Wolfhound perfectly symbolized Western society’s desire to shake off old cultural confines in the aftermath of World War I.
Known as the Russkaya Psovaya Borzaya in its homeland, the Borzoi possesses a distinctive form that seems both ancient and modern. The breed’s strength and courage inspired the development of a national sport in tsarist Russia, and its utter loveliness served as muse for contemporary artists and sculptors following the Russian Revolution. more
Listen to Our Joe Berkau Interview
By Pilar Kuhn
Learn how all-breed handler Joe Berkau credits his mentors, as well as “a lot of hard work and not much sleep,” for his successful transformation from junior handler to Best in Show-winning professional. play