Bill Shelton Podcast and the Buzz About Westies
“A breeder in essence” is how Bill Shelton describes himself in today’s podcast with Pilar Kuhn. The master breeder of Coventry Pembroke Welsh Corgis has, together with partner Steve Leyerly, established a singular family of dogs recognized the world over. Although he began in the sport with Dobermans and established a successful career as a professional handler, his desire to become a breeder eventually led him to the little farm dog for which he is best known. In the first of three podcasts, listen in as Bill speaks candidly about the little dogs with the big dog mentality, the proliferation of dog shows today, and why he believes all show clusters are not created equal.
The West Highland White Terrier is a determined and devoted companion defined by its unique color. In today’s Breeder Buzzwords, the beguiling Westie is profiled as a relentless ratter that knows how to turn on the charm. Gregarious and self-assured, there is much to warrant the breed’s popularity since its recognition just over a century ago. Discover what makes this attractive Scotsman a much-desired companion on both sides of the Atlantic.
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Bill Shelton Podcast with Pilar: Part One
By Pilar Kuhn
Bill Shelton tells Social Media Maven Pilar Kuhn that he always wanted to be a dog breeder. His ambition was achieved through the celebrated Coventry Pembroke Welsh Corgis for which he and his partner Steve Leyerly have become known throughout the dog world. In part one of three podcasts, Bill talks about his breed’s usefulness as a farm dog – and its big dog mentality – and he shares several pointed suggestions for show chairs looking to increase entries at their conformation events. A lovely show site is one thing, but nothing compares with a judging panel that can deliver on its promise of major wins across multiple breeds. play
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