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March 10, 2013 Subscribe

Crufts’ Gundogs, plus the Buzz About Papillons

Senior Editors Bo Bengtson and Christi McDonald have news to report from the Gundog competition at Crufts. The popular Pointers, Setters, Retrievers and Spaniels had the rings all to themselves on Saturday, sharing the limelight with a few breeds rarely seen in the U.S., such as the Bracco Italiano and the Spanish Water Dog. Find out the name of the lucky Labrador that proved the very best of them all.

The energetic and elegant Papillon has been a companion to lord and lady for five centuries, at least. Immortalized in museum paintings from Amsterdam to Venice, the lively little “butterfly dog” is the living embodiment of the pampered pooches in Renaissance paintings. Read about the fluttering feature that gives the breed its delightful French nom.

Best In Show Daily invites you to share your knowledge and experience with our readers – among the most active participants in the dog game. If you’ve written an article you’d like to see published on Best In Show Daily or would like to pen one, please email me at dan@bestinshowdaily.

Dan Sayers
Editor in Chief

Breeder Buzzwords – The Papillon
By Dan Sayers

The royal houses of Europe were home to miniaturized dogs of many breeds, and perhaps none was more trusted as a canine-in-waiting than the Continental Toy Spaniel. So beloved was the little dog that court painters captured its likeness alongside those of kings and queens, and it is through these masterpieces that the legacy of the breed known throughout the world today as the Papillon has been preserved. more

Fancy That: Saturday at Crufts
By Christi McDonald

One event that I really enjoyed watching at Crufts 2013 – in addition to a thorough enjoyment of watching all of the Group judging – was the final Saturday of the Kennel Club Breeders’ Competition.

Michael Coad, partner to this year’s Best in Show judge Geoff Corish, judged the final of the Breeders’ Competition, which included about 40 teams of four dogs, each from one kennel or breeder. more

Crufts 2013: Gundogs on Day Three
By Bo Bengtson

Because the third day of Crufts features just one Group and there are far fewer breeds to watch, I decided to spend part of the day looking at the trade stands.

Yesterday I guessed that there must be over 500 of them, and I was right: I checked with a Kennel Club representative, who told me there are exactly 520 of them. more


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