Crufts, Pet Travel Scheme and Living Sculptures
Today’s Best In Show Daily begins a celebration of the world’s largest dog show, Crufts. Senior Editor Christi McDonald takes readers back to the show’s beginning in 1891, through the twentieth century when entries climbed to well beyond 25,000, and into the modern era where the Pet Travel Scheme has opened the winner’s circle to an astounding array of foreign competitors. A chance to win this crown jewel on the international show scene will very likely continue to draw the greatest show dogs from around the world. In Pilar Kuhn’s podcast, she introduces you to Joan Weiskopf, an extraordinary breeder who combines her considerable talents to create everything from an all-natural canine nutritional supplement to the Bedlington Terriers she describes as “living sculptures.”
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How Crufts Turned Into an International Show
By Christi McDonald
Crufts, held each year in March in Great Britain, is billed as the world’s largest dog show, and most years that is, indeed, true. A time or two over the past half-dozen years, the entry at the FCI World Dog Show may have surpassed that at Crufts, but the show that celebrates its 121st event this year, if not always strictly the largest numerically, is considered by many to be the grandest.
For so many years, the dog show founded in 1891 by Charles Crufts has been the pride of the British dog show world and beloved by the average British citizen as well. Its first show drew about 2,000 dogs, but by 1936 it had grown to over 10,600 dogs entered in 80 breeds. more
“Living sculptures” is how Bedlington Terrier breeder Joan Weiskopf describes the dogs with which she’s been involved since the mid-’70s. In today’s podcast, Pilar Kuhn finds out what it is this Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine graduate with a master’s degree in art admires about her breed. She also finds out how thinking and breeding independently have been the secrets to Joan’s success, as well as what led her to develop Nutri-Stix, an all-natural nutritional supplement designed to boost the immune system of dogs with busy travel schedules. more