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Evaluating Purebred Dogs, plus Expect the Unexpected

Senior Editor Christi McDonald introduces a new Best In Show Daily series today. As an avid student of purebred dogs, Christi knows that everyone in the sport – from judges and breeders to professional handlers and photographers – is involved in the complicated process of making informed evaluations. In this first installment, the relationship between structure and breed type is reviewed as step one toward becoming more adept at evaluating purebred dogs.

When it comes to traveling to shows big or small, DFR blogger Kayla Bertagnolli has come to expect the unexpected. Her recent visit to the Bahia Sur Kennel Club’s all-breed shows put her – and her camera – in perfect position to capture a pair of wonderful surprises. Find out about the heart-stopping moments our blogger will remember for a very long time.

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.

Dan Sayers
Editor in Chief

Evaluating Dogs – Part I: Soundness, Structure and Breed Type
By Christi McDonald

I don’t necessarily consider myself the most knowledgeable dog person in the world regarding every aspect of judging or evaluating dogs, or the best teacher. Numerous books and columns have been written about evaluating dogs, by some of the sport’s most knowledgeable people, including the likes of Anne Rogers Clark, Jane and Bob Forsyth, Pat Craige Trotter, Rachel Page Elliott, Rick Beauchamp, Robert Cole and others. These are among the most valuable learning tools you can find if you want to learn about dogs. more


Expect the Unexpected

By Kayla Bertagnolli

I’ve said it before and here I go saying it again: “Expect the unexpected.”

This past weekend I attended shows in Chula Vista, Calif., otherwise known as the Bahia Sur Kennel Club.

Now I knew these would be smaller shows – I was thinking maybe around 800 dogs each day. So when I finally got to the show site, I was kind of bummed out because it seemed even smaller than in previous years. more






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