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Frank Kane Celebrated, Aristocrats Spotlighted

The world-famous Crufts dog show begins this week, and Senior Editor Christi McDonald introduces Best In Show Daily readers to Frank Kane, the man assigned to select this year’s Best in Show winner. As a breeder, exhibitor, judge, author, teacher and administrator, he is well-known to the British dog fancy and has become something of a celebrity worldwide as a popular television commentator for Crufts. Find out why this judge’s opinion is so highly regarded in show rings around the world. And in Breeder Buzzwords, the dignified and aloof Afghan Hound is spotlighted as the aristocratic “King of Dogs” that never fails inspire awe.

Dan Sayers
Editor in Chief


Best In Show DailyRaising Kane…to Become the Crufts 2012 Best in Show Judge

By Christi McDonald

The judge assigned to select the 2012 Best in Show winner at Crufts, the world’s largest dog show, is Frank Kane, who hails from the north of England. Well-known to those in the British dog show world as a breeder, exhibitor, judge, author, teacher, administrator, he is also as a bit of a celebrity, as he has for years been a popular television commentator for Crufts.

Kane has an enviable background in dogs, particularly considering that he didn’t come from a dog show family. When he was a boy, his family participated in horse and pony shows, and one day when on the show grounds he wandered from the horses to where dogs were being shown. Cockers (English, to Americans) happened to be in the ring. The young man was captivated, and that single incident set him on a path that he has followed for decades. more

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Best In Show DailyBreeder Buzzwords – The Afghan Hound
By Dan Sayers

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

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