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September 13, 2013  Subscribe

Moving from FSS to Miscellaneous, plus ‘Are You Guilty?’

New breeds seem to enter AKC rings much more frequently than they did, say, 20 years ago. If you’ve never been in one of those breeds when it happened, you’ve surely wondered just how it comes about. Senior Editor Christi McDonald explains it all, in a reprise of an article she wrote last year on the topic. We find the whole process fascinating, and we think you will too.

Although DFR Blogger Kayla Bertagnolli wrote about over-handling as it applies to the Junior Showmanship crowd, her point can be applied to almost any dog show class in America. Could you, an adult, possibly be guilty of over-handling your dog? Kayla taps into the thoughts of Amy Rutherford, Jenny Rangel and Bill McFadden for advice on showing your dog to its very best advantage. See if you need a little handling adjustment.

Each week we ask readers to share their opinions on a topic of interest to breeders, exhibitors and dog lovers everywhere. Everyone has an opinion, right? Here’s a chance to chime in. Just go to the right-hand column of our home page at, and let us know what you think!

Susan Chaney

How a Breed Moves from AKC’s FSS to the Miscellaneous Class
By Christi McDonald

How often do you see a breed of dog that you can’t quite identify? There are well over 300 recognized breeds of dogs in the world, and today it seems that American dog show enthusiasts are more likely than ever to come across a purebred dog unfamiliar to them. more

Don’t Be an Over-Handler
By Kayla Bertagnolli

Every single time I have the chance to actually sit down and watch Junior Showmanship judging, I learn something. I might be introduced to something new or reminded of something old, or maybe I’ll see a judging style that I think should really be talked about. more


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