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Seven Groups Still

The proposal to create 11 Groups from the existing seven was voted down by the AKC delegates at the March 13, 2012 Delegate’s Meeting. Best In Show Daily Editor Susan Chaney interviews AKC Group Realignment Committee Chair Dr. Tom Davies and learns that the two-thirds majority necessary to expand the Groups fell just 16 votes short of passing. Had the committee’s recommendation been approved, the Sporting, Hound and Working breeds would have been divided into smaller Groups, and several of the Non-Sporting breeds would have moved to other Groups. Find out how the proposed realignment was viewed by both detractors and supporters from within the dog show community.

In The Down and Back today, Social Media Maven Pilar Kuhn offers suggestions on finding just the right lead for your show dog. From nylon to leather – with or without bangles – the options available are sure to complement every exhibit, from the loveliest of hounds to the heaviest of heavyweight contenders.

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AKC Delegates Say ‘No’ to Group Realignment
By Susan Chaney

American Kennel Club delegates voted down a proposal to split the existing seven Groups into 11 that would have mainly affected the Sporting, Hound and Working Groups.

With three new delegates elected and seated earlier in the quarterly delegates meeting on March 13, the recommendation of a special 4-year-old committee was defeated by a vote of 231 to 165. The amendments to “Rules Applying to Dog Shows” required a two-thirds vote. If 16 delegates had voted “yes,” rather than “no,” it would have passed, says AKC Group Realignment Committee Chair Dr. Tom Davies. more

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Breeds and Their Leads

By Pilar Kuhn
Any trip around the vendor booths at a dog show reveals racks and racks of collars and leashes. Every exhibitor has to find just the right collar with the correct weight and construction necessary to present each dog effectively. Once a collar is selected, choosing the leash is just as important.

Rescos seem to be quite popular with Terriers and Toy breeds. These simple, wax-coated, cotton leads, with their adjustable pinch clasps, curl up comfortably in your hand after they’ve been broken in. It’s also nice to slip the lead over your dog’s head and use the noose as a collar. Resco Cordo-hyde show leads are available in black, white, mahogany (dark brown) and tan to complement any dog’s coat color. more

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