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March 20, 2013 Subscribe

The Practice of Inbreeding, plus Shows Closing March 27, 2013

Senior Editor Bo Bengtson addresses the practice of inbreeding in purebred dogs by taking a look at the pedigrees of some of the big winners at Crufts this year. The systematic breeding of livestock – including dogs – originated in Britain centuries ago, but the Kennel Club no longer condones the pairing of close relatives. Learn the definition of “first degree relatives,” and discover its impact on the past, present and future of the dog sport.

“Dogs, dog shows and dog people have so much to offer.” So says Senior Editor Christi McDonald in her summary of the many and varied activities scheduled at shows closing next week. Welcoming all dog lovers to our events is especially important these days, and many clubs are going above and beyond to attract spectators and exhibitors. Find out what’s being offered at upcoming events in Northern California, Central Pennsylvania and down in Atlanta.

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

Among the Shows Closing March 27, 2013
By Christi McDonald

I often tell you about my favorite shows, and among those closing next Wednesday is another cluster I’ve really enjoyed attending over the years, primarily because it’s a great place to watch Terriers. This group of shows doesn’t have a name, but on Thursday and Friday, April 11 and 12, 2013, in Sacramento, Calif., there will be back-to-back Northern California Terrier Association shows as well as specialties for about a half-dozen other breeds, followed by two all-breed shows. more

Inbreeding: A Force for Good – or a Skeleton in Our Closet?
By Bo Bengtson

A lot of people in Great Britain heaved a deep sigh of relief when they realized that our Westminster Best in Show winner, the feisty Affenpinscher GCh. Banana Joe v. Tani Kazari, would not be going to Crufts this year. This had nothing to do with anyone being afraid of the competition: I have no idea what the preferences of the breed and Group judges might have been, but I’m sure everyone – British and Americans alike – would have enjoyed watching Joe put on his usual show in the big ring at Crufts. more


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The Back Story
Billy Wheeler
The Bottom Line
Bo Bengtson
Karl Donvil
Kayla Bertagnolli
Dog Show Poop
Billy Wheeler

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