Irish Water Spaniel Club of America 2015 National Specialty Report

The Irish Water Spaniel Club of America held their annual specialty at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Warwick, Rhode Island in late May. Many other clubs have had shows staged at this facility and with good reason. Aside from the close proximity to the airport, there are ample grounds for just about anything you can… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – "Video Killed the Radio Star"

A most interesting comment was made to me at this year’s GWPCA national. I was shooting the breeze with a group of friends, most of whom I’ve known and respected for years. I said, “So, Ed, what’d you see that you liked.” He took off his hat and scratched his head and said, “Meh, nothing… read more

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Poole and The Labrador

I live very close to Poole, which features heavily in the very popular ‘Harbour Lives’ series presented by Ben Fogle and, predictably, we once again get to hear about the “beautiful unspoilt beaches, stunning landscape, the (often rare) wildlife that abounds and of course we hear about the wealthy denizens of that overpriced and (in… read more

A Honey of a Time – The IWSCA National Specialty Comes to the Bee Hive State

There are times when an IWS comes along who is so special she cannot be denied. That she started as a pet (“Riley Peach”), was bred by two accomplished breeders, is co-owned both by a family new to the breed and the most successful IWS breeder of all time, and is handled by the world’s… read more

Crufts Day Four – Gundogs, Police Demonstration and Freestyle

By far, the biggest group was the Gundog Group with 28 breeds to judge and a total of 5025 dogs. Some breeds are split up in dogs and bitches as there are just too many of them. This group holds some of the most popular breeds like the Retrievers. The Golden Retrievers outnumbered all other… read more

Breeder Buzzwords – The Entlebucher Mountain Dog

The Entlebucher Mountain Dog, also known as the Entlebucher Cattle Dog and the Entlebucher Sennenhund, is one of four Sennenhund (herding dogs) developed in the Swiss Alps. The Entlebucher, Appenzeller Sennenhund, Bernese Mountain Dog and Greater Swiss Mountain Dog are all tri-colored dogs originally put to work on dairy farms throughout several Swiss communities. Entlebuch… read more

The Guisachan Gathering 2013

A sea of 222 Golden Retrievers, their owners and enthusiasts descended on a derelict old building in a remote part of the Highlands of Scotland. But it was not just any old building, it is the remains of Guisachan House, the iconic birthplace of the breed. The Golden Retriever Club of Scotland (GRCS) hosted a… read more

Breeder Buzzwords – The American Water Spaniel

The “American Brown,” as the American Water Spaniel has been called, worked alongside market hunters on the lakes and rivers of the upper Midwest beginning in the 1880s, supplying game for sale to the public. The breed was developed as an all-purpose hunter, equally at home on land and in the water, and exceptionally equipped… read more

Breeder Buzzwords – The Cocker Spaniel

The American Spaniel Club Inc. predates the American Kennel Club by three years. Founded in 1881, the organization originally began to promote the interests of all sporting Spaniels, and eventually became the parent club of one of the world’s most beloved of all dog breeds – the (American) Cocker Spaniel. Spanyells were first mentioned in… read more

Boykin Spaniel. Photo © Boykin Spaniel Club and Breeders Association of America.

It’s a Great Day to Celebrate Our American-Made Breeds

The United States is sometimes referred to as a cultural melting pot, a place where immigrants from around the world come together to form an entirely original society. Although this metaphor has been challenged in recent years, it cannot be denied that America’s roots stretch in the direction of every nation on Earth. The migration… read more

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