Tricky Ricky Wins World Challenge

THE AFFENPINSCHER from Indonesia who won the Fédération Cynologique Internationale World Show at Helsinki topped the eighth Eukanuba World Challenge last Saturday evening. Ch Tricky Ricky from Yarrow-Hi-Tech was the choice of Jorgen Hindse, FCI Europe president and president of the Danish Kennel Club. He is owned by Jongkie Budiman of Indonesia with Mieke Cooijmans… read more


Pugs Are Here To Stay

We are on the cusp of a house move and we’ve been spending our last few weekends in Dorset revisiting our favourite places… one last time. One of these special places is Swanage – a little coastal town known as ‘Knollsea’ in Thomas Hardy’s The Hand of Ethelberta, perfectly described by him as being a… read more

The Monkeys Are Coming To The Palm Springs Cluster

All Toy dog owners know that great things do come in small packages. Take the Affenpinscher for example… They are “faster than a speeding bullet” (ask any agility competitor). They are “able to leap tall buildings in a single bound” (especially when you are eating something that they want). They are “more powerful than a… read more


Breeder Buzzwords – The Brussels Griffon

In the 1997 film, “As Good as It Gets,” a little dog, named Verdell, manages to steal the show from his Academy Award-winning co-star. The tiny Toy is a Brussels Griffon, and the movie’s box office success introduced audiences to the charms of the delightfully energetic Belgian breed – very much at Jack Nicholson’s expense…. read more

Breeder Buzzwords – The Havanese

Four hundred years of isolation in Cuba led to the development of a charming little dog favored by the privileged families of this colonial island nation. Known originally as the Havana Silk Dog, the Havanese is one of several small, companionable breeds in the Bichon family that found its way from the Mediterranean Sea to… 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

Breeder Buzzwords – The Toy Fox Terrier

Bigger is not always better in dogs, especially among the companion and Toy breeds that provide canine comfort in small doses. Scaled down versions of familiar breeds, such as Spaniels and Greyhounds, have delighted fanciers for millennia. From Beijing to Boston, diminutive dogs provide solace and entertainment for people of every class. In the U.S.,… read more

Breeder Buzzwords – The Maltese

Domestic dogs descended over millennia in various parts of the world from wolves, and the relationship of some purebreds with their ancient ancestors is easy to recognize even today. What’s less obvious is the pedigree that connects the wildest of canines to the little white dogs that have inhabited various islands around the world for… read more


Breeder Buzzwords – The Papillon

The royal houses of Europe were home to miniaturized dogs of many breeds, and perhaps none was more trusted as a canine-in-waiting than the Continental Toy Spaniel. So beloved was the little dog that court painters captured its likeness alongside those of kings and queens, and it is through these masterpieces that the legacy of… read more


Breeder Buzzwords – The Silky Terrier

What do you get when you cross an Australian Terrier with a Yorkshire Terrier? Well, during the turn of the last century, dog lovers Down Under discovered the answer in their search to improve color in the former through introductions of the latter. The active canine companion that resulted is the spirited little dog known… read more

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