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One Step Closer to My Goal

Four years ago, when I aged out of Junior Showmanship, I was determined to become a Juniors judge so I could always stay connected to this aspect of the sport. Unfortunately, life got in the way of my plans about as quickly as I imagined them. Now, nearly four years later, I’m finally able to… read more

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Breeder Buzzwords – The Rough Collie

Breeders of purebred dogs speak a language all their own. Wherever they gather, at dog shows, seminars or in chat rooms, words and phrases are used that have very narrow definitions. Their usage makes it difficult for a novice to fully participate in the conversation, and all but impossible for the general public to follow… read more

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

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. The American Kennel Club currently recognizes… read more

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Breeder Buzzwords – The Great Dane

The Greek God of the Sun, Apollo, is most-often depicted as a virile young man riding a chariot into battle. It is fitting, therefore, that the breed we know as the Great Dane should be given the designation, “the Apollo of dogs.” In appearance, the Dane is something of a god, indeed. It is one… read more

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Who Runs the AKC Dog Sport? A Beginning Look at the AKC Delegates

If you’ve ever wondered who makes decisions about how our sport and our kennel club are run, the AKC delegate body is, technically speaking, the answer. Almost 5,000 American Kennel Club-affiliated clubs offer conformation, obedience, agility, hunting or other performance events, but just over 500 of those are AKC member clubs. Each member club is… read more

Breeder Buzzwords – The Irish Terrier

Breeders of purebred dogs speak a language all their own. Wherever they gather, at dog shows, seminars or in chat rooms, words and phrases are used that have very narrow definitions. Their usage makes it difficult for a novice to fully participate in the conversation, and all but impossible for the general public to follow… read more

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Breeder Buzzwords – The Chinese Shar-Pei

DNA analysis indicates that the Shar-Pei is one of the world’s most ancient dog breeds. Apparently a few thousand years is enough time for the distinguishing characteristics of this Chinese original to become firmly established. Originating in the Guangdong province of Southern China, the breed became known to most Westerners through a 1979 cover photo… read more

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Breeder Buzzwords – The Afghan Hound

Breeders of purebred dogs speak a language all their own. Wherever they gather, at dog shows, seminars or in chat rooms, words and phrases are used that have very narrow definitions. Their usage makes it difficult for a novice to fully participate in the conversation, and all but impossible for the general public to follow… read more

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A Perfect Match – Puppies and New Exhibitors

When I began showing my first dog, I would take her to handling classes at my local all-breed club. Every Thursday night, about a dozen owners would gather to work on our presentation skills while giving our puppies time to socialize with people and other dogs. Class, held in a church auditorium, was organized much… read more

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‘Dogs Decoded’: A Greater Bond Than We Ever Imagined

The February program at our kennel club meeting was a viewing of the PBS show, “Dogs Decoded.” Although an avid follower of research surrounding the canine-human bond, I had not seen this program. Now that I have, I want everyone who loves dogs to see it as well. The show was released in 2010, and… read more

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