500 Corgis Take Over San Fran Beach – Corgi Con

It’s definitely time to move west. While East Coast beaches are seeing a wave of shark attacks, San Francisco beaches are being overrun by a much less frightening creature—the Corgi. On June 27, Ocean Beach in San Francisco hosted the semi-annual Corgi Con, which welcomed about 500 adorable dogs. Some wore costumes, others played games… read more

A Day in Doggie History for the Pyrenean Shepherd

This past Saturday marked a day in doggie history, with the first ever Pyrenean Shepherd winning Best in Show. This historic event took place at the Erie Kennel Club show in Erie, Pennsylvania where judge David Anthony named GCH CH La Brise Sun Bear, the Pyrenean Shepherd, top dog. Pyrenean Shepherds like Sunny Bear are… read more


Controversy at the Sheltie Ring

I HAD a couple of subjects in mind to write about this week then something happened at Southern Counties at the weekend that reminded me of that famous quotation by Shaw, or was it Wilde? That Britain and America are two nations divided by a common language, although maybe in this case its divided by… read more

An Owner Handler Experience At Eukanuba

On my bucket list has been to show on the blue carpet at Eukanuba (note – not pushing for the TV version and being in the group, simply hoping to make it there at all). To make it an “honest” venture – I felt it had to be by invitation. So I was thrilled when… 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

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 Norwegian Buhund

The Norwegian Buhund is one of nearly four dozen Nordic breeds and varieties developed in the Northern Hemisphere to function as herders, hunters, draft or companion animals. Buhund means “homestead” or “farm dog,” and it is as a multipurpose performer in and around the home that this unadulterated Spitz breed still excels today. The Buhund… read more

Breeder Buzzwords – The Belgian Tervuren

Belgium is home to a family of general-purpose herding and guard dogs known as Chein de Berger Belge, or Belgian Shepherd Dogs. Developed to work sheep on farms in the low countries, several towns lent their names to the various coat and color combinations expressed by these dogs: Groenendael to the solid black long coat… read more

Breeder Buzzwords – The Puli

In “Hungarian Dog Breeds,” published in 1977, authors Pál Sárkány and Imre Ócsag address the almost mystical relationship that has existed for centuries between the shepherd and his eager and intelligent sheepdogs: “A shepherd who took pride in his job would boast of his clever Puli, who was more than just a dog in his… read more

The Bluetick Coonhound is a nighttime hunter of the rascally raccoon, with a “cold nose” and a warm heart. Photo by Krista Droop.

Breeder Buzzwords – The Bluetick Coonhound

Scenthounds were developed throughout Europe beginning in the ninth century. The monks of the Abbey of St. Hubert began keeping an ancient strain in the Ardennes Forest of Belgium during this period, and from their hounds a wide array of breeds was developed in Britain, Scandinavia, France and elsewhere. The French, in particular, cultivated an… read more

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