Breeder Buzzwords – The Irish Setter

The first litter of puppies I ever met was born in the living room of a neighbor’s house in the mid-1970s. Every other kid in the neighborhood wanted to see the puppies, and when they were old enough to accept visitors, I made sure that I secured an invitation to meet those little redheads. The… read more


Breeder Buzzwords – The Bearded Collie

During my freshman year at college, a classmate frequently shared stories about her family’s dog back home. The house pet she described was a shaggy sheepdog with an overabundance of energy and an over-the-top personality. The year was 1979, and my friend said her dog, named Jack, was a Bearded Collie. The Beardie, as fanciers… read more


Breeder Buzzwords – The German Shepherd Dog

The German Shepherd Dog, sometimes referred to as the “German Shepherd” – or simply “Shepherd” – is one of the world’s most recognizable purebred dogs. Its strong, muscular body and innate intelligence have made it the breed of choice for countless families and law enforcement officials for more than a century. A popular breed in… read more


If Only Dogs Ran the Canine Country…

Today is the day to voice your opinion and vote for what you believe in, of course, but this whole election thing got me thinking that I personally would much rather be voting for dogs. So I decided to suggest some potential doggie candidates that I think, in the dog world, would do a great… read more


Breeder Buzzwords – The Briard

While walking through a fairground on a sunny Sunday recently, I was stopped in my tracks by the sight of two beautiful dogs walking alongside their mistress. Each was covered with long, tawny hair over every inch of its big body, and the considerable length of coat even seemed to obscure the eyes and ears…. read more


Good Boy, Doc!

A recent weekend saw a big four-day cluster in upstate New York – the Wine Country circuit. Our first ever litter of Belgian Tervurens was not quite 7 months old, and five of the pups were making their conformation debuts. The results from the weekend were an incredible tribute to my daughter’s research in doing the… read more

The Australian Cattle Dog is a willing worker with a devotion to duty. Photo © Elisabeth Hammerschmid/Dreamstime.

Breeder Buzzwords – The Australian Cattle Dog

On a crisp autumn afternoon many years ago, I met a young lady and her curiously colored pup as they strolled through the neighborhood. Although plenty of dogs were out and about with their owners that day, this pair was hard to miss in their eye-catching camouflage coats. Hers was a standard issue army surplus… read more


Breeder Buzzwords – The Cardigan Welsh Corgi

The former kingdom known as Ceredigion in mid-west Wales is the birthplace of the colorful companion and useful worker known as the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. The name Corgi is an Anglicization of the Welsh “cor gi,” a phrase sometimes translated as “dwarf dog.” Though short on leg, these ancient herding dogs have a long history… read more


Breeder Buzzwords – The Border Collie

In the 1995 film, “Babe,” the protagonist piglet avoids becoming dinner by acting like a sheepdog. The intelligent little porcine’s good fortune is having a canine role model that some believe is the smartest of all dog breeds – the Border Collie. The film’s story of friendship and self-discovery – as told through the voices… read more


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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