Herding

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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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