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Breeder/Owner-Handler Wins Ridgeback National

The power went out in the New Jersey home of Rhodesian Ridgeback fancier Karen LaFleur for 10 days prior to her scheduled departure for the National Specialty in Orlando, Fla. Superstorm Sandy had just pummeled the Mid-Atlantic region, but the power outage and toppled trees were no match for this native New Yorker. The breeder/owner-handler had… 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 Basset Hound

In 1958, shoe manufacturer Wolverine World Wide of Rockford, Mich., selected the name “Hush Puppies” for its new brand of casual footwear. The brushed-suede shoe with a crepe sole needed a logo, and the company chose the gentle and easygoing Basset Hound as the perfect symbol for a comfortable shoe with a relaxed style. The… read more

The standard for the English Springer Spaniel is among the longest of all AKC-approved standards. Photo © Russ Beinder/Dreamstime.

Breed Standards: The Long and Short Forms

In a 1983 AKC Gazette column titled, “Whose Breed Standard Is It, Anyway,” Poodle columnist and popular all-round judge Dr. Jacklyn Hungerland wrote, “As a member of the breed standard committee that produced the current standard for the Poodle (in 1978), I am well aware of the difficulties encountered in trying to describe explicitly in… read more

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Breeder Buzzwords – The Borzoi

In the early 20th century, the impossibly elegant Borzoi became an icon of streamlined beauty and elegant efficiency. The breed formerly known as the Russian Wolfhound perfectly symbolized Western society’s desire to shake off old cultural confines in the aftermath of World War I. Known as the Russkaya Psovaya Borzaya in its homeland, the Borzoi… read more

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Breeder Buzzwords – The Rhodesian Ridgeback

Throughout recorded history, crusaders and explorers, merchants and refugees survived their journeys, in part because of the domesticated animals that accompanied them. Horses, cattle and sheep were essential for sustaining vast armies that set out to explore and conquer the known world. Of course, no animal has been as devoted a traveling companion as the… read more

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The Consummate Hunting Dog – the Treeing Walker Coonhound

The Treeing Walker Coonhound became AKC’s 174th breed when it was granted full recognition on January 1, 2012, and became eligible to compete in the Hound Group. This beautiful tri- or bi-colored hound finds it origins in the late 1800s, descended from the early hounds brought to America from England, from which developed the Virginia… read more

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Breeder Buzzwords – The Bloodhound

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 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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Monday Night at Westminster Kennel Club 2012

The first night of judging at the 136th Westminster Kennel Club dog show on Monday, February 13, 2012, included the finals of the Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding Groups. Viewers of the television broadcast were no doubt delighted when the USA Network’s broadcast opened with a visit with ‘Hickory,’ last year’s Best in Show winner,… read more

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