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Breeder Buzzwords – The Dalmatian

As one of the world’s most recognizable dog breeds, the Dalmatian wears its breed-defining characteristic with a freckled frenzy. This active and energetic breed remains little changed since its image first appeared on the walls of Egyptian tombs. For centuries, artists in Europe, Asia and Northern Africa have immortalized spotted dogs similar in appearance to… read more

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Dramatic Hair Loss Inches Toward Solution

The coat abnormality commonly known as “alopecia X” leads to significant loss of hair that typically will not be recovered over a particular dog’s lifetime. It starts as unexplained, symmetrical hair loss on the rear of the dog, moves to the neck area, then to various parts of the trunk, according to Alane Levinsohn, health… read more


PCA's Field Weekend – The Start of the Greatest Show on Earth

Editor’s note: The Poodle was originally developed in Germany as a water retriever, and the Standard is the original size, used to locate game and retrieve shot birds on land and water. Like other hunting breeds, many Poodles retain the hunting instinct, and owners can test their dogs’ instincts and abilities at hunt tests. The… read more


Breeder Buzzwords – The Boston Terrier

As a student in the early ‘80s, I traveled to school each day on an elevated train that towered over the houses below. From this vantage point, it was easy to peer into the windows of the little row homes along the route, although curtains were mostly drawn for obvious reasons. One house, however, had… read more


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


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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The Top Best-in-Show-Winning Non-Sporting Dog of All Time

By Christi McDonald Editor’s note: Determining the top AKC winners in any category is an inexact science. We explain why in a companion article: Biggest BIS Winner Tough to Call.   Professional handlers Dennis McCoy and Randy Garren showed the white Standard Poodle, CH Whisperwind On A Carousel, to more than 100 Best in Shows, including the top… read more

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Norwegian Lundehund Means ‘Puffin Dog’

By Elaine Waldorf Gewirtz Kept for centuries as a bird-hunting dog on the tiny, isolated Norwegian island of Vaeroy, north of the Arctic Circle, the five Norwegian Lundehunds entered at Westminster next week will show the judge and spectators what a breed with unusual characteristics really looks like. With a minimum of six functioning toes… read more

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Can You Say Xoloitzcuintli?

By Elaine Waldorf Gewirtz It takes some time to learn to pronounce the name of one of the Non-Sporting breeds that will enter Westminster Kennel Club dog show rings for the first time this year. But break Xoloitzcuintli down a few times to “show-low-eats-queen-tlee,” or “show-low” for short, and it’s a snap. This hairless dog… read more

Six Breeds to Debut at Westminster

A dog with thumbs and the ability to tip its head backward until it touches its back, a hairless natural healer from Mexico, and a night-hunting coonhound will make Westminster Kennel Club dog show history on February 13 and 14, 2012. The Norwegian Lundehund, left, and the Xoloitzcuintli. At the club’s 136th annual event, the… read more

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