Breeder Buzzwords – The Irish Red and White Setter

Known by many as the “other” Setter throughout the 20th century, the Irish Red and White Setter has gone from near total obscurity to become one of the Sporting Group’s most stylish and capable birddogs. According to the Irish Red and White Setter Association of America, the setting Spaniels of the Emerald Isle were originally… read more


Breeder Buzzwords – The German Shorthaired Pointer

“Form follows function” is an axiom favored by breeders and judges of purebred dogs, and perhaps nowhere is this truth better expressed than in the versatile hunting companion known as the German Shorthaired Pointer. The all-purpose gundog, with its symmetrical construction, enduring agility and animated intelligence, is the prototypical model of canine efficiency and resourcefulness… 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

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


Breeder Buzzwords – The English Cocker Spaniel

Most canine historians accept the idea that the Spaniel is of Spanish derivation. Sporting dog authority C. Bede Maxwell, however, does not count herself among them. In her masterful work, “The Truth About Sporting Dogs,” published in 1972 by Howell Book House, Maxwell writes, “We know…,by available documentation from British archives, that by channels of… read more

The Welsh Springer Spaniel is an attractive red and white dog built for hard work and endurance. Photo © Jagodka/Dreamstime.

Breeder Buzzwords – The Welsh Springer Spaniel

The secret of the Spaniel’s appeal is really no secret at all. Good looks, a beguiling expression and an unbridled enthusiasm characterize the breeds that comprise one of the dog world’s most enduring families of gun dogs. During the 15th century, dogs with feathered coats and dependable noses were used to assist falconers in pursuit… read more


The Barbet: Ancient French Water Dog

The origins of the Barbet, or French Water Dog, are believed to trace back to ancient times, and according to the Barbet Club of Great Britain, “The generally accepted theory is that the Barbet is descended from corded herding dogs originating in North Africa, which were brought to Europe with the Moors as they occupied… read more


In Defense of the Well-Bred Dog as a Family Pet

I know some of you are cringing already. But by all accounts, I am a dog person. I love all sorts of dogs, big and dopey, tiny and yappy, energetic and crazy, or quiet and lazy. I love them all. We have raised dogs that were given away at the supermarket, adopted from the animal… read more


My Favorite Things – A Sussex Spaniel Sketch

Art class was something I always enjoyed as a child. Like many kids, the possibility presented by a blank piece of paper and a pencil was too much for me to resist. I’d spend hours drawing all sorts of pictures – mostly buildings and animals – and plenty of dogs. When children create art, their… read more


Breeder Buzzwords – The Golden Retriever

In the early 19th century, gundog enthusiasts began combining various Old and New World breeds in an effort to create a dog that could reliably find and bring back dead and wounded game. Pointers and Setters of the day were often trained to retrieve, although their true inclination was to wander far afield. Likewise, Spaniels… read more

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