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Breeder Buzzwords – The Silky Terrier

What do you get when you cross an Australian Terrier with a Yorkshire Terrier? Well, during the turn of the last century, dog lovers Down Under discovered the answer in their search to improve color in the former through introductions of the latter. The active canine companion that resulted is the spirited little dog known… 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 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Spaniels were developed in Britain as specialist hunters, originally classified by weight and color. The smallest of their kind were known as “comforter” Spaniels that principally enjoyed a life of leisure among society’s well-to-do families. The ancestors of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel found entrée into royal circles. In the 17th century, the companionable little… 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

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Breeder Buzzwords – The Miniature Pinscher

When it comes to our canine companions, a dog’s physical size and its sense of self can often seem disproportionate. Large dogs are often gentle giants, content to go through life as living, breathing throw rugs. On the other hand, small dogs with no shortage of self-esteem often manage to govern everyone around them with… read more

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Breeder Buzzwords – The Pomeranian

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 Japanese Chin

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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The Top Best-in-Show-Winning Toy 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.” For many, many years, the Best in Show record in the Toy Group was held by the legendary Pekingese Ch. Chik T’Sun of Caversham, shown… read more

DSSA Issues Poll on Proposed AKC Groups Realignment

AKC delegates will vote on March 13 whether to recommend to the board of directors that the current seven Groups be further split into 11. The realignment of breeds would make major changes to the Hound, Sporting and Working Groups. Hounds would be divided into Sight Hounds and Scent Hounds, the Sporting breeds would move… read more

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