American Explorers and the American-Made Chinook

Robert E. Peary was an American explorer who for many years was believed to be the first person to reach the North Pole, on April 6, 1909. A U.S. Navy admiral, Peary was granted leave to pursue exploration of the land to the north of the United States and the Canadian territories. In the late… read more


Breeder Buzzwords – The Bernese Mountain Dog

As kids growing up in the 1970s, my brothers and I would spend our Sunday mornings in church, followed by a big breakfast and plenty of television viewing. One of the shows we looked forward to most was a locally produced children’s program that featured puppets, cartoons and guests from Elvis Presley to Frank Purdue…. read more


Breeder Buzzwords – The Boxer

A perennial favorite of dog lovers everywhere, the Boxer has enjoyed a permanent home in the hearts of countless supporters since its creation more than a century ago. This charming and energetic companion has managed to sustain its popularity despite the social, economic and cultural influences that have caused other breeds to fall in and… read more


Breeder Buzzwords – The Great Dane

The Greek God of the Sun, Apollo, is most-often depicted as a virile young man riding a chariot into battle. It is fitting, therefore, that the breed we know as the Great Dane should be given the designation, “the Apollo of dogs.” In appearance, the Dane is something of a god, indeed. It is one… read more

Christi McDonald

Tuesday Night’s Westminster Finale

The Tuesday evening activities began at Madison Square Garden amid an air of eager anticipation. Three Group winners were left to be selected before the 2012 Best in Show winner would be crowned. Judge Terry Stacy officiated the first Group of the evening. What he did not find in his Sporting Group line-up was the… read more

Christi McDonald

The Top Best-in-Show-Winning Working 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. Only two Working dogs in history have won more than 100 all-breed Best In Shows. The first, and for many decades the only one, was… 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

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

2011 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship – Group Summary Results

THE SPORTING GROUP Group Placements 1st Place – Cocker Spaniel Black – GCH CH Casablanca’s Thrilling Seduction 2nd Place – Pointer – GCH CH Chesterhope Sharp As 3rd Place – Weimaraner – GCH CH Northwoods Send Money Honey 4th Place – Irish Setter – GCH CH Greengate The Boss At Beaubriar RN Bred by Exhibitor… read more


1st Place – Boxer – GCH CH Winfall Brookwood Styled Dream 2nd Place – Portuguese Water Dog – GCH CH Spyglass’s Legend Of Bahia 3rd Place – Newfoundland – CH Good As Gold Anmalamual Del Basaburua 4th Place – Standard Schnauzer – GCH CH Charisma Maxim Von Diable

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