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A Memorial Day Salute: Our Military Working Dogs

In honor of Memorial Day, I would like to pay tribute to some very special heroes— the U.S military working dogs. I am a sucker for a good dog story and this is the story of thousands of good dogs! A Few Notable Combat Canines Dogs in the military are nothing new. They have been… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Riot Grrls and the Glass Ceiling

A couple weeks ago we talked about the struggles and satisfaction of campaigning a bitch. That spawned questions about how our women fare in the sport. The purebred dog fancy’s early days were dominated by men. The sport of dogs evolved gradually from the fields of houndsmen and bird hunters in 19th century England, so… read more

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Black and Floppy Eared Samoyeds

Once again this weekend saw us on our usual ‘house-hunting’ expedition along the south coast ofDevon. For lunch we stopped into the dog friendly Visto Lounge and ordered their Thai green curry. As the weather was unusually clement we decided to sit outside and soon a couple (accompanied by a gorgeous Samoyed) claimed the next… read more

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How We Must Change as Breeders and Why – A Football Field of Dogs

OK, sports fans, imagine standing on the 50-yard line and looking at an entire football field full of Cardigan Corgis. Thousands of dogs, representing the entire worldwide population of the breed. It is your job to get the breed from this football field to the next field, the field twenty years from now. You can… read more

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The Alsatian Wolfdog

I’m sure many of us have been following what is currently happening within the German Shepherd dog fraternity with keen interest. Both sides certainly have some powerful arguments and views to put forward and there is no doubt that everyone involved loves their dogs… that is beyond question. The whole subject is of course contentious… read more

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National Purebred Dog Day is May 1 – Show Your Support

Purebred dogs play a special and important role in our lives. Throughout history, purebred dogs have been depicted in paintings, sculptures, books, and many other media, demonstrating the unique bond between humans and dogs, and the essential role that purpose-bred dogs have played in our lives for thousands of years.  Purebred dogs are a part… read more

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The Little Skipper

Unusually for me, I’ve never had any personal experience with the Schipperke; no friends or family have ever owned one but their understated but smart looks always manage to catch my eye at shows. It has become de rigueur for the ‘pedigree haters’ to put up grainy shots of individuals in various breeds and whine… read more

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Pacific Coast Pekingese Club Celebrates 100 years

The Pacific Coast Pekingese Club (PCPC), founded in Los Angeles in 1916, celebrates its centennial anniversary this year! When our club was formed in 1916 — and then joined AKC as a member club in 1917 — Los Angeles was a small city center surrounded by farms, ranches, and orchards.  The film industry was only… read more

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The Foxhound – The First British Pedigree

When I was a child I used to long for the school summer holidays as it often meant escaping down to Midhurst in West Sussex and staying on my Aunt’s family farm. Her uncle was Master of one of the local packs (kennelled on the farm) and I loved watching these beautiful hounds being fed… read more

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Just Nuisance! a South African Great Dane

We have all just returned from a whirlwind trip to South Africa… that’s me, Marc and our Miniature Smooth Dachshund, Alfie. That’s right, our dog went too! In fact if it hadn’t been for Alfie we would never have travelled to Cape Town. Back in 2003 I went on a holiday there with friends; we… read more

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