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Dog People Behaving Badly

It’s time for all of us to take a deep breath and calm down for a minute. I have never seen so many dog people behave so badly as over the past few weeks. I’m not sure what’s the matter, but it seems that the general air of despondency over the bleak future we all… read more

The American Kennel Club Website

The American Kennel Club has been getting so much bad press recently that it might be a good idea, for fairness’ sake, to focus on something the club does right for a change. Wherever you turn it seems a lot of people are upset because they feel AKC is not able to do anything right… read more


How To Breed Dogs

Did you know that even just talking about dog breeding can get you in hot water? I don’t think most people realize this is such a heavily loaded subject that you will make instant enemies almost regardless of what you say. If you have read some of the many published comments (77 at last count!)… read more

Puppy Mills and The American Kennel Club: A Response to Readers Comments

When I told a friend who is very involved in the dog sport that I would be writing about AKC and the puppy mills she warned I would be opening a can of worms. Sure, I expected things to get a little heated, but I did not anticipate either the number or the vehemence of… read more

Puppy Mills and the American Kennel Club

Sometimes you literally cannot believe your ears. When a friend told me that the American Kennel Club had made a substantial financial contribution to the Missouri Pet Breeders Association I did not think that could possibly be true. This is, after all, probably the largest puppy mill organization in the world and represents everything that… read more

Foreign Judges, Too Many Breeds – And What’s a Jämthund

Did you read Steven Seymour’s recent article about how judges are treated in the United Kingdom? If not, please do: go to Obviously it’s not just in America that there’s widespread discontent with how judges are allowed to progress and become approved for more breeds. The difference mostly is one of scale: There are… read more

Last Word on Judges — and What Breeds Win the Most

May I add a few last words on AKC judges? Nothing I have experienced in my many years in dogs has caused even close to the response I got to a couple of articles about the way judges are approved (or not approved) by AKC. This obviously touched a sore spot. It’s a subject that… read more

AKC Judges On Strike? Spoiled Prima Donnas or Unfairly Maligned?

A lot has been written about dog show judges recently. This is obviously a subject that concerns a lot of people: 38 readers submitted published comments to my article last month about the AKC Judges Approval system, which may be some sort of personal record, and I haven’t been able to go anywhere without people… read more

The AKC Judges Approval System: “Worse Than It Ever Was Before”

An Open Letter to the Dog Fancy The following article should be read, and preferably re-read, slowly and carefully, by anyone who contemplates becoming an AKC judge, or is already an AKC judge but plans on adding additional breeds, or is just interested in how the AKC Judges Approval process works. I have heard from… read more

Poodle Day in California: A Very Different “Dog Show”

How many shows can you think of that attract more than 500 dogs of one single breed? Even the biggest national specialties seldom have that many canine participants, and most have far fewer. Yet it’s a fact that a very informal, single-breed charity event for Poodles that’s been held in California over the past four… read more

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