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Squirrel Dog World Championship, plus Non-Sporting and Herding Numbers

Editor Susan Chaney reports on the success of the United Kennel Club’s sixth annual Squirrel Dog World Championship, held last month in Tell City, Ind. The two-day event is open to five cur and feist breeds as well as any other UKC breed that isn’t a Coonhound. Learn about the elimination style championship where 42 dogs competed, and meet the 14-month old that earned the emerging sport’s ultimate title.

“Can a breed remain viable if it starts to fade from the show ring?” So asks Blogger-in-Chief Billy Wheeler in his examination of the dearth of entries in the Non-Sporting and Herding Groups this year. Neither Group has a contender among the current Top 10 dogs, and only one dog from each Group appears among the 20 top-winning show dogs. Take a look at the numbers, and see if you can find a reason for this unusual phenomenon.

Be sure to check out our photo galleries, where you’ll find recent winners and candid photos from shows held near and far. Just click on Show Scene below the masthead banner, or select any of the images in the left-hand column of our home page.

Dan Sayers
Editor in Chief
Where Are the Non-Sporting and Herding Dogs?
By Billy Wheeler

Through most of the year I focus on AKC’s Top Ten Dogs in all-breed competition. However, this sometimes leaves entire groups mostly unexplored. Our current Top Ten includes four Working Dogs, two Sporting Dogs, two Terriers, one Hound and one Toy Dog. more
 

Young Dog Wins UKC Squirrel Dog Title
By Susan Chaney

The UKC Squirrel Dog World Championship was a good event for all of the hunters entered, but it was particularly spectacular for Chris Gilmer of Delight, Ark. Three dogs that he owns or co-owns placed in the top 10 during the two-day event early last month in Tell City, Ind. Two of those dogs took the top two spots: Mountain Cur Sniper’s Raging Thunder earned the title 2013 UKC Squirrel Dog World Champion, handled by John Stuart, and Sniper’s Red Bud, another Mountain Cur, came in second, handled by Chad Murphy. more
 

 
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