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June 26, 2013 Subscribe
Classifying Breeds into Groups, plus Shows Closing July 3, 2013
Senior Editor Bo Bengtson takes a closer look at how the classification of breeds into Groups can vary among international registries. “What’s considered common sense by one country’s kennel club may seem almost incomprehensible to another,” says Bo. Find out how a breed’s Group designation can seem anything but scientific.

The Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows has been a major attraction on the calendar for more than 30 years. Houston, Texas, is the place where exhibitors from throughout the U.S. come to compete and escape – at least while they’re indoors – the soaring summer temperatures. Find out about the special attractions that await exhibitors in the Lone Star State, as well as what’s in store for fanciers choosing to travel to cooler climates in Oregon and Pennsylvania.

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
Among the Shows Closing July 3, 2013
By Christi McDonald

The major attraction among the shows that close on July 3 is the Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows, which begins in Houston, Texas, on Wednesday, July 17, and runs through Sunday, July 21. Summer is hot in Houston, but the Reliant Center on the south side of the city is a great venue for a dog show. more

Divide and Conquer: How to Classify Breeds into Groups
By Bo Bengtson

What makes a Terrier a Terrier and a Hound a Hound? How do we determine which characteristics define a particular kind of dog, and what possible reason can any kennel club give when trying to divide all the existing breeds into separate groups for the purpose of dog show competition? more
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