Posts with tag American Kennel Club

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

Old Dog, New Tricks: Could You Be a Judge?

In parts one and two of my “Aspiring Judge’s Journal,” I gave readers a little overview of beginning the AKC judges’ approval process and a look at the AKC Judges Institute. For part three, I pose a couple of questions about what is required to apply for AKC judging approval and a number about the finer points… read more

A Judge’s Conscience: Dog Shows, ‘Gay-Friendly Propaganda’ and Russia

This week’s column will be a little different, perhaps more personal than usual, but I believe a question I’m concerned with right now may apply to a lot of other dog people as well. Should dog show judges have a conscience? That sounds like a weird question, I know: of course you need to have… read more

An Interview with Anna Pearson

Today I bring you a very special young woman, who proves that when you set your mind to achieve what you want, it can be done. Miss Anna Pearson of Snohomish, (say that five times fast) Wash., has been involved in the sport of dogs in both American Kennel Club and Australian Shepherd Club of… read more

The American Kennel Club or the United Kennel Club: Is There an Alternative?

I don’t often write show reports, but the American Kennel Club shows in California on July 19-22, hosted by the Kennel Club of Salinas and Sierra-Tuolumne Kennel Club Inc., are worth highlighting for two reasons: the atmosphere and their proximity to four all-breed United Kennel Club shows. The AKC shows were pleasant, in spite of… read more

Divide and Conquer: How to Classify Breeds into Groups

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? And, come to think of… read more

Old Dog, New Tricks: The AKC Judges’ Institute

Patrick Guilfoyle, who spent several decades immersed in the sport of dogs before a self-imposed absence beginning some 20 years ago, continues with part two of his “Aspiring Judge’s Journal,” his off-beat and passionate account of returning to the fold and the sometimes arduous journey to become an AKC judge. Be afraid. Be very afraid…. read more

When they buy a purebred puppy from a responsible breeder, a family not only knows what they’re getting as far as temperament, size and grooming requirements, they also get an advisor for the life of their dog. Photo ©

My Take: Rebutting Critics Is Up to Us

Many people involved with AKC shows and dogs will have seen the “Today Show” program that aired on May 1. If you haven’t seen it, you should, because at some point someone who knows you’re part of the world of breeding and showing dogs will ask you about it. My personal reaction to the program… read more

The Secret About Best in Show

Let’s talk about Best in Show for a minute. This is a term that’s become known far beyond our sport, the title of a large number of books and TV programs, even a critically acclaimed (and very funny) movie. Pretty much everyone, regardless of involvement in dogs, knows that “Best in Show” means just that:… read more

The Bluetick Coonhound is a nighttime hunter of the rascally raccoon, with a “cold nose” and a warm heart. Photo by Krista Droop.

Breeder Buzzwords – The Bluetick Coonhound

Scenthounds were developed throughout Europe beginning in the ninth century. The monks of the Abbey of St. Hubert began keeping an ancient strain in the Ardennes Forest of Belgium during this period, and from their hounds a wide array of breeds was developed in Britain, Scandinavia, France and elsewhere. The French, in particular, cultivated an… read more

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