Posts with tag Breed Standards

The Importance of Knowing Your Standard

On a scale of one to 10, the importance of knowing your breed standard would be somewhere close to an 11. Don’t ya think? Obviously it may be difficult to memorize an entire standard word for word, but little by little the pieces should start to fit together, and before you know it, you will… read more

The standard for the English Springer Spaniel is among the longest of all AKC-approved standards. Photo © Russ Beinder/Dreamstime.

Breed Standards: The Long and Short Forms

In a 1983 AKC Gazette column titled, “Whose Breed Standard Is It, Anyway,” Poodle columnist and popular all-round judge Dr. Jacklyn Hungerland wrote, “As a member of the breed standard committee that produced the current standard for the Poodle (in 1978), I am well aware of the difficulties encountered in trying to describe explicitly in… read more


Good Book Hunting

Philadelphia was once the center of publishing in the United States. That center eventually moved north to Manhattan and was further scattered with the advent of desktop publishing. Nevertheless, my hometown had long maintained its literary legacy through the many fine bookstores that could be found throughout the city and its surrounding communities. Sadly, most… read more