Posts with tag Sporting

Breeder Buzzwords – The American Water Spaniel

The “American Brown,” as the American Water Spaniel has been called, worked alongside market hunters on the lakes and rivers of the upper Midwest beginning in the 1880s, supplying game for sale to the public. The breed was developed as an all-purpose hunter, equally at home on land and in the water, and exceptionally equipped… read more

Breeder Buzzwords – The Cocker Spaniel

The American Spaniel Club Inc. predates the American Kennel Club by three years. Founded in 1881, the organization originally began to promote the interests of all sporting Spaniels, and eventually became the parent club of one of the world’s most beloved of all dog breeds – the (American) Cocker Spaniel. Spanyells were first mentioned in… read more

Breeder Buzzwords – The Irish Red and White Setter

Known by many as the “other” Setter throughout the 20th century, the Irish Red and White Setter has gone from near total obscurity to become one of the Sporting Group’s most stylish and capable birddogs. According to the Irish Red and White Setter Association of America, the setting Spaniels of the Emerald Isle were originally… read more

Breeder Buzzwords – The Irish Setter

The first litter of puppies I ever met was born in the living room of a neighbor’s house in the mid-1970s. Every other kid in the neighborhood wanted to see the puppies, and when they were old enough to accept visitors, I made sure that I secured an invitation to meet those little redheads. The… read more


Breeder Buzzwords – The English Cocker Spaniel

Most canine historians accept the idea that the Spaniel is of Spanish derivation. Sporting dog authority C. Bede Maxwell, however, does not count herself among them. In her masterful work, “The Truth About Sporting Dogs,” published in 1972 by Howell Book House, Maxwell writes, “We know…,by available documentation from British archives, that by channels of… read more

The Welsh Springer Spaniel is an attractive red and white dog built for hard work and endurance. Photo © Jagodka/Dreamstime.

Breeder Buzzwords – The Welsh Springer Spaniel

The secret of the Spaniel’s appeal is really no secret at all. Good looks, a beguiling expression and an unbridled enthusiasm characterize the breeds that comprise one of the dog world’s most enduring families of gun dogs. During the 15th century, dogs with feathered coats and dependable noses were used to assist falconers in pursuit… read more


Breeder Buzzwords – The Golden Retriever

In the early 19th century, gundog enthusiasts began combining various Old and New World breeds in an effort to create a dog that could reliably find and bring back dead and wounded game. Pointers and Setters of the day were often trained to retrieve, although their true inclination was to wander far afield. Likewise, Spaniels… read more


Breeder Buzzwords – The Vizsla

A thousand years ago, the ancestor of today’s Vizsla had already found its place as hunting partner with the nomadic people of the Greater Hungarian Kingdom. Magyar Vizslas (Hungarian Pointers) have worked alongside hunter and herder ever since, tracking and pointing wounded game. So successful was the partnership that the dogs were eventually welcomed into… read more

Christi McDonald

Tuesday Night’s Westminster Finale

The Tuesday evening activities began at Madison Square Garden amid an air of eager anticipation. Three Group winners were left to be selected before the 2012 Best in Show winner would be crowned. Judge Terry Stacy officiated the first Group of the evening. What he did not find in his Sporting Group line-up was the… read more