Posts with tag Terrier

Breeder Buzzwords – The Parson Russell Terrier

In the world of purebred dogs, the list of breeds named for their originators is decidedly short. Amalgamated breeds such as the Boykin Spaniel and Doberman Pinscher – two contemporary canines that appeared largely due to the efforts of a single fancier – have granted immortality to their founders, L. Whitaker Boykin and Louis Dobermann…. read more


Fancy That: Thursday at Crufts

The biggest, and some say best, dog show the world over began today in Birmingham, England, at the gargantuan National Exhibition Centre, a collection of interconnected halls that house the show’s benching and the big rings where breed judging takes place, as well as the most amazing array of vendors you can find at any… read more


Breeder Buzzwords – The Staffordshire Bull Terrier

The Bull and Terrier breeds are extremely popular companions throughout the world, and perhaps none is better designed – or more maligned – for the job as is the highly intelligent and affectionate Staffordshire Bull Terrier. In most English-speaking countries the “Staffy Bull” or “Stafford,” as fans sometimes refer to the breed, is well-known among… read more


Breeder Buzzwords – The Welsh Terrier

It’s not every day that a Terrier of one of the lesser-known breeds passes you by on the street. But this is not a particularly unusual occurrence in the town where I live. On any given day, I am apt to cross paths with a Kerry Blue, a Bedlington, a Dandie Dinmont, a Wire Fox,… read more


Breeder Buzzwords – The Bull Terrier

In Richard Harding Davis’, “The Bar Sinister,” published in 1903 by Charles Scribner’s Sons, the protagonist is a Bull Terrier named Kid that overcomes his rough-and-tumble beginnings as a street fighter to become a much-celebrated bench champion. The rags-to-riches tale, told from the dog’s point of view, highlights the strong will and exuberant nature of the… read more


Breeder Buzzwords – The Bedlington Terrier

The distinctive appearance of the Bedlington Terrier sets it apart from every other breed of dog. So unique is this racy ratter’s make and shape that many who meet the breed for the first time think they’re seeing a lamb instead of a dog. But make no mistake; the Bedlington is no lamb. The breed’s… read more


Breeder Buzzwords – The Scottish Terrier

Her name was Sassie. She belonged to the family of a childhood friend and was not especially well-liked by her neighbors. Though small, she was mighty and ruled her piece of this world with absolute authority. She had a big mouth and an even bigger bark. Everyone who met her had trouble deciding which was… read more

Breeder Buzzwords – The Irish Terrier

Breeders of purebred dogs speak a language all their own. Wherever they gather, at dog shows, seminars or in chat rooms, words and phrases are used that have very narrow definitions. Their usage makes it difficult for a novice to fully participate in the conversation, and all but impossible for the general public to follow… read more

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Elizabeth Becomes the Crufts 'Queen for a Day'

Photos by Karl Donvil The Sunday evening festivities for Crufts opened in the National Exhibition Center in Birmingham, England, with the fanfare to which those in attendance have become accustomed. There was electricity in the air as spectators and exhibitors looked forward to seeing who would become the Crufts Supreme Champion for 2012. But the… 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