Posts with tag Working

Breeder Buzzwords – The Alaskan Malamute

Alaska occupies the northwestern corner of North America, where temperature extremes and harsh living conditions require a particular toughness of its inhabitants – both man and beast. It is in this challenging environment that one dog breed was developed for a life of heavy labor and subsistence living within isolated human societies – the Alaskan… read more

Breeder Buzzwords – The Akita

More than 2 million commuters pass through Tokyo’s Shibuya Station on a typical weekday, and many of the hurried passengers in the world’s most densely populated urban area choose to meet at a bronze statue erected at one of the station’s main entrances. The statue of Hachikō commemorates the loyalty of a dog to its owner,… read more


Breeder Buzzwords – The Leonberger

The large and lovable Leonberger has found its footing among the massive Mastiffs and boisterous Boxers of the Working Group. Since its 2010 recognition, the breed’s leonine likeness has not gone unnoticed by big-dog lovers in the U.S. Eligible to compete for AKC championship points for a mere three years, the Leonberger nonetheless has deep… read more


Breeder Buzzwords – The Doberman Pinscher

On top of the War Dog Memorial at the U.S. Naval Base Guam sits a life-size bronze sculpture of a Doberman Pinscher named Kurt, by California artist Susan Bahary. Titled “Always Faithful,” the memorial is a tribute to the dogs that served in the Battle of Guam during World War II. The inscription on its… read more

The Saint Bernard did not actually wear a barrel of brandy around its neck as it performed mountain rescues. Photo © Swisshippo/Dreamstime.

Breeder Buzzwords – The Saint Bernard

“Everybody loves a Saint Bernard,” writes Claire Huchet Bishop in her book, “Bernard and His Dogs,” published in 1952 by Houghton Mifflin Company. “He is no lap dog,” the author admits. “But for a real dog, give me a Saint Bernard.” The larger-than-life Saint Bernard is known worldwide for its imposing size and its legendary… read more


Breeder Buzzwords – The Portuguese Water Dog

Portuguese fishermen began sailing the high seas during the Middle Ages. From fishing villages scattered up and down the Atlantic coast, their ships set sail for faraway ports throughout Britain, Europe, Asia, Africa and even the New World. For centuries, wherever these fishermen went, they were accompanied by the hardworking ancestors of today’s Portuguese Water… read more


Breeder Buzzwords – The Bernese Mountain Dog

As kids growing up in the 1970s, my brothers and I would spend our Sunday mornings in church, followed by a big breakfast and plenty of television viewing. One of the shows we looked forward to most was a locally produced children’s program that featured puppets, cartoons and guests from Elvis Presley to Frank Purdue…. read more

Dawne Deeley

Crufts 2012 Day Three: Controversy Continues through Working and Pastoral Day

Photos By Karl Donvil While Day Three at the world’s largest dog show showcased the Pastoral (Herding) and Working breeds, the topic on everyone’s lips continued to be the Kennel Club’s High Profile Breed list, and the elimination of certain specimens from Group participation. Conjecture and rumor have run riot, and it has become increasingly… 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