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A Gathering of Collies – Virtues and Tradition

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Much has been written about what is wrong in purebred dogs today, so it is a pleasure to find an event that embodies the fellowship, tradition, and simple joy that is the best of our sport. Since 1997, collie fanciers have celebrated their breed at an annual “Gathering” in August.

November 27th, 2017 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

The Fundamentals of Canine Locomotion

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Dogs come in many different sizes, from the towering Irish Wolfhound all the way down to the diminutive Chi- huahua. Construction, weight and natural balance all dif- fer. Most breeds are slightly longer than tall.

November 26th, 2017 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Breed Priorities – The Briard

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Briard breeder-judges and breed mentors were invited to participate in a survey to identify what characteristics are most important when evaluating individual dogs in their breed, and which might be less so.

November 25th, 2017 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Barbado da Terceira – The Sheepdog from Portugal

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In September 2005, the Barbado da Terceira was presented for the first time at a dog show in Portugal. The Barbado’s home, Terceira, is an island in the Azores, an archipelago of nine vol- canic islands in the Atlantic Ocean, 850 miles west of the Iberian peninsula. The archipelago is an autonomous region of Portugal. The capital is Ponto Delgada on the island of São Miguel.

November 24th, 2017 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Of Course They Love Us – We Always Knew They Did

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Have you ever wondered why Fido is so ecstatic when you come home after a few hours absence? Or, why Rover is so quick to put his head on your lap when you are feeling down, and why Bella puts her paw on your arm when you slump, tired and discouraged, into your favorite chair?

November 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Vulnerability and Courage – Discussing Animal Welfare

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Many readers of this column may also follow Pure Dog Talk hosted by Laura Reeves. This podcast focuses on topics of interest to the purebred dog community.

November 21st, 2017 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Hound Popularity – By the Numbers

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Who doesn’t love polls and surveys? Mountains of tedious data get neatly distilled into a convenient takeaway message.

November 20th, 2017 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

An Examination of Movement in Dogs – Part 4

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The pelvis functions as the base of operations for all movement. It is responsible for transferring energy created by the hindquarters (drive) through the bridge (the topline), allowing for the dog’s natural outline and, ultimately, suspension which promotes reach of the front assembly during movement.

November 19th, 2017 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

The Affenpinscher – From Rarity to Toy Group Mainstay

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AKC policymaking has always been a mysterious process. The decisions emanating from that boardroom often stray far outside the boundaries of the organization’s official stance.

November 18th, 2017 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Paradigm Shift – Evolution of Breeding Methods

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Throughout history there have been many patterns of change which Webster defines as a paradigm shift. Many such events have occurred in the breeding and development of dogs and breeds.

November 17th, 2017 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

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