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Diary of a Dog Show Judge


November 4th – Finished two days of judging at a rare breed show. These are kind of like a match show – less formal, lots of people new to the sport, many who’ve been around for years, and a handful who are just after the ribbons, not the learning opportunity or the chance to have fun with their dog. A few observations from the center of the ring:

January 15th, 2019 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

2019 Westminster KC Complete Entry Preliminary Breakdown


The 143rd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show reached its conformation entry limit, for a total of 2,800 dogs among 203 breeds and varieties representing 2,916 entries which includes 102 junior showmanship qualifiers and 14 obedience teams competing in the 4th Annual Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. There are also 330 agility teams entered in the 6th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, part of the Meet & Compete event featuring AKC Meet the Breeds®.

January 11th, 2019 | Posted in Editorial,Featured | Read More »

Getting Tough On Temperaments


When I first started writing for (the now sadly defunct) Dog World UK I made a promise to the readers that I would do everything I could to defend the pedigree dog and the show scene. This was something that I felt just wasn’t being done effectively enough.

January 10th, 2019 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Trends & Data About the Future – Good & Bad News


Since the creation of the German Shepherd Dog breed (GSD) at the turn of the twentieth century, it has become one of the most popular international breeds. Over the years, the function and phenotype of the breed has changed from that of a medium-size dog needed to meet its original farming and herding purposes to a variety of subsequent roles ranging from guarding, detection, police, herding, guide dog, show dog and companion.

January 9th, 2019 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Junior Showmanship Has Its Benefits


It is easy, sometimes, I think, to focus on the bad things that, too often, happen at youth sporting events. Whether it is a focus on winning at the expense of learning good sportsmanship, coaches and parents trading insults (or even punches), and the verbal abuse of young players. Junior Showmanship provides the opportunity to bring a great many positive outcomes to the young people who choose to compete in the juniors’ ring.

January 8th, 2019 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Rena Martin – Humble Beginnings…Part 2


Aennchen Antonelli, Anne Pendelton, Michael Woff, Joanne Hesse, Richard Donovan, it was quite the cast of characters in this Maltese dramarama. The fallout eventually led to the formation of two national clubs–which AKC approved of at the time. And things just escalated from there. But getting back to our story. Less than a decade into it nothing revealed Rena’s single- minded determination more than her remarkable ability to forge unlikely alliances in pursuit of bigger goals. Storming this Maltese citadel could be called her test of fire be- cause that’s when she really hit her stride.

January 7th, 2019 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

IMHO – Questions Answered by Those Who Know


We asked experienced AKC judges two questions about current issues affecting our sport. Here’s what they had to say…

January 4th, 2019 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje


By Amy Fernandez When you think about it, the scope and intricacy of purebred refinement truly does qualify as breathtaking art. Breeds have been designed to perform just about every imaginable function. In that sense, some of these may be more accurately categorized as a lost art. Which brings us to the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje, one [...]

January 3rd, 2019 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Breed Priorities – The Whippet


Medium-sized, elegant, athletic, and smooth-coated, the Whippet is one of the smaller of the traditional sighthound breeds. While Greyhounds were owned by the aristocracy in earlier times, the Whippet was known as “the poor man’s greyhound” and used for poaching, hunting, and racing. The breed was 61st among AKC’s registrations in 2017, but is often well and successfully represented in dog shows when compared to several other breeds that rank higher.

January 2nd, 2019 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Hiking with Dogs

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We know all about the urban dog lifestyle with its daycare programs, managed weekend activities, nannies, dog walkers, fashion galas etc. As if all that’s not bad enough, we now have weekly doggy hiking excursions. Yes, a professional doggy tour guide will peel lazy, old Fido off of your sofa and for a mere $130 drive him up to Bear Mountain or some similarly rustic environment and, well…do what you are supposed to do when you have a dog;let it off the lead to run around for awhile. Obviously the dogs like it; after all they have been reveling in this exact dog/owner bonding experience forever.

December 31st, 2018 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »


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