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Table Talk – April 3, 2019


Recently at a show owner/handler exhibitors were not called back into the ring and Owner Handled Best of Breed was not awarded for that breed.

April 3rd, 2019 | Posted in Current Articles,Editorial | Read More »

The Group Winners Speak – The Handlers’ Story


The Handlers of the 2019 Westminster Group Winners Tell Their Story. The seven group winners at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club show contained some crowd favorites (the Longhaired Dachshund and the Sussex Spaniel), as well as a win that was a bit of a surprise, as the Schipperke made Westminster history by winning the Non-Sporting Group.

April 1st, 2019 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

In Their Own Words – WKC Judges Critiques


2019 Westminster Group and BIS and Junior Showmanship Judges Comment on Their Placements. The 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 12 and 13 had an entry of more than 2,800 dogs in 203 breeds and varieties.

March 27th, 2019 | Posted in Current Articles | Read More »

What the Westminster BIS Lineup Says About Us


How wonderful to have two ne plus ultra events in AKC conformation – The AKC National Championship and Westminster. Both inspire hopes and dreams in nearly every person to ever set foot in a show ring, and both showcase the best of the best of the best by the time the judges have winnowed things down to Best In Show competition.

March 26th, 2019 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Looking Back with Lee – An Owner-Handler at WKC


This article is a tribute to Owner/Handlers everywhere! The following article was written about an Owner/Handler’s experiences at his very first Westminster show. His story struck a chord with both Mike, the judge of his breed, and myself. I remember winning RWD with my Saluki, back in the old days, under the formidable Mr. James Edward Clark and watching Mike, with our BBE Afghan bitch also being awarded Reserve (when the entry of over 100 Afghan Hounds was typical) under Mr. Arthur Zane.

March 25th, 2019 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

The National Owner Handler Series – 6 Years Out


Every year I revisit the current NOHS state of affairs, and ask the fancy for their com- plaints, opinions and suggestions. I like to think AKC has listened, because they have implemented several of the suggestions over the years following their publication. Every year some concerns remain the same, but the focus tends to change. This year is no different, except that it seems more than ever, NOHS has an identity crisis.

March 22nd, 2019 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Bouncing Back from a Loss – A Judge’s Perspective


As a judge, I see it all the time. It’s the final day of a cluster. Exhibitors walk into the ring, self-defeated before they start. I can see negative thinking, “loss” thinking in people’s eyes. They are on a losing streak.

March 20th, 2019 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Are We Doing Enough to Keep Our Sport Alive?


“Our sport is dying.” These words have been said and printed so many times. August 19, 2018 is the date I went to my first dog show. I had seen plenty on TV; we have adopted the relatively new tradition of watching the Philadelphia Kennel Club show on Thanksgiving Day and we, of course, have watched Westminster.

March 19th, 2019 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

The Bullmastiff – The Keeper’s Night Dog


Anyone delving into the rather murky history of the Bullmastiff will frequently encounter lines like this: ‘The original Mastiff of Britain is one of the country’s oldest breeds, but its descendant, the Bullmastiff, is a comparatively recent development.’

March 16th, 2019 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

IMHO – Does Overall Condition Affect Your Decision?


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

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


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