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Mudi – ‘An Old and Rare Herding Breed from Hungary’

In general, the Mudi gives the impression of a curly-coated small Spitz. Photo by Alice van Kempen

The Magyars (the original name of the Hungarian people) kept sheepdogs from the end of the ninth century, but pedigree breeding and classification of dogs only started in the second half of the 19th century. Before that time, Hungarian sheepdogs were simply divided into two categories: large and small. When breeding, the small dogs were divided from the big ones (Kuvasz, Komondor), but the small ones were interbred. Therefore, the early history of the Mudi is more or less the same as those of the Pumi and the Puli.

January 13th, 2022 | Posted in Featured,Remembering Our Past? | Read More »

Corky Vroom – Never Give Up

Ben Brown & Corky Vroom

It all began with a 10 year-old boy practicing handling techniques in his family’s yard after school. Most junior handlers probably would have focused on their own skills – taking even strides, mastering the smooth transfer of the lead from hand to hand. For Charles “Corky” Vroom, the practice sessions had a deeper purpose. He wanted to understand the dogs – their structure, how they moved, and how their minds worked.

January 12th, 2022 | Posted in Current Articles,Dog Show History,Editorial,Featured,Remembering Our Past? | Read More »

Dick Cooper – The Gentleman’s Gentleman

Dick Cooper

Before the advent of four-day clusters and the widespread use of air travel as a means of moving from dog show to dog show, a quiet, even shy, manwas setting records in the Midwest. “We used to call him ‘Three-State Cooper,’ for Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin,” former assistantKen Murray recalls. “He didn’t have to chase Best in Show wins – they came to him.”

January 7th, 2022 | Posted in Current Articles,Dog Show History,Featured,Remembering Our Past? | Read More »

Julia Gasow – Salilyn’s Gracious Lady

Julie Gasow & Dick Cooper

Elliott Weiss remembers when he first met Julia Gasow. It was 1967, and he was handler Ted Young, Jr.’s apprentice. Gasow, known as “Julie” to her friends, had been breeding her Salilyn English Springer Spaniels for three decades

January 4th, 2022 | Posted in Current Articles,Dog Show History,Featured,Remembering Our Past? | Read More »

Looking Back With Lee – Remembering Eleanor Rotman

Eleanor Rotman - 1991

“There are so many wonderful memories of Ellie. In all the years of showing to her I do not remember the wins or loses, just the fun of showing to her. She had a way of making everyone who entered her ring that they were at a Garden Party! She made the novice feel they were on a par with the old pros. She would not allow anybody not to enjoy the time in her ring. Even the spectators outside her ring were drawn into party mode. She had a way of making a starting novice feel they were an important part of the show.”

September 18th, 2021 | Posted in Dog Show History,Featured,Remembering Our Past? | Read More »

The History of the Maltese

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Malta is a sun-soaked rocky island that sits in the crystal-clear blue waters of the Mediterranean. With over 7,000 years of history, this intriguing island is home to some of the oldest free-standing temples in the world and (over that huge span of time) it has played host to the Phoenicians, Romans, the Knights of St. John, Napoleon and the British Empire. All have left their mark in the form of phenomenal fortifications and breathtakingly beautiful architecture.

September 5th, 2021 | Posted in Current Articles,Dog Show History,Featured,Remembering Our Past? | Read More »

Clara Alford – Blazing Trails in the Toy Ring

Clara Alford CH Chik TSun of Caversham BIS

Great handlers understand the fine line that separates expert presentation from sharp salesmanship. Careers and reputations hinge on the ability to showcase a dog without crossing that line. Handlers often cultivate a distinctive personal image to reinforce the impact.

September 4th, 2021 | Posted in Current Articles,Dog Show History,Featured,Remembering Our Past? | Read More »

AKC’s Revolutionary Leader – Jack Lafore

Jack Lafore

AKC may exist in a bubble as many contend, but there have been moments when it has awakened and reacted to life outside the ivory tower.

August 11th, 2021 | Posted in Dog Show History,Featured,Remembering Our Past? | Read More »

Alva Rosenberg – Dean of American Dog Judges


The moment the first loser stalked out of the first dog show judging qualifications became the central controversy of this sport. Not only has it defied resolution for well over a century, the surrounding furor has never dropped one decibel.

August 5th, 2021 | Posted in Dog Show History,Featured | Read More »

Turn-of-The-Century Scandals: AKC vs. Boehm


It may seem unbelievable, but at one time AKC often shared detailed information about its legal wrangles. Transcripts, depositions, and trial verdicts were published in the AKC Gazette. Needless to say, this was never an official policy and there was no altruistic motive attached to these uncharacteristic episodes of transparency.

August 4th, 2021 | Posted in Dog Show History,Featured | Read More »


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