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AKC National Championship Presented By Royal Canin Draws Entry Of More Than 5,000 Dogs In Its 21st Year

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Canine Athletes from the 50 States, Washington, D.C. and 13 Countries Will Vie for Best in Show The AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin continues to draw impressive numbers. An entry of 5,051 dogs will compete for the title of National Champion on December 18 and 19, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. Combined with the other weekend events [...]

November 22nd, 2021 | Posted in Breaking News,Featured | Read More »

A Good Name Is A Second Inheritance

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An anthropologist might suggest that there is a link between what is named in a society (and how it is named) greatly illustrates the way members of the community think of themselves in relation to what is being named. Simply put, I believe the names our dogs are given sometimes hold great meaning for the breeder or the owner. Some breeders and owners have had just the right name picked out for just the right puppy for many years. Often, the perfect name is a reflection of the owner’s or the dog’s personality.

November 22nd, 2021 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Lights! Cameras! Action! It’s the National Dog Show!

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When the lights went out at the conclusion of Best in Show judging at the 2021 Morris & Essex Kennel Club show, show chairman Wayne Ferguson could take a moment to breathe and enjoy the show’s success. But not more than a moment—there are four years before the next Morris & Essex, but only a bit more than a month until the Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s “National Dog Show Presented by Purina.”

November 21st, 2021 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Field Judges That Drove Owners, Trainers and Handlers Batty

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Looking at the number of entries in AKC, HRC/UKC, NSTRA, NAVHDA et. al. tests, it is clear that a considerable number of sporting dog owners participate in these events. If you are one of these participants, sooner or later, it’s a good bet that you will run into judging that, at best, will leave you shaking your head in bewilderment and, at worst, leave you furious. For folks with show dogs, this state of affairs is nothing new but at least in the show ring, where all judging is subjective, owners and handlers know what they’re getting into when they plunk down the entry fee.

November 19th, 2021 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Inaugural AKC/USPCA K9 Detection Dog Challenge Coming to ESPN2

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– Nation’s Finest K9 Officers Show How Dogs Keep America Safe – The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for all dogs, is excited to announce that the first-ever AKC/USPCA K9 Detection Dog Challenge will be broadcast on ESPN2 on Sunday, November 28th at 10pm ET. The event, [...]

November 18th, 2021 | Posted in Breaking News,Featured | Read More »

2021 AKC National Championship – Complete Entry Breakdowns


To follow are the complete entry breakdowns for the AKC National Championship to be held in Orlando, Florida on December 18th – 19th 2021. SPORTING BREEDS 19 BARBET 6-7- 2-3 1 VETERAN BITCHES 38 BRITTANY 8-8- 12-10 14 LAGOTTO 3-6- 2-3 25 NEDER KOOIK 4-6- 6-9 27 POINTER 2-6- 8-11 41 GERM SHT PNT 5-12- [...]

November 18th, 2021 | Posted in Breaking News,Featured | Read More »

The Sadly Elusive Front End

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Listen to conversations that include serious students of dogs–generally long-time, successful breeders, handlers and judges–and it won’t take long before they start talking about the sadly elusive front assembly. Somewhere between many and most show dogs have front ends that are lacking, and it shows on sidegait as well as on the down and back. Since it’s so sadly elusive, it’s time for a short reminder of what makes a front end great. Brush up on the basics in this article, go look for it in your own dogs, and then look to improve it in your breeding program.

November 18th, 2021 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Don’t Forget! Westminster Kennel Club Entries Close Friday, November 19th 2021


Don’t Forget! Breed Entries for the 2022 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show close At 3:00 p.M. EST., Friday, November 19, 2021. The limit of Conformation entries for this show is 2500 AKC Conformation Champion dogs. The Premium List is available online now. Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will be held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, [...]

November 17th, 2021 | Posted in Breaking News,Featured | Read More »

Breeds of Antiquity

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Generally, I do the happy dance when I see dogs in the news. However, I’ve gotten to the point where I need to calm down before I read anything related to this topic in The New York Times. They tend to be anti-purebred to say the least. On the other hand, Science Times is usually an excellent, trustworthy source of mainstream insights into science and research.

November 17th, 2021 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

IMHO – The Path to Success for Judges Completing their 1st Group


We all begin somewhere. For some, that place is standing in the ring judging dogs. It is not appealing to everyone, but for those of whom it is, the desire is undeniable. To satisfy that need requires every new judge to meet the requirements and face the challenges. Acquiring that first group can be the most daunting to those working through it. IMHO asked fellow judges to share some tips and offer their suggestions for judges who are taking those steps toward judging their first group. Whether their experiences are from long ago, more currently, or very new, you will be able to appreciate their advice.

November 17th, 2021 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »


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