The Luck of the Irish

March 17, 2015

From the AKC, in honor of St. Paddy’s Day: The Irish Breeds

Irish breeds of the American Kennel Club

Irish Wheaten

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier: The breed has a special connection to St. Patrick’s Day, having first appeared in the show ring at the Irish Kennel Club Championship on March 17, 1937. The breed is prized for its soft, silky, wheaten-colored coat which sheds minimally. Wheatens enjoy plenty of exercise and are happy, alert dogs.

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Tuesday Top Ten: Most popular breeds registered in 2014

March 3, 2015

shutterstock_127264724The Labrador Retriever has done it again. The American Kennel Club (AKC®) recently announced that the intelligent, family friendly breed holds tight to the number one spot on the most popular list for the 24th consecutive year, continuing the longest reign as the nation’s top dog in AKC history.

While the Lab holds strong, the Bulldog has quietly crept up the list, landing this year at number four for the first time – its highest ranking in breed history. This gentle breed makes an excellent family companion with a natural tendency to form strong bonds with kids, an easy-to-care-for coat and minimal exercise needs.
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Wrapping Up Westminster Winners Week: The Answers

March 1, 2015

Warren Remedy

One of the winningest dogs in Westminster history, Ch Warren Remedy, who won the all of the first three years.

I hope you’ve enjoyed playing along all week! As promised, here are the answers for each day, showing the year won, the dog’s registered name, and the owner’s name(s).

Saturday
1. 1933 Ch Warland Protector of Shelterock, Airedale Terrier, S M Stewart
2. 1947 – Ch Warlord of Mazelaine, Boxer, Mrs. & Mrs. RC Kettles Jr (Also won in 1946)
3. 1955 – Ch Kippax Fearnought, Bulldog, Dr. JA Saylor (Also won in 1954)
4. 1962 – Ch Elfinbrook Simon, West Highland White Terrier, Wishing Well Kennels
5. 1972 – Ch Chinoe’s Adamant James, English Springer Spaniel (Also won in 1971)
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Westminster Winners Week Day Seven

February 27, 2015

Guess the year these dogs were winners, as pictured in these photos from the Westminster archives. Answers posted next weekend.
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Westminster Winners Week Day Six

February 26, 2015

Guess the year these dogs were winners, as pictured in these photos from the Westminster archives. Answers posted next weekend.
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Westminster Winners Week Day Five

February 25, 2015

Guess the year these dogs were winners, as pictured in these photos from the Westminster archives. Answers posted next weekend.
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Westminster Winners Week Day Four

February 24, 2015

Guess the year these dogs were winners, as pictured in these photos from the Westminster archives. Answers posted March 1st.

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Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Westminster Winners Week Day Three

February 23, 2015

Guess the year these dogs were winners, as pictured in these photos from the Westminster archives. Answers posted next weekend.
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Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Westminster Winners Week Day Two

February 22, 2015

Guess the year these dogs were winners, as pictured in these photos from the Westminster archives. Answers posted March 1st.

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Westminster Winners Week Day One: Guess the Year

February 21, 2015

I’m about half-way on vacation this week. I’m going to be teaching some classes, but they’re in Hawaii, so I’m counting it as vacation. I thought it might be fun to set up a game that will run while I’m gone.

I’ve dug out some photos from the Westminster archives. Each day, 5 of the photos will appear on the blog. Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to guess which year is pictured. Extra points if you can name any details, such as the name or breed of the dog or the name of the owner. (And these are points in the sense that “Whose Line Is It Anyway” gives points – they don’t matter.)
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