Category Archives: Breed Specific

Westminster 2021: New Breeds

Four newly AKC-recognized breeds will join the 209 eligible breeds at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 2021.

Photo:  WKC
Photo: WKC

The archetype water dog of France, the Barbet is a joyful, bright, and loyal companion. A rustic breed with roots as far back at the 16th century, this medium-sized dog locates, flushes, and retrieves birds. The Barbet will join the Sporting Group. Continue reading Westminster 2021: New Breeds

Tuesday Top Ten: Top Dogs Virtual Exhibit from AKC Museum of the Dog

Photo:  AKC MOTD
Photo: AKC MOTD

Announcing the Top Dogs Virtual Tour! Join us for a FREE virtual tour of this exhibition! Just reserve a free “ticket” and you will be emailed a link to the tour. No donation is required, but always appreciated.

This exhibition takes a closer look at the top ten breeds, examines their histories, and speculates what exactly about them captures the hearts and minds of so many Americans.

The in-person exhibit at the AKC Museum of the Dog in NYC runs from May 6th to August 31st; I’m assuming the virtual tour is the same.

Sign up here.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

National Purebred Dog Day

Photos:  AKC
Photos: AKC

From The Dog Lady’s mailbag: The American Kennel Club® (AKC) invites you to celebrate National Purebred Dog Day on Saturday, May 1st, 2021. This annual celebration highlights the purpose, predictability, preservation and pride of purebred dogs, along with the many ways these incredible dogs impact their human counterparts each day.

Ways to get involved:
• Have a favorite breed? Donate to a breed-specific rescue. The AKC has the largest network of purebred rescue groups in the nation. Visit akc.org for more information.
• Share your love for your purebred dog on social media with the hashtag #NationalPurebredDogDay.
• Thinking about getting a dog? Research what breeds would best fit your lifestyle at akc.org and find a responsible breeder.
• Reach out to your lawmakers. National Purebred Dog Day is a great opportunity to educate your legislator about the importance of purpose-bred dogs. Continue reading National Purebred Dog Day

Beagle Brigade

Meet the Beagles who search for smuggled goods at Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson Airport.

Customs and Border Protection uses Beagles for a couple of reasons: they are not as intimidating as other K-9s like German Shepherds, and they eat less than the larger dogs. Each Beagle goes through a training period of 10-weeks with the paired handler. During the training, handlers become familiar with the dog before they are put to work at their respective port of entry. Each pup can find various plants, meats, fruits and vegetables, and the training doesn’t stop once they are certified. These canines and their handlers have to recertify every year.

Retirement age is about 9 years old, although because they use exclusively rescues, they really don’t know how old the dogs are. The biggest criterion is whether or not they retain their motivation to work for food rewards. (I could still be working at age 58!)

Gotta love those little noses on four legs.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Saturday Survey: Favorite Breed

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The AKC released their list of most registered breeds last week, so I’m wondering which breeds our readers like best. I’ve listed the top five from the AKC list, plus the truly most prevalent breed in the US, the mutt. Which is your favorite?

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Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Frenchie is Movin’ On Up!

Photo:  American Kennel Club
Photo: American Kennel Club

From the American Kennel Club:

Lab lovers continue to make their voices heard! The American Kennel Club (AKC®) announced at a virtual press conference at the AKC Museum of the Dog that the ever-popular Labrador Retriever is the nation’s favorite dog for the 30th consecutive year.

While the loveable Lab holds firmly to the top spot, the French Bulldog has continued to skyrocket in popularity. The Frenchie landed at number two in 2020, knocking the German Shepherd Dog down to third. The German Shepherd Dog had been the second most popular dog breed since 2009. Continue reading Frenchie is Movin’ On Up!

Biewer Terrier is AKC’s 197th Breed

Photo:  AKC
Photo: AKC

From The Dog Lady’s mailbag: The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for dogs, announced today that the Biewer Terrier has received full recognition, and is eligible to compete in the Toy Group. This addition brings the number of AKC-recognized breeds to 197.

“We’re thrilled to have the Biewer Terrier join the registry,” said Gina DiNardo, AKC Executive Secretary. “This wonderful little dog makes a great companion for a variety of people, and we’re excited to introduce dog lovers to another fantastic breed that may be a perfect match for their family. As always, we encourage people to do their research to find the right breed for their lifestyle.”

Joining the Toy Group, the Biewer Terrier is a happy-go-lucky dog with a childlike, whimsical attitude. Their purpose is to love and be loved, making them excellent companions. These dogs are loyal and a friend to all they meet. Their long coat requires daily brushing to keep it free of mats. Biewer Terriers are easy going and don’t need a great deal of exercise. Daily walks and playtime will give them the activity they need.

AKC Recognition offers the breed the opportunity to compete at all levels of AKC-sanctioned events. Recognition does not necessarily mean that the breed is a newly created breed. Many of the breeds that gain full AKC-recognition have existed for many years, and some are ancient. To become an AKC-recognized breed there must be an active following and interest in the breed by owners in the U.S. as well as an established breed club of responsible owners and breeders. There also must be a sufficient population of dogs in the United States geographically distributed throughout the county. Breeds working towards full recognition are recorded in AKC’s Foundation Stock Service® (FSS®). Additional information on the process can be found at akc.org.

They’re so cute!

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!