Category Archives: Dog Shows

New Breeds Added to AKC Stud Book

Irish red whiteIf you paid careful attention during the broadcast of the National Dog Show on Thanksgiving Day, you may have noticed that the American Kennel Club has approved three new breeds, bringing the total number of recognized breeds to 162.

 The three new breeds are the Irish Red and White Setter, the Norwegian Buhund and the Pyrenean Shepherd. 

 The Irish Red and White is part of the Sporting Group.  This breed looks very similar to the conventional Irish Setter, except for the coloring.  However, the breed is sufficiently different to warrant recognition as a separate breed, rather than a variety of the Irish Setter.  Originally bred in 17th century Ireland as a hunting dog, the Irish Red and White was nearly extinct by 1900, but careful breeding efforts revived the breed by the 1940’s.  These dogs were eventually exported to the United States, where they have now been added to the official ranks of AKC breeds.  For more information, click here

 The Norwegian Buhund started its history as a farm dog companion of the Vikings.  The breed is capable of herding, guarding, and hunting, but is classified as a member of the Herding Group.  This dog is medium-sized and descends from the Spitz family, which also gives us the Chow-Chow, the Husky, and the Akita.  Like other Spitzes, the Buhund carries his beautifully plumed tail curled over his back.  For more information, click here

 The Pyrenean Shepherd is also a member of the Herding Group.  This dog may also be known as Berger des Pyrenees or Pyr. Shep.  Smaller than the Great Pyrenees, the two breeds often work together to help shepherds in their everyday tasks.  The long, lean body of this breed shows off the dog’s natural athleticism.  For more information, click here.

Until next time,

Good day, and good dog!

National Dog Show on TV Thursday

show dogAfter you watch the Macy’s parade, stay tuned to NBC for the Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s dog show.  The event was actually held November 12 – 15, with unbenched shows on Thursday and Friday, followed by benched shows over the weekend.  (For the uninitiated, a bench show is one where the dogs stick around throughout the day so attendees, exhibitors, and breeders can stop by to meet them.  An unbenched show is one in which the dogs are allowed to leave the competition when they are done being shown.)

 Over 2,000 dogs from across the country competed at the show, which was hosted by John O’Hurley of Dancing with the Stars fame (who is a dog person) and by Devid Frei, known as the dean of dog show commentators –  you’ll recognize his voice when you hear him.

 Results are already available online, but I don’t want to spoil the show, so I’ll just say this:  the same amazing dog won ALL FOUR shows!  I will post the full results on Friday.

Enjoy your turkey!

Until next time,

Good day,  and good dog!