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Special Summer Westminster Show

Photo:  Westminster Kennel Club
Photo: Westminster Kennel Club
Guess who just got her remote media credentials for the big summer Westminster Dog Show? That’s right – this girl!

Regular readers know this show is my favorite dog-related event of the year, but as with everything else, COVID-19 messed up the schedule as well as eliminating spectators and vendors. In order to still be able to hold the show this year, they moved it outside to Lyndhurst in Tarrytown, and since January in New York isn’t always outside-friendly, they rescheduled for June.

Here’s the way things will happen:
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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!

Who Won the AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin?

A closely held secret! I can’t reveal the winners yet because it hasn’t been televised yet, and I don’t want to be a spoiler.

If you absolutely need your dog show fix, there are highlights available on AKC.TV and on the ESPN app. There are also features on rally, obedience, and (my favorite) agility available, as well as the All-Breed Puppy and Junior Stakes.

Otherwise, you’ll have to wait with the rest of us to see it in a three-hour special on ABC on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 2 p.m. ET, which I will be live-blogging. as usual.

Sorry! (Not sorry)

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Controversy at 2014 Crufts Show

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What do you do if your show dog has flyaway hair? At most dog shows, you would simply use hair spray to keep the fur in place during the show. However, outdated Crufts rules outlaw the use of any artificial enhancers such as hairspray or the chalk some handlers use to make white dogs appear whiter.

According to the Belfast Telegraph, opponents who organised themselves into a group called the “Elnett revolutionaires”, after a brand of hairspray, said that sending a Poodle into competition without hairspray was “like Miss World being made to go on without her make-up.”

Judges had spot-checked dogs to enforce the rules in past years, but have suspended such checks for the 2014 shows. New rules are expected to be implemented before next year’s show, allowing both hairspray and chalk.

Shwew! I was worried there for a minute!

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Scruffts Competition Debuts at Crufts 2014

shutterstock_179536787The RSPCA, Great Britain’s version of the ASPCA, began boycotting the Crufts show in 2009, due to the exclusion from competition of dogs who couldn’t prove their parentage. They made this bold move because of scientific evidence that shows that the in-breeding common in show dog circles can perpetuate inherited health problems. Their statistics show that one in four pure-bred dogs suffers from congenital defects including heart disease, epilepsy, and hyperthyroidism.
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Final Results from 2014 Crufts Conformance Show

Ricky Mav SabrAfter 25,000 dogs went through the show rings at Crufts, the day four final results are in.

Winner of the Gun Dog Group: CH Afterglow Pearl’s a Singer

And the winner of the all important Best in Show? The Poodle: CH AFterglow Maverick Sabre, pictured here, courtesy AFterglow Showdogs.

Congratulations to the folks at AFterglow!

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Results Through Day Three From 2014 Crufts

shutterstock_179684084Here are some of the winners from the big 2014 Crufts show. Over 25,000 dogs will compete before the show is over.

Hound Group: an Irish Wolfhound named CH Just in Time of First Avenue

Pastoral Group: a Samoyed named CH Nikara Diamond Dancer

Terrier Group: a Wire Fox Terrier named CH King Arthur Van Foliny Home (This is the same breed, but not the same dog, that won Westminster.)

Toy Group: a Pomeranian named Unbeaten’s Premiera

Utility Group: a Standard Poodle named Afterglow’s Maverick Sabre

Working Group: a Rottweiler named CH Minaelea’s Black Nambo

Tomorrow, the Gundogs will compete before the winner of the whole event is crowned.

For up-to-the-minute results, check out The Kennel Club’s official score site. For more information about the show, here’s the link to the Crufts Show main site.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Saturday Survey: Best Major Dog Show

Group judging is now underway at the National Dog Show presented by the Philadelphia Kennel Club, although the show won’t be telecast until Thanksgiving Day at noon. So far, no results are available on-line, but I’ll keep checking. It did set us up for today’s poll, though. Inquiring minds want to know: what’s your favorite major dog show?

What's your favorite major dog show?

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Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Tuesday Top Ten: Favorites to Watch at 2013 Westminster Dog Show

It’s getting closer! Can you feel the excitement in the air? The 137th annual Westminster Kennel Club All-Breed Show will be here before you know it! The show runs all day on February 11 and 12 in New York City. I keep saying I’m going to make a trip up there to see it one of these years, but 2013 is not going to be the year I make it.
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