5 Ways of Looking at a Dalmatian

“Infinitely less stupid than men.”

“Infinitely less stupid than men.”

AKC Gazette, “Times Past”:

1. “He holds the distinction of being the world’s only true coach dog, substantiated by the early engravings and drawings depicting the spotted dogs accompanying Egyptian chariots.” —Anna Katherine Nichols


2. “Authoritative writers place him first as a positive entry in Dalmatia, a region in west Yugoslavia. Though he has been credited with a dozen nationalities and has many native names … it is from his first proved home that he takes his correct name, the Dalmatian.” —The Complete Dog Book


3. “One of the Dalmatian’s most auspicious appearances in the realm of myth was in a celebrated dream that came to the mother of St. Dominic, the man who founded the Dominican order.

“The dream in which the dog appeared showed him carrying a torch with which to set the world on fire. The teachings of Dominic were thus symbolized by the dog dream, and the Order itself depicted the Dalmatian in many different kinds of church art.

“The black and white coat of the dog turned into the colors used by the Order—white robe, white hood, and a black cloak thrown over these. The Dominicans were thus known as Domini canes: that is, the ‘dogs of God’ …” —Gerald and Loretta Hausman, The Mythology of Dogs


4. Cruella De Vil: Be sure to let me know when the blessed event occurs.

Anita: I’m not due for another eight months.

Cruella De Vil: The puppies, darling. I have no use for babies. —101 Dalmatians (1996)


5. “They are much more sensible than any other breed of dog I know—and I’ve known many breeds. Dalmatians are not only superior to other dogs, they are like all dogs, infinitely less stupid than men.” —Eugene O’Neill


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An Interview with Susan Lilly, New CEO of the AKC Canine Health Foundation


In this podcast we hear from Susan Lilly, the new CEO of the AKC Canine Health Foundation. A native of Michigan, Susan boasts a strong fundraising background. After holding development positions at Central Michigan University, she served as Director of Development at Michigan State University and, most recently, was Executive Director of the North Carolina State University Veterinary Health Foundation. In this podcast Susan discusses her passion for helping animals, her enthusiasm about being a part of CHF and its mission, and her desire to connect with you and the many supporters of CHF.

Listen here.

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AKC Canine Good Citizen Advanced Test with Dr. Mary Burch

AKC Community Canine is the advanced level of Canine Good Citizen. For people interested in taking the test with their dog, we created this video to demonstrate the 10 steps of the test. We hope to see you and your dog earning your AKC Community Canine title soon! Learn how to get started here.

The dogs featured in this video are Emi, a Leonberger owned by the AKC’s Mara Bovsun, and Chowsie, a Yorkshire Terrier owned by the AKC’s Liz Donovan. Both dogs passed the test and earned their CGCA. The test was administered in New York City’s Grand Central Station, one of the busiest places on earth!

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5 Ways of Looking at a Poodle

“This is not a deranged hair-stylist’s fantasy …”

“This is not a deranged hair-stylist’s fantasy …”

AKC Gazette, “Times Past”

  1. “Charley’s combed columns of legs were noble things, his cap of silver-blue fur was rakish, and he carried the pompom of his tail like the baton of a bandmaster. … If manners maketh man, then manner and grooming maketh poodle.” —John Steinbeck
  1. “The modern Poodle, displaying the most elaborate and meticulous coat trim known to the canine show world, would appear to be a far cry from its working ancestor. In reality however, the fancy grooming of the champion pedigree dog of today is only a refinement of a style that has been known for centuries. … This is not a deranged hair-stylist’s fantasy, it was a practical, down-to-earth adaptation to life as a rough, tough water retriever.” —Desmond Morris
  1. “Once you and a poodle have shared the same leash, you’re hooked! A certain chemistry seems to flow through that leash uniting both poodle and master. Eventually you aren’t even sure whether you are walking the poodle, or the poodle is walking you.” —Jacqueline Susann
  1. “Poodles are Labrador Retrievers with a college education. My Poodle will do anything your Lab will do. After a day of retrieving in the field, your Lab wants to curl up and snore in front of the fire. My Poodle wants to be a fourth at bridge and tell naughty stories!” —Anne Rogers Clark
  1. Love is the emotion that a woman feels always for a poodle dog and sometimes for a man.” —George Jean Nathan

Photo: Ch. Alekai Marlaine and Wendell Sammet, Westminster 1967, by Paula Wright; AKC Gazette archive

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Breed Spotlight: The Charming Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Courtesy Anita Kay Simpson

Courtesy Anita Kay Simpson

AKC Gazette breed column: Survival of this rare terrier breed depends on getting the word out to potential owners about the Dandie’s charm and personality.

Everyone smiles when they see a Dandie Dinmont Terrier. They can’t help it. Whether on show grounds, sidewalks, or parks, the smiles are always there. The general public will ask, “What is it?” The knowledgeable will say, “How nice to finally see one!” Regardless, they all greet the Dandie with a big smile.

Bringing new folks into a rare breed is challenging, and necessary for the breed’s survival. If the Dandie were a wild species, it would be on the endangered list. The gene pool has become a gene puddle, and it is up to the lovers of the breed to spread word of its virtues to prospective owners.

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club of America has welcomed exhibitors of Border Terriers, Corgis, Saint Bernards, Irish Wolfhounds, Dachshunds, Basset Hounds, and Sealyhams, to name just a few. Our members’ past dog experiences have brought new and fresh ideas to the Dandie club.

An example is Gary and Kathy, successful breeders-exhibitors of Border Terriers. They visited my Dandies at several shows and were supportive and helpful. I sold them a bitch who was pick of the litter. Within three years they made her the DDTCA’s Dandie of the Year and a bronze grand champion, and they had their first Dandie litter!

Dandies 2-15 WKCThe Dandie is a great introductory breed for a person who is new to the sport. The novice will need help with the basics of showing a dog, as well as the specific grooming needs of the Dandie. Living near a breeder or exhibitor is helpful so the new exhibitor can get assistance in both of these areas, but it is not necessary. Most Dandie fanciers are willing to share their knowledge with new owners.

The owner-handler has a better chance of success in showing a Dandie than with many more popular breeds. I co-owned a nice Dandie male with Tyan, a dog groomer who wanted an attention-getting model for a grooming competition. He helped hold dogs one day, and the following day he helped with grooming and showing. The next weekend he arrived dressed for the ring and brought his partner, Tom, a computer consultant, who thought the whole thing was silly. They both quickly got “hooked,” however, and are now ardent Dandie owners and exhibitors. Tyan has also been successful with his Dandie at grooming competitions, showing the breed to a whole new audience of dog lovers. Tom became an excellent handler, showing to Best of Opposite Sex at the Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club of America national specialty.



Everyone smiles when they see a Dandie. They can’t help it. Get a Dandie, and keep on smilin’! —Karen Dorn, guest columnist

Barbara A. Baese, DDTCA (fine_n_dandie@hotmail.com):
We need to take action and get more Dandie owners involved in the fancy. Perhaps one step may be posting flyers that read something like this:

WANTED: Big-eyed, short in stature but large in personality, fully coiffed, rare canine with lots of love to give seeking interested humans looking for an unusual experience in and out of the show ring. Must be willing to take a risk, work hard, learn as you go, and dedicate most of your free time to training and grooming. Benefits include wagging “rotor” tails, big paws, and sloppy kisses. Novices encouraged to apply. No age limit, and hairdressing experience a plus. Apply with the next Dandie exhibitor you meet, or contact the Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club of America secretary for more information via the club’s website.

Further information about Dandie Dinmont Terriers can be found here and here, and on the website of the breed’s national parent club, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club of America.

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A New National Champion!

Congratulations to new National Champion dog “Charlie” and all the winners at the 2014 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship! The Skye Terrier topped a record entry of more than 4,100 dogs competing at the show December 13–14 in Orlando, Florida. The weekend also included top obedience and agility competitions, dock-diving dogs, demonstrations, and “Meet the Breeds” — all part of a great celebration of everything canine. For full results and more information, click here.



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Pantroversy! Should Women Wear Pants in the Ring?

AKC Gazette “Times Past”— In the January 14, 1973, New York Times, dog columnist Walter Fletcher asked fanciers a contentious question: Should women wear pants in the ring?

“The ring is not a burlesque stage.”

“The ring is not a burlesque stage.”

Here are some responses.

Jeanette Cross I’ve made a practice of wearing well-cut conservative pants suits when I’m judging. I find them extremely comfortable and I have no worries when I lean down for a close look at a short-legged dog.

Julia Gasow Although I wear slacks at home all the time, I disapprove of them in the ring—except for obedience.

A.J. Haggerty I think slacks are very practical. However, when a girl appears in a mini-skirt, the crowds always appear around the ring.

James Trullinger No mention is made [in AKC guidelines for judges] of the use of slacks, pants suits or hot pants for lady judges, but I believe they do not have a place in the show ring. This applies also to women handlers and exhibitors. The ring is not a burlesque stage.

Howard Atlee Fashions in presentation of dogs have changed through the years, for example the trim on Poodles, so why shouldn’t the judge be allowed to wear what’s fashionable.

Anne Rogers Clark As long as fashion decrees women may wear slacks to the theater or any good restaurant, there is no reason why they shouldn’t be worn in the ring.

Janet Hobbs Pants suits and slacks are acceptable street wear but I’m afraid if you permit them in the ring next you will find exhibitors wearing Levis and sweatshirts.

Clark Thompson A woman judge in slacks is able to present a much more modest figure when bending low. It might be left entirely to the women to decide for themselves if and how much they want their slips showing.

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