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The Purpose of Canine Events

AKC Gazette breed column, Whippets—For serious, dedicated, and ethical dog breeders, exhibition in numerous competitions devoted to purebred dogs is not a whim but a proving ground. Historians like to claim that the manipulation and selective breeding of purebred dogs

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Posted in AKC Gazette, AKC Gazette breed columns, Breeds, dog breeding, dog shows, responsible breeder, Whippets

Yes, I’m a Diehard Dog Show Exhibitor

AKC Gazette breed column, Border Terriers—Long drives, flat tires, and even the occasional (rescinded) threat of divorce can’t dampen an exhibitor’s love of dogs and the sport … Maybe it’s a terrier thing, or maybe it’s the competitive nature in

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Posted in AKC Gazette, AKC Gazette breed columns, dog shows, Humor, Terriers

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? Here are some responses. Jeanette Cross I’ve made a practice of wearing

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Posted in AKC Gazette, dog show, dog showing, dog shows, Dog Sports, Times Past

AKC/Eukanuba Flashback: The Incomparable Miss Dorothy Nickles

AKC Gazette, “Times Past”—In December 2001 at the first AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, a self-described “little gal from Texas,” Miss Dorothy Nickles, put up the happy-go-lucky Bichon Frise named JR in her Best in Show ring. Miss Nickles was among the

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Bridging the Great Divide Between Show and Field

AKC Gazette breed column— Parent clubs, judges, breeders, owners, how about if we let all our sporting dogs go back to being dual-purpose dogs? If that means decreasing excessive coat to a moderate length, maybe that’s what we should do.

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Posted in AKC Gazette, AKC Gazette breed columns, Breeders, Field work, Purpose-Bred Dogs, Uncategorized
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