Saturday, March 9, 2013


GCH CH Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm 
(Photo by Kayal Bertagnolli courtesy of Best In Show Daily)

Nashville is known for its country music stars,  but nearby Franklin TN has drawn several canine stars to its four day Country Music Cluster.  We told you about the Nashville Kennel Club’sThursday opener.  Friday it was the Tullahoma Kennel Club of Tennessee’s turn to host.

GCH CH Lightning Strike El Xargall

Michele Billings had the Friday’s final and the company of the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm, the 15” Beagle, GCH CH Torquay Be Nice To Me, the Boxer, CH Hi Tech The King of Sherry Shoot Jp, the Welsh Terrier, GCH CH Shaireab Bayleigh Maid of Honor, the Papillon, Wildfire Uncensored, the Tibetan Spaniel, GCH CH Kan Sing’s Tenzin, and the Briard, GCH CH Lightning Strike El Xargall.

Her BIS was the GWP, Oakley, and her RBIS was the Briard, Thunder.   Oakley was 2012’s Number One Dog All Breeds and is the top winning German Wirehaired Pointer of all time with 88 career Bests.  So far this year Oakley and handler Phil Booth have collected eight BIS in 15 final appearances, including last month’s Westminster Kennel Club final.

Friday, March 8, 2013


Sit Thomas More 

Our regular readers know we have this love/hate relationship with the British.  We can’t help it.  Ever since Henry the VIII beheaded his Lord Chancellor, our 14th great grandfather, Sir Thomas More, we have longed for reconciliation and revenge.  Actually, we no longer want revenge.  We figure moving Madonna to England was enough. 

While we admire the way the British do most things, recently we have had some issues with the British and their take on purebred dogs.  Just a few years ago we looked forward to Crufts, the Kennel Club’s (a somewhat presumptuous title we will cede to the British) almost as much as we do the Westminster Kennel Club show.  Crufts has a lot to recommend it.  It is very old.  Their first all breed show was held in 1891.  It is very big.  This year’s show has more than 20,000 dogs entered.  And, whatever issues we have, they know how to run a big event.  The British have been doing grand events for a millennium.

However, the British consider public brawls uncivilized and have refused to fight the  animal rights extremists.  Things started getting out of hand in 2008 after the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) aired “The Purebred Dog Exposed”, an anti-breeder a propaganda piece that created a firestorm on both sides of the Atlantic.  The anti-purebred  sentiment resulted in the BBC refusing to air the broadcast of Crufts after more than 50 years of covering the show.  In an act of appeasement not seen since Neville Chamberlain, the Kennel Club agreed to alter several of its breed standards to address the health issues exploited by the BBC film.  However, that was not sufficient to satisfy those extremists who wanted to rid the registry of breeds that did not meet their definition of a healthy dog. 

Last year Crufts singled out 15 “High Profile” breeds that would have to go through a second judge, a veterinarian, AFTER being selected Best Of Breed before they could compete in their respective group competitions.  The targeted breeds included the Basset Hound, the Bloodhound, the Bulldog, the Chinese Crested, the Chinese Shar-Pei, the Chow Chow, the Clumber Spaniel, the Dogue de Bordeaux, the French Bulldog, the German Shepherd Dog, the Mastiff, the Neapolitan Mastiff, the Pekingese, the Pug and the Saint Bernard. Last year the Basset Hound, the Bulldog, the Clumber Spaniel, the Mastiff, the Neapolitan Mastiff and the Pekingese all had their breed wins revoked.   The disqualification of the Pekingese,  PalaceGarden Bianca, was a shot across the bow of American breeders as another PalaceGarden Peke, GCH CH PalaceGarden Malachy, had just been awarded BIS at the 2012 Westminster Kennel Club show.  European breeders were similarly disrespected when the multi-titled Clumber Spaniel, AM/DK/H/BIH/SCG/A/LUX CH Chervood Snowsun, failed her vet check despite being armed with two separate veterinarian reports establishing her soundness. 

The Canine Alliance was formed shortly thereafter to begin a dialogue with The Kennel Club over the vetting process. The CA reported that the KC was initially, “..RUDE, DISMISSIVE AND UNACCEPTABLE.” (sic) Later meetings had shown some promise, but as of now the KC is insisting that positive improvements in the health of the targeted breeds be statistically proven before they will even entertain a request that a breed be removed from the list. The Kennel Club has removed the Chinese Crested, but the remaining breeds will face the vet before advancing.  The good news is that four of the seven groups have been judged and all of the breed winners have passed their vet checks.  We encourage our readers to go to the CruftsYou Tube page and watch the breed/group videos for themselves and let us know whether the breed winners are maintaining breed type despite the revised standards and vet checks.

Kybo Pandarama

For Thursday’s Crufts results see my Back Story piece over on Best In Show Daily.  Today’s Groups were the Utility Group, somewhat comparable to our Non-Sporting Group, and the Toy Group.  First up was judge Frank Kane’s Utility Group.  The Kennel Club’s version of our Non-Sporting Group includes all three Poodle varieties, both the Standard & Miniature Schnauzer and two German Pinschers (Klein & Mittel) and Japanese Inu (Akita & Shiba).  In addition to the Schnauzers & Toy Poodle, it also has some imports from other groups, the Akita, the Canaan Dog.  In return it exports the Bichon Frise and Lowchen to the Toy Group.  Judge Kane’s Top Four were the Tibetan Terrier, Kybo Pandarama, the Japanese Shiba Inu, CH Vormund Norma Jean, the Standard Poodle, DK/SE/FI CH Abica’s Mile Ahead, and the Dalmatian, CH Offordale Chevalier JW.

CH Maibee Theo

The Toy Group, apart from the aforementioned Bichon & Lowchen, looks pretty much like our own…Well, at least it has most of the same breeds.  Yes, they already have the Bolognese & Coton de Tulear and, yes, they change up the names a bit, e.g. Griffon Bruxellois & Black & Tan English Toy Terrier, but the real change up is the impact of the ban on cropping ears and docking tails.  While the long tailed Yorkshire Terrier exuded breed type, the bat eared MinPin with a long tailed looked disquietly like the Toy Manchester, er, English Toy Terrier.  Also interesting was the sans topknot Shih Tsu.  The one judge Liz Cartledge liked the best was the King Charles Spaniel, CH Maibee Theo.  She also placed the Italian Greyhound, CH Dalinset Sarastro, the Yorkshire Terrier, CH Royal Precious JP'S F4 Juliana, and the Pomeranian IR CH Belliver Unexpected Target.

With two days, we have high hopes for some movement toward reconciliation.  Maybe the British will even forgive John Hancock for signing the Declaration of Independence ?


CH Del Zarzoso Salvame From Afterglow
(Photo by Tanner Congleton)

The action on the west coast this weekend is in Hanford CA, perfectly situated halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco along I-5.

The Sequoia Kennel Club opened the four day set, putting Barbara Dempsey Alderman in the final ring.  Joining here were the German Shorthaired Pointer, GCH CH Dogwdcreek's La Vite E Bella, the Bloodhound, GCH CH Quiet Creek’s Kiss and Tell, the Standard Schnauzer, GCH CH Steinhaus Maxim Courage RN, the Smooth Fox Terrier, Raybills Ready to Torumble, the Japanese Chin, GCH CH Victory Spencer, the Standard Poodle, CH Del Zarzoso Salvame From Afterglow, and the Border Collie, GCH CH  Kensington's Artful Dodger.

GCH CH Victory Spencer
(Photo by Kayla Bertagnolli courtesy of Best In Show Daily)

Her Best and Reserve were the Standard Poodle, Dino, and the Chin, Spencer.  It seems appropriate that the British born Dino pick up a BIS here in the US on the same weekend as Crufts.  It’s the second of the year for the 2012 AKC/Eukanuba National Champion finalist. 

One aside, the two above photos were taken by two of the talented young photographers we see around our the rings.  With ambassadors like these two we can look forward to our sport flourishing for some time to come.


GCH CH Downhome Hitech Innovator 
(Photo  by Kayla Bertagnolli courtesy of Best In Show Daily)

There is also a quartet of shows in San Antonio TX this weekend.  It all started on Thursday with the Kennel Club of Greater Victoria’s day one show.  James Reynolds had the first final and his pick of the Pointer, Chesterhope State of T Art, the Harrier, GCH CH Downhome Hitech Innovator, the Boxer, GCH CH Winfall I Dream of Style, the Welsh Terrier, CH Malvado Devil Woman, the Pug, GCH CH Hill Country Tag I’m It, the Chinese Shar-Pei, GCH CH Jade East Do You Know The Way To San Jose, and the Border Collie, F Si A Ge Of Fu You Yuan Kennel.

GCH CH Winfall I Dream of Style
(Photo by Rhonda Cassidy)

Taking home the BIS was the Harrier, Chet, while the Boxer, Macey grabbed the RBIS.   Chet was 2012’s Number Two Hound and has continued that winning attitude into 2013.  Thursday’s win was his second of the year in 13 final appearances.


CH Hi Tech The King of Sherry Shoot Jp
(Photo by Jeffrey Hanlin)

Before we get into what’s going on over in Birmingham, England, at the 20,000 plus dog show, Crufts, Let’s catch you up on what’s happening here in the USA this weekend.

We start in Franklin TN near Nashville where the Nashville Kennel Club and the Tullahoma Kennel Club of Tennessee have teamed up for four shows. The NKC started things rolling On Thursday and ended the day with William Usherwood in the final ring with an all BIS winning lineup, the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm, the Basset Hound, GCH CH Topsfield-Sanchu Eeenie Meenie Miney Moe, the Boxer, CH Hi Tech The King of Sherry Shoot Jp, the Russell Terrier, GCH CH Goldsands Columbus, the Pomeranian, GCH CH CR Chase What Matters, the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Jaset’s Satisfaction, and the Australian Shepherd, GCH CH Myshara’s Dancing Queen.

 GCH CH Goldsands Columbus
(Photo by Michelle Steigmeyer)

His top two were the Boxer, King, and the Russell Terrier, Bosse.  It was the second BIS of the year for the Boxer from Japan and handler Diego Fernando Garcia.