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Grand Champion

Branston’s Only Game In Town  

 
 
The breeding was done and the puppies arrived, one flashy, tri boy stood out from the start!

 
I was so excited to breed my bred-by foundation bitch, Am CH, Can GCH Branston Windkist Masquerade “Harlow”, as she is a daughter of the dog that still owns my heart, Am Can MBIS Ch Briargate Beam Me Up Scottie “William”


Am CH, Can GCH Branston Windkist Masquerade


Am Can MBIS Ch Briargate Beam Me Up Scottie
 
Warren exudes breed type, with a correct, soft, hound head. Beautiful expression, with dark, pleading eyes. Balanced, efficient side gait and just the right amount of “sumthin” that makes his ring side fans stop and pay attention.

 
Warren is exclusively Breeder/Owner/Handled and I am sure he is the dog that will keep me in the game!
 
Warren is “That” dog I have been waiting for! 


Breeder/Owner/Handler: Christopher Giroux
KARS DOG CLUB – ONTARIO
July 21, 22, 23, 2017
Friday Best in Show Judge: Tim Thomas
BIS Newfoundland - GCh Summerford's What Ever
RBIS Bouvier des Flandres - Ch Galheights Code Q A Qomolangma
Saturday Best in Show Judge: Richard Lopaschuk
BIS Portuguese Water Dog - GCh Claircreek Faro Do Atlantico
RBIS Bouvier des Flandres - Ch Galheights Code Q A Qomolangma
Sunday Best in Show Judge: Ben Wasylyshen
BIS Saluki GCh Sirhan Ziyadah Windstorm
RBIS Schnauzer (Giant) Ch Lindsayleigh's Thunder Struck
CLUB CANIN DU FJORD – QUEBEC
July 21, 22, 23, 2017
Friday Show 1 Best in Show Judge: Avery Gaudin
BIS Retriever (Golden) - GChEx Polarsky's Twinkle Little Star
RBIS Bichon Frise - GCh PaRay's Molto Particulare
Friday Show 2 Best in Show Judge: Doug Gaudin
BIS Retriever (Golden) - GChEx Polarsky's Twinkle Little Star
RBIS Bichon Frise - GCh PaRay's Molto Particulare
Saturday Show 3 Best in Show Judge: Doug Windsor
BIS Bernese Mountain Dog - Belnois Sit Still Look Pretty
RBIS Retriever (Golden) - GChEx Polarsky's Twinkle Little Star
Saturday Show 4 Best in Show Judge: Darle Heck
BIS Bichon Frise - GCh PaRay's Molto Particulare
RBIS Bouvier des Flandres - GChEx Cornus One In A Row
Sunday Show 5 Best in Show Judge: Wendy Schira
BIS Bernese Mountain Dog - Belnois Sit Still Look Pretty
RBIS Schnauzer (Miniature) - GCh Obsession Mad Queen Juana
Sunday Show 6 Best in Show Judge: Stephen Dainard
BIS Spaniel (English Cocker) - Ch Giroflee Go Johnny Go
RBIS Bichon Frise - GCh PaRay's Molto Particulare
LADYSLIPPER KENNEL CLUB – PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
July 22, 23, 2017
Saturday Show 1 Best in Show Judge: Doreen Marsh
BIS Pomeranian – Ch. Chriscendo Consequence
RBIS Beagle - Ch TG Shillington Seeing Stars
Saturday Show 2 Best in Show Judge: Wayne Thompson
BIS Poodle (Standard) - Ch. TG Briarside All About Veda
RBIS Pekingese - Ch PekeEasy Top Gun Is In Town
Sunday Show 3 Best in Show Judge: Shirley Limoges
BIS German Shepherd Dog - GCh Harmonia's Rise and Shine
RBIS Poodle (Standard) – Ch. TG Briarside All About Veda
Sunday Show 4 Best in Show Judge: Yvonne Savard
BIS Poodle (Standard) – Ch. TG Briarside All About Veda
RBIS Beagle - Ch TG Shillington Seeing Stars
VALLEY KENNEL CLUB – ONTARIO
July 24, 25, 26, 2017
CANCELLED ENTIRELY DUE TO WEATHER AND UNSAFE GROUNDS
UPCOMING SHOWS NEXT WEEKEND
 
PACIFIC KENNEL CLUB – BRITISH COLUMBIA
PRINCE GEORGE KENNEL CLUB – BRITISH COLUMBIA
LAKEHEAD KENNEL CLUB – ONTARIO
LIMESTONE CITY OBEDIENCE KENNEL CLUB - ONTARIO

Top 15 All Breeds in Canada 

Rank    Name Breed Points

1   GCh Claircreek Faro Do Atlantico  Portuguese Water Dog  8610
   
 
2   GCh Summerford's What Ever  Newfoundland 5450
   
 
3   GChEx Heartsease Empress Of India  Newfoundland 5059
   
 
4   Ch Sevenoaks Lady Penelope  English Setter  3543
   
 
5   Ch Skyehigh's Here We Go Again   West Highland White Terrier  3407
   
 
6   GCh Gwich'inz Paparazzi Vizionz of Summerwindz  Afghan Hound  3208
   
 
7   Ch Rexroth's Angelina  Miniature Pinscher  3148
   
 
8   Ch Takala Trails Darcy  Irish Terrier  2777
   
 
9   Ch PaRay's Molto Particulare   Bichon Frise  2584
   
 
10   GCh Gallardo Tybrushe GirlAlmighty  Boxer  2323
   
 
11   GCh Woodside's Southern Belle  German Shepherd Dog 2295
   
 
12   GChEx Triseter Celtic Player Gordon Setter 2178
   
 
13   GCh Brio's Hotsicle Golden Retriever 2047
   
 
14   GChEx Polarsky's Twinkle Little Star Golden Retriever 2023
   
 
15   GCh Carnaby Between Friends   English Cocker Spaniel  1936
unofficial results courtesy of  www.canuckdogs.com

 

Top 15 All Breeds in The USA

Rank    Name Breed  

1   GChB Cordmaker Mister Blue Sky Puli  
   
 
2   GChB Ingebar's Tynan Dances With Wildflowers  Giant Schnauzer  
   
 
3   GChP Silverhall Strike Force  American Cocker Spaniel (ASCOB)   
   
 
4   GChP Belle Creek's All I Care About Is Love  Bichon   
   
 
5   GChP Hill Country's Let's Get Ready To Rumble  Pug  
   
 
6   GChP Sabe's Simply Invincible  Boston Terrier   
   
 
7   GChP Mojo's Continuation Of A Myth  Akita   
   
 
8   GChB Shaireab's Bayleigh Daenerys Stormborn  Welsh Terrier   
   
 
9   GChP Fidelis Ripcord  Doberman Pinscher   
   
 
10   GChS Clussexx Man Of Steel  Clumber Spaniel   
   
 
11   GChP Cerise Blindside  English Springer Spaniel   
   
 
12   GChG Nanook's This Girl Is On Fire  Siberian Husky   
   
 
13   GChS Yarrow Hi-Tech Drills N Skills  Affenpinscher  
   
 
14   GChS Tamarin Tailback  Affenpinscher   
   
 
15   GCh Kamand's Full Of Beans @ Erinhill  Sussex Spaniel   
       
for events processed through July 8th, 2017

Eukanuba World Challenge
Cancelled for 2018 


 
The Eukanuba World Challenge, one of the world’s most truly renowned and international dog show events, will pause for 1 year and come back in 2019 to celebrate its 11th edition @ Crufts 2019.
 
Supported by the world’s leading canine organizations, ‘Federation Cynologique Internationale’ (FCI) and ‘The Kennel Club’ (UK), the ‘Eukanuba World Challenge’ is a unique competition designed to bring together the top winning dogs from around the world and celebrate the magnificence of pure breed dogs. Participating dogs are nominated by their national Kennel Clubs or qualified at some of the world’s most prestigious shows, and compete for the highly coveted title ‘Eukanuba World Challenge Champion’ and a € 7,500 prize.
 
The very first Eukanuba World Challenge back in 2007, supported by the American Kennel Club (AKC), was held in Long beach, USA, and then it moved successfully to Orlando, USA, in 2011, which became its home for three years. 
In 2014, the prestigious event moved across the Atlantic into Europe where it joined the world famous Amsterdam Winners’ Show for two years, to finally celebrate its 10th anniversary, at Crufts 2017, with the support from UK Kennel Club.
 
In November 2017, the World dog show will take place in Germany (Leipzig) and Eukanuba will be the main sponsor, supporting our long time partners VDH and FCI. 
Just 9 months later the WDS 2018 in Amsterdam will take place where Eukanuba and Spectrum Brands will be supporting another of our long-time partner`s The Dutch Kennel Club (RvB) 
 
After extensive discussions we came to the conclusion it was better to pause the EWC for one year and let all dogs to prepare and participate at the two great World dog show events in Leipzig and Amsterdam. 
The Eukanuba World Challenge will take place again in 2019, in the magnificent main ring of Crufts and the competition will continue to be supported by the FCI and the UK Kennel Club.
The Kennel Club has kindly agreed that all qualified dogs that would have competed in the Eukanuba World Challenge final in 2018 and that meet the Kennel club rules will automatically be able to enter and compete in Crufts 2018 (entry criteria and fees will apply.
Mike Bloxsome, Influencer Leader Europe for Eukanuba, said
“I am excited to be given the responsibility by Spectrum Brands to build on the legacy left by Jose Luis Ibanez and I hope with the support of my European colleagues, that we will build and enhance on his great work. 
The 10th Eukanuba World Challenge which was held at Crufts 2017 was deemed such a huge success that it will return to Crufts in 2019 and, once again, we are so excited to hold our prestigious event at the world’s greatest dog show”.
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The Fancy Speaks...

 
The CKC recently sent out a survey in regards to creating a Breeder Accreditation Program. What are your thoughts on the CKC having such a program? Of most importance what do you think the criteria should be for a breeder to qualify, and at what cost?
 
 
William (Sandy) Gunn - Ontario
Pardon an old cynic but if it isn't about income generating for the CKC, what is it about? 
Accomplished, serious breeders are, have been, and will be accredited by the owners, exhibitors, and trailer’s of the pups and adults they produce generation after generation, and by their peers who, in recognizing their successes, choose to breed to their stud dogs and acquire their bitches as brood stock. A piece of paper from CKC really is redundant, and will almost inevitably be expensive!
Brian Taylor - Ontario
We have had similar programs such as Master Breeder etc, with very limited success. The CKC should not be involved in this scheme, as nobody at CKC as paid office staff, really knows much about breeding or dogs generally.
For such a program to work it would require tremendous cooperation from many breeders to reach any form of consensus.
Kate McMillan - Saskatchewan
So long as the CKC continues to accept registrations in my breed (and others) for animals of colours that indicate impure breeding, I won't consider any so-called breeder "accreditation" program to be worth the paper it's written on.
David Swartwood - Ontario
Most breeder accreditation programs come with a fee of sorts. Our parent club, other National clubs even the AKC has these in place and they do weed out a few breeders, but what they do allow is those who pass the minimum requirements who are great at marketing and have the funds to lay out to gain more exposure to sell puppies. Take a look at any of their sites and you will see pretty pictures of cute puppies from people in your breed you have never heard of.
Old time breeders, like myself for instance, feel there is no need to jump through said hoops and pay a fee for more exposure since their reputation will speak for itself and they don't need the extra exposure to sell puppies. Many of those long time breeders barely have enough puppies to replace the ones they sold to families 13-14 years ago that have passed on and would like another, so this new system would provide no benefit whatsoever.
 So if this is yet another way to raise money, I think there are better ways. As a member of CKC, shouldn't they be promoting purebred dogs and purebred breeders anyway, and supporting members who already pay for club benefits? When was the last time we saw anything in print in a major publication or newspaper about why the public should support pure bred dogs?
Don't we have a Public Relations Department? Time to step it up and fight back or the PETA groups, anti-docking groups, government bureaucracies will take all of our rights to own and breed dogs away.
Jean Tremblay - Ontario
I certainly understand that head office is trying to bridge a huge gap after they had to backtrack in the website advertising which was designated free for premiere members, which in itself was abused just based on the title as anyone could buy themselves credibility.
Sadly I see this going the very same way. A quick cash grab and then years of ignoring the abuse. Why would a long time respected member of the breeding community, be forced to pay for recognition of their tenure and respect earned from their peers?
Pam Murphy - New Brunswick
I am against the accreditation courses. I feel it is just another money grab opportunity, because someone takes the course does not mean they apply it etc. Or have integrity, or even health test, let alone value good temperaments. I work full time, plus my dogs and grooming etc, "time" would be a factor, so do I want to take a course? No. This is a hobby, I am 52 years old and most people are older also. Having a CKC membership, and being involved in showing, costs a lot of money.
When the SPCA initiated kennel inspection and licensing, then passes the known puppy mills first!!!!! Seriously! I think the CKC should be promoting purebred pedigrees/breeding integrity/health testing and temperaments etc.
Our work, quality of our dogs, successes, health and temperament, should be enough and maybe more screening needs to be done when becoming a CKC member. I have researched various legislations and in some it was satisfactory to be a kennel club member, and involved in showing that separated a hobby breeder from a commercial breeder. Maybe we need that clarification.
What about the people breeding "designer dogs?" Both can still be purebred and they are mixing breeds! No ethics of integrity of pedigree there! Or breeders who don't health test? I am a big believer in health testing.
All I can see this doing is discouraging more people from joining CKC and continuing to breed. While breeders and show entries continue to decline, as people get frustrated, and doing what they love becomes continually more difficult. This is just another difficulty.
The survey was poorly done! I do web work as a career, and it was awful in every way. It certainly left me with feeling it was all about a money grab, attempt for the CKC.
Although I did vote for CKC to be involved with non-purebred dogs for events etc, after I had some discussion with my CKC director about it at the time, I now regret that decision. I feel CKC has lost the main priority of purebred dog breeding, and integrity of a pedigree as its main priority. I also feel it is now more about how can the CKC make more $$$$$, when our shows are dwindling, as well as memberships to local clubs etc.
Entries here have fallen since the cropping and docking ban came in, I believe it also affected not only the show entries, but also some breeders stopped breeding as a result. You make things too difficult and we are going to lose more, and it affects me personally as did the docking cropping ban, why is the CKC not doing more to fix that situation for breeders who still want to choose to dock, or breeders, having the right to choose. I still feel that there was a lot of damage done with vets and SPCA who we once supported, now treat us like criminals instead of cherished successes. That damage still exists! Years later!
CKC members for the most part should be, a jewel in the crown! And the ones that are not should be banned. A paper on a wall, which means you can answer questions the way the CKC wants to hear them, does not mean they are applied in practise etc.
Janice Lamontagne - British Columbia
A reputable breeder should not just be breeding to sell, but to be bettering the breed. They also should be showing the dogs. All puppies must be registered regardless show or pet, not just the litter, as some people are doing. They cannot sell to pet stores.
At what cost, I am sorry but there should be no cost. We pay dues to the CKC, no discount for family, we pay for our kennel name, and to register our dogs that is enough.
Leah Swatko - Ontario
Well. I did the survey and posted on the Facebook page as well. I don't have an issue with accreditation, if it actually meant something to Ag Canada, CVMA, the municipalities and all the various bylaws. Otherwise it is just whistling in the dark. Honestly the huge amounts of money spent over the decades should give me a free pass. Thousands have gone to CKC in just registrations. Never mind showing/trialing fees. Yes I could of made a fortune, breeding mutts, but I have ethics, which seem to be in short supply out in the real world.
CKC seemed to be interested in partnering with CVMA and pet food makers. Well I feed raw and have for over 15 years. My vet bills have diminished to a few hundred a year, other than the rare large bill for an emergency. I don't over vaccinate, I have learned to do as much for my dogs as I did for my livestock when I ran a mixed farm and fed my family, and several others on produce from my garden and meat from my livestock.
Suddenly CVMA wants to take control of docking and cropping, they are making noise about feeding and training as well. Soon there will be more legislation in place for dog breeders, than there are for trucking of hazardous materials on our highways and rail lines.
CKC needs to stand up for the dog breeders, and I have not seen anything more than polite so very Canadian like, letters to CVMA. Or the Gov. of Ontario and BSL as it spreads.
This little comment doesn't begin to cover the issues faced by dog breeders. I just had a couple stop by as they were on the way to pay $600.00 for a yorkie X poodle mix. Where are the bylaws that protect me a registered breeder of generations of quality purebred dogs?
Dogs who live to mature ages of 13-17 and not just in Australian Shepherds, but in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels as well. Where is the cut in my house insurance, because I live where I can legally have more than 3 dogs over the age of 3 months? Where are the breeder connections to promote the well-bred dogs, not the conveniently located ones? CKC has so much work to do, to recover their reputation with me the breeder of purebred dogs. I see them as simply paper pushing, and money taking. $1000.00 + on registrations of my last litter is insane.
Sure pass it on to the buyers but there are not may willing to travel to this part of the province. They will drive 8 hours east to west, but not 5 hours north. I won't even start on dog shows/trials. I am an ASCA Rally, Obedience, and Conformation judge, I dropped my CKC license, as it was silly to pay for something that was rarely called upon. In ASCA I have been to Europe 4 times, all of the US countless times and I don't pay for my licenses. They are maintained by my attendance to seminars and the good work I do on my assignments. I could go on.
Adele MacAskill – Ontario
Many jurisdictions including the GTA are working on legislation to register breeders. If the legislation is passed it will become law at the municipal and conceivably at the provincial level as well. At the provincial level the program/ aw would most likely be administered by the provincial SPCA.  
Currently CKC member breeders must follow a “Code of Practice”.  I believe anything the CKC can do to gain recognition for breeders following the “Code of Practice” by strengthening the current program and adding an educational component is a program worth developing.  
If the CKC could get “out in front” of the municipalities and provinces with a new program and gain exemption for CKC registered breeders hopefully it would keep the SPCA and politicians out of our breeding programs. I would rather be “judged” by those in the fancy than by those who are not committed to breeding or the fancy in general. In summary I hope the CKC can move on this, expedite delivery while working with CKC members, local and provincial governments to bring about this before a piece of legislation is written without input from breeders and the CKC.    
Reed Fowlie - Manitoba
In retrospect since filling out the survey, I'm not sure there is any benefit at all. I consider us to be very responsible. We have been in the breed for almost 30 years. When purchasing our dogs I spent considerable time researching pedigrees to pick stock that I felt would make an exemplary foundation for our kennel, and provide the genetics to go forward.
We show our own dogs, they are BIS winning, specialty breed winning, multiple group winning, group placing, field title, and obedience titled dogs. We do all of the OFA testing plus for our breed. We maintain immaculate condition of our dogs and their living quarters. We are ideally set up for this breed and can offer free running and structured exercise options to ensure optimum condition.
We participate in conformation, obedience, rally, agility, barn hunt, lure coursing, chase ability and do pet expos. We do this, so we have the best dogs we can produce and maintain, but do you know what, the public couldn't care less about any of this, they either, don't know enough to care or they just don't care.
Of course there are always those radical dog owners that feel every purebred dog produced should be perfect, perfect health, perfect behaviour perfect longevity, those people live in la la land.
There is no such thing as the perfect dog, but they expect that if you have bred it, it had better be so, and it better come with an iron clad guarantee as such and such can't happen, when it comes right down to it purebred breeders eat a lot of crap.
Our last litter had 3 puppies, we were keeping pick male and female and had a stunning bitch available for a pet home, as her bite didn't come in properly. We had lots of interest, home number one- outright lied to us on who was going to own the puppy, home number two- swore up and down they would never let the dog run loose unless in a fenced area, their posts on social media one week later, it took them 6 hours to catch their other dog after letting it run loose in a provincial park, and they couldn't understand why the dog wouldn't come back as they let her run loose there all the time. Home number three- was outraged that we had the audacity to ask if they had a fenced yard! Home four- the lady was in her 70's lived on the 8th floor of her apartment and thought she could provide a perfect home for the puppy.  Home five - couldn't be bothered to come out to meet our dogs, she though we should bring them all in to see her, as she just didn't have time to make the drive and after all since I was a breeder what else did I have to do with my time!!! Home six –thought, the same thing, and when we even attended a trial just 30 minutes from their home. was too put out to drive out and meet us.
And for all that we do for our own sake, for our own dogs, a lady had an "accidental" breeding of our breed in the city for which she raped people over the coals asking an incredible $1800.00 for "CKC" registered puppies, she registered the litter, but not the individual dogs so the people that bought puppies have no papers, and do you want to know what the CKC suggested they do? Have the puppy buyers, go back to the breeder and offer her money to register the puppies?????? Wow, isn't that against, their own policies?
These puppies were taken from the mother at 4 weeks of age and some were sold at 5 weeks, no vaccines, no health certificate, no health testing, no champion parents, no papers, no deworming, living in disgusting conditions, and at last count she'd placed most of them, to people who had never had the breed, and have no clue about the breed, oh and one figures she's going to start a breeding kennel right away to make money. One owner has already been bitten by hers, the sire should never have been bred, not a pleasant temperament, and further, sorry this is so long and that I am venting, In our national breed club, we have had a situation in the past year of a member practising some poor breeding decisions and as a result our COE and constitution have undergone a complete revision, well "upstanding" members who wanted so many restrictions put in, to prevent these poor decisions just had an oops litter with 2 dogs under a year and a half, didn't even know the bitch was bred, no health testing of course, as they are too young and no champion parents, another breeder just knowingly bred a male at barely a year and a half. no testing, no championship. Now in these 2 cases I'm sure they will likely pursue titles and testing, but did exactly what they complained about this other breeder doing!
So I got thinking a lot, after looking at this CKC survey and I thought, really, who cares? Who is this going to benefit, the well being of the dogs?
Good breeders already go above and beyond, they don't need another program to join to certify the direction and experience that they already exhibit, this is just another cost!
The public? What do they care? When it comes right down to it it's just about money and convenience to them, breeders?
The good ones don't need it and the bad ones would never follow the policy, and let's face it, when it comes to the CKC they have a terrible reputation of a pay to play mentality. So if all it takes is to buy the program, and you get excellent status in the CKC expect all the puppy millers and poor breeders to jump in line. It's just more advertising for them, like that premier membership to get the puppy advertising, and yes I see the CKC is trying to make some measures to rectify this problem, it's a little too late.
So, to answer your question, what criteria, I don't think it matters, who would join anyway? It's basically money to substantiate what we are already doing, so why would I want to pay to do what I already pay to do? Being a member wouldn't change how we do things and it wouldn't provide any benefit, I don't need a program to tell me that we already go above and beyond with our dogs. Oh and that little bitch puppy with the incorrect bite, we kept her as there wasn't a home good enough for her. She's living here, coursing and doing publicity for the breed, so after all this I'm afraid I'm not going to be much help, but I will offer this, partnering with the SPCA could possibly spell the end of the purebred dog, bunch of radicals there, partnering with vets, Good luck, out here they still mandate shots every year, they are just as bad for wanting their piece of the pie, all common sense has gone out the window there, it's about money not welfare, partnering with OFA might give credence but they are already the gold standard, good breeders already work with them.
And money, if the CKC cared about dog welfare, they should be giving out accreditation to exemplary breeders, not charging them. But what it really comes down too, the CKC does not have a great track record for maintaining the programs they have, or with working with members, so whatever they decide to do, and we know ir-regardless of the feedback that the CKC will do what it wants, WHO is going to enforce said policy??????????
Patricia Taylor - Manitoba
I think it is a great program for the CKC to have. But I would like to see all the qualifications required for being a member AND a list of the benefits to a breeder for belonging to this program, like the AKC breeder program. Members should have at least five years involvement in events; CKC titles on a minimum of four dogs from CKC litters that you bred or co-bred; certification of all applicable parent club recommended health screen tests; and commitment to 100% individual registrations.
NO cost.  I would pay an original fee of $50 but that would be it. AKC program is a free one.
There should be benefits to the breeders to belong, like free litter listings, discount on insurance fees, a certificate, a pin to wear.

The Poodle has about him an air of distinction and dignity peculiar to himself.


By: Shawn Nichols

 

 
The Poodle has about him an air of distinction and dignity peculiar to himself.
 
Anna Katherine Nicholas, Mackey J Irick, and Del Dahl, among many others, have provided us with outstanding narratives on the history of the Poodle. Many years have passed since we have explored the opportunity of updating our resources for exhibitors, breeder’s and enthusiasts.
 
The Internet, technology and transportation have created a more global community for the Poodle than ever before, we have access to information and pedigrees that can expand our possibilities as breeders to work together as a collective. Working toward one goal; the epitome of what makes the Poodle so majestic and sought after by so many for pets, performance and show prospects.
 
It’s my ambition to create an updated version of the Poodle and in addition to what I am currently working on, create an International Judges Study Guide on the Poodle. Creating a judges resource compiling the AKC, CKC, FCI, UK and Australian standards, with illustrations in one reference tool, breaking down the subtleties and variations amongst the global standards.
 
The first consists of the standard provided by the American Kennel Club. Included are some of own personal notes and ideas about the Poodle. My intention is not to revisit our history, but create a continuation to the journey as it moves us from larger breeder programs to working as a collective as identified in my post “It takes a village”.

 
General Appearance: Carriage and Condition – That of a very active, intelligent and elegant-appearing dog, squarely built, well proportioned, moving soundly and carrying him self proudly. Properly clipped in the traditional fashion and carefully groomed, the Poodle has about him an air of distinction and dignity peculiar to himself.
 
Shawn Nichols - The Poodle has about him an air of distinction and dignity peculiar to himself. Perhaps, one of the most relevant lines in the Poodle breed standard. The image of Ch.Rimskittle Ruffian (above) captures that statement in the standard better than no other. The iconic image is a marker for that very statement “Poodley”
 
 
Shawn Nichols - North America is the only continent to have a 10″ size limit, 11 is the norm amongst many of the other standards, and FCI has the addition of a 4th variety “Dwarfs.” It is an extremely significant accomplishment to achieve a Standard in the diminutive package of a Toy.
 
The Miniature Poodle is 15 inches or under at the highest point of the shoulders, with a minimum height in excess of 10 inches. Any Poodle, that is over 15 inches or is 10 inches or less at the highest point of the shoulders, shall be disqualified from competition as a Miniature Poodle.
 
The Toy Poodle is 10 inches or under at the highest point of the shoulders. Any Poodle that is more than 10 inches at the highest point of the shoulders shall be disqualified, from competition as a Toy Poodle.
 
As long as the Toy Poodle is definitely a Toy Poodle, and the Miniature Poodle a Miniature Poodle, both in balance and proportion for the variety, diminutiveness shall be the deciding factor when all other points are equal.
 
Substance – Bone and muscle of both forelegs and hind legs are in proportion to size of dog.
 
 
Head and Expression: (a) Eyes – very dark, oval in shape and set far enough apart and positioned to create an alert intelligent expression. Major fault: eyes round, protruding, large or very light. (b) Ears – hanging close to the head, set at or slightly below eye level. The ear leather is long, wide and thickly feathered; however, the ear fringe should not be of excessive length. (c) Skull – moderately rounded, with a slight but definite stop. Cheek bones and muscles flat. The length from occiput to stop, is about the same as length of muzzle. (d) Muzzle – long, straight and fine, with slight chiseling under the eyes. Strong, without lippiness. The chin, definite enough to preclude snipiness. Major fault: lack of chin. Teeth – white, strong and with a scissors bite. Major fault: undershot, overshot, wry mouth.
 
Neck, Topline, Body: Neck well proportioned, strong and long enough to permit the head to be carried high and with dignity. Skin snug at throat. The neck rises from strong, smoothly muscled shoulders. Major fault: ewe neck. The topline is level, neither sloping nor roached, from the highest point of the shoulder blade to the base of the tail, with the exception of a slight hollow just behind the shoulder. Body – (a) Chest deep and moderately wide with well-sprung ribs. (b) The loin is short, broad and muscular. (c) Tail straight, set on high and carried up, docked of sufficient length to insure a balanced outline. Major fault: set low, curled, or carried over the back.
 
 
Shawn Nichols - The above illustration shows a well-balanced dog and the correct points of reference for measuring a square. The Poodle is an external square, measured form outside points. The illustration of the proper foot is as seen in the illustrated standard.
 
Forequarters: Strong, smoothly muscled shoulders. The shoulder blade is well laid back and approximately the same length as the upper foreleg. Major fault – steep shoulders. Forelegs – Straight and parallel when viewed from the front. When viewed from the side the elbow is directly below the highest point of the shoulder. The pasterns are strong. Dewclaws may be removed. Feet – The feet are rather small, oval in shape with toes well arched and cushioned on thick firm pads. Nails short but not excessively shortened. The feet turn neither in nor out. Major fault – paper or splay foot.
 
 
 
Hindquarters: The angulation of the hindquarters balances that of the forequarters. Hind legs straight and parallel when viewed from the rear. Muscular with width in the region of the stifles which are well bent; femur and tibia are about equal in length; hock to heel short and perpendicular to the ground. When standing, the rear toes are only slightly behind the point of the rump. Major fault – cow-hocks.
 
Coat: (a) Quality – (1) Curly: of naturally harsh texture, dense throughout. (2) Corded: hanging in tight even cords of varying length; longer on mane or body coat, head, and ears; shorter on puffs, bracelets, and pompons. (b) Clip – A Poodle under 12 months may be shown in the “Puppy” clip. In all regular classes, Poodles 12 months or over must be shown in the “English Saddle” or “Continental” clip. In the Stud Dog and Brood Bitch classes and in a non-competitive Parade of Champions, Poodles may be shown in the “Sporting” clip. A Poodle shown in any other type of clip shall be disqualified. (1) “Puppy” – A Poodle under a year old may be shown in the “Puppy” clip with the coat long. The face, throat, feet and base of the tail are shaved. The entire shaven foot is visible. There is a pompon on the end of the tail. In order to give a neat appearance and a smooth unbroken line, shaping of the coat is permissible. (2) “English Saddle” – In the “English Saddle” clip, the face, throat, feet, forelegs and base of the tail are shaved, leaving puffs on the forelegs and a pompon on the end of the tail. The hindquarters are covered with a short blanket of hair except for a curved shaved area on each flank and two shaved bands on each hindleg. The entire shaven foot and a portion of the shaven leg above the puff are visible. The rest of the body is left in full coat but may be shaped in order to insure overall balance. (3) “Continental” – In the “Continental” clip, the face, throat, feet, and base of the tail are shaved. The hindquarters are shaved with pompons (optional) on the hips. The legs are shaved, leaving bracelets on the hind legs and puffs on the forelegs. There is a pompon on the end of the tail. The entire shaven foot and a portion of the shaven foreleg above the puff are visible. The rest of the body is left in full coat but may be shaped in order to insure overall balance. (4) “Sporting” – In the “Sporting” clip, a Poodle shall be shown with face, feet, throat, and base of tail shaved, leaving a scissored cap on the top of the head and a pompon on the end of the tail. The rest of the body, and legs are clipped or scissored to follow the outline of the dog leaving a short blanket of coat no longer than one inch in length. The hair on the legs may be slightly longer than that on the body.
 

 
Shawn Nichols - The English Saddle has fallen in popularity, the craftsmanship and artistry required to master the balance of this outstanding trim is mastered by few. I’ve all to often heard a debate amongst judges that it’s used to camouflage a variety of faults, no different than a puppy trim, yet so much more difficult to execute.
 
Colour: The coat is an even and solid color at the skin. In blues, grays, silvers, browns, cafe-au-laits, apricots and creams the coat may show varying shades of the same color. This is frequently present in the somewhat darker feathering of the ears and in the tipping of the ruff. While clear colors are definitely preferred, such natural variation in the shading of the coat is not to be considered a fault. Brown and cafe-au-lait Poodles have liver-coloured noses, eye-rims and lips, dark toenails and dark amber eyes. Black, blue, gray, silver, cream and white Poodles have black noses, eye-rims and lips, black or self coloured toenails and very dark eyes. In the apricots while the foregoing coloring is preferred, liver-coloured noses, eye-rims and lips, and amber eyes are permitted but are not desirable. Major fault: color of nose, lips and eye-rims incomplete, or of wrong color for color of dog. Parti-coloured dogs shall be disqualified. The coat of a parti-coloured dog is not an even solid color at the skin but is of two or more colors.
 

Top row: Black, White, Brown
Bottom row: Silver, Silver-Beige, Apricot 
 
Shawn Nichols - Above are some outstanding examples of color, no preference should be given to color. Outstanding specimens are often available in all colors.
 
Gait: A straightforward trot with light springy action and strong hindquarters drive. Head and tail carried up. Sound effortless movement is essential.
 
Temperament: Carrying himself proudly, very active, intelligent, the Poodle has about him an air of distinction and dignity peculiar to himself. Major fault: shyness or sharpness.
 
Major Faults: Any distinct deviation from the desired characteristics described in the breed standard.
Disqualifications: Size – A dog over or under the height limits specified shall be disqualified. Clip – A dog in any type of clip other than those listed under coat shall be disqualified. Parti-colours – The coat of a parti-coloured dog is not an even solid color at the skin but of two or more colors. Parti-coloured dogs shall be disqualified.
 
Value of Points
General appearance, temperament, carriage and condition -30
Head, expression, ears, eyes and teeth -20
Body, neck, legs, feet and tail - 20
Gait - 20
Coat, color and texture - 10
 
 
Shawn Nichols - Frank Sabella, with Ch.Acadia Command Performance “Bart” on the beach, another iconic image showing the essence of the breed. Type isn’t much, it’s everything!!!

Dog of the Week
Golden Retriever Ricochet

 

Surf dog Ricochet changes the lives of combat veterans wit PTSD and kids with special needs, by taking them from the battleground to the playground.






Veterans are able to use their skill set and leadership abilities which give them a renewed sense of purpose, being of service to kids with special needs, allows them to step outside their own issues as they re-discover themselves.

Watch this inspiring video that shows the importance of dogs in people's lives.

Behind the Scene

 
John Rowton
Oregon, USA
Breeder/Owner
CKC All Breed Judge

 
1) What is your breed of dog, and if you could have another breed, what would it be?
We have Borzoi and Dobermans. For the first time since 1960, we are without a Corgi, so if another breed were to be added, that would be the one. My wife would say Mini Bull!!! LOL
 
2) What, and where was the best meal and company, you have ever had while on an assignment?
I actually can't think of a bad one, but I must add that when I judged the Adelaide Royal, it was a two-week trip. John Reeve-Newson and Dick Meen were on the panel to. I have known both for years. We had great meals and conversation, and lots of dog talk. There are always snippets shared at meal times about the past, but those two are really a treasure of knowledge!
 
3) Name a show that would be on your "bucket" list of dream assignments?
Any World Show what an honor it would be!
 
4) What is the strangest question an exhibitor has ever asked you?
If I hated their breed after I withheld, I said, quite the contrary, I love the breed!
 
5) What is your favorite dog of the "past" in any breed?
Another tough question, because so many of the pictures I carry in my head are of dogs past, but probably Doberman Pinscher Ch. Charlestown Yankee who I only saw once, when Luis Silvia brought him to the invitational at the Royal.
 
6) Do you believe the "sport" of dogs is getting stronger or weaker?
I think that the dogs are holding their own, BUT. I think the sport is getting weaker. I think we are losing sight of breeding stock and chasing points no matter the cost.
 
7) Do you limit the number of assignments you do in a year to a number? How many major long distance travel assignments do you do in a year?
I try very hard to do only 8 weekends a year. It doesn't matter what country they are in. I try not to judge in August or September, because my wife and I have shows in those months that we love to exhibit our own dogs at, of course exceptions are made LOL. I also try not to judge in December for obvious reasons, or January, because I am involved with the Rose City Classic in Portland, which is a major undertaking.
I limit assignment in Canada based loosely on geography, BC, Prairies, Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritimes. I think being in each of those areas once a year is plenty because of the amount of traveling exhibitors and handlers do. I know I don't like showing to the same judges all the time.

8) Did you come from dog-show household? If not, what was your introduction to the sport? 
No I didn't. I went to a sanction match with my first corgi about 1960. He was not a great dog, but the only corgi. I won a fistful of ribbons and was hooked. My parents supported my hobby, and would take me to show where I would often spend the day because many of them were benched. What a learning experience!
 
9) Do you currently have dogs? Do you have any other animals?
Yes, Dobermans and Borzoi, a Thoroughbred and a Walker, along with 7 chickens and a cat!!! LOL
 
10) Do you have time for any activities or hobbies outside of dogs? What are they?
By limiting shows I judge, we do have time for other things. We have 5 acres, which takes time, we still breed (read Michelle she does all the work) and we show our own dogs. We love to kayak when we can!
 
Puppy Play Centre
Watch these beautiful puppies playing with their Puppy Play Centre!
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