184 – Merriam: Guts and Governance, the Bull Terrier, Breeders | Pure Dog Talk

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“Guts and Governance” of purebred dogs, the Bull Terrier and Breeders Hon. David Merriam was given a White Bull Terrier in 1953. “Gigi” was the gift that keeps on giving, starting a 65-year love affair with the breed and purebred dogs. When Merriam was given Gigi, he had some Collies. “They were not very good…

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183 — Solving the Mysteries of AKC Points and Divisions | Pure Dog Talk

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Solving the Mysteries of AKC Points and Divisions AKC releases a new point schedule every year in May to determine how many entries it takes to earn championship points in each breed. Intermittently, the “divisions” that address alignment of regions in which certain point schedules apply are adjusted as well. On May 16 this year,…

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182 – Love the Breeds: Clumber Spaniel Roundtable | Pure Dog Talk

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Love the Breeds: Clumber Spaniel Roundtable Clumber Spaniels are not for everyone, these three breeders say, but for those who love them, they’ll never have another breed. Shedding, snoring and slobbering aside, they agree that the dedication and humor of the Clumber Spaniel is what endears them to their owners. “You can come home from…

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181 – Dog Show Judges, Family and Welcoming Exhibitors | Pure Dog Talk

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Dog Show Judges, Family and Welcoming Exhibitors Dog show judges, their knowledge and skill level are a constant topic of conversation in purebred dogs. This isn’t a new discussion. From the days when new judges were hand-picked by one of the “in crowd” to today’s more egalitarian system, the role of adjudicating in a subjective…

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180 – Veterinary Voice: Dr. Marty Greer Talks “Frozen Assets” | Pure Dog Talk

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Dr. Marty Greer Talks “Frozen Assets” Frozen semen is an investment not only in one family of dogs, but in the future of the breed in question. Dr. Marty Greer, DVM, JD takes us through a checklist of important considerations for preserving genetic material from our best dogs. First, Greer said, be sure the semen…

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179 — Non Profit Foundations Benefit our Breeds | Pure Dog Talk

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Non Profit Foundations Benefit our Breeds The Clumber Spaniel Health Foundation, created by members of the Clumber Spaniel Club of America, is a non profit organization dedicated to raising funds for health research in their beloved breed. A low registration breed with a relatively small gene pool, the breeders were making progress on the breed’s…

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175 — Tibetan Mastiff History, Lore and Modern Living | Pure Dog Talk

Tibetan Mastiff History, Lore and Modern Living “No one knows where they came from,” said Sabrina Novarra, one of the original Tibetan Mastiff breeders in the U.S. “The myth of the old monks of Tibet say that snow leopards bred with wolves. Now, we know that’s not true. But, we cannot trace the ancestry. They…

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174 – 65-Year Love Affair Started with a Brittany | Pure Dog Talk

65-Year Love Affair Started with a Brittany When Loraine Boutwell and her husband, Victor, acquired their first Brittany in 1953 they paid $35. The puppy traveled by train from Oklahoma to Topeka, Kansas in what Loraine describes as something like a wooden orange crate Victor Boutwell, who passed away in 2003, owned a Brittany as…

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173 – Dreamland Chow Chows “Show Ring is Mirror of the Whelping Box” |Pure Dog Talk

Chow Chow Breeder/Handler Shares His Story Michael & Linda Brantley were AKC’s Non-Sporting Breeders of The Year in 2013 for their Dreamland Chow Chows. Michael is a professional handler, member of the Professional Handlers Association, and has shown top ranked, multiple Best in Show winners in numerous breeds. Breeding is the Art “Still, the breeding…

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172 – Veterinary Voice: Cruciate Ligaments| Pure Dog Talk

AVOID EXPENSIVE, PAINFUL CRUCIATE LIGAMENT RUPTURE Early spay/neuter is one of the primary indicators of a potential for a “blown knee” in our dogs, according to Dr. Marty Greer, DVM. The cruciate ligaments in the stifle joint of the dog serve as a hinge when working properly. When these ligaments are stretched, frayed or torn,…

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171 – New AKC Department Supports Clubs | Pure Dog Talk

AKC Club Development Has Your Back All breed and specialty clubs throughout the country are struggling. Members are aging, new members are few and far between. Some clubs are struggling financially, others burdened with a handful of active members. Some have even closed their doors. AKC Club Development’s main focus is to help clubs grow….

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170 – Ann Yuhasz, Four Generation Family of Dog Breeders | Pure Dog Talk

ANN YUHASZ, FOUR GENERATION FAMILY OF DOG BREEDERS We talk a lot about pedigrees in dogs, but AKC Judge Ann Yuhasz and her family have been involved in dogs, specifically English Setters, since the 1960s. Yuhasz noted that starting with her mother, to herself, to her daughter, to now her granddaughter, purebred dogs are an…

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169 – Jessica Ajoux Westminster KC Agility Champion Talks Form and Function | Pure Dog Talk

WKC AGILITY WINNER SHARES HER THOUGHTS Jessica Ajoux and her Border Collie, Famous, won the WKC Master Agility Championship in February. She shares her insights on how a dog’s structure affects its performance on the agility course. Jessica Ajoux and Border Collie, Famous, are the WKC Masters Agility Champions PASSION FOR AGILITY STARTED EARLY This February…

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168 – Breeder Education Advocate Claudia Orlandi Shares Knowledge | Pure Dog Talk

CLAUDIA ORLANDI ON EDUCATION AND DOG BREEDING Claudia Orlandi, Topsfield Basset Hounds, was the 2009 Breeder of the Year, but her contributions to purebred dogs are far greater than an award. She has spent years dedicated to developing, publishing and presenting live education resources for breeders. Her ABC’s of Dog Breeding and Practical Canine Anatomy books are tremendous resources for all…

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167 – Komondor Breeder Anna Quigley on Cords and Clubs|Pure Dog Talk

ANNA QUIGLEY – ON THE KOMONDOR, CORDS AND CLUBS Ch. Lajosmegyi’s Patent Pending Anna Quigley is synonymous, for many in the purebred dog world, with a 110-pound, powerful, white mop. She bred, owned and handled the three-time national specialty winner, best in show winner, Westminster Kennel Club group winner that took the Komondor breed to new…

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