Top Notch Toys March 2018

CGB Sanderl i n Dances Thru The Galaxy When Stars Align....

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thank you j udge Randy Garren for BOB at Westmi nster

breeder/owner Angela M. Sanders Sanderl i n Mi n i ature P i nschers

exclusive handler K im Byrd, PHA

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A M E R I C A N G R A N D / C A N A D I A N C H A M P I O N

G R O V E S H I R E ’ S C L A S S I C S E N S A T I O N

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OWNED BY: TERESA LYNN BELL WWW.KEALOHAKENNELS.COM BRED BY: PRESTON & MARY LOU GROVES WWW.GROVESHIRE.COM

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Number One Cavalier *

BISS, Toy Group Winner GCHS CHWynDancer Silver Lining

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BEST IN SHOW SPECIALTY 2018 TOY GROUP WINNER MULTIPLE GROUP PLACEMENTS

Thank you Mr. Desmond Murphy for Best in Speciality and to the many judges who have honored Cooper. BEST IN SPECIALTY WINNER BEAUTIFULLY PRESENTED BY LUKE AND TAMMY SEIDLITZ OWNED BY SUSAN BARRETT, DVM • WynDancer Cavalier King Charles Spaniels • wyndancercavaliers.com BRED BY DR. SUSAN BARRETT, DVM • www.wyndancavaliers.com • wyndancercavaliers@yahoo.com

*TNT breed stats 2016 & as of 1/31/18

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GUNNER CH JAM-UPS DAN-SU RIDIN' SHOTGUN

Judge Charles Olvis

A very heartfelt to all judges who recognized and rewarded these two beautiful young dogs! THANK YOU

MIMI CH DAN-SU JAM-UPS THE SECRET IS OUT

Judge Joe Walton

Judge Gloria Kerr

Mimi Earned three majors and a Puppy of Distinction from AKC.

Bred & Owned by Dana Gayle Strain & Janis Clary Oehlschlager | Beautifully & Professionally Presented by Gregory Larson Assisted by Beth Gray “RECOGNIZABLE SOUNDNESS AND ASTONISHING COLOR!”

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CODY Judge Murrel Purkhiser

GCHS TIAN MI’S SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT Multiple Group winning, Reserve Best in Show winning

Owned by Dr. David Barber & Janis Clary Oehlschlager | Owned & Bred by Leslie LeFave Beautifully & Professionally Presented by Gregory Larson | Assisted by Beth Gray IT’S NOT ABOUT THE NUMBER OF RIBBONS—IT IS ABOUT THE FACT THAT SOME THINGS ARE TIMELESS.

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Dove Bred & Owned by: Linda Davi & Tammy Lodien

1 ½ years old

BISS GRW SOM GCHS PAMMAR I AM I SAID OF KYLIN X GCH SONDRASROSE WONT YOU BE MINE

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Mclaren FONTECHIA MCLAREN DEW TELL ME A TALE Grand Champion

Group 4, Manatee Kennel Club Thank you Judge Keke Kahn Group 4, Greater Fort Meyers Dog Club Thank you Judge Don Sutton

BREEDER/OWNER: Jody Roberts

uptik18@yahoo.com A PICTURE SAYS A THOUSAND WORDS

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Barbara Beissel

AKC REGISTERED HANDLER BarbaraBeissel@aol.com

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H A N D L E R : MICHELLE PAULIN

OWN E R : JANNA P. MORGAN

B R E E D E R S : MAXINE FOX, JANNA P. MORGAN & LOU A. NOVOSAD, DVM

EVRMOR INXS OF BLACKWOOD G R A N D C H A M P I O N

B N R A B C A T

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TNT TOPNOTCHTOYS MARCH 2018 • VOLUME XXXIV, NUMBERONE

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 18 THIS MONTH IN TOP NOTCH TOYS 19 COVER STORY 20 FROM THE EXECUTIVE EDITOR EMERITUS Joseph Neil McGinnis III 28 TOY TALK Bonnie Guggenheim 42 TOY BOX Candids of our Canine Pals 44 AROUND THE RINGS AT PROGRESSIVE DOG CLUB by The Winning Image 48 AROUND THE RINGS AT OCALA FLORIDA by The Winning Image 53 AN AFFENPINSCHER ACROSTIC by Donna Wolfe 54 JUDGING THE AFFENPINSCHER 56 THE HISTORY OF THE AFFENPINSCHER by Kelly Broderick 60 OWNER/HANDLERS ARE LEGIT by Kathy Timko

TOP NOTCH TOYS Editor/Advertising Director BONNIE GUGGENHEIM 512-971-3280 bonnie@aramediagrp.com Director, Social Media & Web Site DANIEL CARTIER

DANIEL@ARAMEDIAGRP.COM _______________________________ EXECUTIVE EDITOR EMERITUS Chief Media Consultant JOSEPH NEIL McGINNIS III EDITOR@ARAMEDIAGRP.COM _______________________________

62 TNT TOP TWENTY TOYS 63 TNT ALL-BREED SYSTEM 64 TNT BREED SYSTEM 64 NATIONAL OWNER HANDLED SYSTEM TOP TOYS 65 ADVERTISING & SUBSCRIPTION RATES 66 INDEX TO ADVERTISERS

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Best in show ︱ Multiple Best in specialty show ︱ westMinster Best of Variety national top 20 winner ︱ aKc national chaMpionship Best of Variety

H&H

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presented By eduardo paris, owned By Kara Gordon, Bred and co-owned By Michelle herod, co-owned By todd harris *ALL SYSTEMS 2017

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TOPNOTCHTOYS FROM THE EXECUTIVE EDITOR EMERITUS WESTMINSTER’S142 ND SHOW, PROGRESSIVEDOGCLUB’S94 TH , ANDMY39 TH TRIPTOBOTH...

Joseph Neil McGinnis III

Rivaling any other seven-day period on our calendar, Westminster week contains more exciting and diverse activities than other, larger gatherings. Limited to 2800 dogs, the two-day all-breed show at Piers 92 & 94 on the Hudson River for daytime Breed judging and at

Madison Square Garden for the wildly anticipated night-time glitz, Westminster and its attendant events and festivities carry a cachet recognized around the world. Live coverage this year was narrated by the combined talents of Gail Miller Bisher, Director of Communications for WKC, and Jason Hoke, the pop- ular judge and respected author. We’ve heard nothing but raves about their performance although those of us actually in attendance have to wait for re-runs to enjoy their work; their on-air voices are muted in the

With Progressive’s President, the incredible Kathleen Kolbert

Photo by Desi Murphy

Garden but the tapes are there for posterity and pleasure. My congrat- ulations to this dynamic duo for sharing such great information with their world-wide, live, audience and making us all very proud. But long before this much excitement has taken place. Kicking off the week is Progressive Dog Club’s Toys-only show in the penthouse at the Hotel Pennsylvania, always featuring a panel of esteemed judges and a passel of Top Toys in competition. The hard-working

team of PDC headed by Show Chair Tim Lehman always puts on a spectacular event to which all Toy lovers look for- ward year ‘round. Much of the success must also go to Treasurer Viola Burgos whose business acumen and devotion to the Club proved once again an invaluable asset. There are many others to mention but let’s just say all Group Five fans are extremely proud of this Club and applaud its unfailing efforts on our behalf. Capturing BIS at Progressive was David Fitzpatrick & Nancy Shapland’s Peke, CH Pequest Feel the Burn, handled by David That’s the Friday of the week, and it’s followed by two days of Specialties in the same locale, but also by other activities over at the Piers, most notably AKC’s MEET THE BREEDS® at Westminster for which I proudly again served as Chair of the Best Booth Contest. Twice a year, here at Westminster and also at the AKC/Royal Canin show in Orlando, we assemble a super-qualified panel of judges to choose the top booths at this blockbuster event and let

me tell you, it’s not easy; the competition is fierce. Pictured are (l to r) Bud Boccone, Christopher Sweetwood, Jacqelyn Fogel, John Morris, Patti Wilson, Lauren Friedman, Chair yours truly, Linda Morris, Red Tatro, Denise Tatro and Liz Donovan, our dedicated team who presided over the one-hundred thirty-six breed booths sponsored by the parent clubs. The top four placements in the Toy Group were first, Papillon Club of America; second, American Pomeranian Club; third, Pug Dog Club of America, and fourth, American Toy Fox Terrier Club. Winning the top honors as Best Booth in show was the Chow Chow Club of America. This year we had an extra added attraction in that we also gave the crowd a chance to vote, too; kids of all ages queued up to cast a ballot for their favorite breed and/or breed booth; the People’s Choice Award went to the Mastiff Club of America, always a favorite among the MTB spectators and judges, too. >

Photo by David Woo, AKC

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TOPNOTCHTOYS FROM THE EXECUTIVE EDITOR EMERITUS continued

Enough credit cannot be extended to AKC for providing breeders and fanciers with this vehicle for sharing our love for our dogs with the world— and world is correct, for at both the New York and Orlando events we have people from around the globe, not just around the neighborhood. I again express my thanks to AKC for the honor of Chairing this small part of this very large endeavor. We’ll see you in Orlando in December (and New York next February, too). Concurrent at the Piers were the Masters Agility and Mastesr Obedience competiton which comprise the other

segments of AKC’s MEET & COMPETE. Each year the crowds grow larger and the sport is healthier as a result. Then we were on to the jewel in the crown, Westminster, where Judge David J. Kirkland chose Carolyn Koch’s Pug, GCHS Ch. Hill Country’s Puttin’ On The Ritz as his top Toy; “Biggie Boy” put on a knockout performance as the smallest dog in the big ring and he and his handler Esteban Farias were very much a crowd favorite for Best. Eventual winners were Reserve BIS to the Giant Schauzer and BIS to the Bichon.

Top, moments after the doors opened for MEET THE BREEDS®;

you should’ve seen it when it got busy! Right, Toy Group winner the Papillon Club of America Bottom; Non-Sporting Group winner and eventual Best Booth in Show, Chow Chow Club of America

Photos by David Woo, AKC

Each year I write a glowing report on my annual trip to these shows and each year I’m given more than ample reason to do so. Had I room I’d write much more; suffice it to say that my thirty-ninth consecutive trip was just as wonderful as the thirty-eight before. I’m very much looking forward to my big 4 0. And I’m very much looking forward to next month’s TNT, which, like the Garden and Progressive, strives our best to keep you coming back. As does the wonderful world of dog shows. See you in Louisville.

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BEST IN SHOW, BEST IN SPECIALTY SHOW

AZTEXMARCH-ON BUDDHA ANDTHE CHOCOLATE BOX

Sidd

Go Best Sidd Larry and

Mr. James Frederiksen and Dr. Gary Spasrchu are pictured above awarding BEST IN SHOWand Group One to Sidd at Guadalupe Valley Dog Fanciers in Austin, Texas, Feb. 10, 2018. In 46 degree weather, Sidd showed like a dream. Sincere thanks to these two judges for this amazing win.

Owners/Handlers Larry & Penny Dewey

Breeders/Owners Christine Smith & Dan Bayless

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TOUCHE ’ S S T I L L E T TO

T HE FOUNDAT I ON OF I N F I N I T I JAPANE S E CH I N

Retired from the whelping box and back into the show ring, this girl won back to back majors at 6.5 years old! Thank you judges Ted Eubank and Gary Sparschu for finding the quality in this girl. And thank you to Adrienne Wolfson for handling her to these wins. bred by Dale Martenson and Rick Wilson | owned by Aly Bell and Jane Martenson Watch for her kids as they continue the legacy she has started here at Infiniti Japanese Chin. pictured above right: CH Infiniti’s Don’t Mess With Texas “Tex” currently shown by Brielle and Barbara Hall pictured below right: Infiniti’s Set Fire to the Rain “Adele” has both of her majors

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NOR’EAST T O Y D O G C L U S T E R “Come Play in our Toy Box” N E W S I T E - A I R C O N D I T I O N E D – P AV E D P A R K I N G S P O R T S T U R F F L O O R I N G I N A L L R I N G S

F O U R S H O W S & T R I A L S I N T H R E E D A Y S WIDE WORLD OF INDOOR SPORTS | 1 610 DAV I SV I LLE ROAD , NORTH K INGSTOWN , R I

CLASSIC TOY DOG CLUB OF WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS, INC. Friday morning and Saturday, May 25 & 26, 2018

TOWN & COUNTRY TOY DOG CLUB OF EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS, INC. Friday afternoon and Sunday, May 25 & 27, 2018

Italian Greyhound Club of America, Bay Colony Pomeranian Club and Patriot Pug Dog Club will consider the classes on Saturday as their specialties. Supported entry for Italian Greyhounds on Sunday. Supported entries for Chihuahuas, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Havanese, Min Pins, Papillons, Pomeranians & Pugs all 4 shows. Hudson Valley Chihuahua Club independent specialty & sweepstakes on Saturday evening. Judge: Carol P. Smith Yankee Miniature Pinscher Club independent specialty on Saturday evening. Judge: Marge B. Calltharp Yankee Miniature Pinscher Club All-Toy Rally Trial on Saturday evening. Judge: Ms. Donna J. Blews-Pappas NATIONAL OWNER-HANDLED SERIES (NOHS) & 4-6 MONTH PUPPY COMPETITION Saturday and Sunday, May 26 & 27, 2018

BREED OR CLASS

FRIDAY AM

FRIDAY PM *Juliann Bitter Not Offered Not Offered Dianne Tyree *Juliann Bitter

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

Toy Group

Thomas E. Daniels

*Sandra Bingham-Porter *Richard Camacho

National Owner-Handled Group (NOHS)

Not Offered

Dianne Tyree Not Offered

Carol P. Smith

Toy Puppy Group

Stephanie Abraham

Dennis J. Gunsher

Toy Bred By Exhibitor Group

Not Offered

Adam Stafford King

Not Offered

Affenpinschers Brussels Griffons

Thomas E. Daniels Thomas E. Daniels Stephanie Abraham Thomas E. Daniels Thomas E. Daniels

*Jan Stachurski

*Richard Camacho *Richard Camacho

*Jerrilin Lois Naylor

Sandra Bingham-Porter

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

Juliann Bitter Juliann Bitter Juliann Bitter *Juliann Bitter Juliann Bitter Juliann Bitter *Juliann Bitter *Juliann Bitter Not Offered

*Sandra Bingham-Porter Richard Camacho

Chihuahuas (Long) Chihuahuas (Smooth)

Sandra Bingham-Porter Sandra Bingham-Porter

*Richard Camacho *Richard Camacho *Richard Camacho

Chinese Cresteds

*Yancy Russell

*Marge B. Calltharp

English Toy Spaniels (Blenheim & Prince Charles) Thomas E. Daniels

*Sandra Bingham-Porter Richard Camacho *Sandra Bingham-Porter Richard Camacho

English Toy Spaniels (King Charles & Ruby)

Thomas E. Daniels Thomas E. Daniels

Havanese

*Adam Stafford King *Marge B. Calltharp

Richard Camacho

Italian Greyhounds

*Jane Snider Not Offered

Carol P. Smith Not Offered

Italian Greyhound Sweepstakes

Karen Mantie

Japanese Chin

Tammy K. Jackson Thomas E. Daniels Thomas E. Daniels

Thomas E. Daniels

*Sandra Bingham-Porter Richard Camacho

Maltese

*Juliann Bitter *Juliann Bitter

Sandra Bingham-Porter

Richard Camacho

Manchester Terriers (Toy)

*Sandra Bingham-Porter Richard Camacho *Sandra Bingham-Porter *Richard Camacho

Miniature Pinschers

*Jane Snider Jane Snider

*Jerrilin Lois Naylor Jerrilin Lois Naylor

Papillons Pekingese

*Marge B. Calltharp

*Carol P. Smith

Thomas E. Daniels

*Juliann Bitter

*Sandra Bingham-Porter *Carol P. Smith

Pomeranians

*Jane Snider Not Offered

*Jerrilin Lois Naylor

Jan Stachurski Dianne Tyree

Carol P. Smith Not Offered

Pomeranian Sweepstakes

Not Offered *Mark Threlfall *Mark Threlfall

Poodles (Toy)

*Dennis J. Gunsher

*Sandra Bingham-Porter Richard Camacho

Pugs

*Dianne Tyree

*Jan Stachurski

*Carol P. Smith Dennis Gunsher

Pug Sweepstakes

Jane Snider

Jerrilin Lois Naylor *Juliann Bitter Juliann Bitter *Mark Threlfall *Juliann Bitter Not Offered *Dianne Tyree Lynda S. Moore Lynda S. Moore Lynda S. Moore

Adam Stafford King

Shih Tzu

Thomas E. Daniels Thomas E. Daniels Thomas E. Daniels Thomas E. Daniels

*Sandra Bingham-Porter Richard Camacho *Sandra Bingham-Porter Richard Camacho *Sandra Bingham-Porter *Richard Camacho *Sandra Bingham-Porter Richard Camacho

Silky Terriers

Toy Fox Terriers Yorkshire Terriers

4-6 Month Puppy Junior Showmanship

Not Offered

Jan Stachurski

Carol P. Smith

Stephanie Abraham

Sandra Bingham-Porter

Richard Camacho

All Novice Obedience Classes

Lynda S. Moore Lynda S. Moore Lynda S. Moore

*Dr. Karen Tucker

Karen Wrey Karen Wrey Karen Wrey

All Obedience Classes Except Novice

Karen Wrey Karen Wrey

Rally

*= Permit Judge

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

Agility

*Frank Gilmer

*Jeffrey Boyer

*Jeffrey Boyer

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GRAND CHAMPION • GROUP PLACING DREXEL DOLCE DONATELA

owner CHARLOTTE PARRISH | handler DARON NEWCOMB breeder ADRIAN GARZA AND DENISE DREXEL Donatela T op N otch T oys , M arch 2018 • 27

by BONNIE GUGGENHEIM TNT Advertising Director & Associate Editor IT’S NATIONALS SEASON BE SEEN IN TOP NOTCH TOYS ETCETERA

T he Spring months are spe- cial to all Toy exhibitors and breeders as there are National Specialties held around the US. The parent clubs come up with clever themes and have many hard working volunteers who spend countless hours before, during and after these Nationals. We at Top Notch Toys want to wish everyone the best of success in the ring! Be sure to share your victories with us throughout the Nationals season of which there are 10 Top Notch Toys features one or two Toy breeds in each issue. Not only do the features provide informative con- tent to educate all judges—permit, new and long time—the breed features also provides potential for researching new breeds and just brushing up on all the ins and outs of our beloved Toys. I per- sonally contact each National Club for members who are board approved and capable of providing quality articles in the next couple months! FEATURED CONTENT

articles are another. When judges con- tact us for breeder information we refer to judges education committee mem- bers and successful people within the breed. We want you to be one of those whose valuable input is available and hope when you are contacted you will make time to respond, helping to make help better judges and breeders via their contact with you. Top Notch Toys is a gorgeous, award winning, all Toy National and collect- able magazine that is the perfect place to shout about your success. DON’T GET LOST IN THE OTHER MAGAZINES, be found in Top Notch Toys !. I’m here to help so call me with your wins and tell me about your promising puppies! Check out our Facebook page and our new website: www.topnotch- toysonline.com Need assistance put- ting an ad together? I can help. Create ads or ad campaigns and love doing it. I’m totally dedicated to our ter- rific toys! See you at shows and remem- ber, “Inquiring minds want to know”.

on history, judging and living with the breed and other information pertain- ing to specific breeds. Some clubs are responsive and excited for the opportu- nity to promote their breed, but some do not respond at all. Please encourage your National club to participate! We also ask for candid photos from Special- ties and Toy Rings at all breed shows and find adorable and fun shots in the ring or just loving life. There are also some talented amateur photographers out there who send Toy Box pictures that make readers of TNT smile just looking at the adorable puppies. Send me your photos for consideration in upcoming issues. SPREAD THE WORD Are you part of an internet breed list or Facebook? Let people know when your particular breed is featured so participation is increased. If you really want the dog world to know about your particular accomplishments and wins, you have to tell them about it. Adver- tising is one way to accomplish that:

Bonnie bonnie@aramediagrp.com 863.738.8848

“IF YOU REALLY WANT THE DOG WORLD TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR PARTICULAR ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND WINS, YOU HAVE TO TELL THEM ABOUT IT.”

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WB, BOW, BOS

WB

RWB

Judge Carole Beattie

Judge Nathaniel Horn

Judge Frank Washabaugh

RWB

WB

Judge Charlotte Patterson

Judge Ann Hearn

© Phyllis Ensley 2018

PARASOL BEDAZZLED BY THE JEWEL BOX

SPARKLED L IKE A DIAMOND AT THE FLORIDA CIRCUI T WI TH S INCERE THANKS TO ALL THE JUDGES WHO WERE “DAZZLED” BY JEWEL

owned by DOROTHY ANDERSON & JUDY THOMPSON bred by DOROTHY ANDERSON presented by GREGORY LARSON & BETH GRAY

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C H I N E S E C R E S T E D S

A C C O M P L I S H E D & E X Q U I S I T E

C LOS I NG I N ON 3 00 CH I NE S E CR E S T ED AKC CHAMP I ON S H I P S

# 282

LeWicki

CH GINGERY’S TAKE THE HIGH ROAD

breeders ARLENE BUTTERKLEE, CINDY KUMPFBECK & VICTOR HELU

owners DEBORAH REILLY & ARLENE BUTTERKLEE

# 287

CH GINGERY’S WASABI Sabe

breeders KRISTEN RIDDLEY, ARLENE BUTTERKLEE & VICTOR HELU

co-owner CINDY KUMPFBECK

THANK YOU TO ALL THE OWNERS, JUDGES & FRIENDS THAT HAVE HELPED US WITH THIS ACCOMPLISHMENT. YOU HAVE HELPED MAKE OUR DECADES DEDICATED TO THE BREED MUCH MORE REWARDING & ENJOYABLE!

Ginger y ARLENE BUTTERKLEE

Victor y VICTOR HELU

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R I C K Y ’ S S TA R G R O W S B R I G H T E R !

BOS Toy Manchester Terrier and BOVOH at the 2017 AMTC National Specialty!

AES 2017 Royal Canin AKC National Championship Show, 2017 Westminster AOM, Multiple BOB, Variety Group Placing, NOHS Group Winner Has now added Best of Variety at Progressive and Select at Westminster! This beautiful young dog has done all this before he’s two—he’s maturing into a stunning Manchester—we’re excited for his future. SUSAN & STEVE THI BODEAUX KALLMEE KENNEL | COCOA, FL HOME OF EXCEPT IONAL DOGS S INCE 1978 CO-OWNED WI TH MADONNA LEE

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MULT I P L E BES T I N SPEC I ALT Y SHOW & GROUP WI NN I NG grand champion WENR I CK ’ S

Thank you to all of the judges that have recognized Bates so far in 2018. Owned By: Wendy Paquette Professionally Handled By: Michelle M. Jones N ’ PAL AQU I NS THEY CAL L ME MR . BAT ES

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Bimmer B R O N Z E G R A N D C H A M P I O N O N E L O V E J U S T C A N ' T D R I V E 5 5

THANK YOU judge Ann Hearn for recognizing Bimmer’s sound structure and superb movement.

“ THERE ARE NO SPEED L IMI TS ON THE ROAD TO SUCCESS” Bred, Owned & Loved by Tina & Bill Bregman, OneLove Chihuahuas Expertly Presented by Michelle & Michael Scott

TOP 20 Breed and All-Breed 2017* *TNT Breed and All-Breed stats 2017

AKC National Championship BOV 2017 • Multiple BISS • Group Winning & Placing

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top ten long coat chihuahua *

owned, bred & loved by gary & vicki sti les

* TNT breed & all breed stats as of 1 / 3 1 / 1 8

© Roberts photos

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KRISPIN LIL CAESAR CAESAR A special thank you to Judge Michael Work for Caesar’s puppy group placement

Thank you Judge Cindy Vovels Best of Breed over Specials 4 pt. major | Troy Kennel Club

Caesar is Loved & Handled by MJ Held

1442 Orchard Park Road West Seneca, NY 14224 716-675-4497

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He shoots,

and scores!

CHAMPION DREAMTIME’S HALF COURT SHOT

Thanks to Judges Margo Klingler and Dr. Roger Pritchard FOR BACK-TO-BACK 5 POINT MAJORS TO FINISH “PLAYER’S” CHAMPIONSHIP

BREEDER AND OWNER DESERAE BUCKMASTER | HANDLERS TRISH KULESSA AND KEN LAMBERT

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GCHB CH Sun Valley Quincey From Deja Vu D E J A V U B L O W I N ’ I N T H E W I N D X C H D E J A V U I M A G I N E

B R E E D E R S : S U S A N S H E P H A R D A N D R O N A S H O O L R O Y O W N E R S : C O L L E E N & R O M A S K I N N E R

Thank You Judge Don Sutton for this great honor.

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Zhen Chinese Cresteds, TRULY WHAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF Bred by Carol Clouse (Zhen), Amy Thompson, and Bill Thompson Owned by Carol Clouse

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AMMO I N T E R N A T I O N A L C H A M P I O N Z I E G F E L D H A R T E N R O C K M E A M A D E U S champion

T H E # 3 O W N E R H A N D L E D T O Y P O O D L E N A T I O N A L L Y *

O H S G R O U P 1 AT T H E H E R N A N D O K E N N E L C L U B . T H A N K YO U J U D G E M R S . C A R O L E A . B E AT T I E .

WATCH FOR AMMO I N THE OBED I ENCE R I NG , WHERE HE WI LL CONT I NUE TO MAKE H I S PRESENCE KNOWN !

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LEARNING TO JUDGE THE AFFENPINSCHER BY PAM PEAT W ith the increased popu- larity in our delight- ful breed, more judges are seeing competition

from the ACA Illustrated Standard intro- duction this describes what you need to see as the class enters the ring. We do not want heavy, coarse or big dogs; they are square and up on leg, not long in body or low on leg which are “drags on the breed.” With animals 9 ½" to 11 ½" and no DQ allows a wide variation in size but remember this is a Toy breed. Shape and proportions and angles are specifically different from other toy dogs. They have a “short vertical neck” and moderate angulation front and rear. This creates correct Affenpinscher movement that is jaunty and light but without excessive reach and drive. He needs to pounce, jump and twist to cap- ture a rodent, not chase it down. When in the ring they should not be run or raced but moved at a moderate speed to show off agility and lightness. They are very determined and alert but also com- ical. They will walk and dance on their hind legs to attract attention. When moving they may remind you of Charlie Chaplin as the “little tramp” in the mov- ies, comic in appearance but serious in purpose. Their gait should be sound on four legs but with no hackney or cross- ing over even as they tend to converge at increasing speed. Soundness of move- ment is important.

Having seen a square sturdy little dog now you can examine the head and face on the table. You must put your hands on the head, very gently please, and feel the shape of the head (round but not domed), moderate stop and a muzzle which is blunt and needs to be level and equal in length to the dis- tance between the inside corners of the medium, round, dark eyes. Ears come in many shapes and sizes according to our standard but what is important is for them to be symmetrical and add to the expression. Affens do not look like mon- keys but rather remind you of a monkey. This includes expression, attitude and their actions not just the face. The nose is large, black and the Affen must have a prominent pouty lower lip. This is created by the lower jaw being longer and broad but without any upturn, cre- ating a slightly undershot or reverse scissor bite without any teeth or tongue showing. Please check bite by looking at the teeth as this is not a “thumb” breed. The eyes and lower lip and hair standing away from the face creates the impish, intelligent, comical and deter- mined expression in the Affenpinscher. Now with these very important char- acteristics in mind we can discuss col- or, coat, tails and grooming. In the US, unlike FCI and other foreign countries

in various parts of the country. How- ever, when first learning to evaluate the Affenpinscher it can be difficult for several reasons. This is a rare breed with no dogs exhibited in large areas in the US. People need to travel in order to be exposed to multiple good speci- mens of the breed together. There are few long–term breeders to use as men- tors or large kennels with many dogs to observe. Affens have only one specialty weekend per year with entries of 30 to 50 dogs. For these reasons, it is impera- tive to make an effort to find, observe and examine Affens when the opportu- nity presents itself. Judges’ Education for the Affenpinscher Club of America tries to participate in seminars put on throughout the year in various parts of the country. We also have an excel- lent Illustrated Standard available and a growing list of breed mentors across the US. I’d like to address the major char- acteristics which make the breed so endearing to its owners and special to judge. “This is a small, sturdy, harsh coated, shaggy looking little dog who is comical, inquisitive and alert.” Taken

“THIS IS A RARE BREED WITH NO DOGS EXHIBITED IN LARGE AREAS IN THE US.”

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“LOOK AT THE ENTIRE DOG, NOT JUST ITS PARTS. NO ONE ATTRIBUTE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANOTHER.”

which allow only black Affens, our little monkeys come in lots of colors; black, black and tan, red, beige, silver, all with or without a black mask. You will see mostly black ones in the US but many have silver shadings on the head and legs and white hairs interspersed in the coat and all are perfectly acceptable. It is important to know Affens have two distinct types of coat. The body (jacket) is harsh and coarse but not “wirey”. The head is softer and stands off to frame the face. On mature dogs, you will find hair which is longer from the occiput along the neck to the withers and over the shoulders. This forms a “cape”, not to be confused with a “mane” or “ruff”. In the past 15 years the practice of docking tails and cropping ears has decreased in many breeds and Affens are no exception. Prior to the 1990s, it was rare to see a natural tail or ears. Now almost all are shown “au naturelle”. Our standard is, and always was, very spe- cific in this matter. Tails may be docked or left natural, with no bias allowed for either. The tail should be carried up and may curve over the back when the dog is moving. They may drop their tail when standing still and this is com- mon, especially the bitches. This should

never be penalized if the tail comes up when the dog/bitch is moving. All ears are equally acceptable as long as they are symmetrical. Or to put it another way—we don’t care about it and neither should you! Look at the entire dog, not just its parts. No one attribute is more important than another. Shape, coat, head, expression, attitude—look at and judge the whole dog. Now a word about grooming and how styles and emphasis change. Our standard states, “Shaggy but neat” and that can be interpreted by many people differently. This does not mean sculpt- ed, sprayed, scissored or over–teased with massive amounts of product in their coats. You must feel free to put your hands on their heads and feel coat and texture and shape and bone. You must (gently) feel the stop and tail set and substance and check coat texture on the jacket. The biggest challenge in judging a new breed may be setting priorities. No dog is perfect and all have faults of varying degrees. Each breed and breeder has certain attributes that are essential and possibly faults that are almost unforgivable. The Affenpinscher Club of American Illustrated Standard

is invaluable in stating 8 things which are “Priorities of Type.” All are equally important and not in any specific order of importance. 1. Monkey like expression 2. Preferred height 9 ½" to 11 ½" 3. Square appearance, bitches may be slightly longer 4. Hind legs set under body 5. Substance must be sturdy 6. Temperament is comical, inquisitive 7. Gait is sound, tracking 4 square converging with speed 8. Coat is harsh, neat but shaggy Using this 8–step guide, judging the whole dog and not just parts and stay- ing positive you should do justice to our breed. Remember—Affens of qual- ity should make you smile or laugh in the ring. Affenpinschers have changed a lot over the past 20 years and mostly there are positive improvements. Soundness in structure, movement and attitudes is apparent without losing their unique characteristics. As one of the few Toy breeds with a previous function, we want to maintain their correct form. Remember, form follows function.

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WHAT’S BEHIND THE

AFFENPINSCHER STANDARD?

by KELLY BRODERICK ACA Historian

T he first AKC Affenpinscher standard was approved Sept. 15, 1936, only one year after the first known Affenpin- schers were imported by Mrs. Bessie Mally. This very rapid AKC acceptance was brought about, even though there was no parent club, by Mally, Henrietta Proctor Donnell Reilly, founding mem- ber of the New York-based Progressive Dog Club and heiress Evalyn Walsh McLean, owner of the Hope Diamond. The original AKC standard was a translation of the German standard of the time, since Germany is where Affens originated. This AKC standard served for almost 55 years, one of only a handful of standards unchanged for that long. It was also one of the briefest at the time it was revised. So why was it changed? In 1989, the AKC asked all parent clubs to revise their standards to conform to a speci- fied format. At that time, an Affenpin- scher Club of America committee was already in place and working on a revi- sion, due in large part for the need to import and export this rare breed. In the 80s and 90s, it’s estimated that the U.S. was home to more Affen- pinschers than the rest of the world combined. Breeders outside the U.S., especially those in England, were inter- ested in expanding their Affenpinscher bloodlines. American breeders knew they had to do the same or risk their lines becoming completely inbred. This became evident as Affenpinschers, once known as one of the healthiest AKC breeds, were showing signs of hereditary health issues. But almost no dogs imported from or to Europe could be shown in their

These two Affenpinscher youngsters were photographed in 1938 and were most likely bred by Mrs. Bessie Mally, who was the first known importer and then breeder of U.S. Affens. Mally bred and registered a total of 27 Affens between 1936 and 1940, when Affen breeding and importation ceased due to the war.

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The original 1936 AKC Affenpinscher standard was based on the German standard of the time and was not revised until 1990.

behind the scenes from this member who both participated in the 1998 meeting and voted on the revisions… ACA members attending the 1998 Specialty held a lengthy discussion about the proposed revisions, following several months of comments published in the ACA newsletter. Because almost all Affens at the time were cropped and docked, members decided to allow altered, natural or any combination of ears and tail. Ears may upright, folded, tipped or dropped, as long as they are symmetrical and a monkey-like expres- sion is retained. Today, almost all Affens are shown with natural tails and ears. If you happen across a cropped and/or docked Affen pet, it probably did not come from an ACA-recognized breeder. Because hereditary health issues were appearing, the membership chose to keep the overall appearance of the Affen as its most important attribute, and not have preferred colors, body parts or disqualifications. Members felt While the grooming has certainly evolved, the overall looks and spirt of the game little Affen certainly have not. This rare Toy is finally getting the recognition in the Group ring, as illustrated by GCH Tamarin Tailback’s outstanding winning record and national ranking.

An Affenpinscher illustrated description printed in the December 1952 issue of Popular Dogs, the 25th Anniversary edition featuring a picturization of every AKC-recognized breed.

new home country. The AKC standard only recognized cropped and docked Affens, while most of the world recog- nized only natural ears and tails. Because modern Affens are primar- ily kept as companions rather than working ratters, it no longer made sense to shorten ears and tails to pre- vent rodents from grabbing hold. So, a new standard was developed by the ACA and accepted by the AKC in 1990. The most notable changes were allow- ing either natural or altered ears and tails, and making all recognized col- ors equally acceptable instead of black being preferred. A few years later, Affen breeders began having problems registering col- ored dogs, especially those now known as belge, because the standard did not include a specific name for that color- ing. The club requested “wild boar” be used. The AKC declined, replying colors could not be named after anoth- er animal, and requested additional

changes to the standard. The ACA formed a committee to revise the new standard to, “…clarify our standard, make it a bit less wordy, and fix one of two errors…” As reported in the Feb. 1999 ACA newsletter, the proposed standard was adopted by “an overwhelming vote of 49 to 6.” It took only 49 ACA members, a majority, to approve this standard because the number of parent club members was so few. Affens are the rar- est Toy breed, ranking 149 out of 189 in AKC registrations in 2016, with the ranking generally on a sinking trend. There are few fanciers and even fewer active ACA members (although we’re always seeking more!) The AKC sent the proposed standard back to the ACA, with suggested revi- sions, and this time 66 members voted. The revised standard went into effect in 2000 and remains so today. So that’s the history of the standard and its two revisions. Now for a look

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Flo Strohmaier was one of the pillars upon which the modern Affen stands. She began breeding in the 1950s and continued until her death in 2005. Her self-proclaimed mission was to breed for gorgeous heads, since some of the early Affens had a decidedly “foxy” look. By the 1980s, it was said that you could identify a Flo-Star Affen just by looking at the head. Flo is pictured with her “heart dog” CH Flo-Star’s Tandy Tane.

The top Affen in 1963 was Babs von Reburg, an Austrian import. She is cropped and docked and shown in the typical “shaggy but neat” style of the time.

that having any one feature be more important than any other or listing disqualifications might lead to breed- ing specifically for or against that fea- ture. By doing this kind of selective breeding an already small gene pool could too easily be reduced. The stan- dard mentions only two features that should draw penalties: the bite and the gait. An overshot mouth is to be severe- ly penalized, a wry mouth is a seri- ous fault and an unsound gait is to be heavily penalized. A lot of time and thought went into the standard’s first paragraph. The mem- bership thought it important that any- one reading the opening should get an immediate feel for the breed. Key words are balanced, wiry-haired, terrier-like, toy dog, intelligent and mustached little devil. It lists the breed’s original purpose “… developed to rid the kitch- ens, granaries and stables of rodents.” It also states what the membership felt was most important to maintaining the integrity and health of the breed,

“The total overall appearance of the Affenpinscher is more important than any individual characteristic.” The general description closes with the sentence that perhaps provokes the most discussion about the presentation of the breed, “He is described as hav- ing a neat but shaggy appearance.” Ever since the 1960s, the amount and styles of grooming have been heavily con- tested amongst exhibitors. Some breed- ers prefer a more “natural” look while some handlers insist that “neat but shag- gy” cannot be competitive in the Toy Group. What is evident is the amount of grooming done on Affens has dra- matically increased over the years. Of course, so have the number of group- placing and BIS Affens. And while some bemoan the almost-sculpted appear- ance of today’s Affens, most are pleased to see the delightful breed gain recogni- tion both in and out of the ring. At the 1998 meeting, lively dis- cussions arose concerning preferred height and the best way to describe the

correlation between the muzzle and eyes. The 1936 standard stated, “the shoulder height should not exceed 10 ¼ inches,” but that Affens should be “rath- er sturdy in build and not delicate in any way.” The membership acknowledged that very short Affens often lacked bone, so it would be in the breed’s best interest to have a wider range of size. Now the preferred height at the withers is 9 ½ to 11 ½ inches, but there is no disqualification for size or lack thereof. The original standard did not speak to the eye/muzzle correlation, but the 1990 version added “the length of the muzzle is approximately the same as the distance between the eyes.” The revi- sion committee proposed changing that to “a line drawn from the nose tip to the inside corners of the eyes should form an approximate equilateral triangle,” to more closely match the UK standard of “distance between dark eyes and black nose forming an equal sided triangle.” Eventually the club decided it is easier to judge the first, rather than figure out

“KEY WORDS ARE BALANCED, WIRY-HAIRED, TERRIER-LIKE, TOY DOG, INTELLIGENT AND MUSTACHED LITTLE DEVIL.”

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