Top Notch Toys March 2017

“Valentino” GOLD GRAND CHAMPION Fleur de Passy ™ Dauphin

T H A N K Y O U J U D G E S

B E S T O F B R E E D MR. ESPEN ENGH WESTMINSTER KC

G R O U P 4 MRS. CHARLOTTE PATTERSON WESTMINSTER KC

B E S T O F B R E E D MS. ELENA SPECTOR THE PROGRESSIVE DOG CLUB R E S E R V E B E S T I N S H OW

MR. JASON HOKE THE PROGRESSIVE DOG CLUB

OWNED BY DOYLE & CAROL GIROUARD

BRED BY JACKIE & TERRY STACY, TAMARIN KENNELS

PRESENTED BY ALFONSO ESCOBEDO & ASHLIE WHITMORE

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G C H S T A M A R I N T A I L B A C K M U L T I P L E B E S T I N S H O W W I N N I N G

2 0 1 6 T O Y D O G O F T H E Y E A R

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A M S I L V E R G R A N D C H A M P I O N M B I S / M G C H / M U L T I C H A L W A Y S P E A R L

Pearl won BOS at Progressive Toy Dog Club under Judge Mrs. Elena Spector as her swan song. She now passes the torch to her sons, Nicky, GCH iLove Rhapsody Always St Nicholas, and Jordan, iLove Rhapsody Always Jordan and newcomer to iLove Maltese—Athena, Rhapsody’s iLove Athena! Look for Pearl to have a new litter in the summer! A huge thank you to my handlers and friends, Edgar Cruz Guevara and Tonia Holibaugh for all of Pearl’s accomplishments. She achieved more than I could have hoped for in my wildest dreams. Pearl will always be why I-Love Maltese!

OWNED BY CYNTHIA LEE | iLOVE MALTESE

BRED BY VERONICA & ALAN FAWCETT | ALWAYS MALTESE

HANDLED BY TONIA HOLIBAUGH | RHAPSODY MALTESE

HANDLED BY EDGAR CRUZ GUEVARA

ASSISTED BY VERNOR OVARES UGALDE | SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA

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A M G C H i L O V E R H A P S O D Y A L W A Y S S T N I C H O L A S

BRED & OWNED BY CYNTHIA LEE | iLOVE MALTESE

i L O V E R H A P S O D Y A L W A Y S J O R D A N

BRED & OWNED BY CYNTHIA LEE | iLOVE MALTESE

R H A P S O D Y i L O V E A T H E N A

OWNED BY CYNTHIA LEE | iLOVE MALTESE BRED & CO-OWNED BY TONIA HOLIBAUGH | RHAPSODY MALTESE

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GRCH CH PROMENADE

Thank you to the judges who have recognized our boy’s outstanding type BRED/OWNED/LOVED BY: Linda & Will Hughes | linda@promenadekennels.com HANDLED BY: Rebecca Heimann & Brooke Ayala III 6 • T op N otch T oys , M arch 2017

Watch for our RingO daughter’s debut on March 25 in Fort Worth!

PROMENADE’S FIRE AND RAIN

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Ana WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB FEBRUARY 13, 2017 JUDGE MRS. JACQUELINE L. STACY MELITICA PRIMA BALLERINA ANA PAVLOVA group winning owned & bred by D R A G I C A ( D I N A ) H U N T E R , M E L I T I C A M A LT E S E handled by T I M L E H M A N 8 • T op N otch T oys , M arch 2017

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SONDRAS PURPLE RAIN AT KYLIN GCHS PAMMAR I AM I SAID OF KYLIN X GCH SONDRASROSE WONT YOU BE MINE

Bred & Owned by: Linda Davi & Tammy Lodien

ABOVE: First time in the ring at 9 months old, back-to-back Winners Dog. Back-to-back winner OHGroup 1 and OH 10 months old WD for his first major.

SONDRAS WHEN DOVES CRY AT KYLIN

GCHS PAMMAR I AM I SAID OF KYLIN X GCH SONDRASROSE WONT YOU BE MINE Owned by: Linda Davi & Tammy

RIGHT: Wins BOB North Star Toy Specialty at 9 months old. She won BOB all 3 days and a Group 4 out of a tough group.

Wins BOB all 3 days at the Minneapolis dog show with a Specialty win and a Group 4. Back-to-back BOB OH wins, OHGroup 2 and OHGroup 3.

BIS Toy Specialty win in Minneapolis at 9 months old

Wins back-to-back majors, WB, BOW and BOS over nice specials at 10 months old. Won Best Puppy at the Chinese Crested Specialty in Orlando 2016. She was also reserve WB to 5 pt. major at the Royal Canin Show and 4 out of the 5 days was Reserve WB to 4 and 5 pt. majors at 8 months old.

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GCH. SONDRA ROSE SHINE LIKE A STAR OF KYLIN GCHS PAMMAR I AM I SAID OF KYLIN X GCH SONDRASROSE WONT YOU BE MINE

He is A STAR He is SHINING He is Sparkole

Owned by: Juan Alberto Grillo Londono Bred by: Tammy Bailey Lodien & Linda Davi Handled by: Celso Schneider | McHenry, IL, celsoschneider@mac.com Number One Chinese Crested *

*TNT breed stats as of 1/31/17

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G O L D G R A N D C H A M P I O N C H A M P I O N S A N D E R L I N DANCE LIKE A DICKENS

B R E D & OWN E D B Y: ANGELA M. SANDERS , SANDERLIN MINIATURE PINSCHERS

E XC L U S I V E LY H A N D L E D B Y: KIM BYRD, PHA

Thank you Judge Toddie Clark (at 10 months of age) B R E D B Y: ANGELA M. SANDERS , SANDERLIN MINIATURE PINSCHERS

OWN E D B Y: CATHY BEASLEY

H A N D L E D B Y KENNITH BEASLEY

C H A M P I O N S A N D E R L I N DANCING N THE COSMOS

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S A N D E R L I N DANCES THRU THE GALAXY

Winners Bitch & Best of Winners Empire Miniature Pinscher Club of Greater New York

B R E D & OWN E D B Y: ANGELA M. SANDERS , SANDERLIN MINIATURE PINSCHERS E XC L U S I V E LY H A N D L E D B Y: KIM BYRD, PHA

Candid photos by ©Miguel Betancourt (in focus by Miguel)

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BEAUTY, BRAINS & BREED TYPE ™ & Pure Natural

thi s i s the essence of

Fleur de Passy ™ japanese chin

a n d t o To m We i g a n d , f o r s o e f f o r t l e s s l y c a p t u r i n g p h o t o g r a p h i c a l l y t h e e s s e n c e o f w h o w e a r e . Deepest Appreciation, Judges

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O N T H E C OV E R

MULTIPLE GROUP WINNING, RESERVE BEST IN SHOW WINNING & BEST IN SPECIALTY SHOW WINNING

GOLD GRAND CHAMPION Fleur de Passy ™ Dauphin “Valentino”

Valentino, RBIS BISS GCHG Fleur de Passy ™ Dauphin, completed his Championship Breeder-Owner-Handled with 4 Best of Breed awards from the classes in competition with the finest, earned Best of Breed at the AKC National Championships 2014 at Age 17 months, became a Gold Grand Champion at Age 3, and rose to #1 Breed* and #2 All Breed** status in 2016, winning two Westminster Awards of Merit, 2016 & 2017. He is a treasure inside and out, actively healing patients in Dr. Lopker’s solo private practice as well.

*TNT breed stats 2016 **TNT all breed stats 2016 “VALENTINO” IS LOVINGLY HANDLED BY: DR. ANITA LOPKER

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IN LOVING MEMORY

DUANE C. DOLL 1/17/39 – 7/19/16 Co-Founder, Publisher and CEO Since 1983

Executive Editor JOSEPH NEIL McGINNIS Editor BONNIE GUGGENHEIM Managing Editor CORTNY WHITE Ad and Editorial Design

JOE McGINNIS, DIANE GREENE-WALSH, CORTNY WHITE, ERIKA RUTHERFORD, MELISSA BORDOVSKY AND KELLI LAW Advertising BONNIE GUGGENHEIM 863.738.8848 • bonnie@dmcg.com PRODUCTION OFFICES 8848 Beverly Hills, Lakeland, Fl 33809 Office Manager Subscriptions and Circulation MICHAEL VERAS 863.816.8848 • michael@dmcg.com Production Co-Ordinator Advertiser Relations SAMANTHA ADKINS 863.816.8848 • samantha@dmcg.com

“Valentino” GOLD GRAND CHAMPION Fleur de Passy ™ Dauphin

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On the cover: GOLD GRAND CHAMPION FLEUR DE PASSY DAUPHIN Japanese Chin, Owned by Anita Lopker

Director of Web Development National Distribution Manager DANIEL J. CARTIER 615.618.4797 • daniel@dmcg.com Production Manager DIANE GREENE-WALSH

34 FROM THE EDITOR by JOE MCGINNIS 48 TOY TALK by BONNIE GUGGENHEIM 50 TNT TOYBOX

52 GREATER GAINESVILLE GATOR CLASSIC CANDIDS photos by TOM WEIGAND 54 FINDING THE BEST COMPANION HOME FOR PUPPIES by CESE RESNICK 55 STRAWBERRY CLUSTER DOG SHOW CANDIDS photos by TOM WEIGAND 56 CALLING ALL JUDGES TO HELP SAVE BREED TYPES by BETTY STALLARD 58 AKC FAST CAT ® by LEW OLSON 60 BRUSSELS GRIFFON BREEDER’S FORUM with JACQUE JONES 62 TERMS & INTERPRETATIONS by LORENE VICKERS-SMITH 65 JUDGING THE BRUSSELS GRIFFON by BRADLEY JENKINS 66 BRUSSELS GRIFFON BREED SURVEY 70 REMINISCENCE: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN

BRUSSELS GRIFFON ASSOCIATION by DAWN VIC HANSEN 74 LIVING WITH THE BRUSSELS GRIFFON by LISA STRAUB 76 TNT TOP TWENTY 76 TNT ALL BREED SYSTEM 78 TNT BREED SYSTEM 79 TNT OWNER-HANDLER SYSTEM 80 ADVERTISING & SUBSCRIPTION RATES 82 INDEX TO ADVERTISERS

“Valentino” GOLD GRAND CHAMPION Fleur de Passy ™ Dauphin

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G C H L U F F E Y L A N D ’ S

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Introducing The Role Of The Man InThe Yellow Hat Will Be Played By Harry Bennett

Our “GEORGIO” Will Be Getting Into And Out Of All Kinds Of Trouble Soon! Bred & Owned By: Thomas & Margaret Luffey Presented By: Harry Bennett & S.D. Rowan, Jr.

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Hotrod MOHBIS MBISS GOLD GCH H&H HOTROD CHIC #114260 MERLE N/N

GROUP ONE WINNING & MULTIPLE GROUP PLACING

Long Coat Chihuahua * #1 *TNT breed & all breed stats as of 1/31/17

©Hot Dog Magazine International 2017

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H&H HOTROD,

strutting his

way through

BEST OF VARIETY JUDGE ELIZABETH SWEIGART Westminister Kennel Club

NYC

BEST IN SPECIALITY SHOW & BOB CHIHUAHUA FANCIER JUDGE NORM PATTON Chihuahua Club of Greater New York BEST OF VARIETY JUDGE ELEANA SPECTOR

thank you Judges JUDGE JASON HOKE Progressive Toy Club Chihuahua Club of Greater New York BEST OF OPPOSITE

H&H Hotrod SIRE OF MULTIPLE CHAMPIONS! Head out on the Highway

Michelle Herod, Breeder/Owner/Handler & Todd Harris 928-445-9371 | See us on Facebook at H&H Chihuahuas Stud services available | www.chihuahuaacres.com

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BROOKVIEW

B R O O K V I E W ’ S F I R S T Yoelle C H I C # 1 1 9 3 0 1 E Y E S - N O R M A L P A T E L L A S - N O R M A L F U L L D E N T I T I O N

T H A N K Y O U , J U D G E M R . R O D N E Y R . M E R R Y !

A L W A Y S B R E E D E R - O W N E R H A N D L E D B Y : S H O W N E X C L U S I V E L Y F R O M T H E B R E D B Y C L A S S Matina E. Johnson

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YORKSHIRE TERRIERS W I N S B A C K - T O - B A C K M A J O R S !

T H A N K Y O U , J U D G E M S . M E L I N D A L . L Y O N !

GCHB CH TAPYOCA’S YANCEY AT BROOKVIEW X MBISS GCHG CH BROOKVIEW’S REBEL YALE

B R O O K V I E W Y O R K S H I R E T E R R I E R S WWW. B R O O K V I E W Y O R K I E S . C OM

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No. 1 Havanese ALL SYSTEMS BITCH 2016 * & ALL-BREED 2017 **

THANK YOU judges

2016 AKC National Championship | Judge Dr. Gareth Morgan-Jones | Best of Breed

Judge Mrs. Elaine Lessig | Group 3

Judge Mrs.Anne Savory Bolus | Group 3

* All Systems 2016 **TNT all breed stats as of 1.31.17

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g o l d g r a n d c h a m p i o n

Brooklyn ZONA ROSA’S I’LL TAKE MANHATTAN

Judge Mrs. Jacqueline L. Stacy Grand Champion Select

P R E S E N T E D B Y D A V I D & K R I S T Y N S T O U T B R E D B Y M A R I A E L E N A P E R E I R A O W N E D B Y M A R I A E L E N A P E R E I R A & S U Z A N N E R . P E C K LOOKING FORWARD TO HER FIRST FULL YEAR AS A SPECIAL IN 2017!

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BRONZE GRAND CHAMPION Marsdon The Maestro

Brussels Griffon # 1

BREED *

SHOWN BY JAMIE CLUTE & HALEY WHITCOMB BRED & OWNED BY BEVERLY A. STRANGE | MARSDON KENNEL

*TNT breed stats as of 1/31/17

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THANK YOU JUDGES DANA CLINE, SANDRA WALKER & LEE ANNE BATEMAN

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Defining the American Silky Tail

Tatty

PLATINUM SILKY

GCHP LAMPLIGHTER’S TATTLE TAIL

N UMB E R O N E S I L K Y 2 0 1 3

BREEDERS: Barbara Beissel & Mark Benson OWNERS: Barbara Beissel, Mark Benson, James Dillman & Janet Aslett

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Justin CH LAMPLIGHTER BENDILL IT’S JUST A TAIL

BREEDERS/OWNERS: Barbara Beissel, Mark Benson & James Dillman HANDLER: Barbara Beissel, BarbaraBeissel@aol.com, BendillSilkyTerriers@juno.com

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GCHG DARTAN DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER AT VIVA RESERVE BEST IN SHOW, MULTIPLE BEST IN SPECIALTY SHOW

NOHS SMOOTH COAT CHIHUAHUA * # 1 SMOOTH COAT CHIHUAHUA ** # 2 *Akc Nohs Stats As Of 2/9/17 **Tnt All Breed Stats As Of 1/31/17

BEST OF OPPOSITE SEX AT WESTMINSTER!

BRED BY DARWIN DELANEY & KATHY SAWYER OWNED BY & EXCLUSIVELY HANDLED BY CECILIA BOZZO

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Grand Champion Moonshadows Tail of Super Bowl 49

Brady

Thanks to all the judges who made 2016 a fun ride! Watch for Brady in 2017... l e t t h e f u n b e g i n !

Owners: Donna Bledsoe & Ken Lambert Handlers: Ken Lambert & Trish Kulessa Breeder: Maggie McKinley Keuser

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looking forward to 2017 shows

THANK YOU DENNIS MCCOY

12.12.16 | SPACE COAST KC SELECT UNDER JUDGE RICHARD CAMACHO 12.13.16 | BREVARD KC BEST OF OPPOSITE UNDER JUDGE JASON HOKE 12.15.16 | AMERICAN TOY MANCHESTER CLUB SPECIALTY SELECT UNDER JUDGE DENNIS MCCOY FLASH Hutch!

OUR SINCEREST APPRECIATION AND THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE JUDGES WHO HAVE RECOGNIZED OUR BOY , S FINE TYPE AND QUALITY.

NEW PERF ORMANC E T I TLES ! BN ( BEG I NNER NOV I C E ) , RA ( RA L L Y ADVANC ED ) AND C A ( L URE C OURS I NG A B I L I TY ! )

HANDLERS : KAREN NEWMAN & LEW OLSON OWNER: LEW OLSON BREEDERS : MAX I NE FOX , J ANNA P . MORGAN & LOU A . NOVOSAD , DVM GCH EVRMOR INXS OF BLACKWOOD BN RA CA

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B R E A K I N G A L L T H E R U L E S

GCH ZHEN’S THAT’S WHO WE ARE

WINNERS DOG 2015 ACCCC NATIONAL SELECT DOG EUKANUBA 2015 AOM ROYAL CANIN 2016 MULTIPLE GROUP PLACING

Breeders: Carol Clouse, Amy Thompson and Bill Thompson Owners: Norma Feldman, Carol Clouse and Kristina Karraker Handler: Tara Richardson Photo©Kathy Arnold

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W I L L N O T B E A N O U T S I D E R A N Y M O R E . . .

OUTCAST GCH Who’s Love Was Outcast-S

MULTIPLE GROUP PLACING I want to thank all the judges who recognized this young boy. Thank you Mr. Daniel Augustus Group 2 Placement Ashtabula Kennel Club 2016 Thank you Mrs. Charlotte P. Patterson Group 4 Placement Great Lakes Toy Club 2016

Breeder/Owner/Handler: Who’s Chihuahuas • Heather A. Bondra OUTCAST WILL BE EXPERTLY HANDLED BY LISA FOX-MANN IN 2017

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Photo courtesy of Tammy Adams Photography

Gold Grand Champion Stepamgar Skyfall James M u l t i p l e R e s e r v e B e s t I n S h o w W i n n i n g B e s t i n S p e c i a l t y S h o w & G r o u p W i n n i n g

no. 1 no. 2 BREED * ALL BREED **

Thank you Mr. Houston Clark for awarding James Reserve Best in Show! Thank you Toddie Clark & Shelley Hennessy for awarding James back-to-back Group 1s the same weekend.

Thank you Victoria Seller-Cushman & Breeder Judges Veronica Hull, Bradley Jenkins & Carla Mathies for James’ Best in Specialty Show wins so far in 2017. James is a 13 time Best in Specialty Show Winner

Proudl y Owned & Bred By : J IM & L INDA SHREFFLER | STEPAMGAR CKCS | SHREFFLERJ@AOL .COM Profess iona l l y Handl ed By : MICHELLE M. JONES | ASSISTED BY: MACKENZIE S. JONES

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*TNT breed stats as of 1/31/17 (tied for #1 breed points) **TNT all breed stats as of 1/31/17

Introducing our Youngsters

I N T E R N A T I O N A L I M P O R T S F R O M F I N L A N D

GCH Blackwood Finley of AHZ has produced 7 Champion offspring!

CH Blue Bay’s Quand Vient Le Matin father to Olli

CH Blackwood Wicked of AHZ RN & GCH Blackwood Finley of AHZ BN CD RE

my newest import from Finland

Blue Bay’s Vol De Nuit Olli

Last years Finish import, Group 1 Winner, AKC Champion. Olli is now here, to follow in his father’s footsteps.

GCH Blue Bay’s Roi De La Revolution Teppo

CH Blue Bay’s Quand Vient Le Matin Matti

Lew Olson | Blackwood Kennels | Griffons, Conformation & Performance Dogs Bred by Blue Bay Kennel, Jarmo Hilpinen & Marko Salmela , Finland || Handled by Karen Newman

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SHOWN COMPLET ING HI S CHAMP IONSHI P AT WI L LAMETTE TOY DOG FANC I ERS WI TH RESPECTED JUDGE JOE WALTON.

O W N E D , B R E D & L O V E D B Y G A R Y & V I C K I S T I L E S

K E E P E R O F T H E F L A M E CH SHAB R I ’ S MONTANYA DE OS I TO x GCH GENB ROOK ’ S P L AY I N ’ WI TH F I R E

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Multi CH B-Boy of Angela White KR Grand Champion

B-Boy Owned by Laurence Didier | France

Bred by So Hyang Kim | Angela White Maltese Handled By Tonia Holibaugh | Rhapsody Maltese

Handled by Edgar Cruz Guevara Assisted by Vernor Ovares Ugalde

We are so proud of B-Boy’s achievements so far in the US. He is already ranked as one of the Top Maltese * !

Tonia & Edgar for making our boy shine!

Judge Mrs. Anne Katona for this Group 2 nd win!

*TNT breed & all breed stats as of 1.31.17

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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 E L E B R A T E S O U R 3 1 S T W E S T M I N S T E R W I N N E R

GCH G I NGERY ’ S H I GH VOLTAGE M U L T I P L E G R O U P P L A C I N G

She 's Electr ic !

“ELLIE” JOINS OUR EXQUISITE & ACCOMPLISHED PACK THAT SHARE:

8 Westminster Breed Wins 7 Westminster Opposite Wins

3 Westminster Select Wins 25 Westminster Awards of Merit

THANK YOU LEE WHITTIER FOR THIS FINE HONOR TO THIS NEW SPECIAL

Handled by Victory | Victor Helu

Owned by Jacqui DiPietro

Bred by Gingery | Arlene Butterklee

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NOR’EAST T O Y D O G C L U S T E R “Come Play in our Air Conditioned 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

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 26 & 27, 2017

TOWN & COUNTRY TOY DOG CLUB OF EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS, INC. Friday afternoon and Sunday, May 26 & 28, 2017

Hudson Valley Chihuahua Club, Bay Colony Pomeranian Club and Patriot Pug Dog Club will consider the classes on Saturday as their Specialties. Supported entry for Havanese on Saturday. Supported entries for Chihuahuas, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Miniature Pinschers, Papillons, Pomeranians and Pugs every show. Yankee Miniature Pinscher Club Independent Specialty on Saturday evening. Judge Sharon Masnick, Conformation (No obedience or rally) NATIONAL OWNER-HANDLED SERIES (NOHS) & 4-6 MONTH PUPPY COMPETITION Saturday and Sunday, May 27 & 28, 2017

BREED OR CLASS

FRIDAY AM

FRIDAY PM

SATURDAY Mark Lucas

SUNDAY

Toy Group

Michael Canalizo

Dr. John F. Davidson

Barbara J. Wood Paula J. Knight Benson E. Ray

National Owner-Handled Group (NOHS)

Not Offered Ingela Gram Not Offered Ingela Gram

Not Offered Not Offered Lamont Yoder

Sharon Masnick

Toy Puppy Group

Not Offered

Toy Bred By Exhibitor Group

Patrick Archer McManus Not Offered

Affenpinschers Brussels Griffons

Dr. John F. Davidson Dr. John F. Davidson

Mark Lucas Mark Lucas Mark Lucas

Barbara J. Wood Barbara J. Wood Benson E. Ray Ted W. Eubank Ted W. Eubank Ted W. Eubank Benson E. Ray Benson E. Ray Ted W. Eubank Paula J. Knight Benson E. Ray Benson E. Ray Barbara J. Wood Barbara J. Wood Ted W. Eubank Ted W. Eubank Barbara J. Wood

Michael Canalizo Dr. Kevin J. Cline Michael Canalizo Michael Canalizo

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

Lamont Yoder

Chihuahuas (Long) Chihuahuas (Smooth)

Dr. John F. Davidson Dr. John F. Davidson

Linda George Linda George Sharon Masnick

Chinese Cresteds

Ingela Gram

Benson E. Ray Sharon Masnick Sharon Masnick

English Toy Spaniels (Blenheim & Prince Charles) Michael Canalizo

Mark Lucas Mark Lucas Mark Lucas Mark Lucas

English Toy Spaniels (King Charles & Ruby)

Michael Canalizo Michael Canalizo

Havanese

Dr. John F. Davidson Dr. John F. Davidson Dr. John F. Davidson

Italian Greyhounds

Ingela Gram

Japanese Chin

Michael Canalizo Michael Canalizo Michael Canalizo

Sharon Masnick

Maltese

Sharon Masnick

Mark Lucas Mark Lucas Mark Lucas

Manchester Terriers (Toy)

Dr. John F. Davidson Dr. John F. Davidson Dr. John F. Davidson

Miniature Pinschers

Ingela Gram

Papillons Pekingese

Michael Canalizo Michael Canalizo Michael Canalizo

Angela Pickett

Benson E. Ray Benson E. Ray Not Offered

Mark Lucas

Pomeranians

Sharon Masnick

Pomeranian Sweepstakes

Not Offered Ingela Gram

Gale Young

Not Offered

Poodles (Toy)

Dr. John F. Davidson Dr. John F. Davidson

Jeffrey Langevin

Barbara J. Wood

Pugs

Rick Blanchard Benson E. Ray

Patrick Archer McManus Barbara J. Wood

Pug Sweepstakes

Lamont Yoder Benson E. Ray

Sharon Masnick Sharon Masnick

Gale Young

Shih Tzu

Ingela Gram Ingela Gram Ingela Gram

Ted W. Eubank Barbara J. Wood Benson E. Ray Barbara J. Wood Ted W. Eubank Benson E. Ray Lynda Moore Lynda Moore

Silky Terriers

Dr. John F. Davidson

Mark Lucas Mark Lucas Mark Lucas

Toy Fox Terriers Yorkshire Terriers

Sharon Masnick

Michael Canalizo

Dr. John F. Davidson

4-6 Month Puppy Junior Showmanship

Not Offered

Not Offered

Angela Pickett Angela Pickett Lynda Moore Lynda Moore

Michael Canalizo

Dr. John F. Davidson Donna J. Blews-Pappas Donna J. Blews-Pappas

Obedience

Donna J. Blews-Pappas Donna J. Blews-Pappas

Rally

FRIDAY

SATURDAY Paul Mount

SUNDAY

Agility

Paul Mount

Frank Gilmer

For premium lists contact: Tom Baldwin | PO Box 243, Ludlow, MA 01056-0243 | toydogclub@aol.com

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A M E R I C A N C H A M P I O N

Colby South Fork’s Key To My Heart

COLBY CONTINUES HIS WINNING WAYS Central New York Kennel Club

Colby is always breeder, owner, handled by: MJ Held 1442 Orchard Park Road | West Seneca, New York 14224 | 716-675-4497

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

M u l t i p l e G r o u p W i n n i n g

# 1 M i n i a t u r e P i n s c h e r D o g *

C H A z t e x M a r c h - O n B u d d h a a n d t h e C h o c o l a t e B o x

Sidd and Larry are pictured above receiving a Group 3 from Judge Mrs. Helen Tomb-Taylor at Fort Bend Kennel Club. Sincere thanks for this Award.

Own e d & Han d l e d by L arry & P e nny D ewe y | t e xa s • B r e d & Own e d by Chr i s t i n e Sm i t h & dan bay l e s s | ar i z ona

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*TNT all breed stats as of 1/31/17

by BONNIE GUGGENHEIM TNT Advertising Director & Associate Editor IT’S A SPRING THING FLOWERS, NEW PUPPIES & NATIONAL SPECIALTIES ETCETERA

A nother Westminster week- end is behind us and I’m looking forward to upcom- ing National Specialties for Affenpinschers, Brussels Griffons, Cavalier, Maltese, Poms and others for April. Lots of exciting new puppies and of course the wonderful new Specials dogs being campaigned in 2017. Warm congratulations to the Owner Handlers who had so much success winning Best of Breed at Pro- gressive and Westminster as well as the Toy specialties at the Pennsylvania and of course the Yorkshire Specialties grand and glorious shows. Both the Hotel Pennsylvania and the New Yorker did a fabulous job of taking care of exhibitors who came with mul- tiple dogs and they came from all over the world! The excitement in the lobby of the three hotels was felt throughout with friends

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Most of them are competing not just in the Juniors competition but against seasoned professionals and owner han- dlers. Keep up the good work! There has been a great deal of dis- cussion on feeding dogs commercial diets as some have had recalls and often multiple times. While there are great foods available exhibitors have inquired about cooking for their dogs so I have included a recipe for you to try. You can find online information for additional recipes. It is a lot of work to prepare food that includes all the nutri- ents your animals need so cooking is not something on my agenda.

SLOW COOKER RICE & BEEF

2½ lbs. ground beef 1²⁄ ³ cups brown rice 1 cup kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1½ cups butternut squash 1½ cups chopped carrots Optional: frozen peas or green beans

CHICKEN STRIP CHEWS Use boneless chicken breasts cut in appropriate size strips, put in the oven on a baking sheet at 325 degrees and bake until they are very well done.

Stir all ingredients in the crockpot and add 4 cups of water. Cook covered on low for 5 hours or you can cook 2 or 3 hours on high. Stir and cool; refrigerate what you do not immediately feed. This makes about 11 cups of cooked food.

getting together, showing off new dogs and in gen- eral having a hot time in the old town. Check out their ads in this issue! Several of these very winning Toys are ranked way up there or are number one in sev-

Cool and refrigerate any you do not use immediately.

eral different categories. Very exciting for the breed, the breeders and the handlers! Rankings are included in Top Notch Toys which will make it obvious a lot of exhibitors and breeders are doing all the right things in the whelping box and the show ring. The numbers make me feel there are still many serious and knowledgeable people who care about their respective breeds and the sport in general. Juniors are such a talented and hard working group that are the upcoming breeders and handlers of tomorrow.

Top quality commercial diets that are breed specific are my personal choice but the recipes on this page might be a fun option for your picky eater. I enjoyed meeting new people at the local Ocala dog shows and got lots of puppy kisses, too. Remember, do not get lost in the other magazines, be found in

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FINDING THE BEST COMPANION HOME FOR PUPPIES

by CESE RESNICK

H ow do you measure suc- cess in placing puppies? I never knew that my many years in corporate uman Resources and operating my own management and career counsel- ing practice would help me in my dog show venture. Many years ago, in my past life, I was in Human Resources Management with Fortune 500 com- panies. The first thing you learn is a very effective way to both identify and employ the best candidate for the vacant job position. The method involves a series of steps or “gates”, through a list of questions that help to identify both strengths and weaknesses. What happens when a breeder has a litter and picks the most promising puppy from that litter? Unless it is a singleton litter, you eventually will face the issue of plac- ing the remainder of the puppies in loving homes. As a reputable breeder, you most certainly want the best homes for your puppies. There are a number of resources to help place these inno- cent little creatures. If you are a mem- ber of a breed club, they might have a “Breeder Referral” list or a person responsible for helping puppy buyers hook up with a responsible breeder. There is also the AKC Breeder referral list. If you are a Breeder of Merit, you can list your litter on the AKC Mar- ketplace for free. There is usually an informal network of breeders in your particular breed which you can use to announce your puppies, and in return, assist other network breeders in finding potential homes for their litters. If you have a website, you are able to put information there, consisting of not

only information about you and your puppies, but adorable pictures which most people find irresistible. I also keep a potential puppy list of inquiries. If you keep this list, you can go back and contact these people to see if they are still interested. Last, but not least, there is word of mouth, which I find quite reliable. In the process of finding excellent homes, I find myself tracing back to my old tried and true ways of discerning an excellent home from a list of interested people. In the Human Resources inter- viewing process, these are referred to as “knock out questions”. First, I find out exactly what this person is inter- ested in. Some interests could be a male or female, puppy or young adult, highly active dog or a passive, quiet soul. Next, my questions focus on the people and their environment. Do they have children; if so, how many and ages? Are they living in an apartment or home with a yard? If they have a yard, is the yard fenced with slats close enough to keep a puppy confined? What kind of home do they have; two story with steep stairs or a one level home? Do they have any other pets and if so, breed, age and are they neutered? If a person passes these knock out questions, we continue onto a more formal selective interview. Questions as to the sincerity of homing, loving and caring for a puppy begin. I am very interested to see if this potential home is familiar with the breed, so questions and discussions regarding the posi- tive and negative issues with Chin are discussed. What is their timing as to acquiring a puppy? Are they willing to wait for a healthy puppy or do they

want a puppy right now? If you don’t have one available, will they just move on to the next breeder? I am also very careful to assess and match the pup- pies and their temperaments with their potential homes. As we continue the discussions, I take that time to explain how my timing regarding weaning, socializ- ing and health necessities are done. That would involve the time it takes to wean a puppy, socialize and also begin inoculations. The next step is about a pet/com- panion contract. If you don’t have one, get one. This will spell out in writing both the breeder’s assurances and the potential owner’s obligation. We review the contract in detail so there aren’t any misunderstandings for either party. If all goes well here, we move on. The final step is the most rewarding. The day the new owner/family comes to get their puppy. I have a packet all ready. In their packet will be: the AKC Registration papers, health records, signed contracts by both parties, a bag of special chewys, a favorite toy and a list of places to get them. Next they will also receive a small container of food and a sample of the puppy’s special treats. Most people have already pur- chased the same food, but I include it in their puppy bag. Next is a business card with my contact information. The new parents now have a breeder. They are told if they have any questions, day or night I am available to assist them in their new life with their new addition. I have been able to successfully place many puppies by using this step by step interviewing and placement process. The measure of success is sim- ple: Through the process, you establish yourself as a trusted resource and are rewarded by the happy faces, pictures and thank you notes from new proud parents, not only on their first day, but days and years after!

“I AM ALSO VERY CAREFUL TO ASSESS AND MATCH THE PUPPIES AND THEIR TEMPERAMENTS WITH THEIR POTENTIAL HOMES.”

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CALLING ALL JUDGES TO HELP SAVE BREED TYPES

by BETTY STALLARD

M y breed is Chihuahuas and we have a prob- lem. It is not a problem unique to Chihuahuas, nor is it atypical except in the specifics of the problem. We are losing important elements of breed type and the dogs lacking these essential elements are being put up in the ring over dogs of stronger type. Allow me to explain. In the GSD, the desire for the extreme rear has result- ed in dogs bred that end up crippled. They are unable to perform or even live a full life, with the extreme angula- tion which causes the rear to be or to become crippled. The dogs are pitiful and painful to watch. They are bred to exceed the standard. Faults of gait are considered very serious, but these dogs are often put up in the ring because of a 90-degree rear angle instead of a near 90-degree angle, which has become a fad. This is a disservice to the breed. In Chihuahuas, the general appear- ance calls for a graceful, alert, swift- moving, compact little dog with a saucy expression and with Terrier-like quali- ties of temperament. The standard then goes on to elaborate on what consti- tutes the generalization given. Unfortunately, breeders are import- ing and/or breeding dogs into their lines with extremely short muzzles. Chihuahuas have never had this trait before. The muzzles resembled those of Japanese Chins or French Bull- dogs. They are declared adorable and cute, and sell very well at high prices. They are considered preferable in the show ring to the Chihuahua that has a

correct, moderately short muzzle with lean cheeks and jaws. This is a disser- vice to the breed and is certainly incor- rect. It manifests problems in bites, breathing and expression. It is damag- ing both to health and to appearance called for in the standard. Another problem is the lack of proper topline in the Chihuahuas. The standard calls for a level topline. Recent winning dogs have been exhibiting a topline that slopes from high in the front to lower in the rear. There has even been a sci- entific debate about what causes this and emphasis that this sloping topline is correct because of morphology. The proponents of this view utilize top win- ning dogs who have presented this slop- ing topline as a prototype for the new and improved Chihuahua. Level means level; not sloped, dipped, roached or bumped. With the emphasis put on the sloping topline, breeders are demand- ing and getting high prices for these specimens because the judges are put- ting them up. This is a detriment to the breed. There is no prototype for a new and improved breed specimen—the standard is set. Any overt changes are incorrect and should not be rewarded in the ring. If breeders are breeding Chins into the line to produce the extreme muzzles we see in the ring or import- ing dogs bred overseas that have this atypical attribute, it’s for two purpos- es: making money and/or winning in the ring. These dogs are not pure- bred, but are mutts. A DNA test would reveal the discrepancy in dogs with an atypical muzzle.

It is not possible to control John Q. Public’s buying preference. Adorable is one of his highest criteria in choos- ing a pet. It is not, however, included in the standard. Nor is the attribute of being cute. The buyer is impressed by the breeder’s explanation that this look is what is winning now. We therefore must appeal to the judges to help save breed types. Every judge has to know the standard for every breed he or she judges. Please adhere to breed type in judging, regard- less of how cute these extreme speci- mens may be. While there are no per- fect dogs, please avoid putting up dogs that are mutations of breed type which, in Chihuahuas, would include the over- ly short muzzle and/or sloping topline. We, as committed breeders and exhibitors, depend upon our judges to maintain proper breed type through their example of rewarding the dog nearest the standard. Breed type cannot be saved without your consis- tent and dedicated refusal to reward animals that are extreme in any way. Our breed calls for a well-balanced, swift-moving little dog with level topline and moderate muzzle. There is not room here to discuss the rest of the standard, but these are the two main issues at this time. Judges, we breeders and exhibi- tors believe in you and your incorrupt- ible judgment. We depend upon you. Help us save breed type across the board; the future of our breeds depend upon you.

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AKC FAST CAT ® by LEW OLSON

F ast CAT ® is one of the new- est titling events in AKC, and consists of a fenced area of 100 yards long and approxi- mately 20-30 feet wide. The dogs chase a lure from the starting line, and are timed to the end of the 100 yard straight course. If your dog likes to chase things, this could be the sport for you and your dog! The times are converted into miles per hour, and when a certain point level is achieved after a few runs, the title of BCAT is awarded. And the pay off for Toy breeds is that there are time com- pensations given for height! And each dog runs one at a time. I found out that Dallas Air Dogs, in Midlothian, Texas (near Dallas) was going to be running six trials in three days, on December 31, January 1 and January 2. I called Jill Davis (who loves performance events) and she was excit- ed as I was! She brought two of her Brus- sels Griffons, “Miles” and “Brooks”; and I brought a Brussels Griffon, “Andy”, and my Toy Manchester, “Hutch”. I had a CA (Lure Coursing Ability title) on Hutch, and Jill has Drag Racing titles on her two Griffons (UKC titles, used to be known as Terrier racing). We got up early to check out the course and situation. The course had chain link fencing all around it, and enough length to accommodate the 100 yard run (or about 140 yards leav- ing good room at the end and start for the handler and dog). They had a timer on a tower, as well as a lure course set up that went from the start to the end,

and back again, to bring the dog back. The lure was a piece of white plastic. The course was flat and on grass. So many people were so excited about this new event that the club was able to fill all six events! Most people who brought dogs were new to this, but it was wonderful to see the dogs so excited and so willing to run. There were many different breeds running all weekend from Great Danes, to German Shorthair Pointers, Whippets, a Plott Hound, Doberman Pinchers, all types of Spaniels, Corgis to Chihuahuas, Bos- ton Terriers, Chinese Crested, York- shire Terriers and much more! Almost all qualified in their runs! A few were reluctant to leave their owner, but the owner was allowed to go to the end of the course and call their dogs. I never saw so many people excited at a per- formance event before, and it was truly spectacular to watch all these breeds run so fast with such excitement to run to try and catch the lure! I truly recom- mend this sport to any dog owner, and that includes all Toy breeds! Each dog was as excited for the next event each day, and there was much barking and whining in excitement as they waited for their turn. Everyone was clapping and congratulating each dog as they finished the course! Some dogs were so enthusiastic to run, they needed to be held on very tightly until the timer started the start of their run. The nice thing about showing a Toy breed is that we get a handicap due to their height. The rules state:

• 18" or greater = handicap is 1.0 • 12" up to less than 18" = handicap is 1.5 • Below 12" = handicap is 2.0 Three of our four dogs achieved their AKC Fast CAT ® title that weekend, called BCAT. You can continue to com- pete after this, to gain more titles. The more times your dog qualifies on runs, your dog can achieve more titles. There are also other lure coursing events, and each of them offers AKC titles. I can’t recommend this sport highly enough, and dog with a bit of drive and the ability to chase will love it! For more information, visit http:// www.akc.org/events/fast-cat/. To find an event in your area, check here: https://www.apps.akc.org/apps/event_ calendar/.

“Hutch” in mid air.

“Andy” takes off after the lure.

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BREEDER’S FORUM BRUSSELS GRIFFON

with JACQUE JONES, TREYACRES

I have been “out of dogs” for almost two years. Having had dogs for most of my life, it seems strange not to have a puppy beside me as I sit here at the computer. But there comes a time when it is time to quit. An option would have been to send a dog off with a handler, but that just wouldn’t work for me. We did that a few times and had some great wins but I didn’t have that special feeling of tak- ing a young dog in the ring and hoping that he enjoyed it as much as I did. Was his tail up? Hopefully it was, but if not he may be entered at several more small shows for experience and if he was not enjoying it by then, he stayed home, or in some cases, he went to pet home and spent the rest of his life living in luxury on someone’s lap. Of course, if he was of that special quality, we may use him for breeding, if we bred to a really great Griffon with showmanship that just wouldn’t quit. I chose to never double up on a fault, conformation nor showman- ship. Of course, it didn’t always turn out as I had planned, but when it did work, WHEEEE! When I decided to retire, I went the whole way and Treyacres prefix is retired also. This does not mean that I will never be a spectator at ringside. It is always great to meet old friends, tell stories of years ago and watch the ring full of pups as we pick out that Best In Show prospect. 1. Tell us three conformation characteristics you consider criti- cal in your breeding program. Head, bone and topline; however, I must add temperament. 2. What dog that you have bred have you been most excited about and why? If I have to pick one I would prob- ably say Ch. Treyacres Zorro. I can’t say he was definitely the best Griff I bred. I know that he sired many great cham- pions and was an asset to the breed.

But the most exciting moment I can remember was when he went Best In Show at 10 months of age, with yours truly at the end of the lead! The rest of his show career was with a handler and I just watched! 3. What are your thoughts on importing and exporting? Years ago we imported some nice Griffons from England and I feel that they added a lot to our breeding pro- gram. I have exported several to a good friend in Europe who is starting his own breeding program. If anyone who chooses to export, do your homework and make sure that you know where your dogs are going. 4. To date, what has been your high point as a breeder? This goes back to question #2. But having said that, I must mention that Zorro’s dam, Ch. Treyacres Every Good Thing (call name, “Goody”) won her first group at 8 months of age. I just held the lead and she won it on her own. 5. What is your pet peeve in the show/breeding world? Too many breeders are kennel blind. Also, I have taught Judges Education quite a bit and it is interesting to watch

Beautiful smooth male.

Young red bitch with a beautiful top line.

CH Treyacres Zorro at 10 months of age, first Best in Show, c. 1988.

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my home, large exercise area and whelping room. 10. At what age do you determine a puppy to be show quality? This depends, some pups develop early and are ready to go and others mature very late. Some of the earlier questions/answers cover this sub- ject. Do not force a young pup to go around a crowded ring and expect him to enjoy it. But there are some that thrive on this. So if they enjoy it, go for it. Just make sure that they love doing it. 11. What is the greatest health concern for your breed today? It has been awhile since I have bred a litter or shown a Griffon, so I have no answer to this question. 12. If you were not involved with showing dogs, what would you do? Travel, be lazy and sleep ’til noon.

Zorro as a pup.

Young bitch, beautiful head and coat!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Dogs have always been a part of my life; many differ- ent breeds from Bulldogs, Aire- dales, Irish Wolf Hounds, Akitas,

Black/tan young male; notice the lower “pouty” jaw.

Poodles, Bull Terriers and more than I can remember. Some of these dogs were just house pets, some were shown at in breed but all were special. It is difficult to put the time frame that all of this took place but one day, Dayne, my daughter, wanted a small dog that she could love and hold. At that time she was about 6 years old. She had been training and showing her Minia- ture Poodle in obedience and finished her CD in 4 straight shows... and in the ribbons 3 of those times. I had been asked to start an obedience class by the local Blennerhassett Kennel Club and these classes continued for many years. Later I became an AKC obedi- ence judge for Novice, Open, Utility and Tracking. But during all of this time, Dayne would not give up on getting a small dog. We made contact with professional handlers, Jerry and Elaine Rigden and they had a small beautiful red rough Brussels Griffon that they had and they offered it to Dayne as a pet. Well, we were hooked on the breed. Our quest took us to Jim and Sally Wheeling (Hazeldean Brussels Griffons).

Black/tan rough male.

and see which ones have an eye for a dog, which ones studied the breed stan- dard, understood it and applied it when judging. There are always a few that don’t have the foggiest about any of it. 6. Is there a grooming secret you would like to share? Accent the positive and eliminate the negative! 7. Do you inbreed, linebreed or outcross and why? I did not do much “inbreeding”—but some line breeding. But when I did see a Griff that I liked and thought it had something that my bitch/dog could use. I did not hesitate to outcross. But if it had noticeable faults or it had produced pups that had noticeable faults, I would run the other way. 8. Do you think your current standard is adequate? Yes. 9. Where do you house your dogs and whelp your bitches? This is not applicable now but I had indoor/outdoor runs as part of

Something not mentioned before—webbed feet. Some Griffons are born with webbed feet. This often goes with a kinked tail that is hopefully near the end of the tail, so that it will be gone when the tail is docked. Do not be upset when you see a pup born with webbed foot and kinked tail as this goes with a beautiful head and good bone! The pup in this photo is called Mr. Webb. Wonder why?

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TERMS & INTERPREATIONS by LORENE VICKERS-SMITH

F or the last couple years, I have been delighted to find newer breeder/exhibitors sticking with the breed and remain- ing anxious to learn. I hesitate to call them novice because many are already producing very high quality Griffons. Some of these ‘newer’ people are even interested in pedigree research. I have been concerned that this kind of dedication had slipped to a bygone era. Are we seeing a turning point? Does the decline noticed by AKC in entries and many other aspects of our sport, perhaps instead mean that the chaff is falling by the wayside, letting some very quality younger enthusiasts remain? I hope this is the case. It was recently called to my attention that some TERMS AND INTERPRETA- TIONS of the Standard that we older breeders take for granted, are not always clear with some of the newer people. TERM: LAY BACK OR LAY IN For instance, when we speak of lay back or lay in , we are speaking of the nose leather itself. The leather should be black, large and wide with open nostrils. The top of the nose pad will be tilted back in toward the forehead, forming the lay back or lay in . AKC Standard: “Nose very black, extremely short, its tip being set back deeply between the eyes so as to form a lay-back. The nostrils large.” I have found that there are many ways that the actual nostril opening can look and function. I am not a veteri- narian and I do not in any way consider myself an expert on internal tissues of the airways. I only have practical knowledge with my own observations and breeding practices. I have been peering into brachyce- phalic nostril openings for a good 65 years. Before that I was aware of the Bostons snoring loudly on my bed. By 1964, when I started in Pugs, I decided that free (and silent) airflow in my dogs

was important to my own sleep as well as their health. Stenotic nares didn’t seem to be a big issue in Pugs then, but elongated soft palates definitely were evident in many Pug lines. The tendency of collapsed trachea of older dogs in all our brachy- cephalic breeds is an ongoing concern. Collapsed Trachea is not just caused by heredity or years of lead pressure on the neck, but also can be caused by the stress of struggling to get air through narrow passages. Some good functioning nostrils can look too small or narrow. But because these dogs sometimes have open clear wind below the vertical slits and large internal airways, they can perform nor- mally and live long, healthy lives. Many dogs that are having difficulty breathing will seem uncomfortable especially when being picked up. Some- times they almost look like they are chewing gum, but instead they are prob- ably just trying to catch a good breath of air. When judging you will reward the black, large, wide-open nose pad with proper lay back called for in our Standard, when you can find it on a quality specimen. A few years ago I read an excellent article written by Dr. Magda Omansky regarding Upper Airway Syndrome. Additional reading can be found at

This ideal head should be fixed in our “mind’s eye”.

Stenotic nares.

Nares with adequate airflow at bottom.

“AKC STANDARD: ‘NOSE VERY BLACK, EXTREMELY SHORT, ITS TIP BEING SET BACK DEEPLY BETWEEN THE EYES SO AS TO FORM A LAY-BACK. THE NOSTRILS LARGE.’ ”

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