Top Notch Toys June 2017

Tricolor with jet-black marking on a field of pearly white and rich tan mark- ing over the eyes, on the cheeks, inside the ears and under the tail, Black and Tan and Ruby whole colored rich red. There is no color preference but heavy ticking on the broken colors is a fault as is white spots on Rubies and Black and Tans. Please keep in mind that the Cavalier is meant to be shown natural- ly, free stacked and the only trimming that is permitted is the hair growing between the pads of the underside of the foot. The Standard states that a trimmed dog is to be so severely penal- ized as to virtually eliminate it from competition. Judges are expected to respect and enforce this section of the Standard. Exhibits should be free stacked. Handlers should be reminded not to get down and pose their dog and this includes juniors. The Cavalier should be moved on a loose lead and a medium trot, is free moving and elegant in action, exhib- iting good reach and drive, cover- ing ground while maintaining a level topline. Cavaliers do not single track

at the trot, although there is some ten- dency to converge as speed increases. Coming at you the front legs should also be straight and true; they should not be out at the elbows or exhibit paddling. In profile the balance of the dog should be obvious, making an ele- gant picture from nose to end of tail in one flowing movement, with proud head carriage and good arch of neck, good reach and making good use of the hindquarters. Remember the tail is to be in constant motion. Enjoy the experience of this Royal Spaniel. BIO Dr. John Ioia and his wife Barbara have been involved in purebred dogs since 1971, first with Shih Tzu and now Cavaliers, breeding and showing in conformation, obedience and rally. John is licensed for all Toy Breeds, and about half the Terriers and Non-Sporting, Best in Show and Juniors. He received his PhD in Biochemistry from SUNY Downstate Medical Center and his MD from Albany Medical College. He is an Orthopedic Surgeon practicing in New York’s Hudson Valley.

Jack’s awards (Kavalor’s Just Jack of Bar-Jon CGC, RN, RA, APDT1).

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