Top Notch Toys June 2017

calls for a totally balanced dog. Balance is mentioned five times in the standard. There are clues to show you the balance from a glance. They’re called the four equals and they define the profile: 1) The length of muzzle is equal to the length of back skull. 2) The total length of head is equal to the length of neck. 3) The height measured at the with- ers is equal to length measure from point of shoulder to buttocks. 4) The body measured from withers to elbows is equal to the distance from elbows to the floor. The profile should denote squareness, balance and a definite athletic appearance. Size can range from 8½" to 11½"— that allows for a considerable differ- ence in size. However, look for the same qualities. An athletic appearance dis- playing grace and agility in equal mea- sure with strength and stamina. You should see this in all sizes, small to the largest. Our present day urban society doesn’t require our dogs to routinely rid vermin or Sporting dogs to put food on the table. We still want the form which comes from that function. A tip when you look at your line up: think form follows function and think which ones could do the intended function. WALK THE LINE Now we walk the line and look at the unique, elegant heads; it’s one of the breed’s hallmarks that separate it from other breeds. Observe the gradual tapering, wedge-shaped head. The alert expression, full of interest and intelli- gent. The expression shows the Terrier influence. The wedge shape is soft, but never round-headed or apple-headed. The ears that contribute so much to the look are set high on the head, not coming off the side. Erect, pointed and inverted V-shaped. Showing the Fox Terrier and Manchester influence and not the Chihuahua’s in head type. ON THE TABLE It’s time to go to the table to confirm what you have seen on the floor. It’s a short-coated breed with nothing to hide. Check for bite, remember full dentition is preferred, but missing teeth are not to be faulted as long as the bite is scis- sors. Check coat texture, testicles and muscle. The standard calls for a muscu- lar body with a smooth elegant outline.

some small way it has helped. Or maybe given you some things to ponder. If you see me at a show and have questions, please ask me. I love talking about the

Toy Fox Terrier. CHALLENGE

The ATFTC has done a great job with their standard. It is clear and concise. On their website they have a wonder- ful illustrated standard (www.atftc. com/breed_std/ibsFlash/index.html). My last challenge is spend a little time to understand the standard. Then tell me why you can’t be a star judging TFT. In his dog career Jon Rawleigh has owned and shown to their Champion- ship, Danes, English Setters, English Cockers and Bulldogs. He decided to retire from his teaching profession and turn to handling as a career. In that time period he showed 76 differ- ent breeds to their Championship. He showed dogs to Group 1s in all seven Groups and won BIS in four different Groups. He also was owner/handler of the top winning English Cocker in 1981. The breed needs your efforts. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Jon was also active in dog clubs. He served as President of Genesee Val- ley Kennel Club in Rochester, New York. Served on the Board of Tonawa- nda Kennel Club in Tonawanda, New York. President of the Poodle Club of Oklahoma and served on the Board of the Professional Handlers Association. He retired from Handling and went to work for the AKC as an Executive Field Representative. Later on he went into the AKC office as Assistant Vice President for Communications. He left AKC and went to work at Onofrio Dog Shows as a Superintendent and Train- ing Director. He retired from Onofrio to play golf, but ended up showing dogs again. Jon’s educational activi- ties included serving as a research associate at the National Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Tech- nology. He studied cognitive learn- ing styles involving media. He was requited to a Community College, to serve as the Department Head of a Media Center, where he developed pro- grammed instruction and television instructional programs. Jon is now showing dogs and serving as Educational Chair for the ATFTC.

This can all be done with the lightest of touches. TFTs don’t like the unnec- essary massages and mallings so often seen. Verify on the table; judge on the floor. Color comes in four variet- ies with white being basic to all of them. The body must be over 50% white or all white. Spots on the body match the main color of the head. Combinations are: • White black and tan tricolor • White chocolate and tan tricolor • White and tan • White and black Blazes on heads can not extend into eyes or ears, which would be a DQ. TIME TO MOVE An athletic dog capable of going to ground and chasing vermin, the TFT has to move with freedom and car- riage to carry out the task. Not hackney or stilted. Good reach and drive able to turn on a dime (or jump over a Toy Poodle friend in full stride). Coming and going look for double tracking with slight convergence at a trot. A smooth, graceful stride, not labored in any way. Head and tail carried erect in a true Terrier fashion. The top line should always be straight and level standing and in motion. MAKING YOUR PLACEMENTS As you look at the class again, time to reflect on which ones have the hall- marks of the breed. If the choice is hard, think which one would you take home to rid the vermin from your barn. If you have read my ramblings to this point, thank you for your time. I hope in

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