Showsight Presents The Chinese Crested

THE CHINESE CRESTED

VIRGINIA DORRIS

purebred dog world for 43 years, my kennel name is “Maka- ra”. I obtained my first show dog, an Afghan Hound, July of 1975, my first Saluki in August of 1976 and my first Chinese Crested in April of 1986. I obtained my judges license starting with Chinese Crest- eds in December of 2006. I am currently licensed for Chinese Cresteds and in the process of applying for three additional toy breeds, I judge half of the hound group and Xoloitzcuint- lis in the Non-Sporting Group.

I live south of Tampa, Flori- da. I am a tax accountant and I oversee two other businesses. I’ve been showing and breeding over 30 years and have 17 years in Cresteds.

1. Describe the breed in three words. VD: Loving, cute and funny. SH: Elegant, rectangular moving.

SHELLEY HENNESSY I live in Toledo, Ohio. I am a retired Toledo Police Sergeant. I have 40 plus years in dogs and have been judging since 1994.

SK: The first line of the breed standard does a good job of describing the breed in three or four words: “A toy dog, fine-boned, elegant and graceful.” DP: A toy dog, fine boned and graceful. 2. What are your “must have” traits in this breed? VD: Movement, personality, size and overall look. SH: Rectangular body, level top line and reach and drive. SK: In addition to the traits mentioned above they must also have a good temperament. I also want to see good move- ment that is not hackney or restricted, with good fronts and rears. DP: Coming from Sighthounds I am big on movement. Our standard calls for “good reach” (layback of shoulder 45 degrees) so after breed type, movement is foremost to me. I also want a level topline. Standard states “Topline level to slightly sloping croup.” Sadly both fronts and toplines need help in our breed. Our standard also calls for a temperament which is “gay and alert” and the breed should be “playful and entertaining”. I look for stand-outs in my ring that are happy, confident, having fun versus reserved, timid or fearful, which sadly does exist in our breed. 3. This amazing animal of course comes in two coats. Do you think there’s confusion among judges when judging both in the same class? VD: Definitely—regardless of the Standard they are different. SH: Not at all. The Powderpuff body is the same under the coat. A good judge can find it. PI: We have some spectacular entries in both varieties now—I don’t see any confusion, although there was in the past. SK: I don’t think breeder judges have any confusion judging the two varieties but I do think it is confusing for other non-breeder judges. That is because I have heard them state so. A fully coated dog and a Hairless dog just do not look the same. DP: There was a time I witnessed this but I think the pow- derpuffs (which have gotten better in quality) are judged

PENELOPE “PENNY” INAN I live in Palmdale, the northern end of Los Angeles Coun- ty. Pretty much dog shows is what I do. I steward, judge and exhibit. STEVE KELLY

I live in Las Cruces, New Mexico. I am a retired elementary school teacher and principal. Hybridizing iris is what keeps me busy outside of the dogs these days. I have an iris farm (Adobe Iris) with thousands of iris plants.

My original breed was Afghan Hounds which I showed, bred and owned for over 30 years. I have been doing the same with the Cresteds since 1992. I began judging these two breeds in 1998.

DIEDRE PETRIE

I live in Leola, Pennsylvania in beauti- ful Lancaster County and I am a mortgage loan officer. I have been involved in the

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