SARI BREWSTER TIETJEN BIO Sari Brewster Tietjen is a second-generation dog A SURVEY ON THE JAPANESE CHIN
fancier. Her mother, the late Mary S. Brewster, was an AKC judge, and her sister, Joy S. Brewster, is a former all-breed handler and current AKC judge. As a young girl, she bred, raised and showed over fifteen different breeds. She had her first breeder/ owner/handled champion when she was seven years old. The breed she is most closely associated with is the Japanese Chin, which she has had for over fifty years having bred, raised and shown many group and national specially winners. Although she
no longer actively breeds or shows, she still maintains her line of Japanese Chins, sharing her home with several of these Toy dogs. Judging since 1967, she is currently approved by AKC to judge all Sporting, Hound, Toy and Non- Sporting breeds. She has adjudicated at all major shows in the United States and well over a dozen foreign countries. She counts as her favorite assign- ments Best In Show at Westminster in 2009 and several Japanese Chin Club of America National Specialties. Mrs. Tietjen is also an award-winning author and journalist. 1. Where do you live? What do you do outside of dogs? I live in Rhinebeck, New York. Extracurricular activities include reading, gar- dening, historical traveling and being a voyeur in the world of politics! 2. Number of years in the sport? Dogs have been a part of my life since birth. As a matter of fact, I think I came out of the womb with a lead in my hand and a Japanese Spaniel (later called Japanese Chin) on the other end of the lead. I was first approved by AKC to judge in 1967. 3. Describe the Japanese Chin in three words:
The Japanese Chin has always been “my” breed because it is intelligent, intuitive, affectionate, clean, regal and has an “it’s-my-world” attitude. 4. What traits, if any, are becoming exaggerated?
Generally exaggerations tend to level themselves out over time as this breed, unlike so many others, has changed over little in the past 100 years or so. 5. What are your “must have” traits in this breed? What shortcomings are you willing to forgive? Must have: A regal bearing, square body, silky single coat with a definite body outline, large head that has, when viewed from the side, the correct
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