ShowSight Presents The Miniature Pinscher

THE MINIATURE PINSCHER

LARRY & PENNY DEWEY Ruffian Min Pins came to be when we were looking for a small, smooth-coated breed in 1978. Our mentor, Carol Garri- son of Carlee Kennels in Florida, sent us her best bitch puppy in her current lit- ter. Ch. Carlee Love Unlimited HOF. With Carol’s guidance, we bred and handled the #1 dog in 1984, ABIS BISS Ch. Ruf- fian’s Starbuck HOF. Since then, we have continued to breed on a small scale, ABIS, BISS and Group Winners. Larry is now an AKC Judge and we have three Min Pins. We still show our dogs ourselves. Ruffian Min Pins is located in Katy, Texas, west of Houston. CHRISTINE SMITH My name is Chris Smith and my kennel is Aztex Min Pins. My partner is Dan Bayless, who co-owns and co-breeds with me.

Terrier, Pomeranian, just to name a few. I have shown and bred Miniature Pinschers since 1980. I am the Miniature Pinscher Club of America/AKC Breeder Referral, Vice President of The Miniature Pinscher Club of Northern California, member of the Pacific Northwest Minia- ture Pinscher Club, Board of Director of Del Valle Dog Club, and a member of Nor-Cal Toy Dog Fanciers. I also am active in Miniature Pinscher Rescue, Senior Dog Rescue as well as various other rescues. I am working towards obtaining my Judges License in a few breeds. Dogs are my passion. 1. When and where did you first become interested in your breed? L&PD: We were at the Astroworld Series of Dog Shows in Houston and fell in love with the Miniature Pinscher in 1978. CS: I got my first Min Pin in the early 90s in New York as a wedding gift. JZ: 1980. 2. What attracted you to the breed? L&PD: We loved the unpredictability, attitude, smooth coat and unique movement. CS: I loved their intelligence and beauty pretty much from day one. JZ: Attitude and ease of care. 3. Do you inbreed, linebreed or outcross? Why? L&PD: We have usually linebred with an occasional out- cross. We look at dog and bitch and try to focus on type and soundness. If you are breeding for the hackney-like action, you must include a sound driving rear. CS: Linebreeding to maintain the aspects that I cherish in the breed and outcross to try and improve aspects that are missing in my current lines. JZ: I linebreed with an outcross periodically. Linebreed- ing stamps type/traits etc, but you need an outcross to enhance, contribute qualities and to keep from inbreed- ing. When I outcross, that outcross is linebred to itself but not my dogs. 4. How do you house your dogs? L&PD: Our dogs live in our office in our home with access to our covered patio and backyard. Usually we have not more than six dogs and at this time, we only have three. CS: In my home with individual crates for feeding and sleep- ing at night.

JACQUELINE ZWIRN

I am a multi-generation dog show breeder/exhibitor and retired from the medical field. I have shown many breeds, Great Dane, Irish Wolfhound, Basset Hound, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, French Bulldog, Maltese, Chihuahua, Yorkshire

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