A FORUM ON BEARDED COLLIES
and judged in Australia in 2005. Having been chosen to judge under the US judging system, I am now approved to judge Bearded Collies, Welsh Corgis (Pembroke) and am on permit for Border Collies and Shetland Sheepdogs. I have 57 years in dogs, 43 years showing and 34 years judging.
I live in Ocala, Florida after moving up from Ft. Lauder- dale. I am a retired Emergency room nurse since February 2016, but will be returning part time as of October this year. I started in England in 1971 and in the US since 1973 with OES, with a side trip to a Border Collie (obedience), a Silky Ter- rier (Champions), Shar-Peis (2), Rottweilers (2) and Whippets (Champions). I started in Beardies in 1978 with all English imports and have bred or owned over 50 CHs, multiple group winners and a BIS. I am a breeder of Merit and my prefix is Chaniam. I started judging in 1984 with Beardies and Old English Sheepdogs as my first two breeds. At that time the AKC would not let us have breeds in different groups (i.e. Hounds for Whippets and Working for BC and OES; there was no Herding Group back then).
I live in High Ridge, Missouri, which is about 25 miles outside of St. Louis. I trav- el with my husband in our motor home,
shoot skeet and do some trapping. I golf whenever I get a chance. Dogs take up much of my time. I’ve loved dogs all my life, so did my parents. We’ve had dogs as long as I can remember. I started showing in obedience in the mid 1970s, so around 38 years and I’ve been judging for about 20 years. LARRY STEIN
IAN COPIS I live in Victoria, BC, Canada. Besides being involved in the dog showing world, I am an avid sports fan and play badmin- ton regularly. I enjoy all forms of music and live theatre and am currently enjoy-
I live in Mount Holly, New Jersey. Professionally I’m a Medical and Veteri- narian Illustrator. I’ve been showing and breeding for 46 years and been judging for 30 years.
ing worldwide travel with my wife now that I only work part time. Any spare time is taken up with my granddaughter. I was introduced to the dog show world at the age of nine, I began showing my sister’s Afghans and my own Miniature Pinschers in the 1960s in England. When looking for another breed in the 80s, I was attracted to the Bearded Collie after seeing the magnificent CH. Edenborough Blue Bracken. I pur- chased my first Bearded Collie in 1979, Kimrand Honeybee and my second a year later, who became my first Champi- on in the breed, CH. Kimrand Carousel. While establishing the Rallentando Kennel, I bred my first litter in 1982 which produced English and European Champions. As a family, we moved to Canada in 1990, where our daughter began to take a major interest in the breeding and showing. We only breed when we require a puppy to further our breeding program, thus our litters are few, but we have consistently produced quality dogs that have gained their titles throughout Canada and the USA, winning Specialties and All Breed Shows alike. My judging career began in England at the age of 18 and I slowly progressed to Championship level judging in 1990. I have judged many Bearded Collie Specialties in England, Hol- land and the US; including the US National Specialty in 1999. I judged Bearded Collies at the World Winners Show in 1990
1. Describe the breed in three words. CA: Rectangles, bounce and gregarious.
IC: Impossible, as the breed is perfect, but if you want three words: agile, devoted and graceful. LR: Medium, athletic and joyful. LS: Lithe, soft expression and long-bodied. 2. What are your “must have” traits in this breed? CA: Movement, length of body with short loins and temperament. IC: When judging I always look at the whole dog, never judg- ing parts or preferences, and I always look at the positive aspects of the dog as opposed to any faults. Temperament is a priority; I look for a stable and self-confident Beardie with no shyness or aggression. A Bearded Collie must be able to move freely and easily on a loose leash; movement must come from good front and rear angulation. The dog should give the impression
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