ShowSight January 2019

non-sporting Q&A WITH LORAINE BOUTWELL, ELAINE LESSIG, INGE SEMENCHIN, CINDY STANSELL, JOE WALTON, MATT & PAULA ABBOTT, DANIELLE ARDAGNA & KATHIE VOGEL, JAMES DALTON, DEBRA FERGUSON, SUSAN GILES, ELIZABETH MILAM, CONNIE UNGER, CYNTHIA CARLSON AND HELEN DORRANCE

IS: Temperament in group VI is very impressive. Breeders deserve credit for what they are putting in the ring. M&PA: I think there is definitely a trend toward more test- ing—especially among the newer breeders/participants in our sport. That is a great thing. DA&KV: Not sure if this is a trend but I don’t like to see handlers racing this breed and my pet peeve is handlers standing in front of their Bichon with the dogs nose past 11: 00—sometimes the head almost touches the back! Why would they want to showcase this very serious fault our breed is fighting? JD: Overall I see an improvement in consistency of type. On the downside, toplines, feet and soundness need attention. DF: We need to work on sound construction of the breed with proper moderate angulation both in the front and rear. Basically, I have spend most of my breeding career working on fronts. Any you’d like to see stopped? I would like to see breeders not breed caricatures of the breed. They do win, but they do not move a breeding program forward. SG: A while back we were getting a little large in size. 10-11" is the ideal. In more recent years I have seen a return to correct size dogs with many of the breeders and exhibi- tors. And this does need to continue. I would however like to see more consistency in type. EM: The trend among show breeders to be mindful of fitness is a positive. The trend for scam breeders who offer the strange colors and/or the over done, overly wrinkled dogs needs to end. From a show standpoint I believe everything is fairly normal. Of course I always hope for an uptick in general quality. Not sure why this issue con- tinues given the education possibilities. JW: I see nothing happening in this group that isn’t also hap- pening in the others. CC: Health testing for sure needs to continue. We need to cull those from breeding stock that pass on health problems. I wish AKC would quit registering the fad colored dogs that are bred just for money and carry a multitude of health problem with their colors. HD: I think (at last) there is a trend to consider all three sizes equally. I certainly hope that continues. 16. Advice to the new breeder? New judge? LB: I recommend that new people to our sport try to reach out to breeders/exhibitors/handlers/judges for advice and help. Not every specialist has time to take on a nov- ice dog person. If our sport is to continue, I feel we must help the new person feel comfortable and welcomed to our wonderful world of dogs. The same holds true of new judges, they should find an experienced judge/ mentor who will take the time to answer questions, give advice, share books and articles. IS: For judges, do not rush into the breeds and the group or you will be uncomfortable. It is a hard group to manage. For breeders I would say please read the breed standard before you start breeding. Get a great mentor in your breed.

we also show dogs ourselves. Their guidance in learning the breed, grooming, handling and all things dog related have been instrumental in our breeding program’s suc- cess and our growth in this sport. DA&KV: I would have to say my parents were my most influential mentors. JD: I purchased my first French Bulldog from Mrs. Ann McCammon ( Justamere). Ann was very helpful and encouraging in the early days but I really learned by trial and error! DF: The mentors I have the greatest respect are L’Dyne Bren- nan and Wendell Sammet. Thank you to both of them for all the time they gave me. SG: Ellen Lonigro, Kinderland Kennels, was my mentor and we co-bred and co-owned everything for 25 years until she retired. She taught me a great deal but allowed me to form and have my own opinions too. A very healthy envi- ronment. She is still a co-owner on some of my dogs. EM: My best mentor was my own desire to learn more. My Bulldog-based library is my biggest treasure. I’ve learned from many wonderful individuals over the years and con- tinue to do so. Obviously my parents offered me the pathway. CU: Breeding Poodles almost came naturally using my knowledge of raising sheep. Studying pedigrees, going to shows, using the Internet, reading dog books and talking with people in general guided me. I am happy to say that my good Poodle partner, Gloria Boyle, has been a wonderful, thoughtful friend. Discussing things with her, always gives me an opportunity to see things clearer. Another big influence has been Chrystal and Paul Clas, who are my professional handlers. My Poodles are always presented skillfully and beautifully. They also keep my puppies trimmed as I prepare them for a show career. They also evaluate of each litter at eight weeks old. I have my bias and together we rank all the puppies. I have also had Pearl Wanner and Rhonda Pacchioli evaluate some of my litters. Both are members of my local Poodle club. What is exciding is that I am still on the learning curve, which make this adventure so interesting. CC: I owe my success to the person that sold me the dog that became my first champion. Without him, I and we wouldn’t have attained the success we’ve had in the last six-seven years. HD: I owe most of my success to my mentor, Carlolyn Jester. All of my dogs go back to her line and I feel their longevity, personalities, agility, soundness and beauty are because of her dogs. 15. Any particular trends you’re seeing in Group VI that concern you? Any that impress you favorably? LB: I am, of course, concerned about the lack entries at the shows. I am particularly concerned about the lack of puppies. Many times, I will not have one puppy in a very large entry. Exhibitors are Specialing their Champions to get titles rather than show their puppies or maybe they are not even breeding very often. This is true of all groups, not just the Non-Sporting Group.

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