Top Notch Toys - January 2016

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C H F OU R S OME ’ S Quite Lovable

HANDLED BY: JENNIFER KREIGER

BRED & OWNED BY: INGELA GRAM

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EXCLUSIVELY ! HANDLED ! BY " ! MICHELLE ! STARR

BREEDER/OWNER "! ANGELA ! SANDERS #! SANDERLIN ! MINIATURE ! PINSCHERS

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S I LV E R ! G R A N D ! C H A M P I O N SANDERLIN ! DANCE ! LIKE ! A ! DICKENS ! !

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*TNT Stats through 11/30/15

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*AKC owner handled stats as of 10/31/15

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G R A N D C H A M P I O N EDGEWOOD’S ACTION JACKSON

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WE ARE VERY

PROUD of this boy!

Owned by: Jamie Bennett & Cynthia Hill Bred by: Cynthia Hill

*TNT breed stats as of 11/30/15

Candid photos by E.L. Bennett

Jackson was all action going Best In Specialty Show under judge Alfred Ferruggiaro at the Yorkshire Terrier Club of the Nation’s Capital finishing his grand championship and putting him in the Top 10 Breed with very limited showing.*

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Champion Jacindas Dreamboat Parti

CH. FLUKE POM’S PARTI MASTER X CH. JACINDAS HOT STYLIN PARTI Breeder/Owner/Handler: CINDY GOLDEN | OJEDA JACINDA POMERANIANS | PROMISEME3@AOL.COM

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Gregson FC.indd 1

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On the cover: RBIS MULTI BISS GOLD GRAND CHAMPION STRINGER’S SO AMAZING Yorkshire Terrier, Owned by Peggy Gregson and Anna Stringer 22 fROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEf 24 TOY TALK by BONNIE GUGGENHEIM 36 AKC’s MEET THE BREEDS ® 48 TOY BOX 49 AKC/EUKANUBA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP CANDIDS photos by MOrGAN SOPHIA PHOTOGrAPHY 52 CHIHUAHUA CLUB Of AMERICA 2015 NATIONAL SPECIALTY CANDIDS photos by THE wINNING IMAGE 54 THE ART (?) Of jUDGING DOGS! by GEOrGE MIlUTINOvIcH 56 GROOMING & MAINTAINING THE YORKSHIRE TERRIER fOR SHOw by jAMIE BENNETT 59 KEEP IT CLOSE TO HOME: LOCAL SHOwS BENEfIT LOCAL BREEDERS & PET BUYERS ALIKE by SHElBY STEvENS 60 EvALUATING THE YORKSHIRE TERRIER: A BREEDER-jUDGE’S vIEwPOINT by jIM HUPP 62 2015: YORKSHIRE TERRIER NATIONAL RESCUE ENDS A STELLAR YEAR Of INNOvATION by MArY ElIzABETH dUGMOrE, PATrIcIA kUSHNIr & jUlIE GEdrO 65 ADvERTISING & SUBSCRIPTION RATES 66 INDEX TO ADvERTISERS

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Grand Champion Brylee’ s Heavenly Walkin’ On Cloud Nine Walker will be WALKIN’ THE WALK in 2016

Photo by Rick Ortega

Owned by: DR. DUNCAN SIMMONS & BONNIE SIMMONS Kansas City, MO

Bred & Owned by: MICHELLE ABELS

Presented by: HARRY BENNETT & S. D. ROWAN JR. Jacksonville, FL

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by BONNIE GUGGENHEIM TNT Advertising Director & Associate Editor WELCOME 2016! THE TOYS ARE READY TO WIN

T he Eukanuba Champion- ship Show was fun-filled and exciting, with lots of surprises (and is a shopper’s delight, too). I think that describes this December’s fabulous show. With over 4,000 dogs, it was just the place to see the top-winning specials from all over the country, as well as up and coming youngsters just getting started. Lots of people said it was simply overwhelm- ing! Many of the class dogs will be 2016’s big winning specials so classes were carefully watched to catch a glimpse of what might be coming. Many of the class dogs were produced by parents in the Specials ring that proves a pedigree of quality comes shining through when generation after generation consistently reach top dog status which shows the breeders dedication and knowledge of their respective Toy breed. Personally I watched, hoping you will see these Toy stars of the

future highlighted in Top Notch Toys …the place where the finest Toys are found, not lost. There are only 21 of our totally terrific Toys, which means you are 1 of 21 breeds—not 1 of 152! Your ad will also get excellent expo- sure with our TNT Facebook page and the online editions, always available at www.topnotchtoysonline.com. Meeting many of you whom I only talk with on the phone was one of the best parts of this absolutely fabulous show and for those I missed, let’s make plans for the Florida circuit or another show. Putting a face with a name makes TNT lots more fun! February will be the start of 31 years for Top Notch Toys and I want to thank all of you who have contributed articles, ads, breeder forums and supported the Toy group through the years. The com- petition in Toys is very tough and get- ting more so each year. Call me and let’s talk about Toys! If you’re planning to

campaign your dog and you need a plan and a budget…I can help! See you soon at a show somewhere! Let me know about your exciting wins, new puppies and great ideas! Remem- ber…inquiring minds want to know. Have a fabulous New Year and win lots more. Bonnie bonnie@dmcg.com 863.738.8848 A NEW YEAR’S TREAT FOR YOUR DOGS!

ChiCken SquareS Doggie TreaTS

“February will be the start oF 31 years For Top NoTch Toys and i want to THANK ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED articles, ads, breeder Forums and supported the toy group through the years.”

1-14 oz. can chicken flavored wet dog food 1 egg 4 cups quick oats ½ cup whole milk powder

½ cup wheat germ ½ cup warm water

Combine dog food and egg first, then pour into a bowl and add remaining ingredients. Slowly add warm water. Bake in a greased 8" x 11" pan at 325 degrees for 30 minutes. Cut into squares and store in the refrig- erator. Makes an excellent treat and you know exactly what is in it.

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GCH CH Simpatica Smooth Operator

MULTIPLE GROUP WINNING AND RESERVE BEST IN SHOW WINNING, TOP TEN BRUSSELS GRIFFON ALL - BREED * Our sincere appreciation to Mrs. Charlotte Patterson for recognizing Sade’s outstanding conformation and showmanship. *TNT all breed stats as of 11/30/15

Watch for Sade in 2016!

BREEDER/OWNER/HANDLERS: PATRICIA & MICHAEL HOLZKOPF

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# 1 Silky B r e e D *

*TNT breed stats as of 11/30/15

Thank you Judge Mr. Fred Bassett

Owned by: Mark Benson, Barbara Beissel & James Dillman Bred by: Barbara Beissel, Mark Benson & James Dillman Handled by: Barbara Beissel BarbaraBeissel@aol.com | BendillSilkyTerriers@juno.com

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B e s t i n S p e c i a l t y S h o w | G r a n d C h a m p i o n A R T I S T R Y ’ S C O L E T R A I N

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P r e s e n t e d b y : K i r s t e n M c G r e g o r B r e d a n d O w n e d B y : M a r c a n d S h a r o n T o d d C o - O w n e d b y : L l o y e d a n d D i a n n e S m i t h

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Rebe l GCH Zhen’s That’s Who We Are Bringing Sexy Back. . .

Bred by: Carol Clouse, Bill Thompson & Amy Thompson Owned by: Carol Clouse & Kristina Karraker Shown by: Carol Clouse F las h SELECT DOG AT EUKANUBA

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Seven CAMPAR I S SEVEN UP Dream Chasing 2016 IS OUR YEAR TO GO 2 0 1 5 W A S A Y E A R T O R E M E M B E R MULTI BIS/BISS MULTI CH. CAMPARIS PURPLE RAIN X JR. CH. DADDYS DOLLARS

THANK YOU BREEDER/JUDGE JIM HUPP MULTI BREED WINNER FROM THE CLASSES OVER SPECIALS AND BACK-TO-BACK GRAND SWEEPS WINNER. WATCH FOR OUR DYNAMITE LITTLE GERMAN IMPORT TO CAPTURE YOUR HEART TOO. THANK YOU TO THE JUDGES WHO HAVE FOUND SEVEN WORTHY OF SUCH WONDERFUL WINS. WE ARE HUMBLED.

Owner /Handler : VICKI EDWARDS Breeder : MARKUS ACKERMAN

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Denali THE ! ASCENT ! OF !

I N T R O D U C I N G Rolling Heather’s Midnight Sun of Hilltrack

WD and a MAJOR from the 6-9 puppy class under Judge Jason Hoke at Willame " e Toy Dog Fanciers.

Loved & Handled by: Gary Stiles AKC Registered Handler

Loved & Bred by: Judi Hillis

Loved & Owned by: Sharon Manders Henry Mrazek

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Carasel’s Bettino c h a m p i o n

BETTINO IS AN AKC NOHS TOY GROUP WINNER! Thank you Judge Lloyd Amodei. He also has many BEST OF BREED WINS over Grand Champions at the young age of 15 months by astute Judges including Vicki Abbott (pictured).

T e r e s a C u c h i a r o | Te r e s a . C u c h i a r o @ g m a i l . c o m

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CH. MARIACHI Bella Noir of Bluewater

L o n g c o a t c h i h u a h u a

EUKANUBA AWARD OF EXCELLENCE Thank you Barbara Dempsey Alderman Bella

Owner: James Curtis BLUE WATER CHIHUAHUAS

Handler: Jacob Jessee UNEKE CHIHUAHUAS & HANDLING SERVICES

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Skippy CH BLUE - FANTASY ’ S MY HEART SK I PS A BEAT AT JO - NEL

(CH Blue-Fantasy’s Rocket’s Red Glare x CH Tyava’s What

LoLa Wants Jo-Nel Gets)

WATCH AS SKIPPY CONTINUES HIS SHOW CAREER ON HIS WAY TO A GRAND! OWNER: Charlotte Parrish | BREEDERS: Sherri Spieth & Julie Howard HANDLERS: Trish Kulessa & Ken Lambert

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Japanese Chin Bitch * num b e r on e OWNED BY: BILL GORODNER & ALAN BOWER PRESENTED BY: ANGELA LLOYD, AKC REG. HANDLER | ASSISTED BY: ERIN NESBITT, AKC REG. APPRENTICE ALL SYSTEMS 2015 t"--4:45&.4"40' 5 01 / 05$) 5 0:4 + "/6"3: t

TNT CONGRATULATES THE CHIHUAHUA CLUB OF AMERICA ON WINNING BEST BOOTH AT AKC’S MEET THE BREEDS ® IN ORLANDO Sponsor Joe McGinnis representing doll-McGinnis Publications presents BEST BOOTH award to The Chihuahua Club of america in Orlando, december 13, 2015. a team of five judges awarded points according to the booth’s educational, entertainment and family- friendly qualities. (Photo by david Woo for aKC)

MEET THE BREEDS OrlandO 2015

Finalists were as Follows: BEST IN SHOW CHIHUAHUA

NON-SPORTING 1. KEESHONDEN 2. DALMATIAN 3. POODLE 4. FRENCHIE

SPORTING GROUP 1. GOLDEN RETRIEVERS 2. COCKER SPANIELS 3. VIZSLA 4. WIREHAIRED POINTING GRIFFON

HERDING 1. OLD ENGLISH SHEEPDOG 2. BEARDED COLLIE 3. COLLIE 4. BORDER COLLIE MISCELLANEOUS 1. PUMI 2. DUTCH SHEPHERD DOG 3. AZAWAKH 4. KOOIKERHONDJE

HOUNDS 1. SALUKI 2. RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK 3. IRISH WOLFHOUND 4. BLOODHOUND WORKING GROUP 1. ROTTWEILER 2. BULLMASTIFF 3. MASTIFF 4. ALASKAN MALAMUTE

TERRIERS 1. CAIRN TERRIER 2. MINIATURE BULL TERRIER 3. SOFT-COATED WHEATEN TERRIER 4. FOX TERRIER TOYS 1. CHIHUAHUA 2. CAVALIER KING CHARLES SPANIEL 3. PAPILLON 4. PEKINGESE

(Photos by diana Han, nor Cal Bulldogger)

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G CH MAR L E X L U L I N H E AT WAV E MAK I NG WAV E S AT E UKANUBA

award o f e xc e l l e nc e

Wave and Larry are pictured above receiving an Award of Excellence from Judge Mr. Craig Grein. Sincere thanks to Mr. Grein for this prestigious award in a very competitive ring of top winning specials. Owner/Handler: Larry & Penny Dewey | Breeder/Owner: Armando Angelbello 5 01 / 05$) 5 0:4 + "/6"3: t

C H I N E S E C R E S T E D S

A C C O M P L I S H E D & E X Q U I S I T E

L O O K I N G B A C K A T A S U C C E S S F U L 2 0 1 5

& L O O K I N G F O R W A R D T O C O N T I N U E D S U C C E S S I N

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T y h oa unk

TO ALL THE JUDGES & FRIENDS WHO HAVE HELPED US BE SO SUCCESSFUL.

G I N G E R Y ARLENE BUTTERKLEE

C O - B R E E D E R S CINDY KUMPFBECK CINDY LACKOY

V I C T O R Y VICTOR HELU

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Maddie GOLD GCH HARBOR’S MAD ABOUT YOU Owned & loved by: MARIA ELENA PEREIRA & SUZANNE PECK Zona Rosa Havanese Presented by: KRISTYN MCCARTNEY & DAVID STOUT

Looking forward to 2016

as Maddie joins her daughter Brooklyn, Zona Rosa’s I’ll Take Manhattan & son Joey, CH Zona Rosa’s No Ordinary Joe in the show ring.

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GCH AZEFER DUCHESS OF YORK Fergie

FERGIE HAS HAD A great year!

Looking FORWARD TO 2016!

B R E E D E R / O W N E R / H A N D L E R : L I L A F A S T

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Harmony BIS GCH & CAN CH SOUTH FORK’S SWEET HARMONY

Group 4 Blennerhassett KC Thank you Mr. Roger Hartinger

“Harmony” & “Blossom” are always Breeder/Owner/Handled by: MJ Held 1442 Orchard Park Road West Seneca, New York 14224 716-675-4497

Blossom SOUTH FORK’S BLOSSOM W H A T ’ S N E W ? ?

Best of Breed over 2 specials 5 pt Major Queensboro KC Thank you Mr. Richard Miller

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Bugsy Malone

Being on the run for three weeks, Bugsy Malone CAPTURED the hearts of the judges.

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Th ank you to the judges who found Bugsy to be a beautiful representation of the breed. BREEDER/OWNER/HANDLER: GEORGETTE FRANZONI WARRENTON, VA

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P R O F E S S I O N A L H A N D L E R S J essy and Roxanne Sut ton Greater Philadelphia Area 215-778-1253 | 215-919-2099 Artofhandling@hotmail.com jessysuttonandroxannesutton.com

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Lisa Curry, Esq. 59 Gristmill Rd. Randolph, NJ 07869 201-400-7407

LCurry@lawfordogs.com www.lawfordogs.com

Michael and Christina Armstrong BREEDERS OF MERIT (405) 385-1400 Stillwater, OK mcspoms@aol.com

Varsity Kennel boarding & grooming

allan M. Chambers owner 8447 Winter Gardens Blvd. Lakeside, Ca. 92040 619-561-3037

varsityamc@aol.com www.varsitykennel.net

B O N N I E G U G G E N H E I M P H : 8 6 3 - 7 3 8 - 8 8 4 8 | F A X : 8 6 3 - 8 5 3 - 3 6 2 4 | E M A I L : B O N N I E @ D M C G . C O M

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YORKSHIRE TERRIER NATIONAL RESCUE, INC. http://www.yorkshireterrierrescue.com We do more than rescue Yorkies. We also have information and support groups for dog owners whose dogs are afflicted with Liver Shunt and Collapsing Trachea. Please visit: http://www.livershunt.com or http://www.collapsingtrachea.com Browse thru our Rescue Boutique where we have many upscale items, including beautiful hand knit Dog Sweaters by Charlie. www.yorkierescue.com We accept donations. We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

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MULTI BIS INT CH & MULTI BISS AM GCH MARJA-TU CHU SOLAR FLARE

S h own w i n n i n g B i S u n d e r J u d g e B r u c e F r a S e r . Thank you Mark I sek i for presen t i ng h im so beau t i f u l l y, wi t h ver y l imi t ed showi ng.

T u c h u | K A T H Y KWA I T

M a r J a | MA R K & J AC QU E L I N E S T E M P E L

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Submit your cute photos to our TOYBOX department. Any clear photo will do—black & white or color, regular photo or digital. (If sending digital images, send high resolution 300 DPI for best quality.) Please submit your name and the name of the dog.

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EVENT NAME location | Date | photos by AKC/EUKANUBA NATIO L CHAMPIONSHIP orlanDo, FloriDa | December 12-13, 2015 | photos by morgan sophia photography

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Jame s B I S S G C H S T E P A M G A R S K Y F A L L

Thank you Mackenzie S. Jones for showing James to perfection at the Orlando Cluster Shows. Watch for James with his Handler Michelle M. Jones in 2016.

PROUDLY BRED & OWNED BY: Stepamgar CKCS Jim & Linda Shre ff ler

Thank you Mrs. Ann Hearn for awarding James Best of Breed to complete his Grand Championship at the highly competitive Central FL Kennel Club show. Thank you Dr. Wanda Spediacci for awarding James a Group Three that same day. Wha t a t hril l f or t hi s y o un g d og !!!

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CHIHUAHUA CLUB OF AMERICA 2015 NATIONAL SPECIALTY St. LouiS, Mo | october 10-11, 2015 | PhotoS by the Winning iMage

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THE ART(?) OF JUDGING DOGS! by GeorGe Milutinovich A s a Toy Group judge, I am often asked, “What made you want to start judging dogs?” Occasion- Everything comes to a stop as we stand respectfully, hands over hearts, as the National Anthem is played! Show time has now arrived and the first class is called into the ring.

on the table for examination. I believe this is a most crucial time for the Toy Dog. An unpleasant table experience, a heavy handed judge, a misguided bite examination or an adjudicator’s gruff persona, can easily cause temporary or permanent harm to a novice dog or seasoned competitor. Following the table exam, I ask the exhibitor to take their charge down and back and then one final time around the ring. By this time, I have completed an assessment of the dog and filed the results in my “mental computer”. I then complete the same process with each remain- ing dog in the class. When the entire class has been examined and judged, I stand across the ring from the line- up and begin the placement process. Many years ago, a very dear friend and respected judge suggested mentally “put a frame” around each dog. The exhibits which most closely conform to your mental picture of the perfect dog will be evident! I then factor in

ally, a bold individual will ask, “Why do you think you are qualified to judge dogs?” These are two fair questions and deserve sincere, honest answers. After years of asking and begging for a dog as a child, my parents finally relented and when I was 16 years old, I purchased my first dog, a 6 month old AKC registered Pug. Even though I was a complete novice in the Dog world, I was anxious to prove to my family and friends, my complete com- mitment to responsible dog ownership. I was, however well aware of the impor- tance of buying an AKC registered dog, complete with certified pedigree! The early Obedience classes, Conformation classes, fun matches, all breed shows, specialties and an association with dedi- cated fanciers, breeders and handlers sparked an enormous thirst for knowl- edge and a lifetime of enjoyment! Now, 47 years later, the love affair with pure bred dogs continues! I have progressed from an awkward teenag- er, to a fancier, an exhibitor, a breed- er and for the last 12 years, a judge! I have developed an insatiable love of our sport, the competitive aspects of dog shows and the relentless pur- suit of finding the exhibits which most closely conform to their breeds written standards. Let’s take a few minutes and put you in the head (or thought process) of this judge, as he arrives at the show site for his assignment in Anytown, USA. After a brief greeting with the AKC Field Rep, Show Chair and Superintendant, I am off to my ring to assess the size, condition, surface and configuration of my ring. A quick introduction and conversation regarding preferred ring procedures to my ring steward follows.

In my mind, I am reminded of my commitment to the original purpose of a Dog Show, to compare and select breeding stock. This is perhaps the most important facet of judging dogs. A competent judge must be well aware of each breeds original purpose, its form and its function! Yes, even in Toy breeds, where many are thought to be simply companions or pets. Traditionally a judge is expected to judge 25 dogs per hour, or roughly 2 ½ minutes per dog. There is much to assess during that short period of time. My first impression of each exhibit cer- tainly is formed on the initial go around, assessing overall balance, carriage, reach, drive and topline My usual pro- cedure is to take the class around the ring together with the first dog placed

“....Mentally ‘PUT A FRAME’ around each doG.”

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soundness and showmanship and place the class. I continue this same process throughout each class. When the Win- ners class is brought back into the ring, I am given the wonderful opportunity to see all of my class winners lined up together! In my mind, I am asking myself which of these winners is wor- thy of championship points? Which of these class winners most closely con- forms to this breed’s written standard? In some cases, the decision is simple. In others, it is much more difficult! Best of Breed competition follows and after following the same pattern, I once again stand across the ring, put a frame around each dog and ask myself, “Overall, after a complete examina- tion, taking into account this breeds original form, function and its written standard, which of these exhibits most closely conforms? Which would I want to use in a breeding program?” I then arrange my winners and have them circle the ring one last time proclaim- ing the final placements! There is no greater thrill for this judge! For those of you who are unaware of the criteria to become a Judge at AKC conformation events, I would like to give you a brief synopsis. Even though the approval process has changed numerous times over the years, pro- spective judges are required to go through extensive education and train- ing for each breed for which they hope to gain AKC approval; AKC Institutes, Parent Club approved Breed Seminars, Hands on Evaluations, Breed Specific Tests, Intense interviews with Execu- tive Staff members and most recently, review of the application and qualifica- tions by a Judges Committee! Add to the list, attendance at Breed Nationals, Spe- cialties, Kennel visits and an ongoing association with trusted Breed Mentors. In theory, all of the above is necessary to insure quality of judging! I remember vividly, my first provi- sional assignment for breeds from my second application. These were breeds which I had admired for many years but never bred, owned, or handled.

“THE IMPORTANCE of havinG Great breed Mentors, a supportive and qualified aKc executive field staff and an onGoinG relationship with breed judGes and experts ensures a networK of peers FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION.”

About the Author My name

The responsibility of selecting winners was enormous. Exhibitors and breed- ers, with involvement in their respec- tive breeds for decades, now entered my ring in search of my opinion. It is that moment I realized that ALL of the education and preparation required was necessary to even attempt to pass judgment on these breeds. The impor- tance of having great breed mentors, a supportive and qualified AKC Executive Field Staff and an ongoing relationship with breed judges and experts ensures a network of peers for continuing edu- cation. The Art (?) of Judging Dogs is actually a never ending commitment to education, challenging oneself to understand not only the standard, but nuances, health issues and concerns of each breed for which you are approved! Not a responsibility to be taken lightly or handed out indiscriminately! Please don’t forget a couple of the basics of showing dogs. A clean dog is a must, unclean unforgiveable! Basic lead training is necessary even with puppies. Also, remember, WE ARE ALL ambas- sadors of our sport and of The Ameri- can Kennel Club. Let’s do our part in educating and welcoming newcomers into the wonderful world of purebred dogs! Our future depends on it!

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George Miluti- novich and I live in Fresno, Cali- fornia. I have been married to my beautiful wife, Cathy for 43 years. We have four married chil- dren and twelve

grandchildren. We were the proud owner/operators of The Lime Lite Res- taurant in Fresno from 1976 until our retirement in 2011. We have owned a variety of breeds during our lifetime including Pugs, Italian Greyhounds, a Cocker Spaniel, a Smooth Fox Ter- rier, a Boxer and for the last 24 years, Bichon Frise. We have shown our dogs in both conformation and obedience. Our breeding programs have been very limited but we have produced Group Winners and BIS winners in several breeds. I am currently the Vice President of The Sun Maid Kennel Club of Fresno, Chairman of the California Junior Handler of The Year Scholarship pro- gram, Lifetime Member, Vice President and Board of Director of the Central California Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, proud mem- ber of Take The Lead and many other clubs and organizations. I am cur- rently approved to judge the entire Toy Group, 7 Non-Sporting breeds, Juniors and the Misc. Class.

“the art (?) of judGinG doGs is actually a never endinG coMMitMent to education...”

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GROOMING & MAINTAINING the Yorkshire terrier for show

by Jamie Bennett

I have been exhibiting Yorkshire Terriers and other long coated toy breeds as both an owner/han- dler and a professional handler for the past 19 years. I have had the plea- sure of handling several beautiful top 5 Yorkshire Terriers and all garnering best in specialty show wins. My very first Yorkie special was Ch. Caraneal Laurel Glen Minute Man that won the York- shire Terrier National in 2007. He was bred by Georgette Franzoni and owned by myself and Georgette Franzoni. I have a great love for the Yorkshire Terrier and enjoy every moment spent grooming and handling them. In my opinion, there is nothing more beauti- ful than a Yorkshire Terrier in full coat showing their little heart out. In this article I will attempt to give an insight to one of the many ways to maintain and grow a coat on a York- shire Terrier. I have gleaned my knowl- edge over the years through mentors of the breed and through the trial and error process. This is what works for me. Remember, if you are growing coat on your Yorkie, you must be doing something right! I have found that each Yorkie’s coat is a little different. What works on one coat may not necessarily work on anoth- er. So, keep that in mind when working with your dog’s coat. The first most important thing in maintaining and growing coat on a Yorkie is proper nutrition. Always feed a high quality food. This is extremely important in maintaining both healthy skin and healthy coat. I do not use any supplements. I feel that if their food is of a good quality, supplements are not necessary. On a side note, always be sure that your Yorkie is free from internal parasites! The second most important thing in maintaining and growing coat on a

Yorkie is to maintain healthy skin. The skin should not be flakey, oily or dry. You can achieve this by bathing your Yorkie regularly with a high quality shampoo and conditioner. (See page xx for specific products I use.) If you find you are having skin problems, address those issues immediately! One night of scratching can ruin a coat. Be sure that you inspect you Yorkie for fleas each and every time you come back from an outside trip! There are two types of “bathing” for a show Yorkie: the maintenance bath and the show bath. When you are bath- ing for maintenance, your shampoo/ conditioners should be high quality products that moisturize and condition the coat. Product quality does matter. Don’t skimp, ever! A properly condi- tioned coat grows fast! A maintenance bath should be given as needed. I find that some Yorkies need to be bathed every three or four days, while oth- ers only require once a week bathing. Basically, when a brush will not eas- ily run through the coat, they need to be bathed. Before bathing the dog, brush the coat out completely. Gently and slowly work out any tangles that you may find being careful not to break the coat. Examine the inside of your dog’s ears for excess hair, any waxy discharge or foul smell and examine the ear leathers for signs of leather ear. I have found that leather ear comes from high humidity and a lack of sunshine which causes a waxy build up on the ear which leads to hair loss. If your Yorkie is kept in an area that is bright with sunlight and low in humidity, you should never get leather ear. If you do get leather ear, scrub the ears daily with a shampoo to degrease them and put them in the sunlight! You will see hair start to grow back immediately.

Next you should trim your dog’s nails. Long toenails will not only cause your dog pain, they will screw up your dog’s movement. Your dog’s nails should be short enough to allow the foot to sit flatly on its pads and allow the foot to roll forward naturally when moving. It’s time to bathe. Wet your Yorkie’s coat thoroughly with warm, not hot water. Be cautious not to get water into the ear canal as this can cause ear infec- tions. I always start with the head. I start at the top of the head and work down to the muzzle, facial furnishings, then side “what works on ONE COAT maY not necessarilY work on another.”

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Proper placement of the wraps. (illustrations courtesy of Patrizia casadei, Pigot Yorkshire terriers)

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of the head. Pay close attention not to get product in the eyes which can cause corneal irritation. I then scrub the ear leathers and massage them gently to guard against leather ear. Move to the body and work the shampoo in to the coat gently. Try not to tangle the coat with your movement. Once the coat is saturated with shampoo, massage the skin. This will help to keep your Yor- kie’s skin healthy. Move on to the legs and feet. I always check my dog’s anal glands to see if they need expressing. An anal gland abscess can lead to hair loss on the rear! Leave the shampoo on the coat for the recommended time. Rinse the coat and repeat. Apply the conditioner and work it through the coat. On a maintenance bath, I condi- tion the head furnishings also. Be sure to always rinse the coat thoroughly with water. Even a slight amount of shampoo/conditioner left on the coat can cause itching. It’s time to blow dry. Gently brush/ comb your Yorkie out thoroughly prior to blow drying. At this time I trim the

ears. I find it easier to get a very close trim without nicking the ear when the ears are wet. I swab out the ears to remove any water that may have gotten in there accidentally. I then start blow drying on a low warm setting starting at the head. I brush the hair straight as I’m blow drying. I work from the head down each side to the rear end. Make sure you dry the coat completely. It’s time to wrap. One note on wrap- ping—some Yorkies do not do well in wraps. If you find your dog is doing more damage with wraps in, DO NOT WRAP! There have been some Yorkies that I do not even put a topknot in because they break coat trying to rip them out. Yes, they look like sheep dogs, but they are now growing topknots! When wrapping, you should first put your dog in light oil. Some people add the oil in the bath; I do not. I try to keep from putting too much oil directly on to the skin. I find you get less flaking and skin issues by doing so. I oil each sec- tion prior to wrapping. When wrapping be sure that your wraps are not too tight

– Pish Pad ® Show Premium Pet Grooming Clarity line, Moisture Unleashed line, Silk Treatment line and Clarity Mint Oil. (These products are the best I have found! They work wonderfully on all types of Yorkie coats.) – Palmer’s ® Olive Oil Spray for putting coats in oil. (A very light oil that washes out easily and does not cause flaking.) BrushEs & comBs: s -ADAN ® pin brushes s 4HE#OLOR#OORDINATED#ANINE ™ hair bands and wrapping bands s #HRIS#HRISTENSEN ® rattail combs and straight combs s )USETHELIGHTWEIGHTDELIWRAPS for wrapping (available for purchase online).

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“You have sPent a lot of time GrowinG coat, ALWAYS PROTECT IT!”

example of trimmed foot. (courtesy of loreta serafini, oz Yorkshire terriers)

dogs that have been maintained in wonderful show condition:

or too loose. Either way will cause coat breakage. Wraps should be just snug to the body. I do not attempt to wrap pup- pies until their coat length is almost to the floor! At that point I start with just wrapping the sides of the coat of a male puppy and the rear of the coat on a bitch puppy. This will help them get used to the wraps and keep urine from damaging the coat. I will also only band the topknot and the facial furnish- ings. Again, if your Yorkie is doing more damage to the coat with the wraps and bands in, leave them out! At this time, you can choose to use a wrapping jacket if you would like. (Nev- er put a jacket on an unwrapped dog, and never leave a jacket on a dry (un- oiled) coat longer than 24 hours! You do not want to end up with a matted Yorkie!) If your dog is prone to rubbing, jackets can help protect the coat. This completes your maintenance bath. When bathing for a show, I go through the same inspection of ears, toe nail trims and bathing process; however, instead of a heavy moisturiz- ing shampoo/conditioner, I use a high quality light moisturizing shampoo/ conditioner. I do not condition the top- knot, only the sides of the head and the moustache. This will make it easier to get your topknots up! Remember a squeaky clean coat will have a beautiful shine! I trim the ears, and blow dry the same way. I then iron the coat to help it lay down smoothly. I wrap the coat dry (without oil). I then trim the feet. I trim the hair on the bottom of the feet flush to the pads and then I trim the out- side of the foot round and flush to the table. (See example above of a perfectly trimmed foot below.) On a side note, some dogs coat look better by bath- ing the day before a show, others look

better bathing the day of the show. You will have to see which way is best for your Yorkie. I will not go in to ring preparation as it is an article in itself; however, I will pick things up at the “after the show” point of maintenance. After showing, brush the coat out thoroughly to remove any dirt or debris it may have picked up from the floor. Wrap your dog as soon as possible. I’ve seen many a facial furnishing chewed off by placing a dog in a crate without first wrapping them. If you need to leave your dog for any reason prior to wrapping, at least band the moustache back. You have spent a lot of time grow- ing coat, always protect it! I find that some Yorkies can go with an “every other day” bathing during a show circuit, while others require bath- ing every night due to an oilier coat. Do what makes your Yorkie look its best. Remember a shiny clean coat is surely to attract the eye of a judge! Use your best judgement. As you can see, there are no tricks or expensive supplements that enable you to grow coat on your Yorkie. Growing a coat just takes dedication, quality food and quality products! Remember, a dog in gorgeous condition is very impres- sive. A happy, loved dog will always show better! Praise your Yorkie when coming out of the ring win or lose. Make showing fun for them, it will pay off, I promise! Good luck to all of you and if you see me ringside and need help or have a question don’t hesitate to ask! i would like to thank Patrizia casadei, Pigot Yorkshire terriers for allowing me to use her beautifully illustrated drawings of wrapping a coat. such a wonderful talented artist! and loreta serifini for her photo of a perfectly trimmed foot. also to Dawn kelly and loreta serafini for allowing me to use photos of their gorgeous boys in excellent coat condition.

Biss Gch edgewood’s action Jackson. owned by Jamie Bennett & cynthia hill. handled by Jamie Bennett. Pictured at 2 years of age.

Biss can Gch/am ch. oz’s thunder and rain. owned and bred by loreta serafini. Pictured at 3 years of age.

multiple Biss am Gch/can ch nicnak’s aftershock. owned by Dawn kelly bred by laurie hunter. Pictured at 3 years of age.

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KEEP IT CLOSE TO HOME: LocaL ShowS Benefit LocaL BreederS & Pet BuyerS aLike by SheLBy StevenS

I n my opinion: As an exhibitor with 40 years under my belt, I have seen numerous changes to our sport. Many of the changes are positive. Of course those are not the ones I wish to address. A while ago I went to some shows that were not too far from my house. It was an easy drive and I have always enjoyed these shows. This club was charging for assigned grooming space, but did advertise that there were free spaces available. I had an entry of three dogs, so I decided that I had spent enough and opted to get the free space. The building opened on Friday at 1:00 pm, I arrived at 1:30 to set up. There were two “free spaces” left. I don’t know what anyone who hadn’t paid for grooming space would do if they had to wait until Saturday, which was show day, to find space in the grooming area. When we drove up on Saturday we had to pay a parking fee. Most clubs are now charging for parking. If you want- ed a chair in the main room and had not remembered to bring one, there was

a rental fee from the club. Don’t these show-giving clubs realize that they can’t squeeze the financial life out of the exhibitors and still expect an entry? Many years ago, my club, the Ft. Lauderdale Dog Club, hired a publi- cist to promote our show. We did not have to charge the exhibitor for park- ing, grooming space, chair rental, etc. We only had to charge them for entries. The show-going public paid to attend our show. We kept it inexpensive so that families could afford to attend. The total cost of the venue and judges was born by someone other than the exhibitor. The public had an inexpen- sive day out. We made a lot of money on the show. It was a win/win situation for everyone. It had the added advantage of teaching the public who we are and what we stand for. It requires a lot more thought and effort to come up with inventive ways to make money at shows that don’t include extra charges for the exhibitors. By allowing all the club to have their shows outside of their own area, we are not doing a service to the general

public or the exhibitors. When the public hears “puppy with papers”, they don’t know the difference between AKC, CKC and any of the other papers out there. When we had shows in our own areas the opportunity arose to teach the public what the differences are between the registries, between well bred and just bred. We could sell ourselves and pure bred dogs. I live in a high population area. There are not shows that are easily accessible for the public to get to. It is hard to explain to someone calling about a puppy why they should stick with an AKC breeder. We can no longer tell the public to go to a show and learn the differences between the breeds, talk to breeders and find out what type dog would most suit their situation. People who already have my breed used to watch me groom and ask questions. That hardly ever happens anymore. We are greatly outnumbered and out-funded by the animal activists. By removing ourself and making ourselves inaccessible, it is like contributing to our own demise.

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Evaluating thE YORKSHIRE TERRIER: a BrEEdEr-JudgE’s viEwpoint I n this issue of Top Notch Toys , they are showcasing the York- shire Terrier. As a breeder judge, I have been asked to share my many new judges ask, “What is that whitish/gray color on top of the head?” This is why Judges Education, discus- sion with long time breeders and ring side mentoring is so important.

by JiM hupp

viewpoint on how to evaluate the York- shire Terrier and in doing so, hopefully to assist new judges to the breed, with their future assignments. In the past 30 plus years, I have seen the Yorkshire Terrier go through many changes, depending on what was “in” at the time. I can remember the black, soft-coated dogs being the popular choice to exhibit. Then, the lighter blue, silk dogs became the color of choice. Every breeder and judge will have his or her interpretation of what the correct type is for evaluating the York- shire Terrier. Because of the different type of Yorkies being exhibited today, as well in the past, many judges express that it is a difficult breed to judge. The Yorkshire Terrier standard describes the breed as “a long-haired Toy Terrier whose blue and tan coat is parted on the face from the base of the skull to the end of the tail and hangs evenly and quite straight down each side of body. The body is neat, com- pact and well proportioned. The dog’s high head carriage and confident man- ner should give the appearance of vigor self-importance.” This statement gives one a mental picture of an ADULT dog, approximately 3 years of age. The Yorkshire Terrier is born black and tan and the coat has a slow meta- morphosis from the black to tan puppy to the blue and tan adult. I believe this time frame is the most difficult for judg- es to evaluate. As the Yorkie matures, the body coat may look black to a light blue, while the tan pattern, can go from a gray/whitish color, before the rich shaded golden tan comes in on a mature dog. I have heard

The body coat of many puppies can look light and sparse. This coat can also be misconceiving, as this type of coat develops very slowly. The puppy with the heavier coat that appears black, yet has a good natural sheen to the hair, can be misconceived as a poor coat texture to non-breeder judges. I have seen judges part the coat, at the shoulder area, to look for breaking of color toward the skin. This is fine, but the correct coat should always have a natural luster and sheen close to the skin in a younger dog and it will be the cor- rect texture as an adult. The cute puppy with a heavy wooly coat will have no lus- ter or sheen to the hair and the tan mark- ings will be profuse and have a cream color. This type of coat should be severe- ly faulted, as when the dog matures, the body color will become a clerical gray and the shaded rich golden tan markings will be a cream/white color. Along those lines I personally feel that many judges put too much empha- sis on the wording “dark steel blue.” This is the ideal description in our standard, but even breeders have their own interpretations of what is the ideal color. The standard states “quality, tex- ture and quantity of coat are of prime importance.” The coat is glossy, fine and silky in texture. When I am evaluating dogs in the ring and if I have a very nice balanced, sound moving dog, with overall Yorkie type, which carries the blue and tan pat- tern, I have no problem meriting a dog which has a lighter blue color Please do not let the dark steel blue wording con- sume your every thought and ultimately

award an unsound dog based on the ideal color alone. There are two big misconceptions I hear and feel should be clarified per our standard. First is that a Yorkie is to weigh four to seven pounds. That might be a preference in general, but not worded in our Standard. Accord- ing to Yorkshire Terrier standard it simply states “Weight: Must not exceed seven pounds.” This is where weight and height can be so deceiving. A four pound and a seven pound dog is a big difference when both are exhibited in the ring, especially if they are in the same class. The key word for proper evaluation is balance. If all the parts are in proper proportions and the dog maintains good type, I recommend you should not get “hung up” on a smaller/ shorter legged dog or a larger/taller dog, whichever the case. Secondly, some judges will fault a good overall Yorkie because the eyes

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are not almond or oval shaped. Our standard states: “Eyes are medium in size and not too prominent; dark in color and sparkling with a sharp, intel- ligent expression.” So please keep this in mind when evaluating the total dog. As a breeder-judge, I can certainly understand one’s dilemma, as for breed- ing for that quality dog, it is a very dif- ficult to get everything in a nice, neat package; however, we should all strive for that perfection. In my opinion, when judging the Yorkshire Terrier, as well as any other breed, one should not place all of the emphasis on one area of the breed. Look at the overall dog and focus on the positive points in the breed, even if it is not your “personal” style. I despise the excuse, “if your class dog just had a little more face furnishings...” Provid- ing the face furnishings are the cor- rect texture and color, hair can always grow. That alone should not be a factor in your decision, unless everything else is equal. Movement is something that is very important to breeders that exhibit Yor- kies, although it is vaguely discussed in our present standard. The standard reads “forelegs should be straight, elbows nei- ther in nor out. Hind legs straight when viewed from behind, but stifles are moderately bent when viewed from the sides. The hair may be trimmed to floor length to give ease of movement.” The AKC Judge’s Education Video and the Yorkshire Terrier Illustrated Standard does address proper move- ment and carriage. The Yorkshire Ter- rier that possesses proper structure should move in a fluid motion. As a breeder judge I believe a good topline and good movement is of utmost importance. When evaluating a potential show pup, most breeders are concerned with a good topline. So why not make that a priority when evaluat- ing your dogs in the ring? A Yorkshire Terrier, that can move around the ring with a level topline, fluid movement, while carrying a flowing silky coat, is a sight to behold. I alsowant to touch on another impor- tant area, especially for newer judges of the breed. I feel it is important to give a bit of history about how and why the DQ was added in October 2007. Disqualifications: Any solid color or combination of colors other than blue and tan as

described above. Any white mark- ings other than a small white spot on the forechest that does not exceed one inch at its longest dimension. The reason behind the disqualifi- cation was the concern by the YTCA with off-color Yorkies, including, parti and solid colors, including gold, red or brown, being exhibited in the ring. The AKC will not deny registrations on color alone and there are currently parti and solid color dogs being registered as Yorkshire Terriers. The AKC wanted the YTCA to state an age when the Yorkshire Terrier was “mature.” However, as I mentioned earlier, the coat of the Yorkshire Terrier can take up to three years to mature from the black and tan puppy to the blue and tan adult. The YTCA chose not to specify an age for color maturity. Unfortunately, this has caused a few Yorkies to be DQ’d due to judge’s interpretation. Only dogs of solid color, parti color, or unusual markings, that is not the blue and tan pattern as outlined in the standard, should be disqualified. In closing, I would like to add the positives of what I believe is being shown in the ring today. There is more overall consistency in structure, coat texture and color. There are some Yor- kies currently being specialed that are a very good representations of the breed, all in their own rights.

There is no perfect dog; however, if a good topline is present, then we can evaluate other parts of the dog. I feel that Yorkshire Terriers being shown should be as sound as possible and a bitch should be of a size to be able to reproduce. If one can breed that perfect dark blue silk coat with the proper shaded golden tan, on a sound moving dog, then you have perfection and we should always strive for that goal. Hopefully this article will be helpful in evaluating the Yorkshire Terrier. About the Author My name is James “Jim” Hupp, I reside in Kokomo. IN and I have been involved in the wonderful breed of Yorkshire Terriers since 1974. Along with my partner in the sport, Bret Walker, we have been fortunate to have bred BIS and BISS winners under the prefix of Exmoor. We have bred over 60 AKC Champions. I am an AKC licensed judge for all Toys, Jrs and BIS. I have been fortu- nate to have had the opportunity to have judged numerous Yorkie Special- ties, including the YTCA National and Roving Specialties, Regional Special- ties, as well as, many toy dog clubs. I have made many long times friends in the sport of dogs and hope to continue more of the same in the future.

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