Showsight Presents the Dalmatian

THE DALMATIAN

KEN & EVA BERG Ken and Eva Berg

American Cocker Spaniels with my first dog coming from the Maribeau Kennels near my childhood home in Detroit, Michigan. I finished many championships under that prefix before breeding on my own under the prefix of Lancer Kennels. Besides Cockers, in the 70s I began breed- ing and showing Pointers to American

have exhibited Dal- matians in conforma- tion and obedience since 1967. They have bred more than 100 champions, many nationally ranked, and numerous obedience

and Canadian championships. I then spent many years as an AKC licensed handler before beginning to judge in 1988. As I became more involved in judging, I closed my breeding program. I am currently approved, under the AKC system, to judge All Breeds including Best in Show. I have had the honor of judging at the American Span- iel Club Cocker National six times, plus numerous other breed Nationals in the US and Canada. I have judged on six continents, 30 countries throughout the world, several multiple times. MARY MILLER

titleholders. They owned the top Dalmatian in America for 1991, 1992 and 1993. Both have served on the Board of Gov- ernors of The Dalmatian Club of America and have chaired the National Health and Research Committee. Eva has also chaired the National Judges Education Committee and Ken the Top-20 Committee. Eva and Ken have both been President of the Dalmatian Club of America Foundation. The Bergs are also members of the Dalmatian Club of Northern California as well as serving as Officers in a prestigious all breed kennel club. Ken is a fire protection engineer who was President of his own national consulting firm. He is now retired from a pri- vate consulting practice. Eva is a former high school teacher and has instructed in a noted Obedience School. They have two children and five grandchildren. Eva judges the Sporting, Hound, Working, Toy and Non-Sporting groups and several Herding breeds, while Ken judges the Sporting, Terrier, Toy and Non-Sporting groups. They have have judged a number of Non-sporting, Toy, Hound, Sporting and Working breed Specialties. Eva was selected as the primary judge at the 2002 and 2010 Dalmatian Club of America National Specialty shows. She has also judged National Specialty shows in Bel- gium, Brazil, Canada and Thailand. Ken has been honored by being selected to judge the Centennial 2005 Dalmatian Club of America National Specialty show and the 2016 National Specialty. While judging on several continents, Ken and Eva became proficient in applying local and FCI Standards. In addition, they have judged entire Rare Breed dog shows. They have presented breed seminars for judges on numer- ous occasions in many countries. In addition to their involve- ment in Dalmatians, the Bergs have owned several other breeds, including Portuguese Water Dogs, Poodles, Scotties and Boxers. GLORIA GERINGER I live on five acres in southwest Louisiana with my hus- band, Lucas, and two retired mini long haired Dachshunds. My life in purebred dogs began in 1963 with parti-color

Mary Miller began her longstanding involvement in purebred dogs when she attended and won at her first show dog show with her Dalmatian in the early 1970s.

She became a licensed Junior Show- manship judge in 1978 and followed approval for the Non-Sporting group and currently has permits for several Hound breeds. Employed at Mill Ridge Farm for 30 years, she is the Equine Operations coordinator for the thoroughbred farm. She is a life member of the Lexington Kennel Club, a mem- ber of the Dalmatian Club of America where she has served as Board Member, Junior Showmanship and Show Chairman. Also, she takes great pride in serving as a Board of Trustee for Take The Lead.

1. Describe the breed in three words. K&EB: Distinctively-spotted, strong-muscular and great endurance. GG: Swift, sturdy and friendly. MM: Type, balance and soundness.

2. What are your “must have” traits in this breed? K&EB: Effortless gait, distinctly spotted, overall balance, and a stable and outgoing temperament. GG: Correct size, correct color and spots and reach and drive. MM: The Dalmatian should be free of being coarse and able to travel a long distance with a fair amount of speed.

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