I can't be alone in my love of this show...not on this forum! Come on and post!
I read on msn that Bill Cosby's Dandy Dinmont might actually have a chance?! WOW. Dare I hope that a terrier will not win best in show tomorrow night? I am the type to root for any non-terrier to win! Enough already, 42 wins or something like that.
Goooooo Hounds! (Yeah right, I can dream okay?)
What did you think about last night? I think the Akita looks really strong--she's absolutely gorgeous and has fantastic movement. I don't like the Dandie Denmont, personally, but that's probably just preference. And I am anti-poodle.
Looking forward to the hounds tonight--they are my second favorite group (after my much beloved working dogs).
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I just learned that the Irish Wolfhound should be fast enough to catch a wolf and strong enough to kill it. Yikes.
I like the long haired dachshunds. I don't like wired haired things, and most hounds (especially slobbery ones).
My dog is a husky/shepherd mix, and those are the face I like, long nose pointy ear, curved up tail. Lots of fluff.
I am honestly so tired of terriers winning...I always root for the hounds, 24 years without a best in show win. But it was nice to see some new faces in the BIS along with the ubiquitous standard and toy poodle every year.
I predicted the winner as well, though honestly I thought the PBBV deserved to win. He was such a perfect little show dog. But hounds never win. Bums me out.
My permanent dogs are a Wolfhound mix and an Anatolian Shepherd, so you can see where my heart lies. My current foster is a bassett/foxhound mix.
Okay, I know no one wanted to talk about the Ridgies but I had to get it out somewhere! :
The Wolfhound was one of the better show Wolfhounds I've seen, but very small. The Deerhound, Margot, I've seen several times before and think is a beautiful dog.
It makes me wonder if the AKC should start working on a new standard for the ACD.
That being said, I always harbor a secret hope that one of my pet breeds will pull an upset...
The hounds are my favorites. Gotta love the hounds! I love the ridgebacks!! I was really surprised, too, that they were the largest breed group at the show??!! I didn't realize that they were so popular. And the foxhounds!! I. Love. Foxhounds. I also love to watch the working dogs...I'm fascinated by dogs with jobs....I don't care for the terriers too much : except, of course, for the bully ones...the bull terriers, the stafordshire....
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(before all this happened, cocker and field spaniels split; they used to be considered the same breed, but the heavy ones became the Field Spaniel breed)
1) The members of the Cocker Spaniel breed club began to disagree on the way the breed should go. There was a group that favored the gloriously showy tons-of-hair, carefully stripped and clippered and trimmed, extremely showy movement cocker, and that breeding for a smaller, cuter head was part of that. The other group disagreed; they wanted a more fieldy spaniel who was presented naturally, and liked a longer head. Eventually the split was (I would guess) acrimonious enough that the longer-head breeders split off and petitioned the AKC to let them form their own breed. This is not uncommon in breeds--the Toy Fox Terrier and the Rat Terrier were originally the same breed and split as the TFT people thought that the dogs should be smaller, and the Pembroke and Cardigan corgis were registered together for a few years too (though in that case there was very little interbreeding at any time, because the two types were so different and the breeders of each thought that theirs was superior and wouldn't have anything to do with the other).
Anyway, the longer-faced-spaniel breeders named their breed the "English Cocker Spaniel" to emphasize the fact that they believed that theirs was the original and most true form, and the American Cocker Spaniel people went on to change the form of their dogs to one made especially for family companionship and for optimal beauty. Very few are still hunted.
2) The American Cocker Spaniel club began to naturally restrict itself into color "families." The black and black-and-tan group bred to each other's dogs and maybe the buff ones, but they didn't breed to the parti-colored dogs. There was also a marked preference on the part of the judges for particular colors. It began to feel to certain breeders that they could NEVER win. So they petitioned to have different varieties for the breed, forcing the judge to pick one black (or black-n-tan), one that was any other solid color (almost always buff) and one that was parti-colored. In that way the other colors could get championships and could have a chance in group competitions.
So you go from one breed (small flushing spaniels) to three breeds (English Cocker, American Cocker, Field), and additionally three varieties within those breeds. So yes, once you add in the large flushing spaniels (English Springer, Welsh Springer) and the heavy spaniels (Sussex, Clumber) there are a bunch of them in a row! It's all because those breeders were passionately dedicated to the idea that their version of the flushing spaniel was the very best to encompass flushing spaniel type.
I would like one westminster for all the dogs who have never or rarely one, and one for all the groups who routinely win. That way, the hounds and working groups would have a chance to actually hold a blue ribbon at the end of the night...and the terriers/toys/non sporting groups can have their yearly win, too. Sound like a good idea?
I keep watching the breed videos- but I can't make myself watch the toy breeds I keep watching the Danes and Mastiffs over and over and am ready to wet my pants, waiting for my puppy is making me crazy! I can't imagine how nerve-wracking it is for the handlers, though. Joanna and whomever else shows, do you get super nervous, or is it all fun?
If I'm watching a group that I'm unrelated to, I get excited because I can feel how hard the owners are wishing and hoping, and because the dogs are so gloriously on edge (because they know it too), but it's not the same level.