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Over the past 50 years, Patricia V. Trotter has stepped into the finale at Westminster 11 times with one of her world-famous Vin-Melca Norwegian Elkhounds. And on each occasion she left the ring without the Best in Show rosette. But in 2021, Trotter returns for the dozenth time — as the show's Best... Read More
Coronavirus is a terrible way to be forced to recognize some very basic things. Read More
In a dog world filled with larger-than-life figures, Dachshund breeder and famous archaeologist Iris Love moved in circles almost as rarified as the ancient gods and goddesses to whose study she devoted her life.   Read More

English Setter Ch. Daro of Maridor, who went Best in Show at Westminster in 1938, before he had even turned a year old.
The days following the Westminster Kennel Club show are always a good time to ponder the sport of purebred dogs. It’s one of the best occasions of the year for people in the dog fancy, as well as the general public, to see some of the finest dogs of all breeds. It’s not unusual to hear calls... Read More

The Morris & Essex show, shown here in 2010, is held only every five years because of the high cost of producing it. Photo courtesy Morris & Essex Kennel Club.
What does it cost to put on a dog show? Is it lucrative? Read on for the answers. Read More

The breeds for Meet the Breeds don't just come off the shelf -- dedicated breeders must bring them to these AKC events, along with their hard-won expertise.
AKC’s Meet the Breeds is arguably the best event it puts on, in that it gives the dog-loving public what it craves:  approachable, well-bred, well-behaved, dogs of all breeds (including some that the public never gets to see), all in one location, where petting, hugging, and kissing <sorry, my... Read More

Walter Goodman and 1969's Westminster Best in Show winner, Skye Terrier Ch. Glamoor Good News.
Westminster and New York City are forever etched together in the minds of dog-show aficionados as well as anyone else who ever heard of a dog show.  Read More

A Westminster moment: Handler Jane Forsyth showing the Boxer Ch. Arriba's Prima Donna to Best in Show in 1970 under judge Anna Katherine Nicholas.
It's that time of year again, and the Garden awaits. Read More
Surely, the American Kennel Club must have some big shebang planned for something as remarkable as its 135th anniversary. Or ... not. Read More

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