AKC GAZETTE DECEMBER 2018 Cardigan Welsh Corgi Breed Column DNS … After a frustrating day at the dog show, one might come home and place these three letters in a database next to the name of a particular judge who just didn’t meet your standards that weekend. However, let’s take a hard look at what those  letters mean and see just what it should take for a judge to earn that designation in your little black show record book When perusing the numerous premium lists for shows, seasoned exhibitors will recognize those judges who generally have a good eye for their breed or perhaps have consistently awarded their stock in the show […]

AKC GAZETTE SEPTEMBER 2018 Cardigan Welsh Corgi Breed Column With advent of modern technology, keeping records is easier now than ever before. However, just what kind of records should one keep in order to improve the future of our favorite breed? The first thing that comes to mind is pedigrees. The word pedigree, when referring to the canine influence, is defined as “the record of descent of an animal, showing it to be purebred,” and purebred is defined as “bred from parents of the same breed or variety.” Relatively speaking, it seems pretty straightforward. There are some wonderful products on the market today […]

AKC GAZETTE JUNE 2018 Cardigan Welsh Corgi Breed Column Let’s face it, if you really want to be consistently competitive in the Herding Group ring with a Cardigan, you need something that makes you stand out from the crowd. If you expect to seriously participate in the group ring someday, you should be watching them repeatedly with eyes wide open. Once you have done so, ask yourself one simple question. What one feature seems to dominate among those that regularly place? The answer is that the top four will have outstanding movement. It is really difficult for an accomplished judge […]

AKC GAZETTE MARCH 2018 Cardigan Welsh Corgi Breed Column Like many of the national breed clubs, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America puts on a roving national specialty each year. In 2018, the show will be in Portland, Oregon. The theory in having roving specialties obviously is to provide access to this prestigious venue to all who wish to attend—and hopefully to periodically have an event in your own region in which you can participate. Now, we all know plenty of folks who will travel to the end of the earth to attend one of these major functions. This perfunctory action is something that provides them a lot of insight […]

AKC GAZETTE DECEMBER 2017 Cardigan Welsh Corgi Breed Column Remember your college days, when the professors pontificated on and on that if you did not understand the definition of a word, you should venture on over to the Webster dictionary and look it up? It’s a good habit to have. Therefore, as we think about the definition of a dog breeder, it is apparently time to open the book or at least do some theoretical research on the subject. With the world practically at our fingertips these days, let us see just what the definition of breeder is. Noun: breeder; […]

AKC GAZETTE SEPTEMBER 2017 Cardigan Welsh Corgi Breed Column Under the current AKC guidelines for obtaining the honor of judging a particular breed is the requirement that an approved mentor must have at least 12 years of verifiable experience with the breed in question. Unfortunately, just because one has been exposed in some manner for that minimum amount of time doesn’t equate to having the skills to educate others in the nuances of said breed. As the gene pool of people with a “good eye for a dog” seems to be diminishing, finding just the right teacher can sometimes be […]

AKC GAZETTE JUNE 2017 Cardigan Welsh Corgi Breed Column So you’ve just won Best of Breed under a judge you haven’t shown to very often. The group competition is looking pretty strong, and you’re thinking that bending the ear of the judge about your dog’s latest exploits may just help give you the edge you need for a possible placement. What better place to have a private moment with a judge than at the photographer’s stand? His sole attention will be on you and your dog, smiling for a nice picture, and you get his full consideration. Just to put […]

AKC GAZETTE MARCH 2017 Cardigan Welsh Corgi Breed Column No, this isn’t a shameless plug for Choice Hotels, nor even an 1980s rock band. It is a question that every participant in the sport of purebred dogs needs to ask themselves each year. Your breed club’s national specialty holds endless opportunity for you in countless ways. Let’s dispel one misnomer right up front. No, it is not just for showing in conformation, and if you think that, obviously you haven’t attended one in quite some time. The list of activities and events is sure to please most of us with […]

AKC GAZETTE DECEMBER 2016 Cardigan Welsh Corgi Breed Column Many of us thoroughly enjoy listening to the veterans of the family reminisce about those unique characters from the past in the dog show world. One particular Corgi exhibitor who comes to mind as truly distinctive made a lasting impression on those who were fortunate enough to make her acquaintance. She belonged to the North Jersey Sector Dog Club and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of New York. She was from Paterson, New Jersey, and appeared in the show ring of Madison Square Garden in the mid-1960s with both Cardigan and […]

AKC GAZETTE SEPTEMBER 2016 Cardigan Welsh Corgi Breed Column This year, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America (CWCCA) held the first annual Triathlon Challenge in conjunction with the breed’s national specialty in May. Cardigans were originally bred to be a multipurpose farm dog. While most don’t live on a farm anymore, their multi-talented mind and body can compete in almost any companion or performance event, as well as conformation. One of our members, Carolyn Tompkins (Rhoswen Cardigans) had contacted the board with her idea for a Triathlon Challenge—and the rest, as they say, is history. But I’ll let Carolyn […]