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The Head of the German Shepherd Dog

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 The issue of what is a correct head comes up every once in a while. I believe the reason is because the percentage of newer people in the sport and breed increases and changes steadily, and they often come into the family without proper tutoring by knowledgeable elders or sufficient study of their own...

The Art of Critiquing a Dog

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 In many breeds and most parts of the world, judges are expected to give a full explanation for the way they place the winners. Indeed, they often are required to rank and describe each dog down to the very end of each class. Why the AKC is out of step with the rest of the world is grist for an entire series of articles, but suffice it here to say that it is not a member of the FCI, the world federation of dog clubs. It doesn’t recognize pedigrees from certain countries, it doesn’t attempt to standardize breed standards, and goes its merry (?) way in many other areas...

2013 Requirements for Participation at Breed Surveys

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2013 Requirements for Participation at Breed Surveys, translated by Fred Lanting.

Critique of the German Shepherd Club of Jamaica Specialty in November 2012

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It was a great pleasure and honor to be invited again (my fourth time) to judge in Jamaica, and to find that fanciers continue to strive for balance and perfection while improving the average quality of the German Shepherd Dog here. I will give my observations on the adult classes first, then make some comments on other entries.

2012 Sieger Show Impressions

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For most of the decades that I have been attending the Sieger Show in Germany, I have shared my impressions with you readers. My guided tours (and thus the reports) have included the sights of the countryside we explore, and the kennels and clubs we visit, as well as my opinions of the dogs.

Estonia Sieger Show 2007

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It truly was a great pleasure for me to lecture in Estonia in mid-spring of 2007, and to judge part of their Sieger Show. Exhibitors came from all over the Baltic region: Lithuania, Latvia, Finland, Sweden, and I believe a few from Russia (handled by Russians, if not). As one of two SV judges, I found the quality to be of a rather high level, on average. (Erich Bösl of Piste Trophe kennel, who felt the same way, did the adult classes, and I did the puppy and veteran classes).

Judging in Hong Kong, Foshan, and Beijing, China

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“Into the jaws of the dragon and into the valley of Death flew the sexagenarian,” to take liberties with Tennyson. And like the great winged darkness that soared in Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings,” the menace of SARS was to threaten me in April of 2003. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, the latest viral killer to come out of eastern Asia, was closing or quarantining more and more schools, apartment buildings, hospitals, and businesses in Hong Kong. By the time I left China, the same thing was happening in Beijing much farther north. I may have got out just in time to avoid being locked in somewhere. On my way to the Orient, I heard of an American plane being held...

Murder and Mayhem in the Dog World

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As a kid during the war (the big one) I used to read comic books and later watch movies with Charlie Chan (no relation to Jackie) that had mistaken ideas of the way Chinese talked and acted, no doubt holdovers from the fabricated fancies of the late 19th-Century novels about building the railroads in the wild west. One of those terms used in both media was the saying, “Chop-chop!” which supposedly meant “Hurry!” After I judged a dog show in northeastern China this Spring (2005), I learned a more primitive, new meaning for the words. Unfortunately, the trip did not work out as well as other China trips have...

Cropping Ears and Docking Tails — Reasons and Controversy

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  The modern dog is to a great extent a manufactured product. That is, most breeds had been developed originally for specific purposes, but more recently have been changed via selective breeding to suit personal ideas of aesthetics (beauty). Utility has largely taken a back seat, but even in those circles where certain job functions are the breeders’ primary concerns, physical characteristics are often a result of breeders wanting the extreme rather than overall balance. This has led, over the last couple of centuries, to more differences between breeds than Nature might have developed on its own...

Arguing about the (GSD) Standard(s)?

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Years ago, in the age of print media, there was a situation in the German Shepherd Dog Club of America in which people were striving in vain to speak out about the GSD Breed Standard. In many cases, members were not allowed to express their opposing opinions on the breed Standard in the GSD Review, the official journal of the GSD Club of America. Those who ran the club also ran the magazine, and their editor was on a tighht leash, although how much she actively sympathized with the power structure’s proclamations was anyone’s guess. But it doesn’t take a rocket scientist (and I actually was one for a while) to see the obvious slant the officers of the GSDCA had on the subject. I maintained that the members had the right to...

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