SBIS & BIS Int. Ch. Aziz Karim winning Best In Show under Karin Hedberg, Kennel Kashmanis, Sweden, at the Finnish Saluki Specialty 2017. Photo: Pasi Soininen.
Best-in-Show judge at Donaueschingen, Gabriel Valdez from Colombia. Photo Grzegorz Gebik.
Best-in-Show judge at Donaueschingen, Gabriel Valdez from Colombia. Photo Grzegorz Gebik.

Photo by Jessica Bolander

Int. Ch. Shani Kel Sahoussahaq. Photo by Mia Ejerstad.

SBIS & BIS Int. Ch. Aziz Karim winning Best In Show under Karin Hedberg, Kennel Kashmanis, Sweden, at the Finnish Saluki Specialty 2017. Photo: Pasi Soininen.
Best-in-Show judge at Donaueschingen, Gabriel Valdez from Colombia. Photo Grzegorz Gebik.
Best-in-Show judge at Donaueschingen, Gabriel Valdez from Colombia. Photo Grzegorz Gebik.

Photo by Jessica Bolander

Carol and Family

Int. Ch. Shani Kel Sahoussahaq. Photo by Mia Ejerstad.

SBIS & BIS Int. Ch. Aziz Karim winning Best In Show under Karin Hedberg, Kennel Kashmanis, Sweden, at the Finnish Saluki Specialty 2017. Photo: Pasi Soininen.
Q: How did you start in dogs? When and how did you fall in love with your breed (or breeds), and how did you go about founding your current breeding program? Briefly outline the most important breeding decisions you made and identify the most successful dogs you have bred. Do you believe in linebreeding or outcrossing?
  • Best-in-Show judge at Donaueschingen, Gabriel Valdez from Colombia. Photo Grzegorz Gebik.
    Best-in-Show judge at Donaueschingen, Gabriel Valdez from Colombia. Photo Grzegorz Gebik.
    News and results from major Sighthound events in the U.S. and abroad.

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    When people ask me how to judge my breed — and they do — my advice is NOT to look for the prettiest dog in the ring. That gets them every time: "What, not put up the prettiest dog? Isn't that what dog shows are for?" No, not necessarily, at least not if you agree that dog shows should be more than a superficial exercise is who's the cutest, who is the flashiest, whom does the novice spectator's eye go to firsst? If that is what you think dog shows should be — and there are lots of people who obviously do — then read no further; you will find your views amply supported by many judges coming soon to a local dog show near you. If you think, however, that dog shows are meant to provide an opportunity for judges to select the dogs possessing the most outstanding characteristics of their breed, then, like me, you probably have a problem with much of what you see at today's shows. It can be almost any breed, since most breeds seem to be afflicted by the same disease: a few characteristics that are apparently inherently pleasing to the average spectator seem to have become the gauge by which show dog "greatness" is measured, regardless of whether these traits are really desirable for that breed or not. It has even been suggested that we might soon have a new breed simply called "The American Show Dog," whose only outstanding features would be that it runs around the ring like a bat out of hell and never, ever stops baiting …

  • “The Open Door,” painted by Briton Riviere (1840-1920). The Greyhound is Sir R. Buchanan Jardine’s Long Span, winner of the Waterloo Cup in 1907. The painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy in London in 1915 and was presented to the Kennel Club by F. N. Picket, Esq. This life size painting now hangs in the large dining room of the Kennel Club, London.
    Perhaps you were like me, not really interested in reading anything except the printed word? I'm pretty old-fashioned in many ways: I still read the daily newspaper at the breakfast table, I enjoy reading the dog newspapers that still arrive in droves by mail, and I usually read myself to sleep with a good book at night — but I have to admit I've changed my habits quite a lot since Sighthound Review went digital. There were several things I liked about the internet already — email! Google!

  • Carol and Family
    Q: How did you start in dogs? When and how did you fall in love with your breed (or breeds), and how did you go about founding your current breeding program? Briefly outline the most important breeding decisions you made and identify the most successful dogs you have bred. Do you believe in linebreeding or outcrossing?
         If I hear one more breeder brag about how rarely they breed I think I'll explode … I'm not sure why it's taken so long for the simple truth — that we all need to breed more dogs — to get into my head, but it's cold comfort that many other dog people obviously still think the way I used to for many years.
Hounds have long been considered emblems of luxurious living. This image is so deeply embedded in popular culture that its use as a literary device can only be described as ubiquitous. The most famous reference to their unspoken value may be the Nikolai Gogol character in The Inspector-General, a corrupt public official who accepted only Greyhound puppies as bribes.
Cirnechi dell'Etna
Cirnechi dell'Etna
         Everybody knows there are just a dozen or so Sighthound breeds, right? Watching the Hound Group being judged at a regular American Kennel Club show, you will see the established Sighthound breeds, long-legged and aristocratic, lined up somewhat incongruously next to mostly very different-looking other Hound breeds. First come the Afghan Hound and the Borzoi, then the Greyhound, Ibizan Hound, Pharaoh Hound, Saluki and Scottish Deerhound, with the Whippet at the end.

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