Amy Fernandez, Contributing Writer

Amy Fernandez

Dogs in Review Magazine

New York resident Amy Fernandez has been obsessed with dogs since childhood. She began breeding and showing Chihuahuas and Italian Greyhounds in the late 1970s and has been devoted to hairless breeds since 1980. Since 1981, she has bred and shown all-breed BIS and National Specialty winning Chinese Cresteds under the Razzmatazz prefix. In 1986, she helped to found the Xoloitzcuintli Club of America and shepherded this rare breed through the AKC recognition process for more than two decades.

Her commitment to dogs can be summed up in Robert Mapplethorpe’s quote: “I am obsessed with beauty. I want everything to be perfect, and of course it isn’t. And that’s a tough place to be because you’re never satisfied.”

In addition to vainly attempting to breed the perfect dog, she also paints and writes. Her paintings have received awards from the Society of Illustrators, The Pastel Society of America, The Art Show at the Dog Show and can be found in the Dog Museum of America. Samples of her artwork can be viewed online at

She regularly contributes to Top Notch Toys, Dog World, Popular Dogs and Dogs in Review. Her most recent book, There’s a Dog in the House (co-authored with Nancy Chwiecko was published in 2010. Her 2002 book Dog Breeding as a Fine Art received the DWAA Presidential Award for Excellence. She has authored several books for Kennel Club Books, most recently the Smart Owner’s Guide to the Pomeranian and the Smart Owners Guide to the Maltese.

She is a three-time winner of the Elsworth Howell Award, 2006 winner of the Robert Cole Award, and winner of the APAW Arthur Award in 2009 and 2011. She is past president of the Dog Writers Association of America, a member of the World Dog Press and has lectured on dog breeding and rare breeds for educational groups and dog clubs throughout North America and Europe since 1988.

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