Richard G. (“Rick”) Beauchamp, Contributing Writer
Dogs in Review Magazine
Writing and a consuming interest in all animals have coexisted and competed for Rick Beauchamp’s attention since early childhood. His interest in both began to express itself as early as third level elementary school when he entered his winning paper, “My Dog Queenie” in the school’s “Most Important Person in My Life” contest.
Rick was a staff reporter for his high school student newspaper and later served as a feature writer for Michigan State University’s State News while a student there. He simultaneously bred American Cocker Spaniels and exhibited them throughout the Midwest and East. He established his Beau Monde Kennel prefix in the late 1950s.
In 1962 he relocated to Los Angeles to serve as entertainment editor of California Girl magazine. Shortly thereafter he moved on to become assistant to the news editor of Daily Variety, the entertainment industry’s West Coast daily newspaper.
At the same time he maintained his interest in purebred dogs breeding and exhibiting a number of different breeds and as editor of Kennel Review magazine an all breed magazine established in 1898 and primarily directed at the Western dog fancy.
Through the following years Rick bred champion Toy and Miniature Poodles, American Cocker Spaniels, Dachshunds, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Papillons, Bull Terriers, Bichon Frisé and Wire Fox Terriers. National Specialty, Group and all-breed Best in Show-winning Bichon Frisé, Boxers and Doberman Pinschers were also bred under Beau Monde prefix.
Rick purchased Kennel Review in 1964 and during his term as owner-publisher of the magazine through 1992 his publishing philosophy, “deal with the situation, not the individual” and an accent on education brought the magazine to international prominence. Many of the publication’s innovations are said to have shaped the format and content of the purebred dog fancy’s publishing industry to this day.
He also became author of numerous well-received breed and all breed books of which Dog Breeding for Dummies and Solving the Mysteries of Breed Type are held in high regard throughout the entire dog world; the latter serving as a basis for many seminars and breed videos here in the North America.
During his tenure with Kennel Review he was licensed by the Fédération Cynologique International (FCI) as an all-breed judge and adjudicated at shows in every major dog showing country of the world gaining immense insight into the true origin and purpose of countless breeds of dogs. This background proved to be of unmatched value when he eventually came to judge here in the United States in 1995.
Highlights of his foreign judging career without a doubt have included judging Bichon Frisé at Crufts dog show in the UK, a breed he has been credited for having brought from obscurity to international prominence as well as judging Best in Show at some of the most important shows throughout the world.
Rick became affiliated with Dogs in Review in the earliest days of its publication because in so many respects it reflected the publishing philosophies and goals of his own publications. He has often been quoted as saying, “Dogs in Review has exceeded by far the goals of Kennel Review and has become one of the dog world’s most significant publications.”
Rick is a long time resident of Cambria, a small village nestled in the foothills of the historic Big Sur country of California’s northern coast. Today he maintains his interest in the entertainment industry from afar and although his judging schedule no longer allows him to breed dogs himself he follows the breeding success of individuals in the many breeds he judges throughout the Sporting, Toy, and Non-Sporting Groups he judges.
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