Editor's Page: Going Global

American shows, dogs, breeders, handlers and judges are so well known internationally that there is a tendency to sometimes forget there are great dogs and talented breeders beyond our shores.

By Allan Reznik | November 20, 2013

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Welcome to our annual International Issue. It truly is one of the most enjoyable issues of the year for us to put together and, we trust, an entertaining and informative one for all of you as well. American shows, dogs, breeders, handlers and judges are so well known internationally that there is a tendency to sometimes forget there are great dogs and talented breeders beyond our shores. Dogs in Review has always embraced a global perspective, long before it became fashionable, running international reports from the very beginning. As more Americans attend (and enter) World Shows, import and export breeding stock and accept foreign judging assignments, we become increasingly aware of the goals we share with dedicated fanciers everywhere.

This year we spotlight Mexico, exploring the rich culture and the tradition of purebred dogs that our neighbors to the south are so proud of. As a popular vacation destination, Mexico might seem less foreign a nation to many of us. Mexican judges have officiated at some of our most prestigious shows, and many California breeders have exhibited at Mexican shows over the years, particularly breeds that may not have been AKC-recognized at the time. Still, for most readers, the pioneers of the sport in Mexico are unfamiliar figures. Many thanks to Peggy Gutierrez-Otero, Ricardo Salda–a and Bo Bengtson who compiled the articles for this special section and shared their vast knowledge with us.

While American clubs have been coping with smaller entries at their shows, it's interesting to note that in other parts of the world, smaller shows in the 300-dog range are the norm yet offer excitement, pageantry and hospitality on a grand scale. Canadian all-breed judge Mike Macbeth saw this first-hand when she judged at shows in Colombia, China and Hawaii. All three embraced their small size, focused on mounting first-class events and offering exhibitors memorable shows they'd want to come back to.

Mike Dugan reports on the Portuguese Water Dog International Congress that recently took place in the breed's homeland. What an exciting and emotional experience it must have been for PWD lovers the world over to gather in Portugal to take stock of the breed, revel in the victories that it has achieved since the early days of near extinction, and focus on an ambitious future. Here in America, the breed has gone from strength to strength, and is today a mighty force to be reckoned with in the Working Group. The Portuguese Water Dog Club of America must be commended for its backbone, dedicated leadership and vision.

In this issue we also extend a hearty bienvenue to the Berger Picard community, and welcome them to Dogs in Review and the AKC show ring. We were delighted when the Picard enthusiasts wanted to introduce the breed, currently showing in the Miscellaneous Class, through our pages. I predict a bright future on American shores for the Berger Picard. Thought to be the oldest of the French sheepdogs, the breed has a charming, rustic appearance that is sure to engage dog lovers, along with a strong work ethic that makes it an ideal candidate for a host of performance events. A few well-known exhibitors in other breeds have also embraced the Picard and taken up its cause. Thanks to Liz Hansen and Tammy Gincel for coordinating this feature.

 

From the November 2013 issue of Dogs in Review magazine. Purchase the November 2013 digital back issue with the DIR app or subscribe to receive 12 months of Dogs in Review magazine (print and digital versions).
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