14 Aug

I’m always fascinated by those considered to be an icon in the sport of purebred dogs, mainly because I want to be that kind of icon. Not that I want to win a lot or win big — that doesn’t matter. What matters is leaving the breed better than it was when you came into it and having a positive influence on other fanciers.

As I read through the profiles of dog sport icons over on Dog Channel I found myself truly admiring:

  • Rebecca Mason of Bel Tor Poodles: focused on structure rather than color, driven to have entire litters of quality rather than a few good pups, enjoyed the dogs instead of campaigning them, chose to restart her whole breeding program from scratch once OFA testing became available, longstanding influence on the parent club, commitment to keeping the standard reflective of what is correct rather than what is fashionable (e.g. corded vs brushed coat)
  • The Sinkinsons of The Rectory Bloodhounds: their enthusiasm, involvement in everything from tracking to showing to club positions, push to research health issues, commitment to their puppies
  • Wayne Jensen of Jen Araby Salukis: valued a moderate yet correct dog rather than breeding for flash, didn’t succumb to trends, mentored many people, resolutely refused to lower his standards
  • Samuel Evans Ewing III of Eagle Farms Irish Wolfhounds: approached breeding with a strategy and didn’t rush into anything, shared his knowledge with new fanciers and organized events to draw in/educate new fanciers

I particularly liked this quote from Roger Caras, in reference to his experience of getting a puppy from the Sinkinsons:

“All good Bloodhound breeders are pests. They will sell you a dog for a fortune and then haunt you for the rest of your life to be sure you are taking proper care of their baby. You adopt their dog and they adopt you. The contract may not read that way but that is what happens.”

I also liked this one, from Aennchen Antonelli of Aennchen Maltese:

“Experience tells us that a knowledgeable breeder can stamp the characteristics of what he desires in a dog fairly accurately in three generations, certainly in five. Using an extreme measure of time that could be five years, and, if everything doesn’t go well, make that 10 years. What it takes is called commitment.”


Wally wants to be influential too — he’s practicing his regal face for future portraits


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