01/07/2011: Patience My Children, Patience!When I compare our approaches to breeding back when I began in dogs to the scientific methods espoused now by the many authoritative books of the day I wonder how in the world we ever got anything good enough to show much less to win with!
01/27/2010: “New” Breeds“New” breeds - or as folks here in the U.S. are apt to call any breed we don't normally see competing at our Group level - rare. There could be thousands being shown everywhere else in the world, but typically American - if it's not as we know it, it's not the real thing.
12/16/2009: The Exhibitor's Responsiblity, by Rick BeauchampOne of the many great perks of judging is being able to pass upon the quality dogs of many countries. But an added bonus is occasionally having the time and opportunity to visit with those who have bred the respective country's outstanding dogs. Such was the case only recently when I had judged the Norwegian Kennel Club's first all breed show of the summer season.
12/16/2009: The All Important (and Neglected) Upper ArmThere is no doubt that the fanciers of each and every breed find theirs to be "like no other", and in some respects this is absolutely true, and it is exactly why we have so many different breeds. Each has its own distinctive charm or as the French would say raison d'ętre - reason for being.
09/23/2009: The Exhibitor's Responsiblity, by Rick BeauchampEvidently my article in the May issue of BLOODLINES touched a nerve on the parts of readers across the country - especially the section of that article entitled “Odd Man Out”.
08/19/2009: Tips for the Aspiring Judge, by Richard (Rick) BeauchampIf you are going to judge dogs, a full understanding of the breed standard is a bottom line essential. The judge must not only know what the standard actually says but understand its implications as well.
05/11/2009: Things We Talk About, by Richard G. (Rick) BeauchampAs individuals progress along in their careers as dog judges they begin to develop their own personal list of “must take” items. Things that run the gamut from little personal repair and clean-up kits on through to medicinal remedies and for the ladies invariably an extra pair of comfortable shoes.
02/20/2009: The Beagle: Everything Old Is New Again, by Richard G. (Rick) BeauchampIt seems that everywhere I go recently I get questions about Beagles. It seems strange that suddenly after all this time, America has become so interested in this fellow who has been around for a very long time.
01/23/2009: Breed CharacterMany judges consider breed character one of the most important characteristics by which they evaluate the worth of a dog. Yet just as many exhibitors are really not clear on what breed character actually is.
12/31/2008: Faults in ContextMany judges consider one of the more enjoyable and interesting parts of any dog show is the Sunday night “postmortem”.