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with Richard (Rick) Beauchamp

Breeding Top Dogs

04/09/2014: How fortunate is any breeder who has a top quality bitch to carry on his breeding program. It doesn’t happen all that frequently, so those thus blessed should feel obligated to do the very best possible for her when selecting a mate.

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When Best Laid Plans Fail

03/14/2014: There is nothing more disappointing for a breeder than having that one-in-a-million bitch he has bred or acquired not come through in the producing department. Unfortunately, quality falling way short of expectations, or no puppies at all, are the bitter disappointments that all breeders may face at one time or another.

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Dealing with Breed Standards, Parts I & II

01/13/2014: Let’s go back a bit and review what Rick Beauchamp had to say about breed standards.

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The Fundamentals of Judging

12/18/2013: There is nothing more helpful to the new or aspiring judge than having someone with long-time experience and knowledge offer to take on the role of mentor. Although the mentor cannot learn for the beginner, it is extremely beneficial to have someone to turn to when the inevitable questions arise.

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Answered Questions

11/05/2013: More than half of a dog show judge’s weekend is spent almost everywhere but in the ring. A Saturday and Sunday assignment nowadays means the full day before traveling to one’s destination and another day afterwards returning. A good part of what appears on the surface to be a pleasant weekend judging and seeing friends actually entails just as many, if not more, hours flying or driving, and if the former often just as many hours sitting around an airport waiting on connections or for that flight “delayed due to weather.”

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