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I was too busy this weekend to write blog posts —

Because my puppies had their first show. That plus other things kept me pretty busy. Morgan showed Saturday, Naamah Sunday. As expected Morgan took everything completely in stride, whereas Naamah needed the extra day to get more used to the crowded place and all the weird dogs that aren’t Cavaliers.

Each puppy won her class. Naamah got reserve winners, so that wasn’t bad for her first show! She was a little nervous, but did well enough that the judge could look at her.

Here’s Morgan:

Adorable!

And here’s Naamah:

Also adorable, obviously.

Now, you know those ridiculous Facebook quizzes, “Only 2% of the people who take this quiz can get all these breeds!” And then they they ask only about super-popular, super-common breeds that anyone can identify.

Well, here are some of the less popular, less common breeds I saw this weekend, often in surprising numbers (surprising is more than one or two, for some of these breeds!). Anybody who gets all these really does know their dog breeds:

How about it? If you get all five right, you get a gold star!

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7 Comments I was too busy this weekend to write blog posts —

  1. Kristina

    These are hard but I’ll give it a go…
    #1 – PBGV
    #2 – Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
    #3 – Curly Coated Retriever
    #4 – This is the real stumper for me! I think there is a newly recognized breed that hunts puffins. Is this it?
    #5 – Wire Haired Pointing Griffon

    Congratulations on a successful show weekend!

  2. Rachel

    It’s a Swedish Vallhund, and there’s one or two at every local show, so somebody around here is definitely enthusiastic! It’s not the puffin dog — The puffin dog is the Norwegian Lundehund, a taller breed. The Vallhund is a cow dog, like the corgis. I’m not crazy about the long, low build in general, but the Vallhund has good structure for that type and I do like them. The temperament and personality is good — I mean, appealing to me personally. Lively and confident and outgoing.

    I have to admit, I only saw one Vallhund this weekend, whereas for some reason there were five to ten of the other breeds on that list — yes, of course you got them all — bigger entries than I’d have expected unless there was a supported entry, but not really enough for a supported entry.

  3. Kristina

    Interesting! Now that I know what to look for, I’ll have to pay special attention to the differences between the two breeds when I watch Westminster next month.

  4. Rachel

    The mudi was one puzzled the heck out of me when I saw it at a show last year. Must have been a supported entry because there were quite a few. I walked around to look at the sign on the ring because I could not figure it out. Haven’t seen one since. I think they’re in the Miscellaneous class right now. I must admit that to me they look like small, scruffy, GSD mixes. All or at least most of the ones I saw were black, but they come in a lot of colors.

  5. Evelyn M. Hill

    I only recognized the curly coat retriever, and even then only because my Biology advisor had one, and told me the joke about if you cross one with a labrador retriever, you get a lab coat retriever.

    I am humbled by my ignorance.
    Or maybe by my hubris. I always said, “If it’s not a German Shepherd Dog, why bother?”
    Then I rescued a German Shedder Dog (more accurate name) whom everyone mistook for a coyote or something, since she had severe allergies and her coat was always a mess.

    All the same, I have to ask: What the heck is a PBGV? Google tells me it’s a Petite Basset Griffon Vendeen. But then Google also tells me what a Griffon looks like, and that lovely beast doesn’t look like a bit like that.

    Congratulations to Naamah and Morgan! I love the look in his eyes in the first picture.

  6. Rachel

    “Griffon” in this context just means “wire coated.” So Petite Basset Griffon Vendeen means “Little short-legged wire-coated dog from Vendée.” There is indeed also a Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen, which is very much like the little one, but of course bigger. It’s not recognized by the AKC, at least not yet.

    The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is therefore a stupidly named breed, as its name translates to “wirehaired pointing wirehair.”

    The Brussels Griffon, a toy breed, also presents a naming paradox because there is a smooth-coated variety, which is referred to as a “Smooth Brussels Griffon.” People say this with a straight face because we are all used to it, but obviously it can’t be both smooth and a griffon at the same time. A smooth Brussels Griffon would be a good choice for a dog breed quiz, though, because everybody would probably mistake it for a Pug — even though the breeds really do not look that much alike.

    I actually never heard that joke about Lab Coat retrievers. Wonder how I missed that all these years.

    Curlies are a good example of why people need to do a little research before picking a breed, because the tendency is to assume that any breed with “retriever” in the name is similar to Labs and Goldens in personality. The Flat-Coated Retriever is in fact similar to those more familiar breeds, and so is the Toller, but the Curly is dramatically more likely to be dog-aggressive and the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is most often a hard-driving, stubborn, dominant, demanding breed, not at all similar to a Golden.

    German Shedder is an excellent name for GSDs!

  7. Kristina

    “Wirehaired pointing wirehair” made me LOL!

    Apparently, Tollers may have some Collie waaay back in the origin of the breed. No wonder they have so much appeal to me.

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