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So I guess you don't recall about the other youngster in the group? He was even younger.

The 11 month-old was the Finnish Spitz. Happened to catch it in the brief time DH let me watch last night. Hmph. Cate

Thanks Cate. Luckily we have numerous TV's in the house or else I wouldn't have gotten to see it either.
Of course I had to watch the one in the bedroom which is why I fell asleep. But then it is the better TV for viewing anyway.
Gwen
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Thanks Melinda. I was very curious about that since it is quite unusual for a dog that young to even have a Champion title, let alone going to the Westminster.

No it isn't. It all depends on the breed. It's pretty common in toy breeds to finish puppies. Willy finished from 12-18 by going breed over specials for his last major (4 pts).

-Abby
Pems, Aussie, and a Pug
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There is an interesting and rather lengthy article

You know, I would bet many of those interviewed, including Mr. Frei, would not have let themselves be interviewed had they known the article would have the AR tone it does.

-Abby
Pems, Aussie, and a Pug
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How do you brush these dogs?

You don't. You groom them with your fingers (separate the coat into cords when they're adolescents, then try to keep crap picked out of it after that).

Well they would most certainly have 1000's and 1000's of burrs in their fur around my place or anywhere locally.
How to shampoo them.

Shampooing them isn't much of a problem. Rinsing, OTOH, takes quite a while. And my friend that showed them told me her big male took 8 hours to blow dry. He got a bath once a week. I am not making this up.

Oh my, 8 hours to dry. Shampooing once a week.
Most pet and retired Koms are kept clipped down, for obvious reasons! JFWIW, Dianne

I suppose so.
So I take it you have been around one personally?
Very interesting looking breed.
Gwen
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Thanks Melinda. I was very curious about that since it ... have a Champion title, let alone going to the Westminster.

No it isn't. It all depends on the breed. It's pretty common in toy breeds to finish puppies. Willy finished from 12-18 by going breed over specials for his last major (4 pts). -Abby Pems, Aussie, and a Pug *Remove shoes to reply*

I know you have said that most judges won't place puppies. Were you just talking about Pems? If so
that certainly wasn't the way I understood it when you posted that.
Gwen
You know, I would bet many of those interviewed, including Mr. Frei, would not have let themselves be interviewed had they known the article would have the AR tone it does.

I am not sure if the article has an AR tone. Kinda seemed like something I would've written, had I been sent to report on a Miss USA type pageant, and found grown women putting tape on assorted body parts. A bit snooty, and with the 'I can't believe people do this!' sort of tone.

Suja
Thanks Melinda. I was very curious about that since it is quite unusual for a dog that young to even have a Champion title, let alone going to the Westminster.

It isn't really that unusual for a young dog to finish early. A lot has to do with breed, the smaller dogs generally physically mature much sooner.
Of course it is not only small dogs that can finish at a young age. Josh, the Newf, won his first of three National Specialties just short of his 2nd birthday from the open class. Two weeks before that he took BOB at a supported entry and won the working group. He finished his championship a few weeks after the National at another supported entry by winning BOB over 70 Newfs. At the same National (2001) his 3 brothers also respecitivley won: 2nd open dog & RWD; 2nd Am Bred; & 4th open dog. All 4 boys (Josh, Braden, Mark, & Dawson) finished by 25 months and have continued with MBIS, MBISS, groups wins, and group placements.
Personally while I always like to see the youngsters that are coming up I love to see the veterans. Heck I still miss seeing Ben, Ch. Tobe's Return of the Jedai, in the working group.
Best regards,
Becky

"If people tell you their dogs have never produced a defect, their dogs have probably produced only one litter, they don't follow up on their puppies or what is more likely the case, they are being less than truthful." George A. Padgett, DVM
Thanks Melinda. I was very curious about that since it ... have a Champion title, let alone going to the Westminster.

It isn't really that unusual for a young dog to finish early. A lot has to do with breed, the ... on their puppies or what is more likely the case, they are being less than truthful." George A. Padgett, DVM

Thanks Becky for the very informative post about the lovely Newf.

I agree about the veterans. I like seeing them as well. And Mick the BIS last year was 6 years old.
My only reason for remarking about the youngsters is I have had several persons tell me that most judges will not put a puppy up. Apparently that all is subject to which breed and which judge and possibly whose, who or so it seems.
Gwen
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