We had a wonderful time at the Rose City Classic Dog Show from January 18 to 22.  We are very proud of all our clients who participated! The Rose City Classic Dog Show is a really fun event for all dog lovers and a wonderful way to spend a day or two. It’s the biggest show in the West, and competitors come from all over the United States.

This year Danielle, a Certified Veterinary Technician at Bethany Family Pet Clinic, showed her German Shorthaired Pointer, . Sinjin was in the ribbons all weekend, ending with a Major win, “Best of Winners” under James M. Brown, professionally handled by Anthony Cantor.

Rose City Classic is a cluster of kennel clubs that come together over a several-day period for conformation, obedience, agility, specialties, and more. A clustered show provides more opportunities for exhibitors to compete for several days, especially if they are traveling from far away.

Dogs (males) and bitches (females) are judged separately in competition.  Once a dog receives a title of Champion, that dog or bitch can compete against other Champions.

Awards for “Sinjin” (VJK-MYST Shaken Not Stirred) at the Rose City Classic 2017:

Category: 6-9 month Puppy

German Shorthaired Pointer Club of Oregon: First Place, Best Opposite

Tualatin Kennel Club: First, Reserve Winner

Dog Fanciers Association of Oregon: First, Winner’s Dog

Dog Fanciers Association of Oregon: First, Winner’s Dog

Tualatin Kennel Club: First, Winner’s Dog, Best of Winners (Major)

 

A “Major” win is a big deal because it means you’ve beaten a large number of dogs to attain more points towards a champion title.  A champion title is 15 points, including 2 Major wins.  The Majors are the hardest to obtain.

Sinjin has not received his title of Champion yet, but he is very, very close! He currently has 14 points, including 3 majors.  So he just needs 1 point to get his title.

 

Breeding:

Sinjin was bred by top German Shorthaired Pointer breeders in the nation from Southern California: Valerie Nunes-Atkinson and Yvonne Hassler-Deterding. They have won countless awards, like AKC Breeders of the Year and AKC Handler of the Year (Val), and they’ve had several Westminster wins, No. 1 Sporting Dogs, and Hall of Fame dogs. The list goes on and on. Yvonne’s website tells a great story of friendship and dedication to the breed.

Sinjin is the fourth German Shorthaired Pointer we have owned. I met Yvonne and Valerie 20 years ago, when I got my first show dog GSP “Ch Pinehill Creeksyde Sam,” who was a littermate to another top GSP, “Ch Pinehill Creeksyde Snow Baron,” that my mother-in-law had bred. Anyway, the breeders all know each other and help each other out, for the most part. So when my dog Anjun was diagnosed with a terminal illness last year, I called Yvonne to see if she had any retired show dogs or young dogs that needed homes. She said, “You’re family! I have a puppy for you!” Then I found out that it was from the first CJ litter! CJ had just won Best in Show 2016 at Westminster a month prior to the litter being whelped, and CJ is probably the most recognized German Shorthair at the moment. He’s the No. 1 Sporting Dog in the Nation, No. 1 German Shorthair in the Nation, No. 3 Overall Dog in the Nation, and Cosequin Spokesdog.

It was an honor, and I realized I would have a dog to show again.

Breeding has come a long way in the last twenty years. Now there is DNA, cardiac, eye, and elbow testing, in addition to the original OFA hip testing, to make sure the healthiest dogs are bred. It’s important to find a quality breeder that has the experience to breed not only for conformation but for temperament and purpose. Because top AKC breeders are only allowed to produce 2 to 3 litters per year, there is a lot of deliberation (months, sometimes years) about pairings prior to an actual litter being produced.

 

Raising a Show Puppy / Dog:

Set Your Alarm Clock:  All of these dogs get up early, rain or shine! The show rings usually start at 8 am. That means feeding, pottying, exercising, grooming, and checking in with the Ring Steward all needs to be done before you and your dog step into the ring.

Socialization: You’ll need to expose your dog to new situations constantly. They’ll be handled all over their bodies by strangers, including inspection of the mouth, which is mandatory in the show ring, so they need to get used to that before stepping into the ring.

Training: Once your dog has a healthy immune system, take him to handling classes and puppy shows. Get him used to a slip lead as used in the ring. And crate training is mandatory!

Veterinary Care: Show dogs are exposed to many pathogens, and not all dogs at shows are properly immunized. Talk to your veterinarian about preventative care and what to look out for. Reduce risks by not having your dog come in direct contact with other dogs at the showgrounds unless you know the other dog is immunized and in good health. In case of emergency, there is always a veterinarian onsite, and the closest emergency veterinarians will be listed in the show premium.

Nutrition: If you buy your dog food at the same place you buy your beer, make a change. Quality nutrition is going to develop a puppy into a quality dog. A dull coat and poor muscling won’t win any ribbons! Sinjin is fed Royal Canin Growth Formula for Large Puppies. Generally, I look for a diet that contains prebiotics (mannan-oligosaccharides and fructooligosaccharides) for gastrointestinal health, Omega 3 acids, and a balanced formula that allows for premium absorption and less waste.

Travel: Communicate with your veterinarian if you are planning to travel with your dog. Don’t forget a health certificate if you are planning to go by plane, and know airline requirements and embargo guidelines before you make your plans. If your dog is nervous by nature or doesn’t travel well in general, perhaps go by car so you can monitor your dog and make sure the trip is as comfortable as possible.

Conditioning:  Sinjin is a sporting dog and needs a lot of daily exercise and playtime. Since there aren’t any open fields or parks at dog shows and dogs are required to be leashed at all times, many handlers attach a “Springer” to a bicycle and ride around the grounds. Since Sinjin is too young for this kind of rigorous exercise, I usually lunge him in a quiet area on the end of a flexi lead. I also have a piece of buffalo hide that he tosses around, and I use a “Flirt Pole,” which looks like a cat toy but is more durable and specifically made for dogs. This gives him the play and exercise he needs at the same time.