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So you want to know how to judge a Boston Terrier? BY KEN ROUX
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INTRODUCTIONS Hi there, Boston Terrier friends! Welcome to our third issue of Let’s Talk BOSTONS Magazine. This is an exciting edition, full of cool articles, show coverage, new Champion brags and, of course, some of the top Boston Terriers in the world!
There is another reason why this is a special issue - it is our Pre Westminster issue! We can’t wait to see you all in NY and we will be there covering the specialties before the big day. Find Fernanda, Matthew and Viv around the Boston and Frenchie rings. We will have hard copies available, as well as info on how to reserve ads for the future. This issue you will find a great interview with the long time breeder, exhibitor and BT lover Kathryn Graves from Katbird Farms! We are really excited about the opportunity we had to pick her brain and talk about her beautiful dogs. We also have an extremely interesting article from breeder judge Ken Roux about judging the Boston Terrier which will be valuable not only for aspiring (and current!) judges, but also for any Boston breeder. The enthusiast and Obedience competitor Lene Wang from Norway writes about her experience with training her Boston Una and competing with her, covering the basics of obedience. And as our cover beauty, we have the incredible young lady Eve, who has been enchanting people wherever she goes, getting Specialty wins and tempting everyone. And much, MUCH more!
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Kathryn Graves with her Bostons
INTERVIEW Interview with Kathryn Graves Katbird Boston Terriers Kathryn Graves has owned Boston Terriers since 1985 and has been responsible for breeding some of the most beautiful Bostons in the United States. Let’s Talk Bostons spoke with her about her breeding program, preferences, the Boston Terrier tail, health testing, and much more. With CH Katbird’s Time to Shine January 2014 - 21
Let’s Talk INTERVIEW - Kathryn Graves
When did you get your first Boston? Did you have a show history with any other breeds previously? I bought my first Boston as a graduation present to myself when I obtained my PhD in 1985. Growing up my family had mixed breed dogs.
What is your dog set up like? Do you keep them together or separate? Do you use crates, kennels, pens? Our dogs are kept in the house. We have an old single story farm house and the back of it is an unfinished addition. This is where the dogs are crated, although it is contiguous with the rest of the house. The back door opens to two fenced yards so I can keep dogs separated as necessary. Inside I have baby gates to keep dogs separated. I don’t even have a sofa, but have a giant wooden frame that holds dog blankets in one room and a futon frame in the other room that I pad with dog blankets!
What is your process to decide which puppies to keep as show potential? I observe puppies continuously - I am not one of those people who pick their show prospects out at birth. Puppies that are heavily under marked or over marked of course are destined for pet homes. At 8 weeks I do a variation of the Pat Hastings puppy evaluation method. I stack them on a table and evaluate balance and angles. I will continue to observe them for 3 weeks after that watching movement and temperament while they have their various appointments for health clearances. I am usually ready to place them at 10-12 weeks.
What part does health testing play in your breeding program? Do you believe that health testing should be encouraged, or even required, by breed clubs? Health testing is an integral part of a reputable breeding program. Recommendations should be made by the parent club based on known problems in the breed. However health tests must not be mandated by the parent club or anyone else. There is a lot of ignorance when it comes to using health tests. Managing health issues is part of the art and science of breeding animals. There are actually very few health tests that directly identify carriers of genetic problems. Most health screenings are evaluations of an individual’s phenotype, which hopefully reflects the animal’s genotype, but does not necessarily. The only direct test for a mutation that we have in Bostons is for the HSF4 mutation that causes puppy cataracts.
Structurally speaking, what is currently the greatest challenge for Boston Terrier breeders in America overall? The greatest structural challenge in Bostons, as it is in most breeds, is the front assembly. We have too many straight shoulders and short upper arms. And when you don’t have enough individuals in the breed possessing the correct front assembly, it is very hard to correct it.
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Let’s Talk INTERVIEW - Kathryn Graves
THE GREATEST STRUCTURAL CHALLENGE IN BOSTONS IS THE FRONT ASSEMBLY. we HAVE TOO MANY STRAIGHT SHOULDERS AND SHORT UPPER ARMS. What is your Boston Terrier “Pet Peeve”? Probably the thing that irritates me the most is the obsession some judges have with tails. When I first started in Bostons, long, gnarly tails were pretty common. Now I have very tidy short tails in my dogs. I have had judges digging for tail vertebrae despite the dog having a visible tail. Where is the number of tail vertebrae stipulated in the Standard? I do not want a tailless dog and in 25 years as a breeder I have only had two. With the exception of the two tailless puppies I have had, all puppies have obvious tails at birth. How long the tail appears after the dog matures varies. The number of tail vertebrae or the presence of a kink in the tail does not mean the dog will have abnormal vertebrae elsewhere in the spine. Conversely, a dog with a visibly straight tail does not automatically have a normal spine. This is a myth that has made the rounds and there is no scientific basis for it. In fact, there was a published study done in Pembroke Welsh Corgis who have a known tailless mutation. Spinal X rays were done on dogs born with no tails and no vertebral malformations were found. I know of no such study in the Boston Terrier, yet people have drawn the conclusion that length of the tail is related to the morphology of the vertebrae elsewhere in the spine.
What is the single biggest misconception about Boston Terriers? The biggest misconception is that Boston Terriers are automatically great with children. Bostons are incredibly sensitive, as anyone knows who has spoken harshly to their Boston and witnessed the dejected look the dog gives them. So imagine a young puppy that is handed to children without proper supervision and is subjected to rough treatment and loud shouts and noises. Bostons are great family dogs when they are raised with children who are instructed how to properly and kindly treat an animal. One of the main reasons Bostons are turned into shelters is problems with children. And this is no doubt due to the dog’s experience with ill-behaved children.
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Ch. Katbird’s You Should Be Dancin
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AKC has been known to discourage people from sustaining Co-Ownerships. What are your thoughts about it? I do think some people go overboard with coownerships. I do maintain a temporary coownership of puppies I sell to show homes. This is to prevent someone from obtaining my bloodlines just for breeding or reselling the dog without my permission. Once the owner completes their obligation to finish the dog’s championship, I sign off as co-owner. Should something happen and the dog is not finishable, I will work with the owner to resolve the issue. On occasion if I sell a nice male puppy, I may ask permission to retain breeding rights so that I may breed my own bitches to the dog in the future, at my expense of course.
What are some Boston Terriers from the past decade not bred by you that you admire? In considering dogs that I have admired in the last 10 years, I’d have to say that a few stand out: Maureen Blackwood’s Ch. Donnybrook’s Aramis, “Chief” was of beautiful type and superbly shown by Sharon Saberton. Johnny and Pat Johnson’s bitch Ch. Shine’s Cupid Dolly was also a lovely, typey bitch. Most recently was Adrienne Hullender’s GCh. Fivefork’s Geometry Matters At Kayas - a dog
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whose structure caught my eye at the New York Specialty in 2011. It was similar to the structure I like in my own dogs. The breeding I did to him produced five puppies, three of which have finished and a fourth needs one major to finish.
In all your breeding years, what Boston Terriers bred or owned by you that you feel best represent your ideal of type? Producing the ideal Boston is a process, and I’d have to say I’ve come close to achieving this recently with GCh. Katbird’s Evolution Matters At Kayas, 2013 Westminster BOB winner and sired by GCh. Fiveforks’ Geometry Matters At Kayas and out of Ch. Katbird’s You Should Be Dancing. I feel she is very close to meeting the Standard. She is owned by Adrienne and Ariel Hullender. Her uncle, Ch. Katbird’s Time To Shine, has what I think is the most beautiful head I have produced to date, and when he wants to show, is amazing. GCh. Katbird’s Brilliant Constellation has a combination of structural qualities that represent what I am trying to achieve with regard to soundness, as well as a beautiful soft expression. From the past, Ch. Katbird’s Devil May Care was a beautiful bitch resulting from a repeat of the breeding (Ch. Justamere’s Showman Deja Vu X Katbird’s Kissin Clown CD OA OAJ) that produced my first well known special, Ch. Katbird’s One N Only Jazzman. She was absolutely stunning but did not enjoy being a show dog. Two other exceptional bitches were littermates (Ch. Noell’s Letter To The Editor X Ch. Katbird’s Spot My Dot): Ch. Katbird’s Special Edition, owned by Susan Krouse, was a specialty winner and Group winner. Her sister, Ch. Katbird’s Heart Of The Matter, was a beautiful , typey bitch as well and is in the pedigree of most of my dogs.
Ch. Katbird’s One N Only Jazzman and Ch. Katbird’s Heart Of the Matter
GCH. Katbird’s Brilliant Constellation, Ch. Katbird’s Time To Shine and Ch. Katbird’s One N Only Jazzman
Do you feel that Katbird Boston Terriers has a look? How would you describe it? I have been told multiple times that Katbird dogs are recognizable in the ring. I think I do select dogs with a soft eye and pretty overall expression. I do not emphasize a super-flat face as I do not think the Standard requires it and in my experience it predisposes the dog to breathing problems. My dogs also stand solidly over their ground with a balance that is pleasing to the eye.
You also have horses. Have you learned any lessons in horses that were useful in Boston Terriers? My experience in horses was absolutely instrumental in developing a breeding and selection program with the dogs. Soundness is very important to me, especially in the hindquarters. My eye for balance and pleasing proportions was definitely honed by breeding horses for 25 years. Careful notations of which traits a stallion or mare was prepotent for made me a keen observer of trait inheritance among my dogs.
soundness is very important to me, especially in the hindquarters.
What has been your greatest honor or achievement in your breeding life? Is there something you would like to achieve that you have not had the oportunity to yet? As far as recognition as a breeder, I suppose breeding the Westminster Best of Breed winner in 2013 brought me the greatest acknowledgement. This is because everyone is familiar with Westminster, even my mechanic! This is considered a great accomplishment even though it is just one judge’s opinion on a given day. Winning the Boston of The Year competition in 2010 with GCh. Katbird’s Brilliant Constellation was also a wonderful achievement. This dog did a lot of winning, but never won a major event such as the National, Westminster or Eukanuba, although he was always in the ribbons. It was extremely gratifying to have him recognized by the panel of judges that year, all of whom I greatly respect. I suppose if there is something I would really hope to accomplish it would be to be nominated for the AKC Breeder of the Year in the Non-Sporting group. Having one of my dogs get a group placement at Westminster wouldn’t be too shabby either! On a professional level I would like to find the mutation responsible for the cataracts that occur between 4-6 years of age. This type of cataract is much more prevalent than the type caused by the HSF4 mutation.
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Do you have plans of becoming an AKC judge for Bostons? I don’t have any plans to become a judge. Perhaps one day when I am no longer actively breeding, as right now it is too hard to travel. I also tend to second guess myself and struggle with making quick decisions. As a breeder I have the luxury of watching puppies every day and forming an opinion over time.
Are you satisfied with the current Boston Terrier AKC Standard, or would you personally change it in any way? Regarding the Standard, there are a couple little things that bug me. I would like to see the disqualification for blue in the eye be more specific in stating any blue or trace of blue in the iris. It is a shame to see a Veteran dog excused because of a bluish corneal scar from an old injury but it could happen with the way the Standard is written. I think the remarks regarding the tail need to be reexamined. The disqualification for a docked tail may be the reason judges feel they need to dig for a tail, but can they really tell if a tail was docked
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with any certainty? The topline and correct front assembly still seem to be a source of confusion to some judges so maybe we need clarification here, or better judge’s education.
What were some of your mentors or key people who have helped you along the way, and what was the most important lesson that they’ve taught you? Mike and Beverly Staley were a great influence on me, as when I first started in Bostons they were like celebrities to me because they owned Ch. Staleys’ El-Bo’s Showman whom I had read about in my Boston Terrier books. I was so excited to find out they lived close by in northern Kentucky and were officers in the Boston Terrier Club of Greater Cincinnati which I joined. They are so knowledgeable about pedigrees and Mike would show me his dogs and point out their qualities or deficits. He would give his opinion on my puppies and helped hone my eye to breed type. Also I owe thanks to Dr. Randy Weckman and his sister Tracy Pancost in teaching me how to evaluate, show and groom Bostons when I was first starting out.
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POINT OF VIEW
Do you believe there are dogs that are show potential while others have breeding potential, or should we only breed what can finish? Not every dog is perfect enough for the ring but has a Pedigree to die for. I have a lovely little girl right now who has a awesome Pedigree and is as square as square can be but judges won’t look at her only because her markings aren’t good enough. Granted it shouldn’t be about the markings but unfortunatly in too many cases it still is...
Victoria Wilt - Baltimore, Maryland HEARTBEATS BOSTONS We do have breeding potential dogs that could not be show dogs but having in mind they can be very important in a breeding program.
Jarbas Passarelli - São Paulo, Brazil JPASSARELLI BOSTONS I think that there are places for both. Say you have a mismarked bitch... BUT... She has a KICK background... Do not throw the baby out with the bath water...
Karen Priest Maryland Heights, Missouri
I do believe that a bitch/dog that has merit, but is not a champion should be used in a breeding program. Some dogs do not like to show. I do believe that health testing is important before breeding.
Nina Hayes - Sparks, Nevada ZAPA BOSTONS Well in my opinion it would be nice to know that all what you breed would be winners in the show ring but it just don’t work that way and a top winning bitch don’t guarentee top winning progeny. So in answer to your question I think you should use a bitch you like and has things to offer the breed and for the good of the breed along side a dog that adds to the good points of the bitch. But don’t have to be a show bitch, as some of the best specimens come from what some would call JUST a brood bitch.
Elaine Gagin - Leicester, United Kingdom CHEINAMOUR BOSTONS
Hmm well, this can go both ways. Sometimes I would have to say that just because your dog is a champion that doesn’t mean that it should be bred and that just because a dog is not finished that doesn’t mean that they should not be bred. For instance, my special right now is out of a bitch who is not finished but she produces great!
I believe most strongly the there are some dogs that have excellent breeding potential but for whatever reason are not necessarily suited to a career in the ring. I would not hesitate to mate an unfinished dog or bitch if I felt the had type, soundness and we’re healthy specimens. For me breed type comes way before show ends, and although I think it unfortunate, show wins to me are in no way a major consideration for me when planning a mating.
Candice Gerson - Canoga Park, California CANDAR BOSTONS
Gerry McCallum - Glasgow, United Kingdom BURLESK KENNEL
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Let’s Talk DETAILS - So you want to know how to judge a Boston Terrier? by Ken Roux
DETAILS So you want to know how to judge a Boston Terrier?
by Ken Roux - Boston Terrier Breeder, Exhibitor and AKC Judge
ell, the first thought that comes to mind is it’s easy!!! Then I have to sit back and think maybe not so much. Judging a Boston Terrier requires a good depth of knowledge of the standard and an eye for correct breed type. It is not a Bully breed and it isn’t a toy or fine-boned breed either. It is somewhere in the middle. The standard does explain this to some degree as a dog that is blocky or chunky in appearance is to be faulted. A Boston Terrier should be a sturdy dog never appearing spindly or coarse. The Boston Terrier standard is one of the few breed standards that offers a scale of points to assist you in judging the breed. As long as you look it over from time to time and keep every component in perspective you will develop a good grasp on the breed. I think this is one of the most important features in the standard and far too often forgotten. After you look at the scale of points you will see why many of the greats that have passed in our breed and many of the old timers still with us will reinforce that this is a “head” breed first and foremost. Boston Terriers can be one of the hardest breeds to judge if you focus on non-breed specific characteristics. If you focus on only movement and want a good down and back or great go around, you will quite honestly put up nothing more than a generic dog that does the breed no good. Many that are un-educated in the breed will stand in the middle of the ring and place the dogs on the go around. Just once I would like to be a devil’s advocate and ask them what in the heck are you looking at? Movement has some importance in the breed but it is down pretty low on the priority chain when judging a Boston Terrier. Final consideration should always be re-tabled for a final head evaluation to pass judgment on the placement of ribbons. The Boston Terrier is not a sporting dog, a working dog, or a hound dog. It is a non-sporting dog that is a companion in the house and, at the end of the day on the couch, it better be looking up at me with a beautiful head and expression. Several weeks back at a dog show after judging I asked the judge what she looked for as a high priority 38 - LetsTalkBostons.com
in the Boston Terrier. After listening for two and a half seconds, I interrupted her and said, “Isn’t the Boston Terrier a head breed?” She rolled her eyes and said, “If it peeks its head over a fence and looks like a Boston, then that’s a good enough head for me.” Honestly? Well, let me tell you, that’s NO WAY to judge a Boston Terrier. While I am on that subject, to be a good judge of this breed you should keep a good grasp on the priorities of the breed and how the standard has them laid out. Since the head of a Boston Terrier is at the top of the priority chart, let’s take a deeper look in to what makes a good head. As a judge, I put the most weight in the head on the eyes and expression. Why?? The standard is crystal clear on this. In the standard it states,
Boston Terrier AKC Standard Scale of Points General Appearance ........................................... 10 Expression ............................................................ 10 Head (Muzzle, Jaw, Bite, Skull & Stop) ............. 15 Eyes ...................................................................... 5 Ears ...................................................................... 5 Neck, Topline, Body & Tail .................................. 15 Forequarters ..................................................... 10 Hindquarters .................................................... 10 Feet ...................................................................... 5 Color, Coat & Markings ................................... 5 Gait .................................................................... 10 Total ............................................................... 100 “Expression is the most important characteristic of the breed.” If you are judging to the standard, and I would hope you all are; this phrase alone should set your bar in judging this breed. You have to ask yourself what makes up expression. The main part of the head that gives expression is the eyes. This is exactly why I place a heavy weight on the eyes in our breed. The standard specifically states the eyes are “wide apart, large and round, dark in color”. If I had to guess at the percentage of correct eyes in the breed ring today I would say less than 20 percent have the desirable eye called for by the standard. When you are examining the eyes you should be looking at the shape of the opening. All eye balls are round; it is the opening that is to be round as well. Any trace of blue in the eye is a disqualification so make sure you look carefully to be certain there are no hidden blue flecks. There should be very little, if any, white showing in the eyes as well. The next important feature on the head is the ears. They should be small, carried erect and can be natural or cropped to conform to the shape of the dog’s head. They should be situated as close to the corners of the skull as possible. The ears always bring up big discussions in
my seminars, as they should as they are very important. The standard says the Boston Terrier is to appear lively and highly intelligent. The ears will tell you a lot when looking for a dog in your ring to fit this description. A specimen of the breed with incorrect ear placement and shape will detract from the desired appearance that is called for in the standard. But always remember to be impartial to cropped or natural ears. Whether they are cropped or natural, they should be set high on the skull and at a position of 11 and 1. Never should they be at 10 and 2 or 9 and 3. In addition, they should be in proportion to the shape and size of the head. The Muzzle, Jaw, Bite, Skull, and Stop in the standard are given a total of 15 points. The skull is square, flat on top, and free from wrinkles. The muzzle is short, square, wide and deep, and in proportion to the skull. The most important thing to remember in the muzzle area is it should be shorter in length than in width or depth; never should the muzzle exceed one-third the length of skull. The muzzle from stop to end of the nose is parallel to the top of the skull. The nose on a Boston Terrier should be solid black with a well-defined line between the nostrils. Pay close attention that the nostrils are neither constricted or wide, both of which are to be faulted. A butterfly nose is undesirable and certainly not wanted but a Dudley nose is a disqualification. Make sure when you are judging you know the difference between the two types. The jaw is to be broad and square with short regular teeth. A serious fault in this breed is a wry jaw or teeth and tongue showing when the mouth is closed. Specimens that carry these faults should never be considered in the placement of ribbons. The bite of a Boston Terrier is to be even or sufficiently undershot to square up the muzzle. At no time should the bite ever be overshot. Remember that the muzzle should be short and wide; too many specimens in the breed ring today are too long muzzled and give the appearance of being pinched. The flews or jowls of a Boston Terrier should never be pendulous; they should have a very clean, tight lip line. Although no points are given to the cheeks of a Boston Terrier it is important to note that they are to be flat as the standard states. Without the cheek line being flat you would not be able to get the square look or appearance that is so desired in the breed. The next area on the priority chart is the body. Let’s start with the neck, top line, body and tail; which the standard awards 15 points. The neck is an important feature on the dog as it carries the head and blends in the balance of the body. You don’t want a short neck or a ewe-necked specimen. You want the neck to be well arched and balanced with the length of body to give it a clean and graceful blend in January 2014 - 39
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the top line. The top line is “LEVEL”. This may be a rare find in the ring today but there should be no roaching or dip at the withers, which are serious faults in the body. The rump curves slightly to the set on of tail. The body is to appear short and the back should just be short enough to square up the body to give the outline that striking square appearance we work hard to achieve. The chest should be deep with good width and the ribs should be well-sprung, carried back into the loins. A slab-sided specimen is a serious fault in this breed. The standard is very clear in that we want a tail on the Boston Terrier. It should be short, fine, and tapered but there should be a TAIL. At no time should it ever exceed one-fourth the length from set-on to hock. A gaily carried tail is to be faulted but the absence of a tail is not a fault, it is a deformity and has no business in the ring and has no business being awarded points. As you examine the tail make sure it is not docked as that is a disqualification. The forequarters and hindquarters are each awarded 10 points in our standard. One must keep in mind when judging the front and rear of the breed that this is a moderate breed. The front is well laid back and the rear is of moderate angulation. The front legs should be straight in bone and short in pasterns, right down to small, round, and compact feet. The feet are defined as having 4 normal toes that touch the ground; specimens with only 2 toes touching should be treated as abnormal as this is a deformity and not just a fault and should never be in the running for the ribbons. The Boston Terrier is a breed that is a double tracking breed at any speed and should never be run around the ring. The Boston Terrier should never move like that of a working dog or a sporting dog. There should be no paddling or weaving on the move and no hackney gait. The movement should never converge and any crossing over in the front or rear should be heavily faulted. Lastly the area that always gets a big discussion at my seminars is Color, Coat, and Markings. Keeping in perspective that the standard allows only 5 points to this area one can argue it also pertains to the general appearance on the dog. When judging markings for the Boston Terrier, the most important thing is to understand what the required markings are for the breed. The required markings are white muzzle band, white blaze between the eyes, and white forechest. Any specimen of the breed that does not possess these minimal markings are to be disqualified. After you have familiarized yourself with the required markings your primary focus should be on the structure of this breed. I hope this helps you have a better understanding of the breed. If you need further assistance please don’t hesitate to contact me at email@example.com.
About Ken Ken Roux resides in a small rural town west of Chicago known to most as Ronald Reagan’s home town of Dixon, Illinois. Roux is an American Kennel Club Judge for Bichon Frise, Boston Terriers, Bulldogs, Dalmatians, French Bulldogs, and Poodles. He has spent all his life with Boston Terriers and Bulldogs. Since 1982, Roux has been breeding and exhibiting Boston Terriers; in the early 1990s he has been showing and breeding Bulldogs as well. Roux has finished many champions in both breeds but his expertise lies within Boston Terriers. His dogs are well known all over the world for their correct breed type; most people can spot his dogs from the classic head piece that most all have. Many of the “Ken’s” dogs have gone on to win at Westminster, Eukanuba, and Specialty shows throughout the country. In the last 20 years, many dogs from his breeding program have placed highly in the top ten breed statistics as well. Coming from a background in chemistry and genetics, Roux is very knowledgeable in breeding and judging dogs. In addition, growing up on a dairy farm with cows and other farm animals and attending the school of hard knocks has helped him a great deal with understanding structure and anatomy and how form and function go hand-in-hand. His seminars are well attended all over the country and he is a valuable mentor of both Boston Terriers and Bulldogs.
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OUTSTANDING Norwegian CH. Barroco’s Unbelievable Bred by Tarja Hyvärinen & Owned by Lene Wang Rhoden
bedience is a dog sport in which a dog must perfectly execute a predefined set of tasks when directed to do so by his handler. Training a dog to participate in obedience trials increases a dog’s understanding and reliability in responding to commands such as “sit”, “down”, “stay”, “come”, and “heel.” At a trial, the dog and handler will perform various predefined obedience tasks/exercises, which will be evaluated and scored by a judge. It’s important that the dog quickly responds to the command, and that they perform it correctly and as fast as possible. We had the opportunity to correspond with Lene Wang Rhoden, a Boston Terrier lover in Norway who competes in Obedience with her Boston, Una.
him a treat when he accomplishes it. Then you enhance the dog’s eagerness to repeat the task.”
In Norway, there are four classes of varying difficulty levels. Lene explains that you start in the lowest class (Class 1) and can only advance to higher classes by getting certain scores at competitions. “After Class 1, you move on to Class 2, Class 3, and then Elite Class, which is the highest class achievable in Norway,” she completes.
One exercise consists of several different fractions. The dog has to learn every one of these fractions individually, before you get a total exercise out of it. Take the exercise “Directed retrieve” as an example. The handler sends the dog 10 meters (approx. 33 ft) forward to a cone where the dog is asked to stand by the cone. 10 meters behind the cone there are three dumbbells, and the handler tells the dog which of them to retrieve. The handler can use both a hand signal and their voice to tell the dog where to go. So they can point to a direction or say “left” or “right.” To be able to do this complete exercise, the dog has to know how to run towards and from the handler, to stand and stay on command without moving, know the difference between right and left, how to retrieve an object, and much more.
In order to train for Obedience, a good reward for your Boston is needed, something that he loves and is willing to work for. It can be treats, toys, affection or praise. “For my Boston Una, I mostly use small pieces of sausage or a Tennis Ball,” Lena says. She goes on: “When you start training for an exercise, you show the dog what you want him to do, and give
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Here is an example how to teach a dog how to “sit”: Hold a treat in your hand and lift your hand up and over the dogs head. Often the dog will move his head up against the treat and put the rear end down to the ground and in that exact moment you give him the treat. After some repetitions, the dog will automatically put his rear end to the ground when you lift your hand. Then you add the command “sit” at the same time as you raise your hand, and give the dog the treat when he sits. The dog will after some repetitions connect the word to the task and perform the task when the command is given.
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Lene first started training Obedience with her German Pointer four years ago. German Pointers are very active, and she wanted to do something to give her the level of activity that she needed in addition to running. “I signed up for a course, and that was the start of my career in the Obedience world”, Lene remembers. After the first course, she attended many others in several dog sports and confesses: “I’m now completely hooked on dog training! I have tried different sports like tracking, search, blood tracking, agility, skijoring and hunting with dogs. Now I am keeping to Obedience, search, tracking and hunting.” Lene performs these activities with all of her three dogs: “Tasha”, the German Pointer, “Action”, the Belgian Shepard Malinois and “Una”, her fantastic Boston Terrier. In November 2006, she was visiting her good friend Marit Jenssen from kennel Skin Deep. Lene then saw Una, a little 6 month old female Boston imported from kennel Barroco, from Finland. It was love at first sight. “Una was a lovely little girl with a very special character. She smiled when you
talked to her, loved to carry shoes around, wriggled her whole body when she was happy and she always sat on her bum”, Lene recalls. Since day one it felt like Una had always lived with Lene. She fit right into her life and with her then only other dog, a Bichon Frisè. Una was just perfect and, according to Lene, has never done anything wrong or destroyed anything in her home. Since there are so few Boston Terriers in the world doing Obedience, Lene believes it is hard to tell what is a typical Boston in this dog sport. Boston Terriers are not a working breed in essence. But Una, and surely many others, have inherited a lot of hunting instinct and fight drive, and that’s one of the things that make Una and some Bostons so easy to train. These traits come from the original history of the breed as fighting dogs. So, to give a Boston Terrier a toy to rip and tear is a great reward. “The one and only real disadvantage that the Boston has in the Obedience ring, especially in Norway, is that they often get cold,” Lena says. If the temperature drops too low, or if it’s raining, they don’t want to lie on the cold, wet ground. So competitions early in the Spring or late Autumn are out of the question for Una. The dogs are not allowed to wear clothes during the competitions either, so you have to find indoor competitions or hope that the weather is good. But can we really blame her?! But how did Una start her Obedience career? “One day I was watching an Obedience training video on Youtube, as I often do to get new ideas and inspiration. There, I found a Boston Terrier from Sweden performing Obedience Class 2, and I was inspired to give it a try with Una.” Una was almost 5 years old at the time, and had only been shown in conformation shows, where after only 6 shows and 4 CCs, she became a Norwegian Show Champion, proving that she got both brains and beauty! “In the beginning it took some time to teach her new things because of her age and the fact that she was not used to learning new things at all,” Lene recalls. “But after a while, training her got easier and she thrived during training.”
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It turned out that Una was a fast learner and very suited for Obedience. Some of her traits that make her a good obedience dog are having quick movements, being an easy learner, being cooperative, her ability to concentrate, and her willingness to do anything for her favorite toy – a tennis ball. Even though the general perception is that Bostons are not suited to do Obedience, the way to “Elite Class” with Una has been very easy. Una and Lene have competed three times, and Una has achieved first place all three times, moving up from First Class all the way up to Elite on the first attempt in every class! And in two of those three competitions she has been the best of her class as well! It’s so cool that little Una does at least as well as the typical working breeds like Border Collies, German Shepherds, Rottweilers and Retrievers. “I’m so proud of my little girl, who accomplished this in such short time. When you enter a competition with such an unusual breed, you get a little extra attention. People think it’s strange to see such a breed in the ring, especially in the higher classes. But that makes it more fun to show what the Boston can do and that they are just as good as other breeds.”, Lene proudly concludes. There are also many other benefits in training Obedience with your Boston, apart from having fun competing. After Lene started to train on a regular basis, her relationship with Una has gotten much closer. “The contact between us is great, she can walk without a leash wherever we are, she listens to my commands, and I believe I get a much closer relationship with my dogs when we work and cooperate together all the time,” Lene says. Beside Obedience, Una trains human tracking, searching for hidden objects, and takes regular long walks in the Norwegian mountains and forests to get her exercise. What’s next for this little Boston and her mom? Their next goal is to achieve first place in the Obedience “Elite Class”. And by getting that three times, she becomes an Obedience Champion. If she gets this title, she might be the first Boston in the world to do this, at least the first one to become both (Conformation) Show Champion and Obedience Champion. That would be a dream come true for this duo! And does anyone doubt they will get there?
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Boston Terrier Club of NSW - Australia
Specialty - Newcastle, NSW September 26th, 2013 Judged by Mr. Bogren (Sweden) and Ms. Marcie Dobkin (USA)
Morning Show - Judge: Mr. Bogren (Sweden) Best in Specialty Show - BISS GCH NZ CH Rhossdhu Mr Bow-Dayshus With Devine Open Dog Class - Owned by Davies
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Runner Up Best in Specialty Show - RUBISS Ch Hygamble Tell Me A Texan Tale Junior Dog Class Owned by Sheridan-McVicar
Morning Show - Judge: Ms. Marcie Dobkin (USA) Best in Specialty Show - BISS Runner Up Best in Specialty Show - RUBISS Zareba Paparazzi Owned by Norquay, Corbett
was honored to be invited to judge the Boston Terrier Club of New South Wales in Newcastle in September, 2013. After a very long flight from California, a quick check in at the lovely host hotel I spent the afternoon strolling through the delightful seaside village and soaking up some Australian culture and nuances. The next day the club had arranged a local exhibitor/judge to give me a grand driving tour of the area. As dog folks do, we had a non stop chat regarding the similarities and differences of Australian and American shows while enjoying the local sites. The day of the show, I toured the Dog Club owned permanent show site, a rare privilege here in the States. Obviously, a lot of thoughtful planning went into the design. Especially notable was the Enter and Exit gates, permanent staging area for dogs ready to be judged and the piping for ringside water! There were even permanent buildings for hospitality and management and a camping area. Once the judging started of the great entry of about 45 Bostons the fun began! It started with absolutely kissable Baby Puppies - which we have just started here at AKC shows but sadly hasn’t caught on well, a sadly missed opportunity... The following classes were pretty similar to AKC with different names. I do appreciate the Champions in the Open Class instead of a Specials class - definitely levels the playing field. As Bostons are a fairly uncommon breed in Australia, I wasn’t sure what to expect as to consistency and quality. The quality I found astounding and certainly better than many areas of the USA. Especially pleasing were balance, level toplines and square skulls. Most had very pretty faces, short muzzles
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and square skulls topped by small, correctly placed ears. Another common virtue was pretty, small and tight feet. A common need was a little more angulation, front and rear to give a bit more reach and drive on the side gait, but that’s nit picking... Most appreciated were all the beautiful eyes and set. My Best in Show was a lovely young bitch with balance, substance for her age, yet very feminine. Light on her feet with the dapper style of self assurance - the hallmark of the breed. Reserve Best in Show was another pretty bitch, second in the same class as the Best. She just lacked a bit of the style of the Best. But, if I had been allowed, the Baby Puppy bitch winner would have been my Best in Show. Style, attitude and balance just dripped from this very promising puppy. Even at such a young age she had lovely angles, front and rear on a square body, level topline and appropriate length of neck. Upright little ears on such a pretty square skull with a twinkling expression make her a show stopper. Only time will tell, but I think she has tremendous promise. As there was an International All Breed event the next day, I stayed one more day than planned to see this exciting event. There were many shining exhibits of several breeds that I would be thrilled to have in my ring any time. All in all, the trip was truly unforgettable! My gratitude goes to all the wonderful dog show folks who made the experience a lifetime mark!
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2013 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship December 14th, 2013 - Judged by Mr. Norman Patton
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Best of Breed
GCH CH Gumbo’s Stargazing at Northern Lights
Bred by Jami Mangum and Robert Mangum Owned by Candice McEnaney and Jami & Robert Mangum
Winners Dog / Best of Winners Monk III
Best of Opposite Sex GCH CH Motif’s Unstoppable At Rio
Winners Bitch Boston Style Perfect Blazing Star
Select Dog GCH CH Ken’s Welcome Back Horshack
Select Bitch GCH CH kc’s just out of reach
Awards of Merit GCH CH peja’s n’ ken’s saddle ‘em up for suze gch ch martini’s jameson nightcap gch ch naughty norteno’s clik clik bang ch moe-r picking up the tab FOR MORE PICTURES FROM EUKANUBA PLUS OTHER SHOWS AND SPECIALTY COVERAGES, CONNECT WITH US ON FACEBOOK! FACEBOOK.COM/LETSTALKBOSTONS January 2014 - 77
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2013 Minuteman Boston Terrier Club Specialty October 5 & 6, 2013 - Chicopee, Ma - USA Judged by Ms. Ann D. Hearn & Mr. Jason Hoke
The Days Inn is such a convenient show site as it is attached to the hotel. It could have snowed and we wouldn’t have cared! We could also have turned on the music and danced on the hardwood dance floor within the ring. This group of people, led by Jason Luciano, seemed to think of every eventuality. While I give Jason 100% credit for seeing that the show ran well, I must comment on everyone else who was doing Club work, plus getting dogs ready, and also trying to see to everyone’s comfort. My ring steward was wonderful – especially since she provided transportation to and from the airport. Ginny O’Connell kept my ring moving smooth as silk and was extremely easy to work with. The puppies came into the ring and being that I am somewhat of an ouh-er and awe-er over babies, I kept smiling from ear to ear throughout all of the classes. Each class that came in after my somewhat giddy approach to all of the babies, caused me more and more joy - and tension – they just kept getting better and better! I finally felt compelled to tell the group of exhibitors and enthusiasts that these were the Best group of Bostons I had seen in a very long time. Making selections throughout each class, then finally selecting WD and WB was hard work. Before Breed came in I felt sure the difficult part was over. How tough can it be to pick a few pretty Bostons? Dream on!! The Specials came in – and then came in some more, and each one seemed as if it was better than the one before. As I told them – there wasn’t a ‘tacky’ one in the bunch. Therein my thoughts of floating easily through the remainder of the show were shot. But what fun I had sorting through all of that beauty! My first puppy in the ring from the 6-9 month dog class, #5 Kayas Unleash The Matt-Ness was a flat-out bowl-you-over Boston. Even his attitude was attentive and responsive to his handler. The other dog classes proceeded in and my selections had to be studied and evaluated as there was mostly excellent quality in each class. My Bred by Exhibitor class was tough – there are no two ways about it. And that’s the way it should be. 82 - LetsTalkBostons.com
I selected #17 Talavera’s Taking Matters In Hand At Cocolamus as first after long scrutiny as he seemed to fit my mental picture better. However, I could have been quite happy with either of the other two. #17 still looked outstanding in the Winners Dog class and won Reserve. But, as each of the dog classes appeared, my memory kept comparing them to the 6-9 month puppy. When the Winners Dog class came in, he decided to be silly – and that did it for me. I was pleased to see him act ‘boisterous’ like a 6-9 mo. should and not a well-trained robot dog. #5 Kayas Unleash The Matt-Ness won easily. Our girls were lovely and certainly a breeders dream come true. The adorable girl that won 6-9 mos. class, was not shown the next day only to be replaced by her sister. I would have loved to have seen her also as I thought #10 Guardian’s Told You So On Sidestreet was terrific. The 12-18 mos. class of young ladies had extreme top quality. #16 Kennedy’s & Tara’s Nora Jean won that class and went on to win Reserve. The Open/Under 15# class was another stunning group of bitches. I would be proud to be the owner of any of them and would look forward to beautiful puppies in my future. I had to move the class several times to make this difficult decision. Finally, #42 Bit-A-Swe’t Sugar ‘N Spice looked at me and said with her eyes: ‘Pick Me’, so, I did. This adorable girl went on to win Winners Bitch. Movement, for the most part, was extremely good from puppies on through Specials and Veterans. I guess if I had to pick one less than magnificent attention needing breed item, it would be teeth and bites. With the wonderful broad heads and wide embouchure Bostons should have, it ought to be fairly easy to get full dentition and all in the correct lineup. We took a lunch break right there in the show room so that everyone could keep an eye on their dogs, as well as get to visit. And, then the crying time began when the Veterans came in. My heart really goes out to these
wonderful animals. Vet.dog #27 GCH Allews’ Bit-ASwee’t Proud to Party was First and was invited to compete in Breed, as was Vet. bitch #50 CH Sunwood’s Rewigning Star. They were certainly in the running for Breed – don’t kid yourself! And then the Breed exhibits entered the ring – and I was stunned. The ring was FULL to overflowing with simply gorgeous black and white, America’s finest Boston Terriers. As I went through each dog/bitch, my mental vision of a proper Boston – one that fits the well written Standard, was reinforced time and time again. I brought them all into the ring, including WD and WB, and then excused all but the Champion Bitches. I kept a score card in my hand to make notes to help me keep them organized in my mind. I made a cut, and retained the numbers of bitches to come back in. I moved them again, just to make sure that I hadn’t missed someone spectacular in an already stellar group. There are times when a lovely dog/bitch just doesn’t do their best when the judge is going over them and watching. I feel that last-chance go-round perhaps will give them an opportunity to get it together and make a determined statement to me to not lose them. The boys came back in and I employed the same judging method. As with the girls, I was compelled to move them around, up and down and around AGAIN before a definitive decision could be made. The two ‘kept’ groups reentered the ring, along with WD and WB and by that time I pretty much knew what I was going to do. Moving them a bit once again confirmed that: #31 GCH Fivefork’s Geometry Matters At Kayas was BOB, BW was my Winners Dog – and here’s the surprise – that was a Father-Son win! No wonder I liked my Breed dog, they were very much alike. #60 GCH Lannon’s Little Miss Sunshine was a beautiful BOS, and #39 GCH Dab’s Diamond In The Rough was Select Dog, and Select Bitch was #64 GCH Katbird’s Evolution Matters At Kayas who was out of my Breed dog. Methinks this BOB dog can flat breed some gorgeous Bostons. KEEP HIM!!!
Saturday, October 5 2013 Judge: Ms Ann D. Hearn
Best of Breed
GCH FIVEFORK’S GEOMETRY MATTERS AT KAYAS
Winners Dog / Best of Winners kayas unleash the matt-ness
Best of Opposite Sex GCH lannon’s little miss sunshine
Winners Bitch bit-a-swe’t sugar ‘n spice
Select Dog gch dab’s diamond in the rough
Select Bitch GCH katbird’s evolution matters at kayas
All of the above was exciting beyond belief, but one exhibitor out shone them all with her expertise, her listening abilities to what I asked of her and that was our Open Junior Handler Ariel Hullender. If she is our Future in the dog game, we are in excellent hands. It was such a pleasure and honor to be invited to judge the Minuteman Boston Terrier Club Specialty, and thank you so very much for my absolutely gorgeous gift, for the care and comfort you all provided and for allowing me to see and go over your elegant Boston Terriers. Thank you.
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sunday, October 6 2013 Judge: Mr jason hoke
Best of Breed
GCH Katbird’s Evolution Matters at Kayas
Winners Bitch / Best of Winners Bit-a-Swe’t Sugar ‘N Spice
Best of Opposite Sex GCH Dab’s Fast ‘N FurioUs for T-Bo
Winners Dog Talavera’s Taking Matters In Hand At Cocolamus
Select Dog gch dab’s diamond in the rough
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CHAMPIONS Meet the Boston Terriers that are the newest Champions (or Grand Champions) in their countries. Let’s Talk Bostons Magazine wishes to congratulate each and every one of them, along with their dear humans!
October 20 2013 - Pleasanton, CA, USA
NEW AMERICAN CHAMPION
Cool Jailhouse Rock Owner: Jessica Essad
November 2013 - Woodland - CA, USA
NEW AMERICAN CHAMPION
Campbell Clan’s Bad Reputation Owners: Dolores Ferrero / Danielle Campbell
October 19 2013 - Pleasanton - CA, USA
NEW AMERICAN CHAMPION
Campbell Clan’s Tall Drink Of Water Owners: Danita Gilmour / Danielle Campbell
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January 19 2014 - Des Moines, IA, USA
NEW AMERICAN CHAMPION
Hilltop’s Groovy Kind Of Love Owners: Stacie Kinnaird / Kathy Hulstein
November 7 2013 - Kalamazoo, MI, USA
NEW AMERICAN CHAMPION
Dab’s Start Spreadin The News Owner: Beth Griner / Dolores Morton
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T-BO’S STAR KISSED DELIGHT Owner: Nancy Shaw
January 18 2014 - Novi, MI, USA
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Katbird’s On The Right Track
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