We encourage all owners of the Miscellaneous and FSS (Foundation Stock Service) breeds, including any breed recognized by the FCI, to bring their dogs to our show and participate in our noon time Parade on Saturday. Altered dogs are encouraged to participate also.
There is a dedicated tent outside Ring #1 where these dogs can register (free) for the Parade prior to 11:30AM or if eligible, enter to compete in the Open Shows on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. We encourage dogs of all ages, color and coat types of these breeds to participate in the Parade. We prefer you do register ahead of time so that we can formulate a paragraph about your breed to have on hand for the breed announcement during the Parade.
Each breed will be announced, and the dogs will enter and trot around the ring while a short paragraph about the breed is read over the PA. Afterwards, the dogs are requested to gather at their dedicated tent for a group picture and be available for meet-and-greet or discussion opportunities with interested individuals.
The Open Show, where the Miscellaneous and FSS breeds who have entered will compete against each other, will start in Ring #1 about half an hour after the end of the Parade on Saturday. So, bring your camera and take advantage of this opportunity to learn about these various “RARER” breeds, mostly unknown to all of us!
With over 1,000 AKC registered dogs competing at the show in conformation, obedience, and rally throughout the day, it is necessary that all visiting dogs be people and dog friendly and healthy. All dogs must be on leash and under close control of a responsible adult. No prong collars, electric collars, or retractable leads are permitted on the grounds.
Hunting Dog Demo
By Jennifer Broome, Owner of Quinebaug Kennels, Canterbury CT
Quinebaug Kennels, also known as QK Dogs, is a premiere dog training, boarding, and wellness facility located in eastern Connecticut. Besides all-breed obedience dog training, assistance with therapy dog training, and AKC Canine Good Citizen training, we specialize in hunting dog training for pointers, retrievers and spaniels. We offer “head start” puppy training to work on socializing, manners, and crate and leash skills. For the hunting pups, we also take this early opportunity for proper bird introductions, which help bring out the pup’s inner predator.
At the Greenwich Kennel Club demonstration, QK Dogs will showcase a variety of sporting breeds starting with puppy/bird introductions, explanations of how we introduce gun shot, and how we integrate obedience into the field. We will show how important the foundation obedience comes into play, explain how and why control comes into the field work, and describe our expectations and goals for a pup as they develop and mature. With the right balance of leash work, control work, and fun in the field, we can show you how to produce a happy, eager, and stylish hunting companion.
Join us for this exciting hunting dog demonstration! Meet some talented sporting breeds that are show Champions as well as accomplished titled field dogs. Demonstrations will be followed by the opportunity for an audience Q & A session with our QK Team.
Barn Hunt is one of the newest dog sports that’s quickly sweeping across the country! All dog breeds have their specific jobs that they were originally bred for, and this event celebrates those whose job it’s been to hunt and eradicate vermin. But the truly great thing about Barn Hunts is that it’s open to ALL breeds and types of dogs, purebreds or not. Dogs do not need to be bred for hunting. As long as your dog can fit through an 18” wide by hay bale-height tall tunnel, they can compete in this new and exciting event!
Barn Hunt is a sport with titles, increasing levels of difficulty, and championships—all recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and United Kennel Club (UKC). This is a great way for you and your dog to bond and have fun together in a safe environment. Responsible dog breeders of the vermin hunting nature can truly test the abilities of what their dogs were originally bred to do. So, come on down to the Tidal Pond Saturday and Sunday to watch these incredible dogs have fun at our Barn Hunt Clinic (2/$10). Have your dog try it for fun while you learn more information on what it is all about!
Barn Hunt was founded when Robin Nuttall was curious what her Miniature Pinscher was originally bred for. Upon discovering that Min Pins had been bred for hunting mice and other small vermin, she searched for a sport that would put her dog’s nose to the test. At the time, those sports were only found in Earthdog type competitions. These were restricted by breed and excluded Min Pins. She knew of “Brush/Barn Hunt” type events, but those were few and far between. So, she decided to take matters into her own hands and write up some rules and regulations of what we know as Barn Hunt today.
Caricaturists, Judy Tourangeau
Judy Tourangeau of "JT Art & Design", her own art/design studio business, resides in Hamden, Connecticut. She always held a lifelong desire to be an artist in some capacity, choosing Graphic Communications as a means to become just that. As a child, she was often doodling or sketching people and things. She designed t-shirts and other funky clothes and shoes, constantly growing as an artist in various ways. After gaining enough confidence in her abilities, she decided to truly pursue her passion as a career.
After graduating from college, she acquired over two decades of diverse graphic design and artistic experience as a full-time employee in various marketing firms, printing agencies, and creative companies.
When a layoff came in 2003, Judy was able to bounce back and landed a part-time graphic designer position at an area hospital, which she held for eight years. She also continued her freelance work and began to build another aspect of her career. She centered on commissions of what she had always loved to draw as a child: people's faces, homes, and pets, especially dogs. Thus, her uniquely flattering caricature gigs turned into a large part of her business.
In 2016, Judy decided to venture full time into further developing her own art/design studio business. She admits it is challenging wearing many hats as a self-employed artist/designer, but she values the flexibility and is grateful to be able to use her God-given talent to support herself. Most of all, she loves the social aspect—getting to meet and draw all kinds of people and pets!
AKC Reunite Micro-Chip Clinic
Did you know 1 in 3 dogs go missing at some point in their lifetime? A collar can easily break, fall off, or be removed. A microchip is a low cost, noninvasive, and reliable way for your dog to be identified and you notified of your dogs’ location. Individuals such as veterinarians, animal control officers and others who have scanners are able to identify a dog by their microchip. They can then obtain your contact information from the microchip registry and get in touch with you. In addition, vital information about your dog’s medical conditions can also be retrieved when listed with the microchip registry.
The AKC Reunite Micro-Chip Clinic located at our Club Tent will be open from 9:00AM-3:30PM on Saturday. Veterinarians from the VCA Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center in Norwalk will be available to implant a rice-sized chip under the skin and between your pet’s shoulder blades. The charge is $30.
A microchip increases the chances of a lost or stolen pet being found and returned to you. A scanned microchip can rectify disputed ownership. There are circumstances where a dog’s microchip can even help identify you. If you become injured and unconscious while out with your dog and do not have your own ID; a scan of your dog’s microchip can put the authorities in touch with your family.
Having identification for your pet is just as important as having it for yourself. Get your pet micro-chipped today!
Are you curious about the lineage of your purebred dog? Well, one of the special features at the Greenwich Kennel Club dog show on Saturday, June 10th is the DNA Clinic! Bring your dog--along with its AKC name and number--and we’ll take a cheek swab from the mouth and submit it to the AKC-DNA data bank. You will receive a DNA profile on your dog in the mail in 4-6 weeks. We can confirm the parentage of any dog breed recognized by the AKC including Miscellaneous and Foundation Stock Service (FSS) breeds. The cost is $55.
A technology known as "genetic fingerprinting" is used by law-enforcement throughout the world to positively identify crime suspects. The same technology can be used to provide a DNA snapshot of any individual--even canines! These profiles serve several functions, including positive identification of a dog, accurate pedigree tracking, and confirmation of parentage. The American Kennel Club offers this DNA profile service to create and record the genetic identification of dogs. This voluntary program adds value to breeding programs by giving breeders a way to eliminate concerns and questions about parentage.
It works by examining the individual's genes. Each gene is present as two copies called “alleles”. Offspring receive one copy of each gene from each parent. DNA tests to confirm parentage do not use actual genes, but other DNA sequences referred to as “markers”. These are not functional genes, so the DNA profiles are used only for genetic identity and parentage verification. They do not provide any information about appearance, genetic diseases, or breed.
What a fun and interesting way to learn more about your four-legged friend!
Doggie Fun Zone
Come on down to the Tidal Pond Saturday and Sunday to watch the spectacular Doggie Fun Zone! Dogs of all types and training levels can experience the thrill of running through this fun scaled down obstacle course—and yes, that means even YOUR dog can, too!
The Doggie Fun Zone is an amazing, exciting, and entertaining multi-dynamic lure motivated obstacle course. Dogs chase an elusive lure through an enclosed Grand Prix style raceway. Absolutely no prior training or experience needed to look like a combination coursing-agility Champion.
For dogs of all sizes and temperaments—from Chihuahuas to German Shepherds and everything in between! This course is designed to safely maximize your dog’s full action performance. To-date, thousands of dogs have thrillingly and successfully run through this timed course.
This event is a totally unique and patented design. Grab your cameras and your pups and unleash their full performance star potential—you won’t find anything like the Doggie Fun Zone anywhere else!