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                Miscellanous Q & A
because I am so passionate about this breed, was I able to share my knowledge of the Mudi with these judges that I so respect. This year I’ve done my first one on one tutoring or mentoring with judges and that has been a very positive experience, as well. Some of their questions and observations helped me to see the breed in a new way, through fresh and experienced eyes.
I live on a walnut and rice farm in the San Joaquin Delta, west of Lodi, California. Outside of dogs, I do very little! I enjoy reading mysteries, I do a little sewing and gardening, but the more dogs I have the less time I spend on those activities.
How is my breed faring in its quest for full recognition? I believe it is doing well in some ways and possibly not faring as well in others. The philosophy of the Mudi Club of America has always been to grow the breed in numbers and new owners at a “slow and steady” pace. Educating those new to the breed has been a priority in an effort to prevent Mudis from ending up in rescue. As a herd- ing breed and all purpose farm dog, the Mudi is athletic, intelligent and hard working. Without the appropriate physical and mental stimulation they can become destructive and noisy, a nuisance to neighbors. So far we have seen very few Mudis in need of rescue or rehoming, but it does occur.
I would like to see all Mudi owners follow the health testing recommendations and respect the Mudi Standard. We are still in need of solid color Mudis for a healthy breeding population here in the US. Solid black is traditionally the most commonly seen color in the country of origin, Hungary. But the popularity of the merle color pattern has resulted in a US population that lacks solid color breeding dogs in sufficient numbers.
Do I expect a surge in popularity once we’re in the regular show ring? I really don’t see that happening. That may just be wishful thinking. I believe that if breeders are honest with prospective pup- py buyers about the reality of living and training with a Mudi, those who shouldn’t own one won’t buy one.
The only negative I can see that may come with full recognition are the possible changes to grooming and ring preparation that have been suggested by professional handlers and groomers. The Mudi has a naturally very easy care coat. It’s curly, deflects debris and is not to be scissored. They have curly whiskers that are not to be trimmed. My hope is that the judges will be our allies in keeping the presentation as natural as it has always been.
I’ve been showing my Mudis in Open Shows and the Misc. classes since Open Shows began being offered. Some Mudi owners object to earning a CM and then being required to earn a CH after full recognition, so they wait. I see the importance of having Mudis in the ring for judges so that they may begin developing an eye for the breed. It’s also important to give other exhibitors and spectators access to these breeds at dog shows. Every show we enter becomes a Meet the Breed of sorts.
Do I believe there are enough workers to go around to get my breed recognized? Are there ever enough? lol Our club was formed in 2004 with three individuals. Those three people are still members and we have grown to about 70 members currently. After spending eight years on the MCA board, I think we could do a better job of including newer members in the work of the club and breed. We are fortunate to have enthusiastic and talented members who are as versatile as our beloved breed. In order to continue growing and maintaining those newer members, the club needs to be a fun, safe place to learn, celebrate and indulge in all things Mudi.
Would I breed more litters if we were fully recognized by AKC? The status of the Mudi with AKC really doesn’t impact my breed- ing plans. In addition to showing in the breed ring, I train and com- pete in AKC agility, obedience, scent work and rally. So, I breed lit- ters for two reasons, to have my next training partner and to provide a few puppies to appropriate homes. My time, space and energy are what limit my litters. I do love raising these active and intelligent little farm dogs!
JEFFORY NEALE
I live in Loveland, Ohio and I’m a Human Recourse Director for manufacturer of automated machinery.
How is my breed faring in its quest for full recognition? We have full recognition starting January 1, 2020!
Do I expect a surge in popularity once we’re in the regular show ring? The dog-fancy loves big moving dogs with lots of hair—whilst the word “rustic” is in our breed standard I’ve already seen dogs sculpted to look like a giant Bichon. Barbet are a retrieving breed in the sporting group, we need to preserve that heritage. We have a generalist performer developed in a time before the inventions of guns. My fear is we will become a sculpted breed where grooming prevails over functional purpose, a doodle for the breed ring.
Do I believe there are enough workers to go around to get my breed recognized? No, but I think that is a phenomenon that isn’t just a Barbet problem. It is difficult working long hours and giving up scarce vacation time to work an event where I may not even participate. I’m guilty of it, there is just never enough time. Google gives the illusion that all the world’s knowledge is at our fin- gertips. I ended up being a bird boy over a very long and hot week- end when all the kids quit. I learned SO much just from watching the dogs run—it was invaluable. The truth is there is a wealth of knowledge to be had just by working events and talking to people. I’ve got to give back more than I do and we’ll have to work across breed lines for all of us to survive.
Would I breed more litters if we were fully recognized by AKC? Absolutely not; more litters isn’t the answer to preserving the Barbet or its health.
The funniest thing that I’ve experienced at a dog show? Not exactly funny, but a tornado warning in White River’s Golden spe- cialty one year, 200+ wet Golden Retrievers in a humid basement till the storms passed. The dogs had a grand time in the break from the show; we were all packed riding out the warning. After it was over, the building’s floor was covered under a couple of inches of water. Otherwise, intelligent people standing water with submerged extension cords flipping on dryers not once giving thought to the possibility of electrocution.
GAYLE PRUETT
I live in Alabama. RV’ing and fishing are my passion since retir- ing. As an ex-carpenter I still enjoy a little remodeling from time to time.
How is my breed faring in its quest for full recognition? It is presently the fastest growing new breed and we are making history on many levels. It is the first breed to be accepted as a purebred due to a genetic study and not the customary pedigree documentation. It was accepted into the AKC FSS, eight years after applying and moved into Misc. five years later.
Do I expect a surge in popularity once we’re in the regular show ring? With it already growing quickly, it is hard to tell. We saw a lot of breeders that had attained Biewer Terriers, waiting for Misc. There are just as many, if not more, with perfectly groomed and trained dogs waiting for us to hit that full acceptance into the Toy group. The BTCA has helped many countries with recognition and we have recently been contacted by numerous others, requesting information on the standard, the name and the results of the genetic studies on the breed.
It is always good when you have more people involved in a new breed. The BTCA requires all dogs to be DNA profiled and Wis- dom Panel tested for exclusion of mix breeds. Not all countries require any testing and that can present a problem in keeping the purebred Biewer Terrier free of mixes. So far we are doing great with the other countries and look forward to a good relationship as we all work together to improve the Biewer Terrier.
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