Dog show

Rare Breeds Indeed: SD Convention Center Dog Show Includes Harrier

Many recognize popular dog breeds such as Golden Retrievers, Dachshunds, and Poodles. But the people of San Diegan have the chance to see rarer types that might suit them.

The American Kennel Club’s Meet the Breeds event Saturday at the San Diego Convention Center was geared up to educate prospective dog owners about which dogs are good with kids, which need more exercise, and which can be happy to live in an apartment.

San Diego is the first leg of a seven-city tour through November 14 to Dallas, Tampa, Chicago, Raleigh, North Carolina and Columbus Ohio. The San Diego show continues Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In addition to booths dedicated to breeds ranging from Alaskan Malamutes to Vizslas, people were able to watch agility performances, police dogs detecting explosives and dog sports in a central arena.

The show is the first public event at the convention center since COVID led to restrictions, and the wearing of face coverings was still mandatory.

One of California’s most popular breeds, the bulldog, sat at a cuddling booth rather than a pre-COVID kissing booth.

According to the AKC, the most popular breeds in America are Labrador Retrievers, French Bulldogs, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Bulldogs, Poodles, Beagles, Rottweilers, German Shorthaired Pointers and German Shorthaired Pointers. dachshunds.

French bulldogs, or “Frenchies”, are the most popular breed in California. They are considered playful, easy-going, and protective.

According to, the most popular breeds in San Diego in 2021 are English Bulldog, French Bulldog, Siberian Husky, Australian Cattle Dog and Pug.

But Scott Lewis of the Bulldog Club of Greater San Diego warns that bulldogs need a lot of care and attention.

Bulldogs can easily overheat in the summer and also can’t swim, he said. They are therefore not a good breed for people who have swimming pools.

COVID has boosted dog ownership as some people found themselves isolated and in need of companionship.

“A lot of people bought dogs for COVID,” Lewis said. “Now they go back to work and find they don’t have time to take care of the dogs. So people are abandoning the dogs, back to the kennels.

The Siberian Husky is another popular dog in the Golden State.

“They’re very popular among the military because they make great service dogs for our veterans,” said Julie Barber, who hosted a snow sled show with her sled dogs.

“They are one of the most loyal breeds – they love families but will also focus on a person’s emotional needs,” she added.

Other races present at the event are somewhat unknown.

Meet the Harrier. There were just three litters last year nationwide, said Donna Smilie, a breeder from Inyokern in Kern County.

So people are usually too impatient to wait for an available puppy and then settle on another dog.

“The Harrier is the best kept secret in the canine world,” Smilie said. The harrier resembles a larger beagle and was bred in England to hunt rabbits.

“More pandas than Harriers,” she said.

While she describes the breed as ideal for an active family – gregarious and loving – the dogs need to be in a yard with a secure fence and are unhappy when left alone. They lower their noses and run just because of their hunting instinct.

“Finding them a home is not easy,” Smilie said.

Erick Arceneaux added: “We try to be careful in preserving the purpose of the breed, the integrity of the breed. We want to carefully develop the breed.

Arceneaux and other breeders have told uplifting stories about people who see dollar signs in breeding dogs, but don’t know enough about dogs or breeding to be responsible.

Improper husbandry can lead to bad-tempered animals and those with poor health, which can lead to disease and premature death, breeders said.

Another rarer breed at the event is the Skye terrier.

There are about 5,000 Skye terriers in the world, said Michelle Shiue, a breeder from San Diego. “They’re one of AKC’s lesser known and popular ones, and we’re trying to change that.”

Once owned by Queen Victoria, Shiue said, this is an old breed and not as popular as some newer mixes such as the Goldendoodle.

Shiue called the breed loyal, devoted to families and all-around big dogs that don’t require a lot of exercise and aren’t as energetic as other terriers.

According to the American Kennel Club, the best dogs for families are Labrador Retrievers, Bulldogs, Golden Retrievers, Beagles, Pugs, Irish Setters, Brussels Griffons, Newfoundlands, French Bulldogs, and Collies. .

Many people ask if they should have a puppy or an adult dog.

The AKC says if you want to have a puppy, know that you’re committing to a 10-year (or longer) relationship. The organization recommends seniors adopt a purebred rescue dog.

For seniors, the AKC asks questions to determine which dog fits their needs, including: how active are you and how much exercise are you willing and able to give your dog? What are your favorite activities? Where do you live (big house or small apartment)? How much are you travelling?

Tickets for Sunday’s event start at $27 with early access and VIP packages available. No pet dogs are allowed. But the guests are invited to organize an agility course on a human scale.

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