The Canaan Dog Club of America

AKC Parent Club of the Breed

2001 CDCA National Specialty

The 2001 CDCA National Specialty was held in Memphis, Tennessee, on Thursday, October 11, 2001.

Show Chairperson:
Kelly Riggs

2001 CDCA Herding Instinct Test

On Wed., Oct. 10, the CDCA held its annual herding test at the farm of Nancy Lee Obermark, an AKC and AHBA judge, in Southaven, Mississippi (about 40 min from the host hotel in Memphis). There were 22 Canaan Dogs and 3 Australian Shepherds (owned by Canaani folk who wanted to see if there Aussies could herd and participated after all Canaans were tested). Of the 22 Canaani, 17 were passed by Nancy as having herding instinct; this is a 77% pass rate (better than any other herding non-Border Collie breed and possibly better than the BC's, though I don't have the latest data from the BC parent club to confirm this possibility)! Of the 17 Canaans that passed, 3 earned the CDCA Herding Certified Excellent (HCX) award (for those dogs having passed 3 herding instinct tests), 11 earned the CDCA Herding Certified (HC) award (for dogs never having been instinct tested before), and 3 passed their 2nd HC leg (towards the required 3 for HCX).

Congratulations to the below listed dogs (I'm listing call names here and the registered names in the next issue of the Canaan Kibitzer) and their owners!

Denise Gordon, 2001 CDCA National Herding Test Coordinator

HCX - Handbraided leather lanyard with shepherd's whistle awarded to those who passed:

Tootsie, owned by Cindy Grupp
Mary, owned by Marsha Bain
Chase, owned by Marsha Bain

2nd Leg of 3 for HCX:

Moshe, owned by Liz Hebert
Ethan, owned by Carol O'Bryan, Cindy Grupp, & Carrie Chase
Gris Gris, owned by Cindy Grupp


Saga, owned by Kelly Seifert - judged by Nancy Obermark as "Best Rookie Herding Canaan Dog" and awarded handcarved dogwood shepherd's crook
Buzz, owned by Donna Dodson & Trudi Kimm
Pocket, owned by Chris Miller & Susan Gragg
RiRi, owned by Chris Miller
Mazel, owned by Cathi & Craig Oskow
Levi, owned by Kristy Bliss
Whoopie, owned by Carol & Katherine O'Bryan
Jordie, owned by Robin Renteria
Nafti, owned by Cathi & Aviva Oskow
Tovah, owned by Cathi & Craig Oskow
Toby, owned by Jerry & Cheryl Hennings

Agility at the Specialty

Alan and Isabel

Denise Gordon writes:

It took me awhile to find the information (because Onofrio didn't post it), but according to the Clean Run website events for Tennessee, the Greater Shelby KC is offering AKC agility Friday-Sunday, Oct. 12-14, during the Memphis cluster (our National Specialty week). It will be held at the Agricenter International (outdoors) with entries opening tomorrow (Aug. 22) and closes on Sept 26; the random draw closes on Sept. 12. Judges are Cheri Treber (Fri) and Tammi Skillman (Sat & Sun). Entry fees are $20 first entry / $10 second entry.

Jennie Larkin writes:

Rally style obedience will be offered at the all breed shows on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 and 14th. They'll be having both level I (on lead) and level II (off lead). They will also have all the standard obedience classes.

A Note from Our President:

Our Show Chair, Kelly Riggs, is hard at work to make our 30th Annual National Specialty an event filled four days in Memphis. This is no small job and Kelly and her husband Troy are currently our only members residing in Tennessee. Volunteers are needed to work on the Specialty.

This year our National Specialty will be held in conjunction with the St. Jude Showcase of Dogs. This event includes AKC judges seminars, two AKC all-breed shows, several AKC-approved specialty shows besides the CDCA, AKC obedience trials, three AKC agility trials, as well as non-AKC competitions and Canine Good Citizen testing. There will be demos for herding, retrieving, pointing, lure coursing, Frisbee dogs, earthdogs, search and rescue, drug and K-9 dogs, assistance dogs, and TV and movie celebrity dogs.

There will also be information booths for a number of canine organizations including breed clubs. Since this will be our National Specialty weekend, to make the CDCA booth extra special we need a committee of at least three to five members to create and man the booth. The information booths will be in an air-conditioned building and will be large enough to accommodate several dog crates. We all know how wonderful our dogs are. The CDCA booth is an opportunity to show the public what we all already know; that the Canaan Dog is a fabulous all-purpose service dog.

Cindy Grupp



This tentative schedule is still pending approval, and is subject to change.

Weds., Oct. 10
Herding clinic, testing and trials, starting at approximately 8:00 am. (must be pre-registered)
Obedience at 4:00 pm.
Thurs., Oct. 11
Obedience at 8:00 am.
Junior Showmanship, Sweepstakes, and Specialty, starting at approximately 9:00 am.
General membership meeting at 3:00 pm. Board meeting immediately following.
Fri., Oct. 12
All breed show
AKC Agility trials, Greater Shelby KC
Sat., Oct. 13
All breed show
AKC Agility trials, Greater Shelby KC
Obedience trials (including Rally style)
Banquet, cocktails & hors d'oeuvres @ 6:30-7:30pm, dinner at 8pm.
Sun., Oct. 14
All breed show
AKC Agility trials, Greater Shelby KC
Obedience trials (including Rally style)

Junior Showmanship

Hotel Information

Best Suites of America 8166 Varnavas Dr. Memphis, TN 38018 phone (901)386-4600 fax (901)386-3311

Tues. 10/9 - Sun 10/14 we have reserved a block of 40 rooms: 30 King and 10 Double/Double. The King rooms are $74.80 and the Dbl./Dbl. rooms are $83.80. This covers 1-2 people, with $10 for each addl. person. (I don't know if kids count, I doubt it.)

Individuals are to guarantee their room by 9/17/01.

Check in time is 3:00pm and checkout time is 1:00pm. The best suites will accommodate any early arrivals on a space available basis.

These are two room suites, with the Dbl./Dbl. being a little nicer. They all have a TV & VCR (I thought that would be nice for viewing any show films). It has a cooked buffet breakfast included and an evening reception also.

Very nice, very dog friendly. I am working on dog wash arrangements.

Approx. 10 minutes from show site (or less).