The Canaan Dog Club of America

AKC Parent Club of the Breed

2013 CDCA National Specialty

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2013 CDCA National Specialty

A quick recap of the CDCA 2013 National Specialty Weekend!

Congratulations to all those who came, showed or just cheered on the Canaan Dogs. It was extra special to have our Best Of Breed winner - Torino - be owned by the late Merry Carol Houchard to whom the National Specialty was designated.

Congratulations also to the breeders and owners of our newest AKC titled CDs: new Champions Sam, Jez and Rumor, new Grand Champion Cayman and new (and breed first) Silver Grand Champion Mags.

Much thanks to those who helped plan and execute this national whether long distance or in person, or from the beginning or leaping in when you saw a need. (My apologies if I forgot anyone.) Annette Israel, April Lee, Julie Haddy, Chris Miller, Cynthia Dodson, Mike Houchard, Ethan Miller, Noelle Renteria, Kitty Burke, Mel Holloman, Donna Davison, Melinda Linton, Bryna Comsky, Joan Capaiu Greene, Denise Gordon, Richard Vulliet, Pamela Rosman, Carrie Cabrera and the host clubs & their committees - Prestige Specialty Clubs and the Douglassville, Atlanta and Newnan Kennel Clubs.

Hope to see all of you again and more in Minnesota next June! Stay tuned for more details as they are announced.

Amanda Pough
President, Canaan Dog Club of America, Inc.

Many of the attendees at the 2013 National Specialty Weekend; Special Guest AKC Chairman of the Board Alan Kalter (standing row, most left)

CDCA Best of Breed National Specialty


What is happening - a quick review for those not familiar with dog shows!

First the champions were judged - each dog not already judged was examined and moved individually. First the males and then the females. Then she had her two Veteran male class winners move around together, then the Winners Dog. Next was the Veteran bitch class winner and finally the Winners Bitch. Due to a larger number of dogs shown than handlers, some of these dogs were shown by friends, relatives, new acquaintances, etc.!

When Judge Van Camp starts pulling the dogs out, she is arranging them in her final awards order: first, Best of Breed, next Best of Winners (chosen between either the Winners Dog or Bitch), then Best of Opposite Sex. Select Awards go to a male and female respectively and are like first runner up of each sex. Finally, with this entry, she had up to two Awards of Merit for others of quality she wanted to recognize. She selected two of the Veterans.

Action at the table after she pointed was coordinating additional awards. Since the Winners Dog was from the Bred By class, he was also Best Bred By. She then selected between the two Awards of Merit to find her Best Veteran. Not shown, selection of Best Puppy between the winners of the puppy classes.

Big, concrete building with lighting that doesn't look great on video. You might want to watch with volume turned down - a lot of clapping, but an echoey building with a hound and toy show going on as well -- might cause your dogs to join in!


October 17

Sweepstakes - Judge Amanda Pough
Best In Sweepstakes - Rumor
Best Of Opposite Sex - Tennessee

Veteran Sweepstakes - Judge Amanda Pough
Best In Veteran Sweepstakes - Rivi
Best Of Opposite Sex - Buzz Baby

Junior Showmanship - Judge Amanda Pough
Sydney, showing at her very first dog show!

Regular Classes - Judge Neena Van Camp
Best Of Breed - Torino
Best Of Winners/Best Bred By Exhibitor/Winners Dog/New Champion - Sam
Winners Bitch - Jez
Best Of Opposite Sex - Mags
Select Dog - Orion
Select Bitch - Kate
Best Veteran/Award Of Merit - Grant
Award Of Merit (also from the Veteran Class) - Lyla June
Best Puppy - Bella
Reserve Winners Dog - Tennessee
Reserve Winners Bitch - Layla

October 18

Sweepstakes Judge Linda Clark
Best In Sweeps/Best Junior Puppy - Bella
Best Senior Puppy - Rumor
Best Of Opposite In Sweeps/Best Of Opposite In Junior Sweeps - Tennessee

Best In Veteran Sweeps - Grant
Best Of Opposite In Veteran Sweeps - Vala

Regular Classes - Judge C Liepmann
Best Of Breed/Group 2 - Mags
Best Of Winners/Winners Dog - Tennessee
Winners Bitch - Rumor
Select Dog/Best Owner Handled/Owner Handler Group 3 - Cayman
Select Bitch - Lacey
Awards of Merit - Buzz Baby & Rumor

October 19

Best Of Breed - Mags
Best Of Winners/Winners Bitch/New Champion - Jez
Winners Dog - Stewart
Best Of Opposite (from the Veteran 7-10 year class) - Ida
Select Dog/Owner Handler Group 2/New Grand Champion - Cayman
Select Bitch - Vala
Reserve Winners Dog - Tennessee
Reserve Winners Bitch - Bella

October 20

CDCA Supported Entry, Judge R Stein

Best Of Breed/Group 4 - Mags
Best Of Winners - Jackson
Winners Bitch/NEW CHAMPION - Rumor
Best Of Opposite Sex - Lacey
Select Dog - Cayman
Select Bitch - Torino
Reserve Winners Dog - Stewart
Reserve Winner Bitch - Layla

- Amanda -


The 2013 CDCA Specialty was held in Atlanta GA, October, 2013.

Dates: October 15-21, 2013

Show Chair
Annette Israel

Specialty Committee
Julie Haddy
Chris Miller
April Lee

Host Hotel
Drury Inn, 6520 S Lee Street, Morrow GA
Phone – 770-960-0500 or 1-800-378-7946
Ask for the Canaan Dog Club group #2183161
Rate $81.95 per night (note – better than originally published)
No Pet Fee (CDCA Room Policy applies)
Includes Breakfast & Afternoon Snacks
Convenient access to food, shopping & tourism
About 5 miles from Show Site

Trophy Donations
Deadline to be listed in show catalog has passed, but accepted anytime, and will be listed in the next Kib.
Chris Miller

Catalog Ads
Deadline passed, but if you t sent your payment yet, please contact April ASAP.
April Lee

Banquet Reservations – Deadline October 1, 2013
$35.00 per person; checks payable to CDCA; contact Annette with specific dietary needs/concerns.
Annette Israel


When What Where
Tuesday, Oct. 15th
  7:00 pm Welcome to Atlanta! Hospitality Host Hotel
Wednesday, Oct. 16th
  8:00 am - ~1:00 pm Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors Host Hotel
  3:00 pm - ~5:00 pm Annual General Meeting Host Hotel
  7:30 pm
(after dinner on your own)
Education - Topic: The Ashkelton Dog Project Host Hotel
Thursday, Oct. 17th
  all day National Specialty Day
Final times to be decided based on entries:
Judges Education
Ringside Mentoring
Puppy & Veteran Sweepstakes - Judge Amanda Pough
Junior Showmanship - Judge Amanda Pough
National Specialty - Judge Neena VanCamp
Atlanta Exposition Center
3850 Jonesboro Road
Atlanta GA
Friday, Oct. 18th
  all day CDCA Designated Specialty at Douglasville Kennel Club of Georgia
Breed/Group Judge – Carl Liepmann
Puppy & Veteran Sweepstakes - Linda Clark

The CDCA will support the Obedience & Rally classes during the cluster. The Saturday show will be considered our ‘National Specialty Obedience & Rally Trials.’ Obedience & Rally Judges for the weekend may be found online. Regular & Non-Regular Obedience Classes, including Wild Card, offered.

Atlanta Exposition Center
3850 Jonesboro Road
Atlanta GA
Saturday, Oct. 19th
  morning and afternoon CDCA Supported Entry at Atlanta Kennel Club, Inc.
Breed/Group Judge - K Meredith-Cavanna
Atlanta Exposition Center
3850 Jonesboro Road
Atlanta GA
  6:30 pm Banquet, Awards Presentations and Auction Host Hotel
Sunday, Oct. 20th
  all day CDCA Supported Entry at Newnan Kennel Club
Breed/Group Judge - R Stein
Atlanta Exposition Center
3850 Jonesboro Road
Atlanta GA
Monday, Oct. 21st
  all day Herding
Evaluator: Hubert Bailey
See the pre-entry form for more details or contact
Denise Gordon
Bailey Farm
1519 Bailey Waters Rd.
Dawsonville, GA 30534

Who Let The Canaan Dogs Out? Who? Who?

The Miller family welcomes National Specialty attendees who want to give their dogs a run in a fenced area to contact Chris to coordinate a time to come visit the CDs of RiverRock and let your dogs blow off some steam. Outdoor bathing facilities are also available at their house.
Chris Miller

As October approaches, watch the CDCA web site for updates and more information.

As per Article II, Section 1 of the CDCA By Laws, the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Canaan Dog Club of America, Inc. will be held on Wednesday, October 16th at 3pm at the Drury Inn, 6520 S Lee Street, Morrow GA (The Board of Directors will meet at the hotel at 8am the same day.)
To help facilitate the meeting, club members are encourages to submit items for the agenda to the Recording Secretary, Melinda Linton, to arrive by Wed., Oct. 2nd, 2013.
(6351 Linton Way, Ann Arbor MI 48105-9285)

Don't Forget ... Top Canaan Dogs of 2012

If your dog was among the top CDs in performance or conformation in 2012, watch for your invitation to submit their info for a special presentation at the banquet. Contact Julie Haddy for more information.

Raffles, Auctions and a Place in CD History!

Bring your spending money — buy early, buy often! PayPal payments accepted, need not be present to win!

50/50 Raffle to benefit the AKC/Canine Health Foundation Canaan Dog Donor Advised Fund – Starting Wednesday – ending Saturday at banquet – before auction. Tickets – 1 for $1, 6 for $5, 15 for $10, stretch for $20

Pet O2 Mask for the trucks of the local Fire Department – your name goes down in history – starting Wednesday – ending Saturday at banquet – before auction. In past years, we have raised enough money to purchase kits for two trucks – can we top ourselves this year?
Tickets – 1 for $1, 6 for $5, 15 for $10, stretch for $20

General Raffle – Various dog related products – starts Thursday (designated grooming area) ends Sunday (designated grooming area).
Tickets – 1 for $1, 6 for $5, 15 for $10, stretch for $20

Auction items – if you can't make it in person or need to ship ahead – ship to Chris Miller, 3220 Gees Mill Road, Conyers, GA 30013

Contact Chris for all tickets and with any questions!

Credit Cards accepted on location.