The Canaan Dog Club of America

AKC Parent Club of the Breed

2021 CDCA National Specialty

CDCA 2021 National Specialty
Tucson, Arizona
November 2021

2021 National Specialty Winner


Please see the 2021 Specialty Web site for more information:

The 2021 Specialty will be held in Tucson AZ, Wednesday Nov. 10 – Tuesday Nov. 16, in conjunction with the Canyons Cluster at Rillito Park.

The superintendent is Onofrio.

The hosting clubs are the Madera Canyon Kennel Club and the Canada del Oro Kennel Club

The host hotel is La Posada Lodge and Casitas, which is about ¼ mile from the show site.

General Information

Tucson is on Mountain time in November.
Average temperatures are: hi - 72, low - 45.

Getting there:
Tucson International Airport (TUS) is approximately 16.5 miles from the host hotel. The NS and Canyons Cluster show site is Rillito Park which is just under 3 miles or 7 minutes from the host hotel. American, Delta, United and Alaska airlines offer some non-stop flights in to Tucson and allow pets in cargo. The Phoenix International Airport (PHX) offers many non-stop flights with pets in cargo. PHX is approximately 107 miles (1.5 hours) from the host hotel.

Points schedule:

Arizona is in AKC’s Division 9 for point schedule:

Dogs Bitches Dogs Bitches Dogs Bitches Dogs Bitches Dogs Bitches
2 2 3 3 4 4 5 5 6 6

Following the National Specialty there are 4 days of shows at the Canyons Cluster. And the weekend following that there are another 4 days of shows at the Coyote Cluster. Yes, that is NINE days of shows in 12 calendar days.

Campgrounds near host hotel:
Miracle RV Park
Whispering Palms RV Park

Reviews of area RV parks can be found here:

Good Sam member RV Parks can be found here:

Self-serve dog wash: Dirty Dawgs. $15.00 per dog which includes shampoo/conditioner, use of apron, towels, dryers, brushes/combs, nail clippers, ear wipes. 5.1 miles from host hotel.

Dog food: Pet Club. Features premium pet foods, including raw. 1.1 miles from host hotel.

Host Hotel:

La Posada Lodge and Casitas
5900 North Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ 85704
Phone: (520) 887-4800 Fax: (520) 293-7543

Group rates:
$139.00 plus tax plus $10.00 resort fee for a standard room.
$159.00 plus tax plus $10.00 resort fee for a casita.

Maximum of 3 dogs per room. First 2 dogs at no additional charge. 3rd dog will have an additional fee of $10 per stay.

To hold a room at these event rates, please make reservations NO LATER THAN OCTOBER 20TH 2021.

A link will be provided by the hotel to make reservations, or you can call the hotel and refer to the group rate for the Canaan Dog Club of America.



When What Where
Wednesday, November 10th
2 pm   Board Meeting Hotel Meeting Room
7 pm   Welcome Party Host Hotel
Thursday, November 11th
    Group trip to San Xavier del Bac  
    OFA CHIC DNA Blood Collection**  
3 pm   General Meeting Hotel Meeting Room
Friday, November 12th
TBD   Concurrent National Specialty
Puppy & Veteran Sweepstakes
Junior Showmanship
Conformation Show
Parade of Veterans
Parade of Rescues
Obedience & Rally HIT CD
Rillito Park
TBD   Supported Entry - Canyons Cluster Rillito Park
Lunchtime   - Lunch Provided -  
Saturday, November 13th
    Judge's Education TBD
    Supported Entry - Canyons Cluster Rillito Park
    Banquet/Auction Host Hotel
Sunday, November 14th
    Designated Specialty - Canyons Cluster Rillito Park
Monday, November 15th
    Supported Entry - Canyons Cluster Rillito Park
Tuesday, November 16th
    Herding Empire Ridge Ranch
Lunchtime   Box lunch ($) Empire Ridge Ranch
    Wine Tasting (by reservation) Charron Vineyard and Winery

*AKC events subject to approval **Subject to change

Judges Education: The Canaan Dog Club of America will be offering ringside mentoring during our National Specialty weekend in Tucson, AZ, November 12th through 14th. Our Judge's Seminar and Hands On workshop will be offered on Saturday the 13th, 30 minutes after Canaan Dog Breed Judging at the Rillito Race Track, 4502 North 1st Ave., Tucson, AZ at the Canyons Cluster, Onofrio is the Superintendent. RSVP's are requested to: Christina Miller, There is no cost, but donations to the CDCA are always appreciated.

National Specialty/Designated Specialty:

Judges: Robert Frost (NS)
Amanda M Pough (DS)

All Regular classes

Non-regular classes:

Veterans (7-10, 10-13, 13+)
Herding Titled
Stud Dog
Brood Bitch
Brace (Two dogs of the same recognized breed or variety that are similar in appearance, performing in unison, and presented by a maximum of two handlers. Both dogs in the Brace must have at least one common owner.)
Team (Four dogs of the same recognized breed or variety that are similar in appearance, performing in unison, and presented by a maximum of four handlers. All dogs in the Team must have at least one common owner.)
Generations (At least 2 generations of direct descendants)

National Owner-Handled Series


Judges: Kitty Burke (NS)
Nancy Amburgey (DS)
Junior puppy (6-9, 9-12, 12-15)
Senior puppy (15-18, 18-21, 21-24)
"Rona" puppy (24-27, 27-30)
Veterans (7-10, 10-13, 13+)

​Junior Showmanship

Parade of Rescues

Parade of Veterans

Candid/ringside photos will be taken by


A raffle to benefit the Canaan Dog Rescue Network will take on the show grounds.


Please see the NS website for reservation form.

The banquet will be held at the Host Hotel's banquet room at 7 pm on Saturday November 13th 2021. It will be a buffet dinner entrees with various side dishes. Special requests, such as vegetarian or kosher, should be made in the Comment section. The cost is $60/person.


Following the Banquet. April Gray will be coordinating the auction. Please send Auction Items to Carrie Franz at:

601 N Fairhaven Dr
Vail, AZ 85641

Further details regarding auction will be available in the coming months.


The Herding Instinct Test will be held on Tuesday November 16th 2021 at the Empire Ridge Ranch.

Our judge will be Laura de la Cruz, AKC and AHBA Herding Judge.

Entries limited to 20 runs.

The cost is $35 first dog, $30 each additional dog.

A box lunch will be offered; cost and other details TBD.

There will be a wine tasting at the dog friendly Charron Vineyard and Winery following the instinct trial.

Memorial Trophies:

Memorial Trophies available for sponsorship:

Best of Breed - The Bertha & Jay Scheaffer Memorial Trophy
Best of Opposite Sex - The Dr. Rudolphina Menzel Memorial Trophy
Brood Bitch First Place - Lorraine Stephens Memorial Trophy

Additional Trophy Categories

Regular Classes:
Best Herding Titled
Winners Dog

Non Regular Classes:
Stud Dog First Place
Brood Bitch First Place

Best of Opposite Sex in Puppy Sweepstakes
Best of Opposite Sex in Veteran Sweepstakes

See for form


Logo tee shirts will be available.

Forms are available on the Specialty web site; hardcopies will be made available in the next Kib, or can be requested from Risa Baumrind (