The Canaan Dog Club of America

AKC Parent Club of the Breed

2023 CDCA National Specialty

Plan Ahead & Save the Dates!

CDCA 2023 National Specialty
Purina Farms
Gray Summit, MO
September 12-17, 2023

Superintendent: Foy Trent Dog Shows (Premium List)


Thank you to all who entered, attended, and supported the 2023 CDCA National Specialty over the past two days. We still have more events this week, but we are off to a great start.

My thanks to my committee for their incredible work so far:
Donna Davison
Denise Gordon
Amy Preston
Marianne Smith Vargas

And to all the others who have helped so much this week and in the lead up, especially Jen Wise, Chris Murphy, Ashley Hatfield, Star Ott, David Pohl, Barbara Redcay, Jessica Radcliffe, Karen Nesbit, Jodi Geerlings, and Keith Shank.

Special thanks to our judges and evaluators, especially Breeder/Judge Christina Miller.

Abbreviated Unofficial Results - Congratulations All!

Best Rookie - Red, Donna Davison
Best Experienced - Fern, Amy Preston
21 entries, 20 tested, 12 passed (10 new CDCA-HCs, one 2nd leg CDCA-HCX, one new CDCA-HCX)

High In Trial - Simi, Cathi Oskow

High Score - Simi, Cathi Oskow

Best in Sweepstakes- Deuce, Ruth Crawford
Best In Veteran Sweepstakes - Rumor, David Pohl & Barbara Redcay

Best of Breed - Estee, Pamela Rosman & Richard Vulliet
Best of Winners/NOHS Best of Breed/Winners Dog - Phoenix, Ashley Hatfield
Best of Opposite - Aharon, Marianne Smith Vargas
Winners Bitch - Simi, Cathi Oskow
Reserve - Deuce, Ruth Crawford
Select Bitch - Zarah, Marianne Smith Vargas & Richard Vargas & Brittany Cipriotti
Best Veteran - Rumor, David Pohl & Barbara Redcay

Junior Showmanship
Best Junior Handler - Breanna Davison-Fulk
Reserve Best Junior Handler - Isaac Davison-Fulk

Scavenger Hunt — The Most Competitive & Intense Competition of the Week (so far!)
Grand Prize Winner: Cathi Oskow
Runners Up: Donna Davison & Jen Wise

Junior Division (under 9): Audrey Presswood

Junior Division (9-18): Selena Davison-Fulk

Amanda Pough, 9/14/2023

The CDCA & Chris Miller offered awards at today’s FastCAT hosted by the Ibizan Hound Club of the United States.

Test 1
Fastest: Deckard - Jen Wise
Turtle: Hawk - Denise Gordon

Test 2
Fastest: Phoenix - Ashley Hatfield
Turtle: Fern - Ashley Hatfield

Personal Bests:
Fern - Amy Preston
Roo - Donna Davison
Fern - Ashley Hatfield
Hawk - Denise Gordon

Qualifiers in one or both tests:
Sarah and Roo - Donna Davison
Hawk - Denise Gordon
Deckard - Jen Wise
Fern - Amy Preston
Fern & Phoenix - Ashley Hatfield

Amanda Pough, 9/15/2023

Event Locations

Purina Farms

  • Purina Farms Event Center, 500 William Danforth Way, Gray Summit, MO
  • Herding at Purina Farms Herding Facility: 300 Checkerboard Loop, Gray Summit, MO (CDCA Herding Instinct Test)
  • FastCAT at Purina Farms: details will be made available closer to event

Host Hotel

  • Holiday Inn St Louis West At Six Flags, 4901 Six Flags Road, Eureka MO
  • approximately 10 minutes from Purina Farms
  • $35 one-time non-refundable dog show fee
  • maximum of 4 dogs/kennels per room
  • maximum of 5 people per room
  • reservations by calling the hotel directly at 800-782-8108 or 636-938-6661 and ask for the Canaan Dog Show rate ($130.95 + tax 2 Queen Beds; $189.95 + tax Family Room)

Nearest Airport

  • Lambert-Saint Louis International Airport (STL)

RV Parking

RV Parking Reservations are now open for the week of September 11th!

The RV Reservation Form can be found on the Three Rivers KC website.

There is a map of the RV lot and a link on the Three Rivers KC Facebook page.

2023 CDCA National Specialty Logo

Tentative Schedule*

When What Where
Tuesday, September 12, 2023
9:00am   All Breed Scent Work, hosted by the Black Russian Terrier Club of America (premium list) Purina Farms
7:00pm   Welcome Party Host Hotel
Wednesday, September 13, 2023
9:00am   Herding
Evaluator: Ms. Terrasita Cuffie (AHBA Licensed Judge/AKC Provisional)
(complete CDCA Herding Instinct Test Pre-Entry Form below)
Purina Farms Herding Facility
12:00pm   Obedience and Rally
Rally Judge: Dr Jill Warren
Obedience Judge: James Comunale
Purina Farms
TBA   Board Meeting TBA
Thursday, September 14, 2023
TBA   National Specialty with Puppy & Veteran Sweepstakes, Junior Showmanship, NOHS, & 4-6 Month Beginner Puppy
Breed: Christina Miller, River Rock Canaan Dogs
Sweepstakes, Junior Showmanship & 4-6 Month Beginner Puppy: Dr Jill Warren
Purina Farms
No Earlier Than 4:30pm   CDCA Annual General Meeting Purina Farms, Founders Room
Friday, September 15, 2023
TBA   All Breed FastCAT, Ibizan Hound Club Of The United States (premium list) Purina Farms, Working Dog and Flying Disc Field
12:00pm   CDCA Lunch N Learn Seminar: The Changing Needs of Older Dogs (including Dental Care) Hospitality Room
Saturday, September 16, 2023
TBA   Judges Education Seminar Purina Farms, Founders Room
TBA   Supported entry with Puppy & Veteran Sweepstakes

Three Rivers KC*
Judges Education Hands On Seminar to follow
Purina Farms
TBA   All Breed FastCAT, Ibizan Hound Club Of The United States (premium list) Purina Farms, Working Dog and Flying Disc Field
TBA   Banquet & Auction Purina Farms, Founders Room
Sunday, September 17, 2023
    Supported Entry, Three Rivers KC* Purina Farms

*Pending approvals, Three Rivers KC will offer NOHS, Pee-Wee, 4-6 Month Beginner Puppy, Junior Showmanship (Scholarship each day for BJH!), and potentially more.

Show Committee

Chair: Amanda Pough,, 802-272-7635

Assistant Chair: Donna Davison
Welcome Party: Amy Preston
Herding: Denise Gordon

Banquet Reservations: Marianne Vargas Smith
See the Banquet Reservation Form for more details.

Trophy Donations: See the Trophy Donation Form for more details.

Catalog Ads: see the Catalog Advertisements and Memorial Honor Pages Form for more details.

Auction Items (to be shipped ahead): Donna Davison, 8285 Sassafras Rd, DuQuoin IL 62832

Parade of Titleholders and Rescue Dogs: see the Entry Form for more details.

CDCA Herding Instinct Test

The CDCA Herding Instinct Test will be held on Wednesday, September 13, 2023, at the Purina Farms Herding Facility at 300 Checkerboard Loop, Gray Summit, MO 63039. The test will start at 9:00am and is limited to 25 runs. Evaluator: Ms. Terrasita Cuffie (AHBA Licensed Judge/AKC Provisional). See the CDCA Herding Instinct Test Pre-Entry Form for more details. Pre-Entry Deadline: Thursday, September 7, 2013.

Reserved Grooming Space

If you want to reserve your own grooming space at Purina Farms separate from the CDCA grooming space, please see for more information.