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Simple Survey: Your First Purebred Dog?


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March 2018

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When did you get your first purebred dog?

Janice Anderson - As a child, my first dog was "Royal", a Collie

Pam Williams - 1979

Debra Gaylord-Thomas - 1960

Alexandra Dantuma - 2002

Monica Galley - 11/2008

Cyndi Bender - 1972

Teresa Hall - 1990

Shirley Fair - 1963

Teri Kavakos - 1977

Caroline Boris - 06/1992

Pamela Offutt - 1963

Jackie Kurzban - 12/1989

Nancy Phillips - 1975

Mark P - 1999

David Arthur - 10/1989

Judy Herring - 1960

Judith Maier - 1954

Donna Fitzpatrick - Early teens in the early 60’s

Robert Schaible - Summer, 1946

Diane Jacobsen - 02/1960

Sharon Ero - 1970

T Palmer - 1968

Liz Lufrano - 12/1970

Joanna Seleme - 2005

Jeff Rodbourn - 1972

Susan Bass - 5th grade, 1969

Fred Lanting - As a toddler (1937), my first canine was a TFT

Shirley Taylor - My parents got a Chow Chow 6 mos. before I was born.

Ann McMillan - 07/1994

Gail Ferguson - 1964

Tamara Dunn - 03/1973

Karen Elvin - 1945

Nancy Broz - 1959

J’Anna Lyttle - 1968

Bobbi King - 1979

Rincy Ebbert - 1960

Ken James - 03/2004

Mary E - 1968

Betty Grotophorst - 10/1973

Jan Boggio - 1991

Carol Stegavig - 1972

Kathryn Smith - 1950ish

Marjorie Rosa - 12/1975

Becky Eterno - 1977

Ky Moffet - 1969

Lilian Barber - 1966

Denise McGinnis - 1955

Diann O’Neal - 1968

Kris Fitzgerald - 1991

Nancy Link - 01/1960

Anne Eckersley - 1976

Chris Lewis - 1974

Dave Milne - 1977

Tracy Burdick - 1973

Mary Deats - 1977

Bonnie Chandler - 1965

Cahli Carothers - 12/2005

D Hedgcock - family always had purebred dogs

Cindy Knox - 1970

Carlotta Cooper - 1974

Janice Koler-Matznick - 1972

Steffie Cheng - 1987

Becky Tehon - 1972

JoAnne Buehler - 1979

Paula Stebbins - 1944

Tam Cordingley - Always, raised with them, never been without a purebred dog.


What was your first purebred dog?

Terrier and Hound breeds seemed to be the most popular.

Janice Anderson - Newfoundland

Pam Williams - Welsh Terrier

Debra Gaylord-Thomas - Miniature Poodle

Alexandra Dantuma - Scottish Terrier

Monica Galley - Dachshund

Cyndi Bender - Old English Sheepdog

Teresa Hall - Toy Fox Terrier

Shirley Fair - German Shepherd

Teri Kavakos - Irish Setter

Caroline Boris - Great Dane

Pamela Offutt - Scottish Terrier

Jackie Kurzban - Rottweiler

Nancy Phillips - English Springer Spaniel

Mark P - Doberman Pinscher

David Arthur - Shetland Sheepdog

Judy Herring - Irish Setter

Judith Maier - Dachshund

Donna Fitzpatrick - Labrador

Robert Schaible - American Cocker Spaniel

Diane Jacobsen - Labrador Retriever

Sharon Ero - Scottish Terrier

T Palmer - Cocker Spaniel

Liz Lufrano - Scottish Terrier

Joanna Seleme - Silky Terrier

Jeff Rodbourn - Basset hound

Susan Bass - German Shepherd

Fred Lanting - My 2nd, about 1946, Smooth Fox

Shirley Taylor - Chow Chow

Ann McMillan - Shetland Sheepdog

Gail Ferguson - Wire Fox Terrier

Tamara Dunn - Samoyed

Karen Elvin - Norwegian Elkhound

Nancy Broz - German Shepherd

J’Anna Lyttle - Rottweiler

Bobbi King - German Shepherd Dog

Rincy Ebbert - Boxer then Afghan Hound

Ken James - Pug

Mary E - German Shepherd

Betty Grotophorst - Afghan Hound

Jan Boggio - Newfoundland

Carol Stegavig - Great Dane

Kathryn Smith - Smooth Fox terrier

Marjorie Rosa - Scottish Terrier

Becky Eterno - Irish Terrier

Ky Moffet - Toy Poodle

Lilian Barber - Italian Greyhound

Denise McGinnis - Dalmatian

Diann O’Neal - German Shepherd

Kris Fitzgerald - Norwegian Elkhound

Nancy Link - Pomeranian

Anne Eckersley - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Chris Lewis - Irish Setter

Dave Milne - Irish Wolfhound

Tracy Burdick - Poodle

Mary Deats - Schipperke

Bonnie Chandler - Poodle

Cahli Carothers - Poodle

D Hedgcock - Cocker Spaniel

Cindy Knox - Boxer

Carlotta Cooper - Irish Setter

Janice Koler-Matznick - American Staffordshire Terrier

Steffie Cheng - Miniature Schnauzer

Becky Tehon - Collie

JoAnne Buehler - Afghan Hound

Paula Stebbins - Great Dane

Tam Cordingley - Collie


What attracted you to that breed?

Janice Anderson - My mother brought one home as a pup when I was 8 yrs old, after our Lab,"Dino" died. I was hooked!

Pam Williams - Family had that breed

Debra Gaylord-Thomas - Family friends were in Poodles and Shy Bones fell in love with me, so my parents bought her.

Alexandra Dantuma - A friend owned one and I loved her.

Monica Galley - Family had Dachshunds

Cyndi Bender - Cuteness

Teresa Hall - Small size, coloring, temperament

Shirley Fair - young girl's fantasy, TV series

Teri Kavakos - Beauty and brains

Caroline Boris - Had always wanted one since I was very little but my mother said 'not in my house'

Pamela Offutt - My Grandmother had a stuffed toy Scottie and I was in love with it as a child.

Jackie Kurzban - robust, intelligence, looks, size, working dog

Nancy Phillips - Hunting

Mark P - Trainability and looks

David Arthur - My mom always talked of them, and they're adorable.

Judy Herring - Beautiful dog, good temperament

Judith Maier - I'd met the breeder

Donna Fitzpatrick - Dad raised them

Robert Schaible - My grandfather knew the breeder and bought a pup as a gift for me.

Diane Jacobsen - Duck hunting

Sharon Ero - Big dog in small package

T Palmer - My parents bought her for me.

Liz Lufrano - Size and Temperament. Purchased at a pet store I passed every day on way to work.

Joanna Seleme - Its personality, temperament, size and its gorgeous Silky coat.

Jeff Rodbourn - hunting skills

Susan Bass - Family Guardian

Fred Lanting - My 1st GSD (late 40s) was large, noble, checked on all of us as we slept. Protector & cared-for.

Shirley Taylor - I love everything about them

Ann McMillan - The looks, size and personality

Gail Ferguson - Looks and personality

Tamara Dunn - It was a gift. We moved from Alaska to Tennessee. The puppy was to console me for being made to move.

Karen Elvin - My parents' choice

Nancy Broz - 4 H project

J’Anna Lyttle - Wanted a GSD, but was unhappy with their structure, Rottie was similar and liked their structure.

Bobbi King - Most versatile

Rincy Ebbert - Parents wanted one

Ken James - The subtleties of positive traits according to the breed standard

Mary E - loving, gentleness and size plus we farmed and they loved being there with you.

Betty Grotophorst - Pretty, long coat, size, overall look, and mannerisms

Jan Boggio - Temperament, look of the dog, working abilities

Carol Stegavig - My parents always had Dobes & Shepherds. We I got married I wanted a big dog, brains & friendly.

Kathryn Smith - my mother raised SFT's

Marjorie Rosa - lived with them when staying with a friend long term - independence, loyalty, persistence

Becky Eterno - personality, grooming a wire coat

Ky Moffet - pure chance of an available dog

Lilian Barber - Wanted a larger dog but had a tiny yard. Saw the IGs at a dog show and knew this was "it".

Denise McGinnis - Markings, temperament, affininity with horses

Diann O’Neal - Wanted a dog to protect

Kris Fitzgerald - love the spitz type and the breeds attitude

Nancy Link - dog was given to us

Anne Eckersley - Small size with outgoing sweet fearless temperament

Chris Lewis - Coat, colour, elegance

Dave Milne - personalities, characteristics of breeder-friend dogs

Tracy Burdick - non-shedding, smart, trainable

Mary Deats - Grew up with them, mother had them as well as GSDs and Brittany Spaniels.

Bonnie Chandler - My parents chose it

Cahli Carothers - Intelligence

D Hedgcock - Followed my mother home from docks in Long Beach during WWII

Cindy Knox - Hubby wanted. Got rid of hubby kept dog and kids. Smart Woman

Carlotta Cooper - All my life I thought that Setters looked the way dogs should look

Janice Koler-Matznick - Tough, stoic personality, good with people, muscular appearance

Steffie Cheng - I was around people who breed them and she was given to me as a gift

Becky Tehon - Temperament and family history with the breed

JoAnne Buehler - ability for a larger dog to live in a smaller space without knocking everything over!

Paula Stebbins - Majestic and beautiful

Tam Cordingley - Family dogs. Then GS, boxer, sheltie, smooth fox terriers, border terriers


What breed(s) do you now have?

Even over time, Terriers still seemed to be the most popular.

Janice Anderson - Newfoundlands, Sussex Spaniels, Australian Cattledogs

Pam Williams - Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Debra Gaylord-Thomas - Siberian Huskies, Cardigan Welsh Corgis & Belgian Mal. pet

Alexandra Dantuma - My beloved "McTavish" died from cancer.

Monica Galley - Dachshund

Cyndi Bender - Scottish Terrier

Teresa Hall - older Toy Fox Terrier, 1 mixed breed

Shirley Fair - German Shepherd, Pug, Dalmatian

Teri Kavakos - Welsh Springer Spaniel

Caroline Boris - Great Dane and Scottish terrier

Pamela Offutt - Scottish Terriers

Jackie Kurzban - Rottweiler and Australian Cattle Dog

Nancy Phillips - Skye Terrier, Scottish Terrier

Mark P - Doberman Pinscher

David Arthur - Standard Poodles and Dobermans

Judy Herring - Scottish Terriers

Judith Maier - Briard, APBT

Donna Fitzpatrick - Irish Russell Terriers and Malinois

Robert Schaible - Dalmatian

Diane Jacobsen - Rhodesian Ridgebacks

Sharon Ero - Scottish Terrier

T Palmer - Chow Chow

Liz Lufrano - Scottish Terrier

Joanna Seleme - Silky terriers

Jeff Rodbourn - Saint Bernard

Susan Bass - Beauceron

Fred Lanting - "working lines" this time

Shirley Taylor - Havanese

Ann McMillan - Shetland Sheepdog

Gail Ferguson - Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Tamara Dunn - Irish Wolfhounds, Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Karen Elvin - Norwegian Elkhound

Nancy Broz - Shih-Tzu

J’Anna Lyttle - Beaucerons - 3 females.

Bobbi King - German Shepherd Dog

Rincy Ebbert - Afghan Hound

Ken James - Chihuahua and Pug

Mary E - Chihuahuas - they think they are Shepherds

Betty Grotophorst - Portuguese Water Dog

Jan Boggio - Newfoundlands

Carol Stegavig - Great Dane and always will

Kathryn Smith - Scottish Terriers

Marjorie Rosa - Scottish Terrier

Becky Eterno - Welsh Terrier

Ky Moffet - Labrador retriever (working type)

Lilian Barber - Italian Greyhound

Denise McGinnis - Dalmatian & rescue Pekingese

Diann O’Neal - Shetland Sheep dog

Kris Fitzgerald - Icelandic Sheepdog

Nancy Link - Australian Shepherds

Anne Eckersley - Cavalier King Charles Spaniels & Tibetan Spaniels

Chris Lewis - Bernese Mountain Dogs and Lagotto Romagnolos

Dave Milne - Irish Wolfhound, Borzoi

Tracy Burdick - Papillon

Mary Deats - Schipperke

Bonnie Chandler - Sheltie and Belgian Tervuren

Cahli Carothers - Malinois & Poodle

D Hedgcock - Great Danes, parents and gparents, ggparents+ had them

Cindy Knox - Boxers and Frenchies

Carlotta Cooper - English Setters

Janice Koler-Matznick - Rhodesian Ridgebacks

Steffie Cheng - Basenjis and Dobermans

Becky Tehon - Collie

JoAnne Buehler - Afghan Hound

Paula Stebbins - Great Dane

Tam Cordingley - German Shepherd


Do you actively breed AND show? If the answer was No, why not?

Janice Anderson - Yes

Pam Williams - Yes

Debra Gaylord-Thomas - No, my youngest Sibe is 12, I plan to get another in 2018 or '19. Then I will start again.

Alexandra Dantuma - No, he passed away

Monica Galley - Yes

Cyndi Bender - No, no interest

Teresa Hall - No, increased vet expenses, anti-breeder vibe from vets, fear of government control over care of my pets

Shirley Fair - No, too expensive & political

Teri Kavakos - Yes

Caroline Boris - Yes

Pamela Offutt - No, I am a judge. Feel it is unethical for judges to breed and exhibit

Jackie Kurzban - yes, show, on occasions and more performance than conformation. breed, not currently.

Nancy Phillips - No, showed for 28 years, retired now.

Mark P - Yes

David Arthur - Yes

Judy Herring - Yes

Judith Maier - No, I got old. The dogs got old.

Donna Fitzpatrick - No, shows are too political and many times the most popular handler wins and not the best dogs.

Robert Schaible - Yes

Diane Jacobsen - Yes

Sharon Ero - Yes

T Palmer - Yes

Liz Lufrano - Yes

Joanna Seleme - Yes

Jeff Rodbourn - Yes

Susan Bass - Yes

Fred Lanting - No, been there, done that. Just want a great companion now

Shirley Taylor - Yes

Ann McMillan - No, gotten older so have stopped breeding.

Gail Ferguson - Yes

Tamara Dunn - Yes

Karen Elvin - Yes

Nancy Broz - Yes

J’Anna Lyttle - Yes

Bobbi King - Yes, I show in ALL venues and Therapy Dog and train service dogs

Rincy Ebbert - No, 2 of my Afghans are rescue, so no. One is a show dog whose handler stopped showing because of health.

Ken James - No, I found the AKC environment to be very unfriendly, and I now do breed rescue, which I love.

Mary E - No, Has become too expensive and dangerous.

Betty Grotophorst - No, I don't have a show-able dog. This breed is now become a back yard breeders dream dog.

Jan Boggio - Yes

Carol Stegavig - Yes

Kathryn Smith - No for several reasons - mostly personal, but disgusted with AKC and never integrated into UKC

Marjorie Rosa - Yes

Becky Eterno - Yes

Ky Moffet - No, I only breed to maintain my line: 56 fieldbred UKC CHs plus BIS/RBIS. Done with shows.

Lilian Barber - Yes

Denise McGinnis - No, too elderly & retired on limited income

Diann O’Neal - No, don't have any desire to

Kris Fitzgerald - Yes

Nancy Link - Yes

Anne Eckersley - Yes

Chris Lewis - Yes

Dave Milne - No, we show, lure course, etc dogs from breeder-friends

Tracy Burdick - Yes

Mary Deats - No, not at moment, retired and moved from one country to another

Bonnie Chandler - Yes I actively show, but breed only when I have a bitch who passes all the tests.

Cahli Carothers - Yes

D Hedgcock - Yes

Cindy Knox - Yes

Carlotta Cooper - Yes but not very often

Janice Koler-Matznick - Yes

Steffie Cheng - Yes

Becky Tehon - Yes

JoAnne Buehler - Yes

Paula Stebbins - Yes I show, no I don’t breed

Tam Cordingley - No, retired EST 2002 © 1711-183


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