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Interview with Brian C. Bogart – 2023 MCKC Dog Show Breed Judge

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Interview with Brian C. Bogart – 2023 MCKC Dog Show Breed Judge

What does it mean to be invited to judge at one of the most important dog shows in the world—Montgomery?

I have deep roots in the Terrier Group, breeding and exhibiting Miniature Schnauzers with my brother Wade for over 40 years. Thus, there is no greater honor for a Terrier Person to be invited to judge at the World’s Greatest Terrier Show. I am humbled and grateful to the Parson Russell Terrier Association of America for this privilege. Being a Terrier Man, judging at the Montgomery County Kennel Club All-Terrier Show is akin to a mountaineer reaching the top of Mount Everest!

 

Can I share my thoughts on my Breed assignment?

Reverend John Russell, founder of the breed, envisioned a medium-sized dog with a harsh double coat; balanced body with narrow, flexible chest; ground-covering trot with good reach in front and powerful drive in the rear; bold and energetic in temperament. These were the virtues I observed in most of the Parsons exhibited on that day. It was a pleasure to judge this entry. I will remember it always.

 

In my opinion, what does the future hold for the Terrier Breeds in America and around the world?

Although growing participation in Conformation events is a challenge, involvement in Performance and Companion sports, as well as in the AKC Family Dog and Title Recognition Programs, is on the rise. The Terriers’ affectionate, intelligent, loyal, and spunky personalities will fuel further growth in the family pet sector. Consequently, the future is bright for Terrier Breeds in America. I hope for the same throughout the world.