Interview with Sporting Group Breeder Judie Posner.
1. Where do you live? How many years in dogs? How many years as a breeder?
2. What is your kennel name? How many dogs do you currently keep?
3. Which show dogs from the past have been your noteworthy winners?
4. Which have been your most influential sires and dams?
5. Can you talk about your facilities? Where are your puppies whelped? How are they raised?
6. What is your “process” for selecting show puppies? At what age do you make your decision?
7. How do you prepare your pups for the show ring?
8. Are Performance and Companion titles important to you as a breeder?
9. In your opinion, is your breed in good condition overall? Any trends that warrant concern?
10. Do you feel that your breed has a promising future as a family companion?
11. Do you have any thoughts you’d like to share about the sport of dogs in general?
12. For a bit of fun, what’s the most amusing experience you’ve ever experienced with a Sporting Dog?
Sporting Group Breeder Judie Posner
Where do I live? How many years in dogs? How many years as a breeder?
I live in Ocala, Florida, and have been in dogs for 49 years (in April) and I’ve been a breeder for 47 years.
What is my kennel name? How many dogs do I currently keep?
My kennel name is Encore Cockers & Cavaliers. I keep between 12-15 dogs.Which have been my most influential sires and dams? My most influential dogs have been CH Encore’s Total Eclipse and CH Encore’s Draft Dodger.
Can I talk about my facilities? Where are my puppies whelped? How are they raised?
My puppies are whelped and raised in my bedroom for careful monitoring (weighing, checking hydration, cords, making sure mom is pottying them correctly, etc.). They stay there until weaned. At that time, they move into a puppy playpen (raised floored) in my great room, right outside my bedroom, until they either go to their new homes or start their show training. Puppies are exposed to many things—noises and situations—including large dogs (I have a German Shepherd Dog), weekly baths and trims, and toys of many textures.
What is my “process” for selecting show puppies? At what age do I make my decision?
I rarely make a pick prior to eight weeks, but I can separate pet pups by 4-6 weeks. I do prefer to see their length of back, upper arm, ear set, topline, and tail set, and I hope that they “use” their body on the ground.
How do I prepare my pups for the show ring? I make sure they think it’s all about them in personality and are generally bulletproof. I also strive to teach them a good work ethic; stacking on the table, free-stacking on the ground, etc.
Are Performance and Companion titles important to me as a breeder?
To a degree, but as a breeder, placing the puppy in the right home and having it live its life out there is just as important to me.
In my opinion, is my breed in good condition overall? Any trends that warrant concern? I would like to see my breed more “up on leg” and higher-stationed, without the Terrier tail that is so frequently seen.
Do I feel that my breed has a promising future as a family companion?
While there are some exceptions, most Cockers have lovely temperaments.
Do I have any thoughts I’d like to share about the sport of dogs in general?
I’d like to see judges have to re-certify (in its entirety) every five years, and not be afraid to pull a wicket or withhold a ribbon, as the lack of these actions just encourages kennel blindness and bad breeding.