The Dog Show: 125 Years of Westminster

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The minute you open this book you enter a world of pedigree, class, and breeding infused by individuals who are the model of devotion and determination. In the midst of a country unconnected and unrefined, blossomed one of the most eloquent and elite groups in history, and it is still flourishing today. This book examines the lives of the founders of the Westminster Kennel Club, founded in 1877, and praises their work and the positive influence they've had on the sport. Against all odds, these great men kept politics and personal whim from tainting the sport or causing the club to stray from its objective. Stifel follows the progression of the dog show, outlining the influences that war, depression, cultural changes, and change in management has had on the shows, as well as the dogs. Hundreds of amazing photographs and informative captions make this book both fun and enriching to flip through, but it is so much more: The true connoisseur will appreciate the enlightening information, be it cultural, or canine, which lies between these captivating pictures.

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Everyone loves a dog show and Westminster is the ultimate event. Through heart-warming photographs and engaging anecdotes, William Stifel introduces readers to the group of gentlemen who started the Westminster Kennel Club in 1877 and the dogs who meant the world to them. The sport of pure-bred dogs has grown in popularity and this book is a tribute to the men and women who have made Westminster the most positive influence in the sport. They've kept politics and personal whim from tainting any of the events or causing the club to stray from its objective.
Stifel follows the progression of the dog show, outlining the influence that war, political and cultural developments and changes in management have had on the shows, as well as the dogs. Full-color photographs of Best in Show winners and commentary describing these classy canines reveals the true nature of the dog show. Readers will find themselves entertained by the terrific pictures and enlightened by the text, be it cultural, historical, or canine.

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William F. Stifel was president of the American Kennel Club from 1977 to 1986; he was on staff for twenty-nine years.

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