Ashford Kennel Löwchen

Judging Handbook 1995

I had always wanted to be a writer. In the early years of my involvement in the breed I began writing more and more. This came in handy once I began giving breed seminars. This handbook came into being since I wanted to send judges home with something to refresh what they had learned in the seminars. Working with the people aspiring to judge the breed was fun, and allowed me to meet many people all over the country. 
I put the handbook together using a cut and paste method. I literally cut and pasted photos and text into place since this was the only method readily available at the time, to create pages. Extremely low-tech! I look back and smile thinking about it. I learned the cut and paste while writing for Kennel Review, where I eventually became a staff writer. When I went out to Hollywood California to visit the magazine office, I would spend most of my time in the art/graphics room. This was the most fun place to be! 

I love this print. it is an old Dutch print known as "The Lace Maker". The dog is the perfect size for a Löwchen, and looks very typical for the breed. Note it does have an open face! 

This Booklet was created as the breed went into AKC miscellaneous. I was addressing the judges that had begun to have interest in the breed and were planning on applying for the breed. 

I used photos that I loved. The top two dogs were Sigrinia (L) and Ulan (R). They were the first two dogs Madame Bennert used in her breeding program. Below is Manfred's Nor Moustique. He was a lovely dog owned by Sandi Lunka of Willoughby Hills, Oh. This dog is very predominate through out the pedigrees of many of the dogs in the breed from the United States. One of my greatest regrets in my breeding program, is that I did not use this male enough. 

The dog pictured is Pepperland Footstep, who was bred by Leslie Healy from the Pepperland Kennel. I was able to visit her once in San Angelo, Texas many years ago. She and her Husband Matt were gracious hosts and took myself and sister out to a genuine Texas Steakhouse, where the steaks that came were the biggest I ever saw! 
Leslie bred many lovely dogs, and it is sad she did not stay in the breed longer. She had an eye for an excellent dog and was not afraid to share her lines with other breeders. She and Matt became involved in the real estate business and as that business grew they had less time to devote to the breed. 

The lovely dog on the top of the page was International, Swedish & Norwegian Champion Brittborgans
Booman. I received this photo from Kristina Blad.

The puppy at the bottom of the page was bred by Earl Marie Dingel of the Lambert Kennel in California. This puppy grew up to become Ch. Lamberts Oreo. She was a delightful dog and one of Earl Marie's favorites. 

I know this dog personally. He was owned by Felizitas Dylla of the Burgwald Kennel in Münchausen, Germany. He was a fun dog to be around and was just plain old sweet. 

The two dogs on this page were owned by me. The black and white Irish pied was LCA & AKC Ch. Ashford's Ulana. She was 8 years old when the breed was fully recognized by the AKC and despite her age went on to get her championship, shown for the most part by Wade Koistenen from Kansas City Ms. He is a professional handler who at the time was showing some top-winning Keeshond. Wade is still involved with the breed and has bred some very nice dogs. 

The dog below is 1991 World Ch. Pan Tau von Livland. I was thrilled to be offered him after having seen him at the World Show, held in Dortmund Germany in 1991. He was quite the character and came to me knowing all kinds of tricks. He had a beautiful head and coat especially. This photo does not show this. 

The photo below is of Madame Bennert and her Siskia, in the garden of her home. Note the gardener in the back ground. 

This head study is of Hansel von Livland. He is looking into the sun and so is squinting. I knew this dog well and can vouch that he had the requisite dark round eye. 
The drawings on this page and following were drawn by Juha Kares of the famous Chic Choix kennel. 

These drawings came out of a conversation I had with Juha while we were at his family's wilderness retreat. As we sat in the sauna (a very Finnish thing to do) we of course talked dogs and about correct type in the breed. I told Juha of my desire to create a booklet on judging Löwchen, but that I lacked the skill for drawing what I was trying to describe. He offered to draw what were were talking about and so here they are. If I remember right, he worked on these illustrations with Hans Leitenen, who is a respected dog judge, also from Finland who judges all over the world. 
I must mention here that the ideal muzzle in the breed world-wide is between 2/3 to 3/4 length of the top skull. Anything longer than 3/4 is too long and anything much shorter than 2/3 creates a muzzle that is too short. Too short can lead to bad bites and jumbled teeth, as well as a head more resembling the Lhasa Apso rather than an Löwchen.

This page is where I coined my term about the round eye being a "trademark" of the breed. This shape distinguishes the breed from others, and is the opposite of a Poodle eye which is almond in shape. 

Our breed standard was calling for the breed to be measured from the pro sternum. At the time ,most of us in the breed for a time were not using this method to measure our dogs. Liz Vargo of the Destiny Kennels and I would visit often at her home in Rayland, Ohio and over the kitchen table we would talk about the breed and many elements including how to measure the breed. We agreed that the dogs were measured from withers to tail and from withers to ground to determine proportions. After much back and forth we also agreed that the ideal length of the dogs would be 11 parts long to 10 parts tall, if measured this way. These conversations took place in the mid 1980's. When the first standard came out for the breed in preparation to go AKC, I was shocked to find they were calling for the dogs to be measured from posternum to rear and then withers to ground. This did not work with the proportions from the kitchen table, despite that, they were used in the standard. 

At the time that this booklet was written, there was a lot of variation in the breed. We saw many long backed or low to the ground dog, even in the show ring. I saw more of this overseas, and in the States we had the opposite, where the dogs were too up on leg. 

Something that was touched on here is that the coat should never be cultivated to go to the ground, resembling a Lhasa Apso and Maltese. 

I created this drawing by tracing the outline of a dog that had been clipped down. The light shaded sections are where the coat is to grow without being trimmed. 
The dog pictured was owned by Qwen Appell of Canada. She imported Littlecourt Günter from Freda McGregor. 

The dog on top was LCA Ch. Ashford's Jordanian Prince. He won three national specialties on his movement. We did not really know what correct type was in the States at the time, and so often dogs won based on movement and personality. "Jordie" moved like a dream and he loved being shown. I remember the dismay I felt when I sat down with Frau Ostertag and I saw her reaction when she went through the photos I had brought of my and other top winning dogs from the States. She was less than impressed. After this trip, I came home and immediately cleaned house in my kennel, finding homes for many dogs and keeping only dogs that were "typey"
Below is a charming group of Löwchen that belonged to Felizitas Dylla of Burgwald Kennel. These dogs formed the foundation for Felizitas's kennel. 

 Left to right and down. 1) LCA Ch. Ashford's Lowenhaus Cuno. This dog was sent to Mike and Brenda Adams in Florida. I did show him to his LCA championship and took him to a FCI World Championship. He was a second generation world winner since he was the son of Ch. Pan tau v. Livland. 2) LCA Ch. Manfred's Noir Moustique. This gorgeous dog was sadly stolen from the yard of his breeder/owner Astrid Whitman. 3)Chic Choix Noirest Le Soir. 4) These two puppies were bred by Sandi Lunka of Tawny Kennel. 5) LCA Ch. Lionhearts BeBop-a-Lula. This lovely bitch was co-bred by Della Cialini and myself. 

The little fellow in the top photos was Littlecourt Gregi, who was bred by Freda McGregor. I love this photo, I feel like this little dog was mischievous and ready to play

The dog below was a dog owned by Juha Kares of Chic Choix Kennel. I will locate this photo and list the dogs name when I do! If you do know the dog, please contact me and save me the search!

I always like to acknowledge those that contribute to my efforts. This list included people who sent photos which were used by me in the book I wrote, as well as persons who contributed in some way to this booklet. 

I created this when I was living in Wayland, NY., where I had my kennel building on the Warner farm. That was a long time ago!!! I left there in 2000!

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