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Mixed Breed Dogs Finally Invited to Westminster Dog Show

Roo! charges out of the chute on agility course

L.S. How old was Roo! when you adopted her? Did you know anything about her history?

S.C. “Roo! was 1 when I adopted her from the San Francisco SPCA.† She is 6 now.† My guess is that she is part Husky, Shepherd, and maybe some sort of Sighthound.”

L.S. Were you looking to adopt a mixed breed dog?

S.C. “Iíve always had mixed breeds, but I was actually looking for a purebred rescue to train for competitive obedience, since AKC was not allowing Mixed Breeds at that time to compete.” (NOTE: AKC started allowing All American Dogs to compete in a variety of events in 2009.)

L.S. What was her history?

S.C. “Roo! was found roaming McClaren Park in San Francisco.† She was adopted out and returned two times because she was just too much dog for the owners and she wasn’t a good fit for them.

L.S. What would you advise someone who is looking to adopt from a shelter and comes across a high-energy dog?

S.C. “Ask yourself if the dog fits my current lifestyle, not the lifestyle you think you want to live.† Often people will say that they are looking for a running partner when they donít even jog.”

Stacey and Roo!

L.S. “What are some of Roo’s! biggest accomplishments?

S.C. “In her 24 inch height category, she was the 2012 1st place winner at AKC Invitationals, the 2013 AKC National Champion, and a 2013 European Open Large Team Member (first Mixed Breed, along with Kelly Maier and Tucker to make the team).

L.S. What do you think she loves the most about the sport?

S.C. “The rewards Ö food, toys, momís attention, attention from just about anyone,†and just running!”

L.S. What do you love about running agility with her?

S.C. “She always gives 110%.† My favorite moment is right before I release her to run the course.† I look back at her and she looks ready to go!†That always makes me smile.”

Paws crossed for clean, fast runs for Crush and Roo! Westminsterís agility finals competition will air on Fox Sports 1 at 6 p.m. on Feb. 8th.

Main Post Photo Credit: Erika Maurer

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3:08PM PDT on Jul 18, 2014

Good job to Crush and Roo! Cute! Cute! Cute!

1:52AM PDT on Apr 10, 2014

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1:43AM PDT on Apr 10, 2014

(cont)............. He swims in the ocean, and can't pass a mud puddle without laying down in it, absolutely indicative of his breed. I know that the BC that was Best of Breed at Westminster is a working dog on a sheep ranch, and came to the show after being "plucked" from a pasture and will return TO that same pasture afterwards. Same with many dogs that are in the "working" or "herding" groups. To say that all dogs that "show" are pampered and spoiled comes across to me as merely being ignorant of the facts and maybe with a "tad" of envy or jealousy?

1:41AM PDT on Apr 10, 2014

I rarely agree with Elaine A., but she did say something that I DO agree with ........"It appears as though the mixed breed dogs want the showcase far more than the high bred dogs", but the rest of her comment I do not in that a dog show such as Westminster is meant to be first and foremost, an exhibition of breeding dogs. Some of us want purebreds for whatever reason, and I disagree that it's only for "vanity" or "snobbery". Sure, it may be in many cases, but certainly not all. I wanted a purebred of a specific breed for my own reasons which are not important to specific in this discussion, but it had nothing to do with vanity. I just happen to admire this particular breed for what it has been developed to BE.

I love the fact that Westminster has classes for mixed breeds as well, but they are in AGILITY, and that is just "hunky dorie" with me. There are dog shows for mixed breeds to "showcase" their LOOKS as well, and that is also fine. I just don't think that breeding classes, which the "conformation" classes are, should be open to any dog except a registered representative of that specific breed.

I also highly disagree with Elaine about purebreds always leading sheltered life. If she saw my purebred that is now sleeping at my feed, she might understand why. He's absolutely exhausted, and very FILTHY, having been playing outside all day with my daughter's 3 dogs, in the mud, digging holes in the dirt, rolling in it, and chasing tennis balls. He swims in

7:38PM PST on Mar 3, 2014

Thank you.

9:02AM PST on Feb 17, 2014

Mixed breeds have always got a special charme!

11:15AM PST on Feb 16, 2014

I say spend time with your dog---- I am not much for shows....................

1:03PM PST on Feb 10, 2014

The mixing up of the genes is usually a really good thing. I will always go for a mutt before a stupid breed dog

9:13AM PST on Feb 10, 2014

if you love your dog, go for a walk with him! That would be much better, what a selfish idea, dogs don't belong in a show :-(((

3:19AM PST on Feb 10, 2014

finally

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