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The American Kennel Club's Pick of the Litter is a monthly podcast that covers canine pop culture, its people, and news you can use.

Join us to hear from dog owners, handlers, trainers, lovers--and their dogs--at home and in the field, at shows, and anywhere that four legs are as good as two.  From canine heroes to celebrated artists, listen in on the wide world of dogs.

On this program, we visit with a mother/daughter agility team.  Diane Goodspeed and her daughter Kathleen Oswald will represent the AKC at the FCI European Open in Belgium with two Shetland Sheepdogs, Demon and Jenna (pictured in action here).  We recorded a lively training session and interview.  Oswald says the biggest thing to remember is "The dog's never wrong, and it's fun."

Breeder Jean Evanoff fell for the scruffy charm of the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno, but then came to respect this small hound's energy and independence, she tells host Lisa Peterson.  Pequenos join the AKC registry this year.

We all "heart" dogs, but the American Heart Association has given us new cause: dog ownership may decrease our risk of heart disease.  Dr. Glenn Levine of Baylor College of Medicine explains why.

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The American Kennel Club's Pick of the Litter is a monthly podcast that covers canine pop culture, its people, and news you can use.

This year's Pointing Gun Dog Championship was held near Lincoln, Nebraska, and competitor Cindy Findley tells us why she finds the sport so satisfying.  Hint: handlers get to sing to their dogs!

Since we're in a sporting mood, we called Claire Wisch, breeder of Oakley (GCH CH Mountain View's Ripsnortersilvercharm) the personable German Wirehaired Pointer who won the Sporting Group at Westminster this year.  She tells host Lisa Peterson that the Wirehair was bred to be the family car of hunting dogs.

E.B. White is known as the author of Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, but was also a prolific commentator for The New Yorker magazine, where his dogs often did the talking for him.  His granddaughter has collected many of these pieces in E.B. White on Dogs, and talks to Sarah Montague about the book.  White is pictured here with one of his dachshunds, Minnie (photo courtesy of the Estate of E.B. White.)  Excerpts read by Martha White, Jennifer Munson, and Andrew Joffe.

In honor of Mother's Day, we visit a canine Mom: champion Scottish Deerhound Gayleward's Perth, and her six new puppies.  AKC Judge and breeder Gayle Bontecue says she's "a fabulous mother," and has high hopes for this litter by her late champion Gayleward's Tiger Woods.  "On paper it's a wonderful mix, but they're five weeks old, so only time will tell!"

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The American Kennel Club's Pick of the Litter is a monthly podcast that covers canine pop culture, its people, and news you can use.

Join us to hear from dog owners, handlers, trainers, lovers--and their dogs--at home and in the field, at shows, and anywhere that four legs are as good as two.  From canine heroes to celebrated artists, listen in on the wide world of dogs.

First, we go behind the scenes at the New York Metro Specialties, a group of shows that is held the weekend before the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in February.  Joan Ambrose, who is president of the breed club for the Havanese, takes Pick of the Litter's Sarah Montague ringside, explaining what judges look for--"the judge has hands that are like X-rays"--and how handlers present their dogs.  She says that dog shows are a great way to learn about why we have so many different breeds, and why we strive for perfection.

The first annual AKC Companion Events Extravaganza was held in March in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with sixteen winners emerging from a field of over 1,600 entrants.  Host Lisa Peterson talks with two of them--Stacey Campbell of San Francisco, who won the 24" Agility Championship class with her All-American Husky mix Roo (pictured here) and Ronda Murphy, from Galena, Kansas, a winner in the Rally Excellent event with Standard Poodle Bailey Black Bear.

Both these Extravaganza winners say their dogs are happiest when working, a sentiment echoed by Patti Richards, who talks with Lisa about the Chinook.  This American sledding dog was rescued from the brink of extinction by dedicated breeders, and now, as  new member of the Working Group, is ready to mind your children or take you skijoring.

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The American Kennel Club's Pick of the Litter is a monthly podcast that covers canine pop culture, its people, and news you can use.

Join us to hear from dog owners, handlers, trainers, lovers--and their dogs--at home and in the field, at shows, and anywhere that four legs are as good as two.  From canine heroes to celebrated artists, listen in on the wide world of dogs.

The 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show took place February 11th and 12th in New York, and this year's Best in Show winner was Affenpinscher GCH CH Banana Joe v. Tani Kazari--a first for this relatively rare breed. He's pictured here is a candid shot by photographer Lisa Croft-Elliott.

We hear from BIS judge Michael Doherty, handler Ernesto Lara, and Joey's co-owner Tina Truesdale, who tells host Lisa Peterson why she's always loved this terrier-like toy breed.

Westminster's 2,700 entries are a challenge to local hotels, but the Hotel Pennsylvania takes them in stride, says the hotel's "Doggie Concierge" Jerry Grymek in an interview with Pick of the Litter's Sarah Montague.  We also tour the hotel's dog spa.

Alan Fausel, Vice President of the Fine Arts Department at Bonham's auction house in New York City, oversees an annual sale of dog-related paintings, drawings, and collectibles that coincides with Westminster.  He takes us on a tour of the preview, pointing out some special works, and offering up anecdotes about how dog artists pose their volatiles subjects.

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The American Kennel Club's Pick of the Litter is a monthly podcast that covers canine pop culture, its people, and news you can use.

Join us to hear from dog owners, handlers, trainers, lovers--and their dogs--at home and in the field, at shows, and anywhere that four legs are as good as two.  From canine heroes to celebrated artists, listen in on the wide world of dogs.

December brought the 2012 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Orlando, Florida, where Wire Fox Terrier GCH CH AfterAll Painting the Sky was the Best in Show winner.  We talk with co-owner Torie Steele about Sky's unusual coloring, why she loves Wires, and about her handler, Gabriel Rangel.

Host Lisa Peterson shares her love of Norwegian Elkhounds (she has three) with top owner/breeder/handler Patricia Craig Trotter, who talks about her breeding philosophy, and an unexpected role model--the Italian racehorse breeder Federico Tesio.

We tell you about some local New York shows coming up before the start of Westminster in February.  And we go to London, with Pick of the Litter's Sarah Montague, who interviewed the acclaimed photographer Tim Flach at his studio there.  Flach's dramatic portraits of dogs combine traditional portraiture with innovative concepts, and result in striking images like the Hungarian Puli, shown here.

AKC's Mary Burch, director of the Canine Good Citizen and S.T.A.R. Puppy programs, tells Lisa Peterson about her new book, "AKC Star Puppy."  The book can be found at akc.org or dogwise.com

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