Special Seminar – A Guide to Purebred Dogs

Thursday, March 12, 2020 2:00 pm–6:00 pm German Suite

Part One:
The Greatest Love Story of All Time: The Science and History of Human-Dog Co-Evolution 

Recent scientific discoveries have revolutionized our understanding of dogs and their history, as they have developed into the breeds and groups of breeds that we see today. Attendees will learn the origins, genetic makeup, and evolutionary forces that led to the diversity of dog breeds, coat types, amazing abilities, and engaging behaviors of dogs that we see today. Learn the newest science that seems to prove dogs may have domesticated humans, rather than the other way around. Discover how both Nature and Nurture combined to create the closest relationship of any two species on this planet: the unique bond between Humans and the Dog. Learn how to apply these findings in your business’ work with dogs. Find out what we learned about breeds of dogs when the canine genome was mapped. What is a “purebred” dog and how does the recent fad of designer cross-breeds fit into the bigger picture? What is the future for “Heritage” Breeds? What do most dogs look like and how do they live worldwide? Learn where dogs in all their vast variety of breeds came from and how you can use the best new scientific discoveries about Dogs to improve your personal and professional relationships. And discover how dogs’ evolution and domestication may have been responsible for the very survival of humanity.

Part 2:
The 7 AKC Groups and 200+ Breeds

Modern American dog breeds are “grouped” not only into certain common functions, abilities but even coat types. How does understanding the origin of the 7 Groups help us better understand their needs and care requirements? Meet every one of the approximately 200 accepted AKC Breeds of dogs and learn their coat type. Discover how and why they came to look, behave, and develop as they did. Learn about the FCI and internationally recognized breeds, including breeds of dogs known as the “Primitives”. We will cover basic information on hundreds of breeds, categorizing their coat types, learn about their Breed Standards, and taking a peek into the world of Dog Shows which can greatly enhance your pet professional expertise. You will learn something new about every breed of dog, including mixed breeds, and be inspired by how the unprecedented and ancient human-dog bond has made us who we are.


Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins, MS, ICMG

Love Fur Dogs, Owner