CH CANZONE BELLA NINA OF GARDENPATH TD CD RE CGN HIC(s) VCX TP ~ “NINA”
NINA such an incredible girl! She is our foundation dam here at Gardenpath and mother to our girls Ava, Lyra & Ella. I cannot thank Jeff Smith and Geoff Hunnicutt of Canzone Standard Poodles in Oregon, USA enough for entrusting me with this amazing Standard Poodle. Not only is she the most loving girl to live with, she is a show Champion herself, phenomenal titled performance dog and Top Producer. Mother to 12 puppies including 7 Canadian Champions, 3 Canadian Grand Champions, 2 American Champions, and an American Grand Champion. We are especially proud of Nina’s daughter Ella who won Winners Bitch at Poodle Club of America 2016, Best of Variety Poodle Club of America 2017 and has earned multi Best In Shows and multi Best in Specialty wins.
Tracking With Nina
At the TD level the dog follows a track on vegetation (grass or hay fields are most often use for these test) where a person walked for 400 – 450 metres (1312 – 1476 feet), 30 minutes to 2 hours ahead of time making 3 to 5 left and right corners no sharper than right angles. They are required to indicate a leather article such as a glove, wallet or flat piece of leather at the end of the track to pass. It’s up to the handler to decide how they wish to train their dog to indicate and will be asked by the judge before they begin the test what their dogs indication is. Nina’s indication is to lie down at the article with it between her front legs and wait there for me. Other indications may be to sit, stand over or retrieve the article.
Hilites of Nina’s finishing ring time winning a 4 point major
NEW CHAMPION ~NINA finished with a 4 point major under Dr. W. Cesepedes Arias at the Elora Gorge Kennel Club dog show going Best of Winners and Best Puppy at just 9 months of age on December 28, 2010. Beautifully presented by Chrystal Murray.
The purpose of dog shows (conformation events) is to evaluate breeding stock. The dog’s conformation (overall appearance and structure), an indication of the dog’s ability to produce quality puppies, is judged. The Poodle Breed Standard is available from the Canadian Kennel Club. The Standard states that the origin and purpose of the breed is the “world’s oldest water retriever, circus performer and truffle hunter. It’s a versatile dog that can be all things to all people”. The poodle is “a very active, gay, intelligent, smart and elegant-looking dog, squarely built, well proportioned carrying himself proudly. Properly clipped in the traditional fashion and carefully groomed, the Poodle has about him an air of distinction and dignity peculiar to himself.” For temperament the standard states, “The Poodle is known for his intelligence, his lively, mischievous sense of humour, and his willingness to please. The Poodle is a people-oriented breed that refuses to be ignored.” For details on size, coat quality, clip, coat and skin colour, structure, gait, major faults and disqualifications please refer to the complete Breed Standard.
Poodles are herding dogs too
|Nina passing her Herding Instinct evaluation (HIC) and her Birdiness evaluation at PCC June 2012|
Most people know that Poodles are outstanding retrievers. They excel in competitive obedience and since the 1980’s the Canadian Kennel Club has allowed Poodles to compete in the Working Certificate tests. The word Poodle comes from the German word Pudeln which means to splash about in water. Our breed is one of the original water retrievers. The CKC states in their rule book that the original purpose of the WC test is to have retrievers become more proficient as hunting partners. They are tested by retrieving ducks and some times pigeons on land and water.
What a lot of people don’t know is that Poodles are descended from herding dogs. You can read more about this here in the Poodle History Project by Emily Cain. Many Poodles have retained their natural herding instincts. They were originally an all-around, multi-purpose farmer’s dog. From the beginning Poodles were bred to be very versatile dogs.The HIC evaluation (Herding Instinct Certificate) tests to see if the dog has natural instinct to herd livestock. Dogs may be tested on a variety of stock such as sheep, goats, calves, ducks or geese. Nina was tested on sheep at the Herding Instinct evaluation held by the Poodle Club of Canada. To see one of the original water retrievers with natural herding instinct is wonderful.
Nina’s Herding Instinct evaluation stated her Stock Evaluation was co-operative and controllable. Herding Style: gathering. Approach: runs moderately wide. Eye: loose. Wearing: shows some wearing. Bark: works silently. Temperament: readily adjusts. Interest: sustained interest. Power: sufficient power for stock. Responsiveness: responds to guidance/control. Grouping of Stock: keeps stock grouped/regroups. Balancing of Stock with Handler: some adjustment. Comments: Great Job! Lots of fun to see her “get it”! Evaluator CKC Herding judge Sue Jewel of Shepherd’s Watch Farm (Jun.17-12). Learn more about herding dogs by clicking here and here.
Health Clearances + Colour
OFA Hips: EXCELLENT- PO-20007E26F-VPI
OFA Elbows: Normal – PO-EL1661F26-VPI
CERF ~ POS-350357 Normal 2012-25
NE (Neonatal Encephalopathy w/Seizures ~ NEwS): Normal – PO-NE325/16F-VPI
vWD (von Willebrands Disease) ~ Genotypically Clear — PO-VW724/16F-VPI
DM (Degenerative Myelopathy) ~ Clear ~ PO-DM337/25F-VPI
Heart ~ PO-CA823/12F/C-VPI-ECHO Normal, no ASD – echocardiography by cardiologist
Thyroid ~ PO-TH2213/28F-VPI, Normal
SA (Sebaceous Adenitis) ~ PO-SA3799/29F-VPI ~ Normal
Link to Nina’s results on OFA
CHIC #81998COLOUR: DNA Analysis ~ VetGen Report #63909 BbEE ~ Black ~ carries the black and brown genes, does not carry the cream-white-red-apricot geneHeight 23-1/2 inches (60.325 cm)
Weight 44.2 lbs.