Wednesday Wisdom: Not a Gene Pool.. a Gene Puddle: Dandie Dinmont Terriers with Betty-Anne Stenmark
Mrs. Betty-Anne Stenmark: AKC Judge, Author, Activist, and True Contributor to our Sport
Mrs. Betty-Anne Stenmark wrote the book on Dandie Dinmont Terriers…literally. Under the King’s Mtn. kennel name, a long line of champions have been bred and an endangered breed preserved to this day. We don’t have a gene pool, we have a gene puddle.
Dandie Dinmont Terriers are a low-entry breed. A situation that many of our breeds face today. In Episode #31 of PureDogTalk.com, Mrs. Stenmark shares her wisdom and generous humor on the “Dandies”.
Betty-Anne Stenmark is one of the Holy Grail of Judges…nice to people and dogs, the real thing. –Laura Reeves
Born in North Vancouver, BC, Betty-Anne Stenmark’s first show breed was St Bernards.
Met Roy Stenmark when he judged at the 1974 St. Bernard National Specialty. Marriage to Roy included 16 Lhasa Apsos.
Together, in 1976, they started breeding Dandie Dinmont Terriers, and King’s Mtn. champions continue to this day.
AKC Judge of Sporting, Hound, and Terrier groups, both Corgis, Best in Show, and Junior Showmanship.
Contributions to our Sport
When animal rights anti-breeding legislation in 1990 endangered her local area, Mrs. Stenmark took bold action and founded the Responsible Dog Breeders Club of San Mateo County. She rallied breeders and purebred supporters and fought the legislation with the education and strength of an activist.
She has served both the Del Valle Dog Club of Livermore as show chair for many years, as well as the Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club of America as president, national show chair, judge’s education, and other committees. She is now retired from the City of Palo Alto’s Animal Shelter from her time as a volunteer coordinator.
Interested in a Dandie? Find out more through the AKC Parent Club – Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club of America
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