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National Dog Show will feature Bucks County pedigree


Kristeen Davidson-Christman, a local Gordon Setter owner-handler, will see the puppy of one of her dogs compete in the National Dog Show this weekend.
The competing dog, Primrose, will challenge for titles at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa. on Nov. 20 and 21. The show runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Davidson-Christman grew up in Telford-Souderton, where she still resides. Her father was a hunter, meaning she lived with a cocker spaniel trained in flushing and retrieving small game. Her proximity to her dad’s hunting dog gave Davidson-Christman an intimate knowledge of the skill, athleticism and intelligence of a working animal. That knowledge sparked her adult desire for a dog of her own. She was attracted to Gordon Setters, a breed she says “fit me and my personality and my lifestyle” in its blend of a focused work ethic and calm demeanor.
Davidson-Christman started in obedience training and showing, earning a title with her dog Deuce. She currently has two of Deuce’s grandsons in her home: Eli and Rye. Primrose is one of Rye’s puppies, and is co-owned by the owner-handler. “For me, to see the offspring in the ring from dogs that I’ve owned and loved is very gratifying,” she said.

Among all the shows she’s attended, Davidson-Christman finds something special about the National Dog Show.
“It’s just a wonderful experience,” she said. “You can hear the dogs. You can feel the excitement.”
Adult tickets are $16, priced in line with the Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s nonprofit mission of educating the public about the overall value of dogs. Tickets are available at the door or online.