Fred Lanting’s first purebred dog was a Toy Fox Terrier in 1937. In 1945, Lanting whelped his first litter, Smooth Fox Terriers. He acquired his first German Shepherd Dog in 1947 and by 1966 was an active GSD breeder and trainer.
During the late `60s, Lanting began handling for others, and still handled his own dogs to many record achievements. In the 1970s, he bred Whippets and, as an advocate of purpose-bred dogs, he owned a lure-coursing champion Whippet that was also in the conformation top-ten! He added the Shiba during the 1980s, and for years was the importer/owner of the #1 Shiba outside of Japan. He has served in many leadership capacities for specialty and all-breed clubs.
Lanting has been a hands-on trainer, consultant, and pro handler who, in addition to traditional conformation shows, bred, trained, and titled countless dogs in Schutzhund/VPG/IPO competitions.
It was inevitable that Fred would become a judge whose opinion was sought and respected by AKC and CKC clubs and exhibitors, as well as registries and show organizations in some 30 countries. A serious scholar of canine anatomy and health who has assisted in veterinary surgery, Fred has frequently served as guest lecturer at veterinary schools in the U.S. and around the world.
AUTHOR: Fred Lanting is a gifted writer who shares his knowledge, makes complex subjects
easy reading for judges, breeders, and dog sport enthusiasts. He is author of:
The Total German Shepherd Dog, and the comprehensive Canine
Orthopedic Problems, plus many technical and science books and books of
poetry. He is a valued columnist for many magazines,
TheJudgesPlace.com and other websites in the U.S. and
Fred is approved for All Breeds in UKC (United Kennel Club), Nat’l
Canine Assoc., ARBA, and in other countries and registries, including England, Ireland,
Trinidad, Colombia, Bolivia, Uruguay, Brazil, China, Malaysia, etc.
He has been
one of only 2 judges in the USA (and only a half-dozen in the Western
Hemisphere) approved by the Schäferhund Verein.
TKC (The Kennel Club, United
Kingdom) lists him for GSD, Rottweiler, Boxer, Whippet, Greyhound, and Shiba.
In addition, Lanting has awarded Challenge Certificates and equivalents
to selected breeds in New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, England, Scotland, and
Japan, and to all breeds in Pakistan, India, much of S.E. Asia, South America,
and the Caribbean.
SEMINARS & LECTURES: Fred Lanting provides presentations on
Hip Dysplasia and other orthopedic disorders, touching on all aspects including genetics, nutrition, diagnosis, and treatments. Powerpoint
Analytical Approach to Evaluating Dogs: “hands-on” participation dealing with gait-&-structure, how to choose studs or candidates for purchase, pick puppies, and judge dogs in the ring or from ringside. Powerpoint
Schutzhund/VPG problem-solving and technique improvements.
Anatomy Courses similar to his SCJA Institute lectures.
Evolution of the American German Shepherd Dog (for specialty clubs)
And by special arrangement, presentations on Grooming, Handling, Basic Genetics, etc.
E-mail preferred, firstname.lastname@example.org as he is often away.
If necessary by phone: 256-498-3319 (7am - 7pm CST).
Mr. Lanting is a member of the
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Advisory Board and a long-time feature writer for