Who was Denis Springer?
Denis Springer's dog sculptures have been embraced and collected by purebred dog fanciers worldwide. Dog News magazine first referred to him as "the 'Michelangelo' of the dog world" in their annual "D" magazine in 2002. His entries at juried dog art shows were consistently awarded major prizes.
Denis attended his first AKC dog show in 1970. By 1975, he entered the world of professional show dog handling. His successes in this field gained him international recognition as a terrier authority. Having studied art at Eastern Washington University, he turned his talents to canine sculpture in 1990. Denis had been approved to judge all terrier breeds by The American Kennel Club and lived on Whidbey Island, Washington.
Sadly, Denis passed away in April 2003.
Using bronze and pewter molds created by Denis, the business (Originals By Springer) will continue under the management of Judy Keller - owner and manager since the beginning in 1990.
Viewing the display of his life-sized bronze Terrier Sculpture Garden at the Montgomery County Kennel Club's all-terrier dog show each fall in the Philadelphia area was a highlight of the day for international visitors whose annual trip is something of a pilgrimage for terrier enthusiasts from Australia, South Africa, England, etc.