TOP DAM QUESTIONS
1. Provide a brief biography of yourselves and your experience in the sport.
2. Provide a brief biography of your dam’s breeder(s) and background in the sport, if you are not the breeder.
3. Briefly describe the highlights of your dam’s show career.
4. What is significant about the breeding that produced her?
5. What two or three traits do you feel she is particularly strong in passing along to her offspring?
Bronze GCh. Countrywind’s Courtesan JC
Afghan Hound (Tied)
Owner: Catharine Harker
1. I have been a quiet breeder in show and field for 40-plus years under the Countrywind and Van Hound kennel names in Afghans and Whippets. I have shown and run top-winning Afghan Hounds, including my GCh. Countrywinds Maaco FCH, who won the National as a Veteran.
3. ‘Courti’ gained her bronze Grand Champion title after her equally top-winning sister retired. She is one of three Grand Champion sisters. Courti’s quality runs deep and was appreciated by breeders and all-rounders alike. She was always a heavy contender at specialties with only occasional showing.
4. Courti’s pedigree is heavy on top-producing bitches. Three generations back, I sought to obtain a bitch out of a particular top-producing bitch. My bitch from that produced nine-plus champions, having been bred to only two different sires. A son from that breeding produced Courti in a linebreeding back to that same top producer.
5. Courti is a beautiful and ultra-sound Afghan bitch as described by the standard, from the low hocks on her wishbone rear to her well set-under shoulder and level topline. No extremes, except deep overall quality; that is my Courti and what she produces.
Ch. Kiarry’s Chain Of Fools
Owners: Elizabeth Wright, Harry Miller and Lisa Miller
1. See response #1 in the Top American Foxhound sire profile for background on Lisa and Harry Miller.
3. ‘Aretha’ finished her championship from the Puppy class. Her sire is a multiple Best in Show winner, GCh. Kiarry’s Foolish Pride, ‘JoJo,’ and her dam is a multi-Group winner, GCh. Kiarry’s Uptown Girl, ‘Brooke.’ She was also Best in Sweepstakes at the American Foxhound National Specialty.
5. This is Aretha’s first litter, and she has made us very proud. She produced type, temperament and beautiful movement. Like all our dogs, she is very clownish, making us laugh all the time.
Ch. Magnolia’s Runaway Bride
Owners: Lisa Schisler, Kayla Schisler and Stephanie Hall
1. We acquired our first Beagle and show dog 12 years ago, GCh. Lokavi’s Snow On The Mountain, from Lokavi Beagles. We quickly developed a love for the breed and for the dog show lifestyle. Over the years, we acquired dogs from other breeders and lines that we wanted to incorporate into a line of our own, Magnolia Beagles.
2. We have a small breeding program, only having one or two litters a year. We have produced approximately 30 champions, one Group winner and multiple Group placers.
3. Ch. Magnolia’s Runaway Bride, ‘Maggie,’ did not have a spectacular show career. She did not enjoy the show ring and was retired to the couch and motherhood as soon as she completed her championship.
4. The breeding that produced Maggie was planned with the idea that whatever bitch we kept would be bred back to their grandfather, ‘Elliot,’ Ch. Springfield N Skyline’s Big Shot. That is exactly what was done, and the two produced a litter of nine in 2012. Six of the nine have finished their championships; another is only one point away from finishing his.
5. Maggie has definitely passed on her beautiful, classic hound head and ear set, along with her strong, clean front, not to mention her unique, unmistakable bay. We cannot wait to see what great things her children accomplish as they mature.
GCh. Flessners You Say It All At Heroes
Owner: Paula VanBeveren
1. I have been involved with dog shows since I was 8 years old. My parents had Collies, and I started showing them. I always wanted a Bloodhound, and when I went out on my own, I purchased my foundation bitch in 1992. I have bred several specialty-winning Bloodhounds, Hall of Fame Bloodhounds and an AKC ACE award winner.
2. ‘Maude’ was bred by B. and C. Flessner from Illinois.|
3. Maude, GCh. Flessners You Say It All At Heroes, has had an amazing show career. She finished her championship after four weekends out by winning WB at the American Bloodhound Club’s supported entry and Eastern Regional shows. She then earned her Grand Championship in three weekends. In 2012 she was shown four weekends and earned enough breed points to become the No. 2 Bloodhound bitch and No. 7 Bloodhound. Maude has earned numerous BOB and AOM even though she is shown only selectively. Maude is currently just a few points shy of earning her bronze-level Grand Championship, and she is always owner-handled.
4. Maude came from a dam that was an easy whelper with large litters. Her sire was a gorgeous import I had admired for several years. After 10 years of fertility problems, I realized I needed to bring in a bitch that didn’t have any reproduction issues. It indeed solved the problem, as Maude produced 14 healthy, beautiful puppies with her first litter.
5. Maude is balanced, large-boned and has a gorgeous headpiece. She has excellent feet and is well angulated. Maude passed these traits on to her first litter. She has passed on everything I could ask for. Bloodhounds in general are lacking bone, so I want to see the substantial bone that our standard calls for. Maude has produced bone and substance, and her puppies will continue to pass this on for generations to come.
Owners: Carol Kubiak-Zamora and Kevin T. Shimel, DVM
1. Phaedra Borzoi is a small hobby kennel located in central New Jersey. The Phaedra Kennel is a professional partnership between lifelong Borzoi enthusiasts Carol Kubiak-Zamora and Kevin T. Shimel, DVM. With more than 35 years in the breed, we have produced over 65 AKC champions, and our dogs have garnered over 50 European titles and championships.
3. Ch. Phaedra Esperanza finished her championship in a flash, with BOBs from the classes. Esperanza was a dream to show, owning the ring with a presence and enthusiasm rarely seen in Borzoi. She then went on to win in the whelping box. Esperanza was bred twice, and to date has produced six AKC champions and one Finnish/Euro multi-champion. This lovely bitch has been awarded the Borzoi Club of America ROM title and still has more offspring being shown.
5. She has stamped her soundness and love of life and showing onto her offspring, each one as exuberant as she. Currently, Esperanza is enjoying her retirement on the couch!
Dachshund (Wirehaired) (Tied)
Owners: Laura Reynolds, Caitlin Cahill and James E. Cahill
1. Our relationship with the sport of dogs started over 35 years ago. Both my husband, James Cahill, and myself showed dogs before meeting (English Springer Spaniels and Wirehaired Dachshunds for Jim and English and Irish Setters for myself). After a couple of years, we cut it back to two breeds, Wirehaired Dachshunds and English Setters, which we still have today. Our daughter, Caitlin, now shows most of our dogs and quickly turned into a handler. We have had over 100 champions in both breeds, always owner-handled, as well as several top-ranked Wires in recent years and in years past English Setters that are in pedigrees of dogs across the country.
2. Breeders Judy Anderson, and Fred and Carol Vogel have had a very successful breeding partnership over the past 25-plus years in both Wire and Smooth Dachshunds from the East to the West Coast. We were very fortunate that Judy is on the West Coast because we have the opportunity to breed to great dogs that are now deep in our pedigree!
3. We knew ‘Vivian’ was special the moment we saw her. She finished fast at 10 months old with several specialty wins and a breed from the 6-9 Month class. When she was just a year old, she was a Group placer and with very limited showing was ranked in the Top 20 all-breed system in 2010 and was Best Opposite in Wire Sweepstakes at DCA National Specialty. She was specialed in 2011 and 2012, where she earned a Group 1, a Best in Specialty, Multiple Specialty Varieties and Group placements. She was ranked in the Top 10 in 2011 and in 2012 was the No. 2 Wire in the breed system, the No. 1 bitch, as well as No. 4 all-breed.
4. The breeding that produced Vivian had some significance, as she was a repeat by our stud dog, multi-SBIS GCh. Kadell’s Black Gold W. That breeding was even repeated a third time and had a total of eight champions from those litters.
5. What we feel Vivian passes on is her sound movement, excellent coat and beautiful breed type. What is more gratifying is that even though this litter was an outcross breeding, the genetics behind Vivian let us continue to breed to a beautiful example of the breed. Her get include multiple specialty winners, a Variety winner from the classes, a BBE Best in Show winner, and 2014 Best in Wire Sweeps and BOS to BOB Sweeps winner at DCA National Specialty.
Owners: Wendy and Kurt Anderson
1. HareHill started in 1999. Our foundation bitch was ‘Bunny’ (multi-BIS, multi-SBIS Ch. Luxor’s Playmate Of The Year), who is the top-winning Ibizan Hound in US history. Since then, we have bred 36 champions with limited breeding and won six National Specialties. We have had the No. 1 Ibizan Hound the past 12 out of 14 years.
3. ‘Roxy’ easily finished her conformation championship, and then moved on to coursing, where she really excelled. She was the 2010 Winners Bitch at the Ibizan Hound Club of Canada National Specialty, IHCUS National Specialty Best Brood Bitch 2014, National Specialty High Scoring Veteran both AKC and ASFA National Specialty Field Trials 2014, and was an eight-time Best in Field winner, including two National Specialty field trials.
4. Roxy’s grandmother is Bunny, who is the top-winning Ibizan Hound in history. Roxy’s mother was out of Bunny’s first litter. Roxy came from a litter of 15 puppies. Roxy herself has given us a litter of four and a litter of 16.
5. Roxy has passed down her strong hunting skills and coursing abilities to her offspring. She already has produced three Best in Field winners. In conformation, she passes down her movement. Roxy is beautiful in the ring and on the field, and her offspring are following her steps.
Owner: Justin Smithey
1. I purchased my first Whippet from Calvin Perry (Appraxin) when I was 16 years old. At 18, I bred to one of Carol Harris’ Bo-Bett stud dogs and started a wonderful mentorship and relationship that continues to this day. I have handled many Best in Show- and Best in Specialty Show-winning Whippets and Italian Greyhounds for various clients, many of which are owned or bred by Bo-Bett. In my own, very limited breeding program, I have enjoyed much success, with many champions in both breeds, as well as Best in Show-winning Whippets.
3. ‘Blair,’ Ch. Appraxin Queen of The Jungle, finished her championship in short order from the Puppy class. Her most notable win as a class dog was at the Rock Creek Kennel Club, where she was awarded a Best of Breed and Group 1 under judges Mr. Everett Dean and Mr. George Heitzman, respectively. She was specialed a few weekends as she matured and easily garnered multiple Group placements.
4. Blair’s breeding is unique and significant, as it combines some of the most influential bloodlines in the Whippet breed, Bo-Bett, Appraxin and Sporting Fields. Blair was the first champion get for her sire, the South African import Ch. Fleetwood Return To Sendr. His pedigree includes many dominant Sporting Fields sires, including Ch. Sporting Fields Rock On and Ch. Sporting Fields Jazz Fest. Blair’s dam is a Ch. Bo-Bett’s Red Rolls Royce daughter, who was a top producer for Bo-Bett in the late 1990s.
5. Blair’s offspring exhibit gorgeous Whippet type, specifically strong heads with dark eyes, long, well-arched necks and curvy bodies with length of loin. Most importantly, Blair’s offspring all exhibit fabulous temperaments, which allow them to be wonderful family pets and exceptional show dogs. Notably, Blair has produced Best in Show winners, Reserve Best in Show winners, and four Group-winning daughters. Blair’s daughter, ‘Quickie,’ multi-BIS Ch. Bo-Bett’s Quick Pick, has a litter of puppies that have just started their show careers, and they exhibit many of the same outstanding qualities. We are looking forward to the next generation!