The profiles below are top producers according to official AKC records from Jan. 1, 2014, through Dec. 31, 2014.
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
Orchard Hill Lotta Drama
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Owners: Erica and Rachel A. Venier
1. I, Rachel Venier, was born into the dog world, with my mother, Erica, breeding and showing Shelties through my childhood. We’ve finished Shelties and Norfolk Terriers, but no breed has so dominated our lives as the Cavalier. We’ve been involved in Cavaliers for about 20 years under the Orchard Hill prefix. Breeding dogs with proper breed character, type and structure for breed remain of paramount importance to us. Working with these goals, we have finished more than 90 AKC champions, including multiple all-breed Best in Show, Toy Group and Best in Specialty-winning dogs.
4. Orchard Hill Lotta Drama, ‘Audrey,’ is by Eng./Am. Ch. Pascavale Jamie x Ch. Orchard Hill Intrigue, JW, ROM. Audrey’s mother is linebred on one of our top-producing bitches, Ch. Orchard Hill Party Shoes, ROM. This bitch line tends to produce dogs that have our desired type characteristics (head shape, large, dark frontally placed eyes, straight silky coat) and correct breed proportion and soundness that allows them to maintain breed silhouette both standing and on the move.
For Intrigue’s first breeding, we looked to outcross her because she was herself fairly closely linebred. ‘Jamie’ had recently come over from the UK. At the time we did the breeding, we had seen Jamie’s get in the UK and were impressed that he was producing the same qualities in his puppies whether linebred or outcrossed. We had done well breeding some of our bitches to Pascavale dogs in the past, so we chose to do the outcross, knowing the families had “nicked” before.
Intrigue’s litter by Jamie had good type, lovely Cavalier eyes and outstanding temperaments. We kept a male who finished easily with Group placements and a bitch, Orchard Hill Lotta Drama. Audrey had a beautiful headpiece, good front, topline, tailset and balanced movement.
5. Audrey had the qualities we look for in a good brood bitch. She was clean coming and going, had correct head type and proper Cavalier silhouette both standing and moving. Audrey’s litter by our GCh. Orchard Hill Tough Enough, JW, gave us four champions, all finished in 2014. She gave us a good-sized litter, whelped naturally and was a good mom. She passed on her better qualities and let the stud dog modify her where she did not excel. We couldn’t ask more of a bitch, and we’re looking forward to the future with this family.
GCh. Rosehill’s Bell Elegant Of Westwood
Chihuahua (Long Coat)
Owners: Teresa Gleason, Rachael Murphy
1. My name is Rachael Murphy. I have been involved with the sport of purebred dogs for over 30 years. I have bred 90 Pointer champions since 1999. I bred my first litter of Chihuahuas in 2003. In very limited breeding, I have bred nine Chihuahua champions so far, with 10 major-pointed.
2. I am not the breeder of this dam.
3. Ellie Mae finished her championship with four specialty majors, the final points being awarded as Winners Bitch at the Chihuahua Club of America National Specialty under the late Sandra Goose Allen. She is a SBIS winner as well, having been shown only at specialties.
4. I feel she passes on her beautiful head and expression, as well as her topline, carriage and lovely swift movement.
Ch. Denzel Devil-May-Care CGCA (Tied)
Owners: Tracy Burdick (currently living with Betsy Guthrie)
1. Tracy Burdick, Denzel Papillons, bred and owned this wonderful bitch throughout her show and breeding career. After retirement from breeding, ‘Devi’ found a loving home with Betsy Guthrie, her current owner, where she has earned her Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and CGC Advanced (CGCA) titles.
2. Devi’s breeder, Tracy Burdick, Denzel Papillons, established her Papillon breeding program in 1983 after a decade of involvement in Obedience, Conformation, Junior Showmanship and Tracking. There are nearly 300 American champions and countless performance-titled Papillons carrying the Denzel name.
3. Devi completed her championship at 16 months of age, handled by Tracy. Her three majors were won from the Puppy classes.
4. Devi’s sire is Ch. Denzel The Kickboxer, sire of seven American champions and Papillon Club of America (PCA) Sire of Merit. Her dam, Ch. Denzel Handle With Care, is a PCA Dam of Distinction with 10 champions. Devi’s tightly linebred pedigree features generations of top producers, Group or BIS show winners, along with eight generations of Denzel homebred champions.
5. The traits passed on frequently by Devi to her offspring include beautiful headpieces, balance, proper toplines and tailsets, wonderful temperaments and show presence. She is a PCA Dam of Merit, with six champion offspring. Most of her offspring are specialty Best in Sweepstakes and point winners.
GCh. Denzel Look At Me Now (Tied)
Owner: Tracy Burdick
1. Tracy Burdick has been involved in the sport for more than 40 years, starting in obedience and Junior Showmanship. She obtained her first Papillon in 1974, making him the breed’s first CH UDT. Except for her initial pet Toy Poodle that earned a CDX, Tracy has focused on Papillons exclusively, producing almost 300 American champions under her Denzel name, including Best in Show and National Specialty winners, High in Trial winners, and Papillon Club of America Hall of Fame top producers.
3. ‘Diva’ completed her championship easily, always handled by her breeder-owner. As a puppy she won BOS in Sweepstakes at the 2010 PCA National Specialty and earned her majors at several specialty shows. The culmination of her show career was winning Best of Opposite Sex at the Papillon Club of America National Specialty in 2011, which also completed her Grand Championship.
4. Diva is from a litter of four sired by Ch. InVolo Now You See Me (son of a BIS/SBIS-winning bitch) and out of the breed’s record-holding dam of 20 AKC champions, Ch. Denzel Can’t Say Enough. Her linebred pedigree is packed with top producers and BIS, SBIS and Group winners. Her litter brothers, Ch. Denzel Now You’re Talking and Ch. Denzel Now Hear This, have sired several champions and have numerous pointed offspring in the ring this year.
5. Like her mother, Diva has proven to produce consistent quality in all of her puppies. She passes on her correct structure, movement, balance, topline, tail carriage, head, ears and dark eyes. All five puppies in her first two litters are champions, with numerous specialty majors and Sweepstakes wins between them.
GCh. Imperial Palace Ruby Anne, ROM
Owners: Marcia Merrill, Timothy Reese, Randy Winters
1. I began my love of Pekingese as a child and began actively showing Pekingese in the early 1980s. I have bred or co-bred 11 Pekingese AKC champions, including some AKC Grand Champions. I was recently named the Pekingese Breeder of the Year as well as the Pekingese Exhibitor of the Year by the Pekingese Association at a recent Pekingese National Specialty in Harrisburg, Pa., in October 2014. These accomplishments would not have been possible without the constant show ring support of my friends, Tim Reese and Randy Winters at Dunkirk Pekingese.
2. In the early 2000s, I was honored to be asked to join the Dunkirk Pekingese breeding program. ‘Ruby Anne’ was the last bitch puppy produced by the top-winning multiple BIS/SBIS Ch. Dunkirk I’m Gonna Live Forever, SOD, ‘Fame,’ and my Ch. Ankays Imperial Jade, ROM, ‘Jade,’ which was a daughter of Ch. Pendenrah Peggy Ann of St. Aubrey, hand selected in England by Nigel Aubrey-Jones.
5. In 2013, Ruby Anne, co-owned by Dunkirk Pekingese, was bred to my co-owned, top-winning, Gold GCh. Dunkirk Imagine That, ROM, ‘Tommy,’ a very successful breeding which produced two males and two female puppies. All were shown to their AKC championships before 1 year of age by their co-owners/co-breeders, Tim Reese and Randy Winters. One of these male puppies, now multiple BIS/SBIS Ch. Dunkirk Imperial Palace Paramount, ‘Parry,’ became an AKC champion at his first weekend of shows at 6 months old! He is now living in Mexico with his new owners, JC and Maria Deluna, Deluna Kennels and now has the distinction of being one of the top Toys and top all-breed in Mexico! Judges commented on Ruby Anne’s fun temperament, her exceptional, solid body type and beautiful movement. She has certainly passed on these wonderful characteristics to her puppies.
Ch. Chriscendo Come Closer (Tied)
Owners: Christine Crane Goodin, Cindy Crane
1. We are proud that even as a novice, Christine Crane Goodin (Dee Little Poms) chose carefully the breedings she did with Ch. Chriscendo Come Closer, ‘Talia,’ sometimes at great expense and inconvenience. Breeding good dogs is never easy. But it’s the novice exhibitors like Christine who make us proud and feeling that the breed will be in good hands 25 years from now.
2. John and Christine Heartz, Chriscendo Poms in Canada, are Talia’s breeders. Records are meant to be broken. With more than 40 years breeding top-winning Poms, what is important are the lifelong relationships that enable us all to maintain a vision of our ideal Pom, working within a family of dogs, contributing to everyone’s success.
3. Talia debuted in the show ring as a puppy winning back-to-back majors and finished her championship with a Best of Breed win. Talia is a wonderful example of a solid breeding/show bitch with her outstanding pedigree combined with attitude, sound legs and beautiful coat. Talia was shown and finished solely by Christine Crane Goodin eight years ago.
4. Talia was the product of the Heartzes’ best producing bitch, Chriscendo Cottage Rose, bred to a top-producing dog, Am./Can./Thai Ch. Starlight’s Dream Come True ROM. She also has sisters that were/are also top producers, and in Poms, finding a strong female line that, generation after generation, continues to produce the quality you are looking for time and time again is priceless.
5. Talia has produced 11 American champions, as well as some overseas champions. With Talia and her puppies, we just understood and got each other from the beginning. I knew them, I loved them, and they knew me and loved me. We have fun as a family, which is why I love to show. Talia has produced four all-champion litters. The traits that she passes on consistently are her wonderful show temperament, beautiful outline and head carriage.
Ch. Pomstyle Sweet Dream (Tied)
Owner: Elizabeth Heckert
1. I have been showing Poms since I was 19, starting in 2002. I have bred 30 champions, including multiple SBIS and Group placement winners. I am a breeder/owner-handler. My foundation bitch Sunterra Sweet Surrender came from Canada in 2005 and is the dam of nine champions.
2. Anna Pobochina is a Russian breeder located in Moscow. She got her first show Pomeranian Rus. Ch. Sunterra Sweet Dream from Canada in 2007, and he went on to become an influential sire in Russia. ‘Jessie’ was a son of my foundation bitch, bred by her breeder Doug Stratton.
3. ‘Roulette’ was shown as a puppy and won most of her singles. She then took a three-year hiatus in the whelping box, only to return in 2012 and win her two majors easily. Eight of her puppies became champions.
4. I purchased Roulette because my foundation bitch produced almost nothing but males, and I wanted another bitch that could produce equally as well (she produced nine champions, many of them Group placers, BIS and SBIS winners in the US or abroad). I had been corresponding with Anna who owned one of my foundation bitch’s sons. I saw she had a litter sired by the son and out of a bitch that had good-sized litters (four puppies, like my foundation bitch, and a free whelper).
5. Roulette produced overall nice tail sets, pretty heads and usually smaller ears, nice rear angulation and good stifles, good coat and medium bone. She gave me three beautiful champion daughters and five champion sons.
GCh. Westgate Roostie Tootie
Toy Fox Terrier
Owners: Susan McCoy, Laura Laschi
1. I have been breeding Toy Fox Terriers since 1973. When the AKC accepted the breed into the Toy Group in 2003, I owner-handled the first Toy Fox Terrier AKC champion.
3. ‘Tootie’ easily finished her championship and Grand Championship in tough Southern California competition.
4. Tootie is a product of generations of careful linebreeding to some of the top dogs in the breed.