Profiles of 2015 Top-Producing Dams in the Non-Sporting Group

Some breeders and owners tell us more about their top producers.

The dams listed below are top producers according to official AKC records Jan. 1, 2015, through Dec. 31, 2015.



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?


Ch. Frostiwyt QT In Shaddais Circle
American Eskimo Dog
Owner: Helen Dorrance

1. I have been showing Golden Retrievers since 1977 and in 2012 had the Dogs in Review top Golden Retriever dam. In 1994 I bought my first American Eskimo Dog (a year-old Frostiwyt bitch). I finished her with three 5-point majors, and she produced two champions and the first Master Agility Champion AED (which I also owned and trialed).

2. As much as I would like to, I cannot take any credit for my current American Eskimo Top Dam. She represents several generations of Carolyn Jester’s Frostiwyt breedings. Carolyn got her first AED in 1973. In 1985 she formed the AEDCA for the purpose of seeking AKC recognition, which was achieved in 1995. She was President of AEDCA for 13 years. One of her dogs was the number one AED the first year of recognition and the first BOB at Westminster in 1996.

3. ‘QT’ finished her championship easily. She still needs two points for her Grand Championship but hasn’t found the time in between litters.

4. Carolyn reported that QT’s dam had excellent fluid movement, fantastic temperament and inky black points. Her sire had a nice head, excellent coat, nice movement and temperament. She hoped they would complement each other, and it seems their best qualities came out in QT.

5. QT is prepotent for bone, substance, body, proportion, pigment and wonderful temperament. She has a beautiful head but does not always produce it. She has produced numerous champions and was the dam of the No. 1 AED in 2014.
I owe all of my success in AEDs to Carolyn Jester. I fully admit I breed one Frostiwyt dog to another Frostiwyt dog and get beautiful winning dogs that live long, healthy lives.


Au Clair de la Lune Armonie, CM
Coton de Tulear
Owner: Adrianne L. Dering


1. See sire (page 114).

2. ‘Armonie’ was bred by Iza Klujszo of Au Clair de La Lune Cotons in Poland. Iza breeds Cotons and Papillons and has shown and produced multiple FCI champions in both breeds. Armonie’s dam, Mon Cheri Znad Lydyni, is the foundation bitch for her Coton breeding program.

3. Armonie began her career in UKC before the Coton was an AKC breed. At 9 months, she took four SBIS wins at a USACTC Specialty show in Lexington, Ky., right after they were chosen as the AKC parent club. She went on to become a UKC Grand Champion and did some showing when the Coton entered AKC Miscellaneous, but took a long break from the show ring to be a mommy.

4. I first saw Armonie’s mother, Mon Cheri, at a FCI Euro show back in 2008. She was in the same class as one of my bitches shown by her owner, Iza, and I fell in love. A year later I saw Iza at a show in Europe with a beautiful male puppy, Ch. Guillaume Beau Bitaskaj, and said, “I love your new puppy!” She then told me that she would be breeding Mon Cheri to Beau. At the time I had a co-owner who kept track of that litter and made arrangements to have Armonie imported here to the US. Eventually circumstances led to my having sole ownership of Armonie here at Hopecrest.

5. Movement, movement, movement! The grace and ease that caught my eye in Armonie’s mother has been passed along to her children and grandchildren. It is the”free and flowing” movement described in our standard but seldom seen. Armonie also received the genes for abundant coat from her sire and she has consistently produced it. Her offspring have the “wow” factor of a proper thick and abundant coat to help present the “total picture” of what a Coton should be.


Lara Stone V.D. Mestreechteneerkes
French Bulldog
Owner: Ruben Lemmens


1. We’ve been showing for about five years. With plenty of thought, care and assistance from a wonderfully supportive group of competitors we’ve bred three litters and earned 18 AKC titles.

2. Jack Meerten has been breeding for over 35 years. His kennel, V.D. Mestreechteneerkes, produces wonderful dogs that have worldwide success. We’re lucky to have such an incredible foundation of dogs with purposeful pedigrees.

3. ‘Lara’ started her show career with a 5-point major and two reserves to 5-point majors. Although she kept accumulating points, she didn’t love to show, so she retired.

4. Lara matched very nicely with Ch. Rockstar’s “I’m Your Boogie Man.” Their attributes and pedigrees produced a litter of four. Three are champions by 9 months of age, two have Group placements and one is in the Top 5 in breed and all-breed points. Their pedigrees both go back to some wonderful De La Parure dogs that complemented one another nicely.

5. Lara passed on her beautiful head, muscle, bone and health. Furthermore, although a different color than her puppies, her dark, pensive eyes have made it to each puppy. Heavy bone and muscle, though in our standard, are often wanting in bitches, but each one of her puppies has acquired them.

Ch. Tibroke’s Pick Me Pick Me
Tibetan Spaniel
Owner: Kay F. Dickeson


1. & 2. I have been involved in showing dogs for about 40 years. My foundation Tibetan Spaniels came from the late Betty Rosen (Bet’R) and Mallory Cosby Driskill (Ambrier). Before that I had Pembroke Welsh Corgis. Tibetan Spaniels have been my love for the last 30 years.
My breeding program has produced National Specialty winners that have gone Best of Breed, Winners Dog, Winners Bitch and Best in Sweepstakes. I have produced more than 100 champions in those 30 years. There have been many Group winners and placers, along with BIS winners.

3. Ch. Tibroke’s Pick Me Pick Me, ‘Chloe,’ won many awards during her show career: Best Puppy in Futurity, Grand Futurity Winner, Best in Sweepstakes, Awards of Merit at our National Specialties, and BOS at the Finger Lakes Tibetan Spaniel Association Specialty in 2014.

4. Chloe was out of a Finnish import bred to a male of my breeding.

5. No matter to whom she was bred, she seemed to pass on soundness in structure and a sweet temperament. By the end of this year she will have earned her TSCA Register of Merit Excellence.

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