Profiles of 2015 Top-Producing Sires in the Hound Group

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

The sires 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 sire’s breeder(s) and background in the sport, if you are not the breeder.

3. Briefly describe the highlights of your sire’s show career.

4. What is significant about the breeding that produced him, his sire and dam or the dogs behind him?

5. Are there two or three traits that you feel he is particularly prepotent for?


GCh. Jazzman’s Comebacker

Black and Tan Coonhound
Owner: Zoe Bolin

1. & 2. GCh. Jazzman’s Comebacker (‘Baxter’) was breeder/owner-handled throughout his entire career by Zoe Bolin. Zoe spent 30 years in horses before getting her first show dog in 2006. She has served on the American Black and Tan Coonhound Club’s Board of Directors since 2010 and is currently the President.

3. Baxter began his show career at 6 months and 3 days old at the Fiesta Cluster in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was Winners Dog all 4 days and came home with 12 points and 3 majors, including a 5-point major. He finished his championship a month later and went on to end the year (2011) as the No. 4 Black and Tan in breed points. Baxter ended his show career always ranked in the top 4 in breed points. He had multiple Group placements, a Group win and won the breed at AKC/Eukanuba in 2014.

4. The breeding that produced Baxter was specifically done hoping for a dog that would, in the future, be bred to a half-sibling, a bitch having the same sire. That bitch, GCh. Jazzman Know When To Hold ‘Em (‘Hope’), is the 2015 Top Black and Tan Coonhound Dam.

5. Baxter tends to pass on his beautiful head to his offspring.


Ch. Majenkir Front And Center ROM
Owner: Karen Staudt-Cartabona

1. & 2. Majenkir Borzoi had its beginnings in 1963. Our foundation bitch Ch. Tanya Majenkir of Kalevala CD, ROM finished with National Specialty wins and was also a winning lure courser. As a producer she carried the imported bloodlines of the great hunt kennels of Russia through her Romanoff heritage. The kennel has remained successful through the present in breeding and in the show ring. Majenkir has mentored and provided foundation stock to many dozens of Borzoi kennels over the decades. We were awarded AKC Hound Breeder of the Year in 2005. The kennel has produced more than 300 American Champions; the same number with either a Majenkir sire or dam; and also many more champions worldwide.

3. ‘Danny’ was WD/BOW at the 2010 Borzoi Club of America National. He finished with Specialty and Supported show wins. While he was not one selected by us to be campaigned, we recognized his worth as a stud dog. He has achieved ROM status and won National Stud Dog and Futurity Stud Dog classes, as have many of the dogs he is descended from. He has produced National major class and futurity winners.

4. My mentor, Louis Murr of Romanoff kennels, impressed upon me for life that, “It is not what you like, it is what is correct that matters in breeding Borzoi.” Through careful selection, my dogs have remained similar in type to my early dogs. I believe in preservation, not improvement. If we are to breed true Borzoi, we cannot improve on what was achieved by those ancient hunters and breeders. With the advantages now presented through the use of frozen semen, this type can still be selected for, even as my peers and their kennels dwindle in number.

5. Danny is descended from an almost unbroken line of 10 generations of Majenkir ROM Top Producers. Many of these are also Specialty winners. As a sire he has been extremely prepotent in passing on correct layback of shoulder and arm as well as strong rears with well-bent stifles, low, broad hocks and correct, balanced movement. While we believe he is correct Borzoi type, he is not overdone in modern, overly refined show style. Majenkir show dogs have also proved their worth by winning BIFs on the coursing fields of the west over several decades.


GCh. Vito Dell’Ovo, CM4
Cirneco dell’Etna
Owners: Nancy Lee Wight ?and Janise Gray

1. Janise Gray spent her childhood riding horses and developing skills that would take her to the very top in riding three day eventing horses. Later she got her first CD’E dogs from her sister, Nancy Wight. Nancy started showing dogs as a teen. She got her FCI judges license and enjoyed her judging assignments until her horse breeding operation demanded that she stay home. Her involvement with Cirnechi has changed her life.

2. ‘Vito’ was bred in Sicily by Marco Belfiore and Laura Majorna. They are among the most successful Cirnechi breeders in Sicily, and many of the breeders in Europe are fortunate enough to have obtained some of their original breeding stock from Marco and Laura.

3. Vito was one of the first Cirnechi in the country to obtain his CM while we were still in AKC FSS waiting for full AKC recognition. He has many Best in Miscellaneous wins. He was the first Cirneco to be awarded a Group 1st. Judge Robert Frost stated, “This gorgeous dog is not only typy and beautiful but so very sound and Vito is now the standard by which I will now hold all Cirnechi.” Vito was No. 2 all breed in 2015 again with very limited showing.

4. What is so interesting about Vito’s breeding is that his sire, Pippo, comes from a kennel that specializes in breeding only hunting dogs. His dam was bred by Marco who primarily concentrates his efforts on breeding top show and racing dogs. So, to have one of the breed’s top conformation show dogs have half a pedigree that is from hunting lines only serves to illustrate that this breed is as naturally functional as it is beautiful!

5. According to my friend and fellow breeder, Jerri Gates (who has by the way, nearly two decades experience in this breed and has used Vito twice on her bitch, Kia), Vito is extremely prepotent for his gorgeous type, dead level topline, correct conformation with a great front, wide parallel rear, and a lovely headpiece set ablaze with stunning, crisp ears.


GCh./AUS. Sup. Ch. Briarmist Bushranger
Dachshund (Standard Longhaired)
Owners: L. and J. Black

1. I am a second-generation standard Longhaired Dachshund breeder following my parents’ start of Pramada Kennels in the early 1970s. Pramada has bred over 75 Dachshund champions including the only Longhair Dachshund to win the Group at Westminster and the sire of 3 National Specialty winners. Pramada is proud to have worked with other longhair Dachshund breeders throughout the world.

2. I fell in love with ‘Rugby’ in November 2012 when I attended the Australian Dachshund National. Immediately after, I began working with his owners, Jim and Lyndall Black, in Australia to plan his visit to the US. Briarmist (Jim and Lyndall) has bred three Supreme Champions and Australia’s No. 1 dog all breeds in 2010 and New Zealand’s No. 1 dog all breeds in 2012. Rugby was a top-winning dog in Australia before coming to the US. Since obtaining their first Standard Longhaired Dachshund in the late ‘90s, Briarmist has owned or bred 20 Australian champions, had the No. 1 Standard Longhaired Dachshund 2007, 2009-2015 and No. 1 Standard Longhaired breeder 2012-2015. Prior to Dachshunds, they successfully bred Bearded Collies and Boxers. They are both all-breed judges with the Australian National Kennel Club.

3. GCh./AUS. Sup. Ch. Briarmist Bushranger (Rugby) was only here in the US from January 2015 until February 2016. During that short time, he achieved multiple specialty varieties and Best of Opposite Sex at the Dachshund National in 2015. Before coming to the US, Rugby had a very successful show career, winning 19 Best in Shows, 11 Runners-up in Show, 52 Best in Group and 20 Runners-up in Group. He has continued to make his presence felt in the show ring since returning home to Australia.
4. Rugby is a combination of the top-winning Australian, English and American bloodlines. His father was beautifully constructed, fabulous on the move and an outstanding show dog. His mother was a bitch of outstanding type, excelling in the hallmarks of the breed. This combination produced Rugby, and he is proving himself as a sire passing on those very important attributes.

5. Rugby has been bred to just three bitches in the US and one in Australia prior to his arrival, but through those breedings, I definitely see the following traits: substantial bone, excellent length of ribbing and keel and loving, playful temperament.

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