Profiles of 2015 Top-Producing Sires in the Non-Sporting 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?


MSBIS GCh. Kennedy’s Bumble Bee ROM**

Boston Terrier
Owners: Tina Starr, Vicki Kennedy and Stacie Zibel

1. & 2. Vicki and Sarah Kennedy of Kennedy’s Bostons have been breeding and showing dogs for more than 30 years. We have consistently produced top-
winning and -producing dogs year after year, achieving many BIS, SBIS, National Specialty and Westminster wins, and BOB at Crufts. Along with quality, we breed for health and temperament, as all are important to us.

3. ‘Bumble’ finished his championship at 7 months old in two weekends out with three specialty majors. As a special, he was a MSBIS and Group winner, and back-to-back SD at BTCA National Specialty host shows. He finished 2014 as the No. 2 Boston and then No. 4 in 2015 although specialed on a limited basis.

4. Bumble is a third-generation Top Sire following his father, MSBIS Am./Can. Ch. Kennedy’s Tuckered By The Storm ROM, and grandfather, MSBIS Am./Can. Ch. Kennedy’s Storm Watch Bramley ROM.

5. Bumble, while very selectively bred, is the sire of 17 American champions and five foreign champions to date with more upcoming stars hitting the ring now, almost all of them winning specialties, Best of Breeds from the classes over specials, Group wins and placements. Three are currently ranked in the Top 20. Whether linebred or outcrossed, he consistently produces top quality and type, passing on his strong head, front, topline, arch of neck, correct shoulder placement and fluid movement.


BIS RBIS MSBIS GChG. BluRubEin Aged To Perfection
Chinese Shar-Pei
Owner: Joy Lockery
Co-Owner: Rosie Steinke


1. I, Joy Lockery, have been involved in Shar-Pei for 12 years. I bought my first three dogs from Rosie Steinke and Betsy Michels. With their guidance, I started to show and became hooked. I bred my first litter in 2012, producing two champions.

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3. ‘Relic’ is my first all-breed Best in Show winner. He is the winner of four Shar-Pei Specialty Best in Shows and multiple Group placements. He also won BOS at Westminster in 2015. He has produced seven champions in two litters. Four of the seven have won Group placements, three have won Specialty Best in Shows and four have made the Top 25 Shar-Pei Invitational. Relic is the sire of the No. 1 Shar-Pei currently in 2016 and was top Stud Dog at our 2015 National Specialty.

4. Relic comes from the breeding of my foundation bitch, Ch. Lucky Wun RazzMaTazz, and Ch. Asias Excalibur Romans Eight ROM.

5. Relic consistently produces quality offspring that typify the Shar-Pei. His get are known for proper movement and silhouette.


Hopecrest’s Highfield Chiefton, CM
Coton de Tulear
Owners: Adrianne Dering and Amy Burnette


1. I have owned Cotons since 2006 and bred my first litter in 2008. Since entering the sport, I have had a top dog in the breed in at least one venue (before AKC it was NAKC and UKC). I have traveled all over the United States and Europe showing my dogs.

2. ‘Chief’ is the product of my very first litter of Cotons. Sometimes you get lucky! His sire, Mi Toi’s The Heartbreak Kid, was purchased from Mi Toi Cotons in Florida, and his sire’s parents were both from old European kennels with generations of champions behind them. His dam, Princess Grace at Town& Country, was produced from the lines of a breeder in Alabama (Phyllis Blaha) who has since retired, but was active in Cotons back in the 1990s, long before the breed entered AKC.

3. Chief was actually sold as a show puppy to Monika Mauer at Pinefields Cotons in Poland as a stud for her kennel. She kept Chief for several years, finished his FCI championship, and he sired several champions for her and for other kennels in Europe. When Monika was looking to add another pedigree to her kennel, I offered to take Chief back and send her a new stud from a different line. Chief is an FCI Champion of Poland and was shown to his Certificate of Merit by his co-owner, Amy Burnette of Coolmoor Australian Shepherds. Chief is one point shy of his AKC championship; when finished, he will be shown in the Veteran class by Amy.

4. Chief has great lines behind him. By the time I had the opportunity to import him back home I knew what I had in him. He is a product of smaller “European style” lines and pedigrees from the smaller end of the standard. When other exhibitors say they “cannot be competitive with a small male,” Chief proves that to be false. There is room for Cotons of all sizes accepted in the standard. I intend to keep the full spectrum of size in my program moving forward!

5. Chief produces enthusiasm in his offspring. He has always been a bit of a character. His children have all taken to the ring like ducks to water, and I credit him for that spunk. Also he has consistently produced smaller-sized Cotons. It is much easier to produce a larger dog with the “sturdiness, muscle and bone” described in the standard, but producing it on the smaller end of the scale is more challenging. Chief has absolutely been able to accomplish that.


Am. Can. GCh. Mardeck’s The Sorcerer’s Son
Owners: E. Marlene Layng and Ursula Hutton


1. Ursula has owned, shown and bred Schipperkes for 20 years. Her Schipperkes have attained titles in conformation, Agility, Obedience, Rally and Tracking. Offspring of her lines not only reside in the US and Canada, but also in Russia, New Zealand and South America. She aspires to continue showing and breeding Schips that positively impact the breed for generations to come.

2. The breeder/co-owner of ‘Cozmo’ is Marnie Layng, Mardeck Schipperkes. Since the late 1960s, Marnie has bred, trained and exhibited Shelties, Beardies and Schipperkes. Mardeck Schipperkes have done very well in the conformation and performance rings, but Marnie is most proud of her American and Canadian National Specialty wins, including BOB, BOS, BOW, WD, WB, BP and AOM. She has now set her sights on becoming a conformation judge starting with the Non-Sporting Group.

3. Cozmo, from the beginning of his show career at 10 months of age, started placing in the Group and winning Best Puppy in Shows in Canada, where he became the No. 1 Schipperke in for 2011, breeder/owner-handled. Handled by Will Alexander as a mature dog, he once again was No. 1 Schipperke in 2013 and 2014, as well as ranking No. 4 in the US. Cozmo is currently on lease to New Zealand, where he continues to win Group 1sts while finishing his NZ championship and producing litters.

4. Cozmo’s father ‘Oz,’ Am. Can. Ch. Mardeck’s Whiz Kid DeTurenne, ROMX, was bred to his granddaughter ‘Camie,’ Am. Can. Ch. Mardeck’s Camenae T’Dae, producing Cozmo and his sister ‘Neytirri,’ SBIS Am. Can. GCh. BIS UKC Ch. Mardeck’s The Shaman’s Daughter. We believe in line breeding, type to type, always being mindful of the strengths and weaknesses of the parents, grandparents, etc., when planning a breeding. Sound temperament is the ultimate goal of any breeding of Mardeck and Deloran Schipperkes.

5. Cozmo, like his father before him, produces consistent type in his litters. He carries and produces a most desirable, coarse, thick black coat with an excellent pattern. This is what gives this breed its unique silhouette, which unfortunately is easily lost with a longer, softer coat. Cozmo also throws beautiful heads, good bone and the preferred shorter back, giving the “cobby” appearance called for in the standard.

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