Top Notch Toys January 2017

Those sires are: • Eng. and Am. Ch. Buranthea’s Doutelle (Wildweir) • Eng. and Am. Ch. Don Carlos of Pro- gresso (Myrtle Young, New Jersey) • Ch. Finstal Royal Icing (Ruth Jen- kins, “Jentre”, Washington.) • Irish Ch. Gleno Credit Card (Wildweir) • Ch. Golden Fame (Wildweir) • Kelpie’s Belziehill Dondi (Mayfair-Barban) • Ch. Little Sir Model (Wildweir) • Irish and Am. Ch. Peter of Nordlaw (Suhr Dowd, California) • Eng. and Am. Ch. Progress of Progresso ( Jim Nickerson, “Windamere”, Indiana) • Ch. Star Twilight of Clu-Mor (Wildweir) • Ch. Streamglem Luna Star (Tiffany) • Ch. Toy Clown of Rusklyn (Clarkwyn) • Ch. Wenscoe’s Whizzaway of Tzumiao (Wendy Whiteley, “Wenscoe”, California) After reading this article, you may very well ask, and now what, how is it going to help me? Well, this is when the fun and the fiesta begins—nothing comes easy— this is when you begin to study your pedigrees and do your homework. Go back as far as the eighth and tenth gen- eration, believe me—it matters. I had a bitch that in every litter she produced one or two wooly coat puppies, no matter to whom I bred her. I knew the dogs as far as the fifth generation and none had wooly coats. It took me quite a while to figure it out that the perpetra- tor was in the eight generation. I gave you the Three Ks reliable source of their lines and their virtues and faults. Do not believe for a moment that any one line is responsible for some fault. When it comes to faults, we are all responsible. We are in this together—after all we are all sharing the same gene pool. Some breeders, perhaps, did not do their homework (pedigrees) and unwittingly chose the wrong sire or dam or both. The task, the riddle is to find out which dog or bitch has the concentration of genes that one is trying to eradicate. That is your quest. It will be totally naïve to blame a breeder for the cause of a prob- lem. The breeder made a bad breeding choice, not knowing whose dogs are in his pedigree.

“DO NOT BELIEVE FOR A MOMENT THAT ANY ONE LINE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SOME FAULT. WHEN IT COMES TO FAULTS, WE ARE ALL RESPONSIBLE.”

and Aglessea lines. In all he won 103 BOB’s and 26 BIS’s. “Of all our dogs Ch. Star Twilight of Clu-Mor had the great- est influence of any dog in our line. All our dogs that we bred, traced to him and they continue to do so”, Mrs. Gordon told me. Another import that sometimes is overlooked is Ch. Golden Fame. Fame, through his children Eng. Ch. Blue Symona and Wildweir Peri- wikle are found in any background of most American BIS winners than any other dog. These include Windamere, Mayfair-Barban and Devanvale. The Irish line was the most influen- tial, followed by the English and Scotch lines, but Mrs. Gordon tells me, “All these lines, actually touched at some point and some crossed over into each other. Nevertheless, it was the Irish line of Clu-Mor whose Ch. Star Twilight of Clu-Mor was the one who ignited Wildweir, his son Ch. Wildweir Cock of the Walk sired five champions, including their first Specialty home- bred winner Ch. All Star of Wildweir and multiple group winner, the first American bred Yorkshire Terrier to win the YTCA Specialty in Santa Monica, California in 1959. Ch. Wildweir Pomp N’ Circumstance whose double grand sire was CH. Twi- light of Clu-Mor had the most influence in America. “Pompey” sired more than 95 champions, totally unprecedented in our breed and for that matter in any breed. Ch. C.D. Higgens (Pompey appears five times in the first three gen- erations pedigree, seven times if one were to go back into the sixth genera- tion) won the most prestigious show in America, Westminster, by going BIS in 1978, the only Yorkie ever to win that show. Ch. Star Twilight of Clu-Mor held the record for the breed—26 BISs until his descendant, “Higgens”, put the record to bed with 30 BIS’s. Wildweir had a staggering show record. To prove its impact, a list follows: • 245 Yorkies owned or bred by Wild- weir won their championship.

• 16 are All Breed Best In Show win- ners and have together won a total of 55 all breed BIS. • 41 of the dogs are Toy Group win- ners and have together won a total of 425 Toy Groups. • 14 of the dogs are Specialty Winner and have a combined total of 31 Specialties. • 39 of Wildweir Yorkies are listed in the YTCA Registry of Merit as top stud or top producers and let’s not forget Pompey who produced more than 95 champions. They all were owner handled. Nancy Donovan of Kalamazoo, Michigan, a close friend was part of Wildweir since 1960. Miss Bennett lived half a block from Mrs. Gordon. She always did the breed- ing, whelping and weaning; then, the two sisters will select and train their show quality puppies. At the beginning, both will show their dogs, but later on when Miss Bennett became a judge, the showing was relegated to Mrs. Gordon. Miss Bennett passed away in 1985. Assessing Wildweir, one of my anonymous breeders told me, “Wild- weir Yorkies had very good fronts, rears and topline; they had good heads, ears and color. In my opinion they lacked elegance because of their lack of neck.” Many other breeders also agree that Wildweir dogs had no neck. Wildweir has always maintained that Yorkies being ratters, should not have a long neck. “From after the Second World War until the present, the breed in America has been completely influenced by Eng- lish and Irish imports. All our contem- porary bloodlines are based on the sires from these families. Our breed would not exist as we now know it without them. They are the foundation of all of today’s winners and producers. They and their offspring, whether many or few, are the gene pool on which all our present breeding is based”, says Mrs. Gordon.

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