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MINIATURE AMERICAN SHEPHERD

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AFFENPINSCHER

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MALTESE

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DEX

T H A N K YO U T O J U D G E S L E W O L S O N , M A R Y M U R P H Y - E A S T, B R I A N M E Y E R , J A S O N H O K E , J O H N CO L E , A N D PAT R I C I A T R O T T E R .

top five TOY *

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AFFENPINSCHER

M B I S S & M B I S S G C H S

P O I N T D E X T E R V TA N I K A Z A R I

OWN E D B Y FA I T H O T T & J A N E T R A H N B R E D B Y M I E K E CO O I J M A N S E X P E R T LY H A N D L E D B Y M A R K & TA B AT H A B E T T I S , T E A M DAY K E Y N E

# 1

*A KC A L L B R E E D S TAT S A S O F 9 / 3 0 / 2 0

Affenpinscher *

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AMERICAN FOXHOUND

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*AKC BREED & ALL BREED STATS AS OF 9/30/20 POODLE (MINIATURE)

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HILLWOOD HOT CHILD IN THE CITY MULTIPLE ALL BREED BEST IN SHOW & MULTIPLE RESERVE BEST IN SHOW WINNING

ALWAYS BREEDER/OWNER HANDLED BREEDERS/OWNERS ELLEN M. CHARLES, LISA BETTIS, PAULA & MATT ABBOTT

BREEDER PAULA HENDRICKS

HANDLER LISA BETTIS

ASSISTED BY NATALIE TAYLOR

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BICHON FRISE

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tessa GCHG PENNYLANE OLE T IME STYLE V SYNERGY DOBERMAN PINSCHER

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multiple

B ISS wi nn i ng

group

wi nn i ng

owned by

JOANN & ROY KUSUMOTO

MOLLY LATHAM

L ISA BURROFF

bred by

KERRI KOTT

HOLLY H . SCHORR

always owner

handled by

L ISA BURROFF

photos by

holloway

beautiful

& standard are always i n style

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The Top Winning American English Coonhound in AKC History

HE IS THE ONE WHO KNOCKS

WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OF THE JUDGES WHO HAVE RECOGNIZED HIM AS A FINE EXAMPLE OF HIS BREED

THANK YOU LORAINE BOUTWELL FOR THIS PLACEMENT

OWNER: SAMANTHA HOWARD (TAYLOR), DVM ELLENSBURG, WA HANDLER: KEVIN CHESTNUT MOSES LAKE, WA BREEDER: LESA WATSON HARRODSBURG, KY

SAY HIS NAME

The ONLY American English Coonhound dog to ever win Best In Show and Reserve Best In Show

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AMERICAN ENGLISH COONHOUND

Jep Boone Is eaking d BIS RBIS CH CGCH

With showing limited to the Fall of 2020, he is projected to remain #1 All Breed * for the 3rd consecutive year

*AKC STATS

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BORZOI

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CHINESE SHAR-PEI

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your heart She will steal

© NOR CAL BULLDOGGER 2019

TOY POODLE ALL BREED * NUMBER ONE

*AKC ALL BREED STATS AS OF 9/30/20

© NOR CAL BULLDOGGER 2019

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POODLE (TOY)

MULTIPLE BEST IN SHOWWINNER & MULTIPLE SPECIALTY WINNER GCHG SMASH JP COPENHAGEN

BRIAN, THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEARTS.

PROUDLY OWNED BY: CATHY & JERRY GAUCHE

PERFECTLYPRESENTEDBY: MR. KAZ HOSAKA

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M U L T I G R O U P P L A C I N G , B P I S

A L R E AD Y # 3

B I T C H * *AKC BREED STATS AS OF 9/30/20

*AKC BREED STATS AS OF 8/31/20

FLASH! CIRCE SWEPT ALL 4 DAYS OF ELGIN & JEFFERSON SHOWS WITH 3 GROUP PLACEMENTS!

Hilltop Rhodesian Ridgebacks | Scott & Julie Buss | Bronze Breeder of Merit bussblues@msn.com | 319-240-8189 | hilltoprhodesianridgebacks.com

Rhodesian

Ridgebacks

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RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK

CIRCE G C H B H I L L T O P ’ S E N C H A N T I N G C I R C E O F D Y K U M O S

© SCOTT BUSS

Co-Owned by Dick and Kathy Allbee Expertly Handled by Mark and Tabatha Bettis

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2 019 N A T I O N A L S P E C I A L T Y W I N N E R B I S, M R B I S, M B I S S, G C H G SilverLakes C G C A, T K A THERE’S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS

OUR SINCERE APPRECIATION AND THANK YOU TO ALL JUDGES WHO HAVE AWARDED ETHEL’S FINE TYPE AND QUALITY. LOOK- ING FORWARD TO SEEING WHAT WILL 2021 BRING US.

© DANELLE GATCOMBE

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POINTER (GERMAN SHORTHAIRED)

BREEDER/OWNER/HANDLERS: BARBARA & DR. GARY MCNEILL

BREEDERS OF MERIT OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 405-833-1774 SILVERLAKEGSPS.COM

WE WISH YOU A

AND A

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G R O U P F O U R T H G A L V E S T O N K C , F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 0 J U D G E M R S . C L A I R E “ K I T T Y ” S T E I D E L

G R O U P F O U R T H L O S T D U T C H M A N K C , F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 0 J U D G E M S . R O B I N R I E L

H A N D L E D B Y : ASHLIE WHITMORE & ALFONSO ESCOBEDO

O W N E D B Y : DEBORAH BAHM & ASHLIE WHITMORE

B R E D B Y : MELANIE STEELE & RINDI GAUDET

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GREYHOUND

C H A M P I O N G R A N D C R U L E P I N I I

G R O U P S E C O N D A L E X A N D R I A K C , J A N U A R Y 2 0 2 0 J U D G E M R . D A N A C L I N E

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ZEB OWNER HANDLER CHRIS LEITKOWSKI • BREEDER SUSAN A THOMAS

© LYNN M. STONE

© JORDON ISOM PHOTOGRAPHY

AMERICA’S 2020 NUMBER 1 SPORTING DOG * OH NUMBER 5 * ALL BREED

*AKC STATS AS OF 9/30/20

© TANYA ROWAN PHOTOGRAPHY

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WEIMARANER

MBISOH GCHS CH CAMELOT'S ZEBULON HERNE CD BN SH CGC TKI SD NRD VX

JUDGE’S PHOTOS BY © MALINDA JULIEN PHOTOGRAPHY © ROBERT J. SKIBINSKI © ALYSSIA BOOTH © PURNELL PHOTOGRAPHY © TAMMIE WILKERSON © JC PHOTO © FRITZ CLARK

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I N T C H M B I S S G C H G Pengwen’s Southernwind Trojan War Triumph R O M , C D , G N , R A , N A , C G C A

Owned by: Kay Backues , DVM | 918-521-2965 Perfectly Presented by: Teresa Nail & Ray Lively | 817-454-7417 Bred By: Gwen Myers , DVM & Cecilia Martinez Thank you Judges Sulie Greendale-paveza, patricia trotter and Carolyn Herbel

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CONTENTS

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Message from the Publisher AJ ARAPOVIC

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A Letter from the AKC President DENNIS SPRUNG, AKC PRESIDENT/CEO

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News Release: AKC 2020 Breeder of the Year Group Honorees Announced AKC Breeder of the Year Survey VARIOUS GUESTS

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Breeder Interview: Elizabeth Tobin ALLAN REZNIK

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Modern Masters DAN SAYERS

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To Honor the Great Bird Dog WALTER SOMMERFELT

234 Breeder Owner Handlers VARIOUS GUESTS

120 Breeding with Intention CELESTE M. GONZALEZ

248 Owner Handlers VARIOUS GUESTS

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Correction

250 In Memory of Brian Cordova VARIOUS GUESTS

130 Form Follows Function

STEPHANIE SEABROOK HEDGEPATH

268 Weimaraner

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Lines From Linda LINDA AYERS TURNER KNORR Candids: Greeley, Colorado PHOTOS BY CLAUDIA HESS

VARIOUS GUESTS

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Portuguese Water Dog VARIOUS GUESTS

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276 Harrier

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Candids: ShowSight in Circulation PHOTOS BY CHERYL MECHALKE Candids: Warrenton Kennel Club PHOTOS BY JEAN EDWARDS

VARIOUS GUESTS

278 Scottish Terrier VARIOUS GUESTS

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286 Maltese

190 Candids: Peach Blossom Cluster

VARIOUS GUESTS

PHOTOS BY GINGER ALDRICH & JOHN BARNES

290 Coming Attractions

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Candids: Wilmington Kennel Club PHOTOS BY JEAN EDWARDS

292 Index to Advertisers

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A M E S S A G E F R OM T H E P U B L I S H E R

2 020! I don’t think I need to talk too much about this year. I’d just like to extend my warmest wishes to you and to your loved ones, giving thanks for your continued support. The Showsight family has much for which we are grateful. The close of 2020 marks the end of our 29th year in publication, and this achievement is a credit to our team that has worked tirelessly to make our publication the best in the industry. Year after year, Showsight has gotten better because we continuously challenge the possibilities of who we are and what we can do. This year, however, has been a particularly hard year. First, we lost our Editor In Chief, Joseph Neil McGinnis, in March, and then a couple weeks ago we lost our National Client Relations liaison, Brian Cordova. Special people like Joe and Brian can never be replaced. But the rest of us who are here can and will get better (not just to continue the quality of our magazine, but to make it even better.) Personally, whenever I’ve lost someone who has been really close to me, I don’t collapse. If anything, I try to add all of their strengths to my own, so that they are always present. Of course, this is an almost impossible task, but I try. After all, the best we can do is try! Joe and Brian, you will be missed, but you will never be forgotten. I said I wouldn’t talk too much about 2020, but I must say that I am extremely proud of the exceptional work that we have accomplished this year—even if we didn’t have many shows. Most notably, we’ve published more than 1,000 original pages of editorial, thousands of social media posts, conducted over 200 interviews, received more than 1,500 industry survey responses, and brought you an excess of 1,750 pages of memorable adver- tising. And we still have our ANNUAL to publish next month! Truly, I am so emotional right now because we have not skipped printing one single edition during this (my apolo- gies, but I must say) terrible year. For those who have been deeply affected by the pandemic, I am truly sorry, but please stay strong. This too will pass. Our history tells us this is true, and our history has always been right. I’d like to offer my sincerest appreciation to our clients and readers, and to our hard- working staff and talented contributors, for making our success possible. I couldn’t be more thankful, nor could I be more excited about the plans we have for next year and for the opportunity to continue to serve ALL OF YOU. May you and your family enjoy the happiness of the holidays and the very best at the year-end shows. See you at a show site near you! Oh...and I have a surprise announcement for you. Please head to pages 264-267 to learn more.

Yours Sincerely,

AJ ARAPOVIC, OWNER & PUBLISHER

T H E D O G S H O W M A G A Z I N E

Est 1992

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T H E I N C R E D I B L E

a GCH MYSTIQUES YOU DON’T WANT TO SEE ME WHEN I’M ANGRY FDC CGC CGCA TKA OWN E D / B R E D B Y J A R E D A N D K R I S D O D S O N M I C H E L L E D E N S O N D O N N A D E N S O N H A N D L E D B Y B I L LY H U N T I N G T O N Niki Gilland Show Portriats

Niki Gilland Show Portriats

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BELGIAN MALINOIS

A L E T T E R F R OM T H E A K C P R E S I D E N T

W e feel extremely grate- ful to be able to hold the 20th AKC National Championship this year given the COVID-19 pandemic. While this year will look and feel very differ- ent, we are excited to welcome breeders, exhibitors, judges, Delegates, and superintendents to the Orlan- do, Florida, Orange County Convention Center to showcase the top dogs in Agility, Conformation, Diving Dogs, Rally, Obedience, and Fast Cat. This year, the AKC National Obedience Champi- onship and the AKC Rally National Championship will be held during the AKC National Champion- ship Presented by Royal Canin. These champion- ships recognize the best of the best in our companion events and we are thrilled to celebrate them. We also have added a performance event to ANC this year with The Inaugural AKC Fast CAT Invita- tional. The country’s fastest dogs from each breed, based on rankings from AKC Fast CAT Tests, have been invited to compete for the designation of Fast- est Dog USA or Speed of the Breeds Champion. Dogs will compete in two final divisions: Fastest Dogs USA and the Speed of the Breed Champion- ship. The third and final round will be held on Fri- day, December 11th. Due to our COVID-19 protocols and enhanced safety measures to protect the safety of everyone, there will be no spectators at the National Cham- pionship. Understanding that people in the US and around the world want to see their breed judged, we have found an option so that you can enjoy every minute of it. Breed judging live streams will be available at www.AKCChampionnshipLive.com. This will mark the first time that the judging of every single breed will be viewable online, in real-time. In order to pro- vide this level of coverage, there will be a one-time streaming fee of $3 for one day of all-breed judging or $5 for both days. Fees to watch the breed live streams are purely at cost. One-hundred percent of any net proceeds will be donated equally to the following dog-related char- ities; Take the Lead, AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite, and AKC Museum of the Dog.

The National Championship Groups and Best in Show, Best Bred-by Exhibitor and BBE Groups, NOHS Groups and Finals, Puppy & Junior Stakes Groups and Best in Stakes, Junior Showmanship Finals, Agility, Obedience, and Rally will continue to be livestreamed on a complimentary basis on AKCtv and will remain available on demand. This year has been challenging for so many. Howev- er, we have seen such resilience amongst our clubs and exhibitors. We have seen the gradual and safe return to events and strong displays of camaraderie across our sports. But in the midst of a great deal of uncertainty, we felt that if we put proper protocols in place and take the necessary precautions to keep exhibitors, delegates, judges, staff, and production crew safe, that we owed it to our community to keep this tradition going. Ameri- ca’s National Championship will go on.

As ever,

DENNIS SPRUNG AKC PRESIDENT/CEO

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POODLE (STANDARD)

MANY THANKS TO JUDGE MR. ADRIAN W. WOODFORK FOR THIS WIN

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GREAT DANE

& PAUL

A TEAM TO WATCH

OWNED BY JAYME LEMAIRE BRED BY CYNDI HARDY EXPERTLY PRESENTED BY PAUL LEVESQUE

MULTIPLE GROUP PLACING GCHB KMA LEMAIRE’S GLADIATOR GCH CH MJM N MA I T AU BE T T ER BE L I EVE I T CGC x KMA BEDROCK WI L L NVR B DA SAME

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NEWS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA CONTACT: JESSICA D’AMATO Senior Public Relations Manager American Kennel Club Phone: 212-696-8346 E-mail: Jessica.Damato@akc.org

AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB 2020 BREEDER OF THE YEAR GROUP HONOREES ANNOUNCED

NEW YORK, NY —The American Kennel Club® (AKC®) is pleased to recognize breeding programs from the Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Toy, Non-Sporting, and Herding Groups as 2020 AKC Breeder of the Year Group honorees. “We are proud to honor these esteemed breeders,” said Den- nis Sprung, AKC President and CEO. “Each of them has made important contributions to the sport and their unique breeds in particular. They are committed to bettering our breeds, and dogs bearing the honorees’ kennel names are a testament to their excel- lent and responsible breeding programs.” The 2020 AKC Breeder of the Year award winner will be announced during the show at the AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin on Saturday evening, December 12, 2020, which can be watched on AKC.tv. A canine portraitist will be commissioned to commemorate a prominent dog from the Breeder of the Year’s kennel, and their name will be added to the perpetual trophy. All Group recipients will receive a medallion in recognition of their achievements. THE GROUP HONOREES ARE: SPORTING GROUP: KRISTI WOODS LIBERTORE, LARRY & CHRIS DELANEY, WHISKEYTOWN WIRE- HAIRED POINTING GRIFFONS Whiskeytown Sporting Dogs was founded by Kristi Woods Libertore when searching for a versatile gun dog that worked both in the field & water and was an excellent family companion. As breeders, Whiskeytown has always strived to produce dogs that would excel in the ring and the field, equally. This work began with carefully chosen dogs that earned the highest level of achieve- ment in both venues. Whiskeytown’s foundation male was the first Griffon ever to earn GCH and Master Hunter titles. Through the years, Whiskeytown produced many Griffons that were awarded AWPGA (American Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Association) awards. Whiskeytown earned eight Show Dog of the Year Awards Winners and two Field Dog of the Year Awards Winners. Whiskeytown also produced multiple Show Dog & Field Dog Hall of Fame inductees. In 2014, the AWPGA

established the “Brandy Award” in honor of “Brandy,” GCHG Whiskeytown Brandewyn SH, which recognizes the top ranked Griffon in breed points, that must also be a Senior or Master Hunter. Whiskeytown has earned 12 Breeder Awards in NAVHDA (North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association) for Natu- ral Ability Award Winning Litters. In 2017, “Brie,” BIS MBISS GCHG Whiskeytown Dalwhinnie Brie SH CGC UT NA earned a Sporting Group Two at Westminster making her the highest placing Sporting Dog with advanced field titles. Starting in 2013, Whiskeytown has had the #1 Wirehaired Pointing Griffon every year. The kennel has won the breed at Westminster Kennel Club eight of the past nine years and won the AKC National Championship multiple times. Whiskeytown pro- duced the top winning bitch of all time, “Morgan,” MBIS MBISS GCHG Whiskeytown Captain Morgan Cranberry Kiss JH. Whiskeytown has won multiple National and Regional Special- ties and produced multiple Best in Show Winners over the years. In 2015, Kristi was joined by Larry & Chris Delaney to take over the continued care and breeding program. “Kitt,” BIS RBIS BISS Whiskeytown Genesee On Tap MH UT, is the only Griffon to receive the AWPGA Field Dog of the Year and the AWPGA Field Dog of the Year Award. She also won Sporting Group Two at the AKC National Championship and a Group Four at Westmin- ster. Larry is an active hunter and show ring participant who has kept up the breeding program standards. As Larry would say, “We do it for the improvement and preservation of the breed.”

HOUND GROUP: JOHN WOODRING & WADE BURNS, LANBUR BEAGLES

Lanbur Beagles was a partnership between the recently depart- ed Wade Burns and the current owner, Jon Woodring. Jon had his first show-bred litter of Beagles in 1972 when he was in 10th grade. Wade Burns and Jon started in Beagles in the early 80’s as well as Miniature Horses with excellent success. Their first top winning Beagle, Ch. Teloca Patches Littl’ Dickens, won 12+ BISs, BOB at the National, and is the sire of the most Champions in any

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DIVINE ACRES LEMAIRE KIKI DO U LOVE ME

& PAUL

KIKI’S SECOND WEEKEND MANY THANKS TO JUDGE MS. PEGGY BEISEL-MCILWAINE FOR THIS WIN.

KIKI AWARDED WINNERS 3 DAYS IN A ROW ON HER FIRST WEEKEND OUT! THANK YOU JUDGES MRS. DEBRA Y. VERDON, MS. JANINA K. LAURIN AND MR. ERIC RINGLE

OWNED BY JAYME LEMAIRE, CAROL URICK & ROBERT E. LAYNE

BRED BY CAROLINE MCNAMARA

EXPERTLY PRESENTED BY PAUL LEVESQUE

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GREAT DANE

NEWS RELEASE: THE AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB 2020 BREEDER OF THE YEAR GROUP HONOREES ANNOUNCED

TERRIER GROUP: HENRY SUTLIFF, SUTLIFF SEALYHAMS

breed for one year in AKC history, and he broke his own record the following year (39 AKC Champions sired in one year). They have bred several AKC champions. Some standouts in their breeding program are Dickens, Ch. Lanbur Coupe De Ville, Ch. Lanbur The Continental, Ch. Lanbur Carson City (co-owned with Eddie Dziuk] and Ch. Windkist A Walk In The Park, (co- owned by Leah Bertagnolli). During the last four decades, Mr. Burns and Mr. Woodring have been Beagle “Breeders of the Year” more than 25 times, had “Beagle Stud of the Year” 30 times, and won Best Stud Dog in Show ten years in a row at the Beagle National. They have also owned the top Beagle Dam of all time. Mr. Woodring and Mr. Burns have owned or bred many BIS winners, including of the very well-known and well-liked Ch. Lanbur Miss Fleetwood, co-owned with Jeffrey Slatkin and Eddie Dziuk, who continues to hold the 13” record, is #4 on the over- all Beagle BIS record list, was #1 Hound in 1993, and holds the record for National Beagle Club wins. Mr. Woodring co-owned and campaigned the Westminster Kennel Club BIS winner “Uno” in 2008. He also co-owned the sire of Uno, BIS GCHWindkist A Walk In The Park (co owned with his breeder Leah Bertagnolli). Mr. Woodring has judged matches and sweepstakes and taught the conformation class for the Forsyth Kennel Club for over 10 years. He says, “In breeding, we have selected dogs for type and movement as well as dogs who are easy to live with and that are outgoing and enjoy showing. The dogs we exhibit now are the product of the constant planning, selection process and training we have done and show our commitment to help elevate the breed in general.” WORKING GROUP: RAY CATALDI, ROJON GREAT DANES Established in 1967, Rojon became a premier bloodline, pro- ducing fawn and brindle Great Danes of distinction. There have been more than 160 Rojon Great Dane AKC champions to date, many achieving successful show careers and winning top awards at specialties and all-breed dog shows throughout the United States. Rojon Great Danes have had numerous wins at Great Dane Club of America National Specialties, including Best in Futurity three times. In addition, many have been honored for notable contribu- tions and achievements in the GDCA Hall of Fame. Among Ronjon’s most notable exhibits are Ch. Rojon’s the Hustler, Ch. Rojon’s Please Me, Ch. Rojon’s Oh Boy V Mecca Dane, Ch. Rojon’s Ransom of Red Chief, Ch. Rojon’s Rachel Rachel, BIS Ch. Rojon’s Rumor Has It, BIS Ch. Rojon’s Mystify Me, BIS Ch. Rojon’s Say Yes, Int. BIS Ch. Rojon’s Persian Boy. Rojon Great Danes have also made significant contributions to the programs of breeders across the country and abroad. Rojon is proud to be a “traditional” and result-based breeding program, focused on “true Great Dane breed type, and a bloodline style with strong reproductive abilities.” Mr. Cataldi says, “We remain committed to breeding Danes with strong breed-specific characteristics, physical and mental soundness, correct Dane temperament with good health and with dignified personalities; with the inherent ability to reproduce those essential qualities again and again. We are also honored by the numerous Dane fanciers who have chosen a beautiful Rojon companion to be a member of their family.”

Henry Sutliff is a third-generation Sealyham Terrier fancier. “My mother (and father) bred 40 litters of Sealyhams; I assisted in whelping over 30 of those from 1964 until 1993,” he says. “My grandparents owned Sealys from 1938 and assisted with many lit- ters. I whelped two litters for my mother by myself in 1967 and 1993.” Mr. Sutliff and his mother were together responsible for 38 AKC and international titled Sealyhams, including six Westmin- ster Best of Breed winners and five National Specialty winners. Mr. Sutliff bred his first litter in 1982. Among the notable dogs of his breeding are Ch. Sutliff’s Ventana, who completed her championship with five majors, the first two owner-handled, and Int. Ch. Sutliff’s Yuma (16 titles, World Winner – Leipzig 2017, FCI Group winner in Strasbourg, France; KFT Klubsieger 2011- 13-15-16-17 [a record], Res CC Crufts 2018, and the sire of three champions to date). Int. Ch. Sutliff’s Algonquin is the winner of over 30 titles, including World Winner, and Euro Winner 2013, and twice Res CC at Crufts. He was Group One at Germany’s largest dog show and a multiple BIS winner, including Leipzig FCI BIS-Junior All- Breeds). Algonquin sired 24 champions (8 of whom have won a BIS award), with other children in the process of titles. Together with his children and grandchildren, and now great-grandchil- dren, they have accumulated over 225 titles to date. Eight of his children were #1 Sealyham in the following countries: Nether- lands, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Slovenia, Serbia, Germany, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and the United Kingdom. Mr. Sutliff is a past president and board member of the Ameri- can Sealyham Terrier Club. In 2020, he celebrates his 30th year as vice president of the Sealyham Terrier Club, the breed’s parent club in Wales. He is a past president of the Del Monte KC and is a board member of the Sealyham Terrier Club of Southern Califor- Daryl Martin was born into the world of show dogs. Under the tutelage of her late mother, Rena Martin, a renowned profes- sional handler and breeder of Maltese, she quickly became very proficient in the world of breeding and showing dogs. She started showing dogs at six years old. nia and the Sealyhams Forever rescue foundation. TOY GROUP: DARYL MARTIN, PUFF MALTESE Ms. Martin continued the family breeding program after her mother passed away in 1986, and has bred close to over 100 cham- pions, including Best in Show winners, Group winners, several number one Maltese, National Specialty Best in Show winners, Sweeps winners, and many Register of Merit dogs and bitches. Some standouts in her breeding program are BIS Ch. Martin’s RazzMaTazz Puff, BIS BISS Ch. Martin’s Sazerac Tedi-Bear Puff, Ch. Martin’s Sweet Bean Puff, Ch. Martin’s Glimmer Bean Puff, Ch. Martin’s Fourhall’s Gleam Puff. Ms. Martin says, “I cannot go without mentioning two very powerful dogs in my breeding program that I had the honor of showing/owning; BIS Ch. Sazerac Eye Opener ROMX and BIS BISS Ch. Joanne-chen’s Mino Maya Dancer. Many breeders of today’s top dogs go directly to my dogs, if you check their pedi- grees many generations back.”

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Award of Merit wins. Unique has also been represented every year at PCA National and Regional shows, resulting in seven Winners Dogs or Bitches, 10 Select or Award of Merit , three Best Bred-By- Exhibitor in Show, and one National Best of Variety. Gail and Joan are equally proud of the many Performance titled dogs that have come from the Unique line. Over 49 Agility and Obedience titles were achieved by both Joan and Gail, and by many other Unique owners. Community services with nurs- ing homes, reading programs and therapy work are also among their accomplishments. HERDING GROUP: THOMAS (TIM) MATHIESEN, NEBRIOWA CORGIS Mr. Mathiesen has bred Pembroke Welsh Corgis since 1964 under the Nebriowa prefix. He has bred over 120 AKC champions as well as many AKC title holders in all areas of performance. Nebriowa corgis have won top awards at many specialties, includ- ing a Best of Breed and four Best of Opposites at the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America, and many Group and Best in Show wins. Mr. Mathiesen has bred and/or owned Register of Merit sires and dams and Register of Merit excellent sires and dams, including a top-ten sire and dam. Mr. Mathiesen has been licensed to judge Pembroke and Car- digan Welsh Corgis for over 30 years and has judged at cham- pionship level at most of the US Pembroke specialties, includ- ing the PWCCA National three times. He has judged in many other countries, including England (three times), Australia (three times), South Africa, Japan, Canada, as well as most of the Scan- dinavian countries. He has judged both breeds at the Westminster Kennel Club, and he judged Pembrokes at Crufts. Mr. Mathiesen has served as PWCCA president for four years and vice president for four years, and has had multiple terms on the board of directors. He has been active in the Golden Gate PWCC since 1964 and a member of the PWCC of Southern Cali- fornia since the late ’60s. He maintains a small hobby kennel in the wine country of Northern California. Learn more about the award and past honorees at www.akc.org/ about/awards-and-honors/breeder-of-the-year/.

Ms. Martin has been a member of the American Maltese Association for 50 years, serving in many different capacities, and was honored with the American Maltese Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She has been an AKC Gazette columnist, as well as longtime Chairman of the Education Committee, working to educate future judges about the Maltese. Ms. Martin also belongs to the American Shih Tzu Club, is a founding member of the Park Shore Kennel Club, a current mem- ber and officer of the Little Fort Kennel Club of Waukegan, and a member of Morris and Essex. Ms. Martin says, “Besides showing Maltese and competi- tion, there is nothing more satisfying than your pet homes loving your dogs.” NON-SPORTING GROUP: GAIL S. WOLANIUK AND JOAN E. MCFADDEN, UNIQUE STANDARD POODLES Unique Standard Poodles began in 1980 with the combined effort and passion of Joan McFadden and Gail Wolaniuk. They both have been longtime members of the AKC Breeder of Merit program. Joan has been a member of the Poodle Club of America (PCA) for over 20 years, holding various positions and Board Membership. She was presented The Good Sportsman’s Award at the National in 2018. She has also been past President and Board Member of her local all-breed club, the Delaware County Kennel Club. Gail is a second-generation dog show enthusiast. Her parents successfully exhibited and bred Toy Poodles. Her father, Frank, was a professional handler and then an AKC judge. Gail also has been a member of PCA for 20 years and a member and past Board member of the Delaware County Kennel Club. In the past 40 years, they have established a strong family of healthy, happy, white standard Poodles. Some of their accomplish- ments include 115 champions. Among the many top winners and top producers are six Best in Show dogs and seven Best in Special- ty dogs, collectively winning 34 Bests. Unique Poodles are repre- sented every year at the Westminster Kennel Club show, resulting in a Best of Variety and Group Second in 2001 with Ch. Unique Reach For The Rainbow, along with 11 other Best of Opposite or

ABOUT THE AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promot- ing the sport of purebred dogs, and breeding for type and function. Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners, and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year, including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure cours- ing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite, and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit www.akc.org. Become a fan of the American Kennel Club on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @AKCDogLovers.

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AKC BREEDER OF THE YEAR HONOREES

Kristi Woods Libertore, Larry & Chris Delaney SPORTING GROUP 1. How does it feel to be honored by the AKC to represent your Group? We are beyond honored to represent the Sporting Group with a rarer breed like the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. It’s an hon- or for us but, more importantly, it’s a tribute to a very special breed that can truly do it all. 2. Who are the people “in dogs” who’ve influenced your breeding program? We would be remiss to not thank the breeders/kennels who’ve provided our foundation dogs; Flatbrook Sporting Dogs, DuValin, Duchasseur, Wet Acres, and Fireside. We have al- ways admired our Canadian breeder friends too. They are al- ways helpful with importing dogs from their kennels or from France. In addition, the many people we have learned from over the years professionally involved in the sport— handlers and judges. 3. Do you have specific philosophies that you maintain as a breeder? Form follows function is a big thing to us. A key tenet was to breed beautiful gun dogs. A dog in the ring should be able to do its job and a dog in the field should still meet the breed standard. Through our breeding program, we require dogs to be active in both venues and to earn show & field titles prior to breeding them. We are active members and have held offices in both our breed parent club, AWPGA, and in NAVHDA chap- ters (North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association). We are active in AKC Field Events as well. 4. Can you speak to the importance of breeding to the standard? I think it’s important to understand not just the words of the standard, but the reason why things were written that way. The standard was written as it relates to the function of what the breed is supposed to do. For example, in our standard, “Correct size is important. Oversize is to be severely penalized.” This directly relates to the Griffon being able to excel equally as a pointer in the field or a retriever in the water. AWPGA also created a working standard just recently, which gives breeders insight into how the breed works in the field. 5. What breeding advice would you give to today’s novice fancier? Learn pedigrees and history. If you see a dog you like, look up the pedigree. Sitting ringside with a catalogue at your National Specialty is one of the best things you can do. Some of our very best litters were the result of known outcomes from previous dogs bred with similar pedigrees. Spend whatever it takes, go wherever you need to go to get what you need. I also think it’s so important to be honest with yourself and seek opinions— even if it’s hard to hear. Sometimes a dog with a lot of titles might not be the best dog or the best dog for your breeding.

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John Woodring & Wade Burns HOUND GROUP 1. How does it feel to be honored by the AKC to represent your Group?

It is a huge honor, a lifetime achievement to be honored by one’s peers as the AKC representative for the Hound Group. In my case, accolades are not my goal. My goal is basically an artistic endeavor to produce dogs that fit my interpretation of the standard that are healthy, move well and show well. 2. Who are the people "in dogs" who've influenced your breeding program? There have been countless breeders, handlers and judges who have influenced the direction of our breeding pro- gram. Wade would have likely said Marie Shuart of Teloca Beagles and Mikie Billings. I would say (Jon) Wade Burns was the biggest influence on me in our breeding program, but also breeders Sharon Clark, Eeva Resko, Alyce Gilmour, and Eddie Dziuk helped influence my input into our selection of breeding and show stock. Handlers or judges who have influenced my point of view on which dogs to breed (from watching the dogs they showed) would be Barbara Alderman, Bobby Barlow, and Houston and Toddie Clark. Judges whose placements continuously influenced me were James Clark, Anne Rogers Clark, Mrs. Stevenson, Mr. and Mrs. Forsyth, and Mike Billings. There are many great judges whom I highly respect, but I have only rarely shown to them. 3. Do you have specific philosophies that you maintain as a breeder? My philosophies as a breeder include not using a dog for breeding if it has a temperament problem, and breeding for healthy dogs. I strive for selection of show dogs and future breeding dogs for the improvement of our line as a whole, not necessarily to get one stellar dog from each litter. For example, when our dogs lacked rear angle we bred for better angles and, for several years, each show and breeding dog would be selected for that trait in addition to other traits in the standard. If the best puppy was a bit straight in the rear, it would not be the one I would keep. Once a few traits are improved on in each couple of generations, I’d move on to another couple of traits to work on, so that that the entire kennel is strong for particular traits. When I’d select for the next traits, those that make the cut are good in the traits I’d last bred from and then also have the traits I am then working on. I am for keeping a good puppy with the traits I want over, perhaps, a better puppy that lacks those traits. 4. Can you speak to the importance of breeding to the standard? Breeding to the standard is the goal, but our standard offers a lot of room for personal interpretation. Two breeders can look at the same standard and have different viewpoints on what the standard is saying; things that are not in the standard though they are of upmost importance, like health, showmanship, profiling, and standing with the tail up. These things aren’t mentioned in the standard though, but if one has a dog that excels in these traits the result in the show ring is a lot more certain. 5. What breeding advice would you give to today's novice fancier. One can advance their success easily by ten years with the right mentor. After one has learned how to be success- ful in the show ring and breeding program, then one can still be a success on their own. Make sure to choose the right mentor. If there isn’t the right mentor in your area in your breed, choose one in another breed whom you have an affinity for and who wants you to learn and to succeed. If one’s “mentor” is always saying that judging is political, and whenever they lose they always say the judging was bad, that is not the right mentor. Always try to learn why you won or lost each time you go into the ring. With breeders I mentor, I am 100% upfront with them. Before going into the ring, I tell them if I think their dog deserves the win or not, compared to the competition. If their dog is the lesser dog, in my opinion, I tell them which traits their dog is superior in and how to try to sell those to the judge. A breeder’s success is in the dogs they produce, but also in the way they are socialized, trained, and presented. Sometimes the better dog by the standard is not the winner if it is not trained and shown correctly; not just on their comparison to the standard. It must behave and project its strong points—or at least not detract from them. A novice has the advantage in that they have more time to spend on one dog with training and social- ization, but also the disadvantage in the arts of handling, grooming, and presentation. The best judges can find a true diamond in the rough. If one breeds or buys a good dog, gets a suitable mentor, and does their homework and ground work, success is eventually inevitable. Breeding show dogs can be a very rewarding endeavor if one can pay attention to their mentor and make an effort to get along with their competition.

“If there isn’t the right mentor in your area in your breed, choose one in another breed whom you have an affinity for and who wants you to learn and to succeed.”

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Ray Cataldi WORKING GROUP 1. How does it feel to be honored by the AKC to represent your Group? I am sincerely grateful to AKC for granting me this nomination. 2. Who are the people “in dogs” who’ve influenced your breeding program? Gloria Keppen, Hazel Gregory, Von Riesenhof, reg. 3. Do you have specific philosophies that you maintain as a breeder? Breed-specific traits are paramount; the importance and power of a bloodline. 4. Can you speak to the importance of breeding to the standard? Your dogs must encompass the elements of the standard. However, for excellence in artistic values and beauty you must go far beyond that. 5. What breeding advice would you give to today’s novice fancier? To learn and not just decide; and to be result based.

CH. ROJON’S THE HUSTLER. DOB: 2/13/1970 (Sire of Four BIS Winners)

BIS CH. ROJON’S RUMOR HAS IT. DOB: 11/12/1985 (#1 GD 1989)

BIS CH. ROJON’S MYSTIFY ME. DOB: 10/16/1993

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FRENCH BULLDOG

AKC BREEDER OF THE YEAR HONOREES

Henry (Hap) Sutliff TERRIER GROUP

1. How does it feel to be honored by the AKC to represent your Group? Part of my education was at a University in the UK. My British friends have a wonderful word to express how I feel: “Gobsmacked!” No one can ever an- ticipate the surprise of something like this. The privilege of representing a nu- merically vulnerable breed is also a considerable honor. Every one of us owes so much to so many to get this far and are so incredibly grateful for all the help along the way. My good friend, Pluis Davern, won the Breeder of the Year Award in 2011, and she is just as surprised and delighted today as then. 2. Who are the people “in dogs” who’ve influenced your breeding program? How much time do you have? There are so many! I was very privileged to be raised around some of the top dog people. I knew a lot of the top Terrier handlers of the past like Tom & Kay Gately, Cliff & Lois Hallmark, and more; our han- dlers, Bernice & Al Ayers, were so generous in sharing. I met Peter Green the day after he arrived at Pool Forge in November 1963. In Sealys, of course, my parents were my guides and I learned so much from some great Sealy mentors: Pat Miller (Rinklestone – US); Armynel Baylay (Shenden – UK); Norah Cunningham (Mannin – UK); Phoebe Cuming (Polrose – UK); and Elizabeth Choate (Robin Hill – US). Following my mother’s death in 2001, my greatest mentor was Patsy Wood (Penllyn – US). I miss her greatly. I was also privileged to be raised around some great breeders of other breeds who also influenced me. One who comes to mind was Adele Goodman (Glam- oor Skye Terriers), Walter’s mother. I always used to sit with her to watch the Groups at Westchester, and learned a lot. Every day I speak with Dottie Macdonald (2001 Westminster BIS Judge) and during the moments we are not laughing, I learn something new. Pat Trotter is another great mentor and fantastic role model. It is fun to continue to be taught and improve. 3. Do you have specific philosophies that you maintain as a breeder? There are two fundamentals of any successful program. Focusing on Health and Temperament are the most important factors to begin and end with. Never lose sight of those. The Standard of any breed is the document that lays out the path to follow, and concentrating on this should lead to success. 4. Can you speak to the importance of breeding to the standard? Breeding to the Standard is absolutely of paramount importance. I find the best Standards are the ones that are not changed often and may have been in place for many decades. My breed’s Standard has not been revised since 1934, and I believe it serves us well. It also helps to keep in mind what the breed was originally bred for. My breed was bred to go to ground after badgers and otters. Size is consequently of sig- nificant importance, as large examples could not get down the hole of their quarry. I also find in Terrier breeds that bites are important to the Standards, as the Terrier bite is its toolbox. 5. What breeding advice would you give to today’s novice fancier? When I was a fourteen, I was at a show where my mother heard me criticize another dog in our breed. She pulled me aside to make certain that I knew that our dogs were not perfect and, before I criticized anyone else’s dog, I needed to be able to look unbiased at our own dogs and how they might be improved. I did not know at the time how important that advice would prove in my journey in Sealys. When you are a kid, you cannot appreciate the genius of your parents until you have walked down the road yourself. Along the way, you meet people who will become your lifelong friends, and others who are just passing through. Of course, it can be problematic at times determining which is which. But such is life. Always try to keep a sense of humor and remember: There is always tomorrow!

Pictured with me are Dottie Macdonald, 2001 Westminster BIS Judge and Jake Lum from Hawaii, youngest licensed AKC Judge, in July 2019. Photo by Warren Cook.

Our first Champion, Ch. Rinklestone Tam O’Shanter Photo by Evelyn Shafer

Our first litter, including Ch. Sutliff’s Alabama (ancestor of over 700 American champions) and Sutliff’s Assiniboine (ancestor of over 300 American champions)

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AKC BREEDER OF THE YEAR HONOREES

Daryl Martin TOY GROUP

1. How does it feel to be honored by the AKC to represent your Group? When you work as hard as you do for so many years to make better dogs, and consistent quality to the standard, it is a wonderful feeling to be recognized by your peers. Certainly, it is a very high honor determined by old school dog people. Thank you very much! 2. Who are the people “in dogs” who’ve influenced your breeding program? My mother was always my highest mentor; she was always black and white about what was correct and natural, instead of trying to cover-up faults. She always believed it is easier to have the virtues or breed for virtues that are im- portant in the breed than cosmetically making it happen. Of course, all the old school breeders; the Salilyn Springers, the Salagray Boxers, the Wycliffe Poodles, the Alekai Poodles, the Grandeur Afghans, all the old-time, large kennels were icons of my goals of my breeding for consistent lines of dogs. However, in today’s world, big kennels are a thing of the past—but their phi- losophies still exist. 3. Do you have specific philosophies that you maintain as a breeder? I like to breed sound, elegant, healthy dogs for the basics, as this is hard to fix. Of course, I like pretty faces too and I do not like common dogs. When you breed through the years and something very wrong comes up in a puppy [that] you have never had, you place it as a pet and do not think you can breed it out. I prefer very related dogs as long as you have knowledge of the dogs. So, if I were to outcross I would hope to breed to a dog that has what I call a “family.” In our breed, this is very hard to do these days. Very few people have line-bred family dogs that have good virtues. Just because someone has been in it a long time doesn’t mean they have a line, particularly in Maltese. Besides breed- ing for over 50 years and seeing many dogs in the pedigrees throughout the years, I have been fortunate to also handle many dogs of other breeders from all over the country. Very few people in this breed have had this opportunity, most only have had their hands on their own or where they have gotten them from. When I show someone else’s dog, I have to feel positive about it to win. However, in my heart I know how they do not or will not add to my breeding program unless I know the parentage. With that being said, I have had a wide scope of different dogs throughout the years, and “hands-on” many dogs from many lines of dogs through the years. I know a lot of original dogs in my breed from parts of the pedigrees that are either in the last generation or from genera- tions fallen off the pedigrees. 4. Can you speak to the importance of breeding to the standard? Breeding to the standard has been my cry for 50+ years. I have written articles for the AKC Gazette about the different styles verses the different types verses the standard. I have seen the dogs from the very beginnings, and I constantly preach to breed to the standard! I also have the “hands-on” from when we first started with inferior dogs (only because the breeders would not sell my mother good dogs and, coming from another breed, she did know the difference) and the steps it took to get to the plateau of consistently well-bred dogs, but even from the beginning using the standard as the bar. 5. What breeding advice would you give to today’s novice fancier? You have to start with a dog that has good merits to the breed standard. Study dogs all over, not just by Photoshopped pictures, and go watch them in the flesh or on video to see what they really look like. So many people only want to start out with a cute look. I would want to see the dog’s parents, if possible, or dogs in the pedigree. Most people will not be able to purchase the crème of the crop as their first dog; you have to prove yourself. You also want to make sure you have dogs from a healthy line. If your first litter doesn’t turn out for show, you at least want a healthy dog that you can sell as a pet. Health is just as im- portant as quality. Be patient, educate yourself about the breed, be consistent with a mentor, and read about the people and the dogs.

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