Showsight January 2024

2023 AKC BREEDER OF THE YEAR HONOREES

SPORTING GROUP: DOROTHY CHERRY, CERISE KENNEL ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIELS HOUND GROUP: HARRY & LISA MILLER, KIARRY AMERICAN FOXHOUNDS WORKING GROUP: AMY KIELL-GREEN & ANDREW GREEN, PEBBLES’ RUN SAMOYEDS TERRIER GROUP: KEITH BAILEY, BAYLEIGH WELSH TERRIERS TOY GROUP & BREEDERS OF THE YEAR: LUKE & DIANE EHRICHT, HALLMARK JOLEI SHIH TZU NON-SPORTING GROUP: LORRIE CARLTON & LARRY LETSCHE DVM, BELLE CREEK BICHONS HERDING GROUP: CYNTHIA & VINCENT SAVIOLI, AUBREY PEMBROKE & CARDIGAN WELSH CORGIS

TERRIER GROUP HONOREE KEITH BAILEY

tion of dogs has become the driving force in my long-term interest. Nothing is more gratifying than seeing a dog that you’ve bred and raised fulfill your hopes in the show ring and go on to be a great companion. In recent years, mentoring individuals about the breed and breeding has become something I enjoy. It is another avenue of involvement with Welsh Terriers. As a long-time breeder, I believe it is my duty to pass my knowledge on to the next generation. 2. In dogs, selection is key. How do you select your sire and dam combinations? How do you decide which puppies appear in the show ring? There is no perfect dog, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to create it. Breeding is a combination of art and science.

BAYLEIGH CARROWAY WELSH TERRIERS 1. The Welsh Terrier is a dynamic dog with that classic terrier charac- ter. What is it about the breed that has sustained your interest for so long? I was first drawn to the breed because of its physical appear- ance—a balanced dog with distinct black and tan coloring. Their size, disposition, and lack of shedding were all factors that made the breed a good fit for me as a pet owner. Over the years, I have had a lot of success in the show ring. I unabash- edly admit that this success has sustained my interest. Winning is fun. However, studying pedigrees, understanding type, ensuring health and temperament, and looking forward to the next genera-

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