Showsight - November 2017

Left with some early, winning homebreds, and above during her modeling career THE UNSINKABLE ARLENE CZECH continued

how her amazing relationship with Papillons began-- sixty years and counting! Soon Taffy was joined by Dandy, a male imported from the English kennel, Stouravon, and that was the start of Czech’s breeding program. Together Taffy and Dandy pro- duced five champions. One of

(soon to be five generations). Since the inception of Breeder of Merit Medallions, she has earned nine, and is very close to securing her tenth. In addition, since 2010, when the Papillon Club of America began the Top Twenty Five awards, she has had a dog in that prestigious lineup every year. Czech has always sub- scribed to the notion: “A

those pups became the #1 Papillon in the country after taking a Group 3, the only Group placing Papillon that year. Czech’s demanding car eer teaching Science to middle- school students with learning disabilities (for which she won an award for Excellence from the National Science Teachers Association) limited her breed- ing program. She has always been a hobby breeder, keeping

well-balanced dog has titles at both ends”. She trained Dandy herself using some creative training methods. He earned his Utility Dog title at the Papillon National and became that year’s top Papillon in Obedience. For years she competed in Obe dience and has bred 44 performance-titled dogs. At the Papillon Club of America

only a select number of Papillons, and preferring to keep her Toy dogs in her home rather than in kennels and runs. Still, as a Breeder of Merit, she has bred 44 Champions, an International Champion, the first Papillon to win a Mexican championship, nine Grand Champions, one Silver and two Bronze level Grand Champions. Her breeding program includes four-generations of Dam of Merit awards

National Banquet, seven Versatility awards went to her Coquina dogs. She taught Obedience classes for many years in Michigan, and after retiring to Florida continues to teach classes for the Greater Naples Dog Club, where she held many offices. She also serves as an evaluator for the AKC Canine Good Citizen and Community Can ine pro- grams.


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