‘James’ Tops the 2006 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship

January 2007 Editor's Page

By Christi McDonald | January 1, 2007

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The 6th Annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship show, held Dec. 2 and 3 in Long Beach, Calif., is now history. Best in Show on Sunday night was awarded by judge Bob Forsyth to the English Springer Spaniel Ch. Felicity’s Diamond Jim, handled by Kellie Fitzgerald. ‘James’ was bred by Teresa Patton and Ruth Dehmel and is owned by his breeders and Allen Patton and Diana Hadsall.Best Bred-by Exhibitor in Show, judged by Mrs. Michele Billings, was awarded to Laurie Jordan-Fenner handling her Golden Retriever, Ch. Shalimar’s Sports Illustrated CD, co-bred by Thomas Lewis and co-owned by Terri Brennan and J. Lewis.Nearly 40 percent of the total entry at the show, or over 950 dogs, were entered in the Bred-by-Exhibitor competition, proving that this is a category that exhibitors had long anticipated and in which they are eager to participate. Terry Hundt judged the Junior Showmanship finals and found as her Best Junior Handler Lauren House, showing her Saluki, Ch. Srinagar Raga Bahar.

For the fifth year, AKC chose one nominee from each of the seven Groups for their Breeder of the Year Award, and the winner was revealed during the Saturday evening Groups. Nominees this year were Judy Colan from Foster, R.I., Colsidex Weimaraners; Susan Lacroix Hamil of Laguna Beach, Calif., Quiet Creek Bloodhounds; Sandy D’Andrea from Lockport, N.Y., Nanuke Alaskan Malamutes; Bev Verna of Tracy, Calif., Regency Miniature Schnauzers; Jose Cabrera and Fabian Arienti of Miami, Fla., Starfire Pomeranians; Kathy and George Beliew from Redlands, Calif., Imagine Chows; and the 2006 Breeder of the Year Award winners, from the Herding Group, Doug and Michaelanne Johnson from Colorado Springs, Colo., Bugaboo Old English Sheepdogs.

Likely the most impressive feature of the 2006 AKC/Eukanuba event was the “Meet the Breeds” booths. For the sixth year, AKC invited all parent clubs to participate in “Meet the Breeds” by decorating booth space befitting their breed’s heritage and having club members, dogs and puppies over 6 months of age on hand to meet the public. The dedicated members from each of the 135 participating parent clubs who spend time setting up their booths and most importantly, meeting the public with their dogs and answering questions about their breeds, are a priceless asset to purebred dogs, allowing breeders and owners to impart specific information about the breeds that a prospective new owner needs to know, and also allowing prospective owners to ask questions, become familiar with breeds that interest them, and intelligently determine which breed is right for them. “Meet the Breeds” is a feature that many, many more clubs across the country should hold in conjunction with their dog shows.

Full coverage of the AKC/Eukanuba show will appear in the Dogs In Review February/March 2007 Annual.

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