The first day of the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship has come and gone, and the Sporting, Hound, Toy and Non-Sporting Group judging is completed. As expected there were some surprises as well as some expected outcomes.

Hounds were the first Group to be judged, and Carla Molinari of Portugal did the honors. First went to Saluki GCh. Shiraz California Dreamin’, a dog bred in California by Michael and Elena Edwards, and Valerie Atkinson. His sire, Nord. Intl. Am. Ch. Baghdad Globetrotter, was the Sighthound of the Year in Sweden in 1996. His dam, Ch. Enchanted Shiraz Dreamcatcher, was a specialty and all-breed Best in Show winner. ‘Harley’ himself was Number 2 dog of all breeds in Sweden in 2008 and reached the pinnacle in 2009 when he became Top Dog of all breeds. Harley also won the World Show in Austria in 2012 from an entry of more than 18,000 and was second in the Eukanuba World Challenge under Frank Sabella in 2009. He is owned by Nicklas and Ingunn Eriksson, and handled by Nicklas.

Saluki Ch. Shiraz California Dreamin’ was the 2012 AENC Hound Group winner. Photo by Lisa Croft Elliott.

Second in the Hound Group went to Pharaoh Hound GCh. Faouziah’s Faramire, handled by Brian Livingston for owners Jennifer Mosing and Jenny Hall. Sweden wins again, as ‘Qiwi’ was bred there by Anna Larsson and Tanja Sadelheim. He holds International, Swedish, Danish and U.S. champion titles. He’s been shown here in the U.S. under the Mosing/Hall ownership since January this year. At his second show in the U.S., he won the Hound Group from the classes, finished shortly thereafter and has been winning ever since.

Third in the Hound Group went to GCh. Bougain’e Naughty-N-Lovely Alvin, the 13-inch Beagle bred and owned by Somvorn Adungchongruk and co-owned by Star Ott. ‘Alvin’ also arrived in the U.S., this time from Thailand, in January 2012, and won his first Best in Show less than three months later. He’s handled by Bobby Ott.

Fourth in the Group went to Afghan Hound GCh. Thaon’s Mowgli, bred and owned by Jay Hafford and James Blanchard, co-owned by Ann Sterner and Debbie Rogers, and handled by Jay. ‘Mowgli’ won the Bred-by-Exhibitor Hound Group earlier in the day, a repeat win from 2011. Perhaps his most impressive achievement is that he has won the National Specialty four consecutive times, in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Speaking of the Bred-by Groups, second in the Hound BBE Group, judged by Dana Cline, was Norwegian Elkhound GCh. Tioka’s American Ride, who is handled by Lori Webster. Lori co-bred ‘Ben’ with Terri Brennan-Weiss. He has won seven Groups this year, through October, and is the Number 2 Elkhound.

Third went to Otterhound GCh. Aberdeen’s Under the Influence, who is bred and owned by Jack, Andy and Jason McIlwaine, and handled by Jason. ‘Dui’ is a multiple Group winner and this year’s top Otterhound. Fourth was 15-inch Beagle GCh. Foxtail’s Sweet Dream, bred, owned and handled by Mike Kurtzner, co-bred and co-owned by Sheri Lynn and Christopher Smith. ‘Sasha’ is also a multiple Group winner and among the Top 10 in her breed.

The Toy Group

The Toy Group was judged by Virginia Lyne of Canada. First and second went to the Toys that are Number 1 and Number 2 in the Group this year, the Affenpinscher GCh. Banana Joe V Tani Kazari, who was Best in Show on Wednesday, and Min Pin GCh. Marlex Classic Red Glare.

‘Joey’ is another from foreign shores, bred in the Netherlands by Mieke Cooymans, who owns him with Tina Truesdale. He is always handled by Ernesto Lara. In 2012 Joey, who is also an International and FCI champion, has become the top-winning Affenpinscher of all time in the U.S.

Affenpinscher GCh. Banana Joe V Tani Kazari won the Toy Group.

Min Pin ‘Classie’ is handled by her owner, Armando Angelbello, co-owned by Leah Monte and bred by Carole Mohr-Rio. Not to take away from Carole’s accomplishment as her breeder, because it is quite an accomplishment, but it is important to acknowledge that Armando bred Classie’s sire, Ch. Marlex Mr. Chips. Indeed, in 2009 at this show Mr. Chips was fourth in the BBE Group and Best of Breed and Best Bred-by-Exhibitor in 2007. Armando also handled Mr. Chips to multiple Group wins and an all-breed Best in Show. In September Classie won her 46th Best in Show, becoming the top-winning Min Pin bitch of all time, a record held for 36 years by the unforgettable Ch. Jay-Mac’s Impossible Dream, who was handled by Joe Waterman.

Pug GCh. Caper’s Sirius Endeavor won the breed today from an entry of 35 and found himself third in the Toy Group. ‘Rufus’ is handled by his owner, Linda Rowell. He was bred by Carolyn and Phillip Fisher, who also own him with Don and Renae Watson, and John Rowell. He’s currently the country’s Number 6 Toy. Papillon GCh. Involo The King of Pop was fourth in the Group. ‘Jackson’ was bred by Donna, Michael and Gia Garofalo and is owned by Madeline Mosing and Gia Garofalo. Gia handled him to this win. It was a good night for the Mosings, with mom Jennifer’s Pharaoh Hound also winning.

In the BBE Toy Group, judged by Tim Catterson, first went to Shih Tzu GCh. Krissy’s Savvy Jasper, bred and handled by Jennifer Miller, owned by Sarah Lawrence, co-bred by Jill Petillo. ‘Jasper’ is sired by GCh. Krissy’s Malibu Dreams, who Jennifer also handled to multiple Group wins and an all-breed BIS.

Second went to Jackson the Papillon, again handled by his breeder, Gia Garofalo. Gia is a college student, but she handled a Pap bred and owned with her parents to a Best in Show win, so she’s no stranger to the winner’s circle. Third in BBE Toys went to Italian Greyhound GCh. Raindance Mercier, bred and owned by Chelsea James and Susan James, co-owned by Karen Smith and handled by Chelsea. ‘Merci’ is out of Ch. Raindance The Sky Is Falling, a bitch Chelsea finished at the age of just 10 months with three majors.

Fourth in the Toy BBE Group went to the smooth Brussels Griffon Huntwood’s Slick Moves, handled by his breeder/owner Susie Kipp, who co-bred him with Beverly Wyckoff and Charles Ginsberg. Susie won the very first AKC/Eukanuba Best Bred-by-Exhibitor in Show in 2003 with Norwich Terrier Ch. Huntwood’s First Knight. Her Griffon just turned a year old at the end of November.

The Sporting Group

‘Beckham’ the Black Cocker, the dog I mentioned yesterday as the favorite to win the Sporting Group, did just that under Terry Stacy.

Black Cocker Spaniel GCh. Casablanca’s Thrilling Seduction was the Sporting Group winner. Photo by Jeffrey Hanlin.

Second went to Clumber Spaniel GCh. Clussexx Collaboration with Traddles, handled by Jorge Olivera for owners Doug Johnson, Jeane Haverick, Jamie Hubbard and Sheila Musaeus. ‘Seymour’ was bred by Bill Holbrook, Beth Dowd, Missy Capone, Jeane Haverick and A. and P. Jaramillo. Again we find cooperation among breeders from around the world, as his dam, Ch. Traddles Mrs Thingummy, is from Sheila Musaeus’s Traddles kennel in Denmark. She began her breeding program years ago with stock from Sweden, and it was built largely on the International champion and World Winner Ch. Raycroft Soloist, bred in England. Clussexx is, of course, among the most successful kennels anywhere, in any breed, and this “collaboration” has obviously been a success as well.

Third was Irish Water Spaniel GCh. Whistlestop’s Riley On Fire. She is one of my Magnificent Three, the litter sisters who’ve taken the Sporting ring by storm this year, and they did it again today, as GCh. Whistlestop’s Fire and Ice was Best Bred-by in the breed and GCh. Whistle Stop’s Wind on the Water was First Award of Excellence. The girls were bred by Colleen McDaniel and Stacy Duncan. ‘Riley’ is handled by Rick Krieger and owned by Greg Siner, whose Poole’s Ide kennel figures largely in this pedigree, and Tom and Bethany Urban. Fire and Ice, better known as ‘Annah,’ is owned by her breeders and Cat Shelby and shown by Stacy, who handled her to a National Specialty BOB, and ‘Bella’ is handled by Amy Rutherford for owner Michelle Cummings.

And fourth went to German Shorthaired Pointer GCh. DogWdCreek’s La Vita E Bella, bred and owned by Lynne Duncan and handled by Valerie Atkinson. A good night for Valerie too, as the Saluki she bred won his Group. ‘Bella’ is a daughter of Ch. Star K’s Mile Hi Carlos-Stardust, a son of the Westminster Best in Show-winning Ch. Kan-Point’s VJK Autumn Roses, who was handled originally by Valerie and co-owned by her when Michelle Ostermiller took ‘Carlee’ to her big win.

The Bred-by Sporting Group was judged by Sheila DiNardo, for whom I have a great deal of respect, but I admit to being disappointed that the Irish Water Spaniel didn’t get a ribbon. Ah, well, I wasn’t there judging so I can’t be critical, and the dogs that did place were undoubtedly very worthy. First went to the Beth Johnson-handled Golden GCh. Summits Emery It’s in the Bag. ‘Chloe’ was co-bred by David Harper and is co-owned by Jeff and Kathy Sedivec. I’ve been unable to find exact figures, but Beth has been very successful breeding Goldens, and indeed in addition to Chloe, who has won seven Bests this year, has another Best in Show-winning dog in the Top 10 in the breed this year.

Second was Pointer Ch. Solivia’s Re’s Brentina, bred and owned by Claire Thompson and Susan Thompson, co-bred by Katey Thompson-Brown, Dennis Brown, Hayley Thompson and Rick English. Claire handles ‘Constance.’ The Thompsons are Solivia Pointers and the mother/father/daughters team has bred more than 170 champions and Best in Show winners in six countries.

Third in BBE Sporting was English Cocker GCh. Golden Gait’s Never Lose Hope, bred and owned by Debbie Owczarzak and co-bred by Betsy Traub. ‘Hope’ is sired by Am. Can. Ch. Jerabeen Golden Gait Sequel, and she’s keeping with the family tradition, as her sire was fourth in the AKC/Eukanuba BBE Group in 2005. Fourth this year went to ASCOB Cocker GCh. Trinity’s Tucked Under His Wing, bred and owned by Susan Gray and Stacy Dobmeier, and co-bred by Cheryl Wittinger. His sire, Ch. Foley’s Hold Your Heart, was among the country’s top ASCOB Cockers in 2004.

The Non-Sporting Group

The last Group to be judged was Group Six, and Gene Mills had the honor of passing on the Non-Sporting dogs. First went to a black Standard Poodle, but not ‘London,’ the defending champion, who was in fact not entered. Del Zarzoso Salvame from Afterglow was Best of Breed from the Open class, although in the U.K., where he lived with owners Michael Gadsby and Jason Lynn, he was the top Utility dog (much like our Non-Sporting Group) and Number 3 among all breeds last year, handled by Jason. ‘Dino’ was bred in Spain by Carlos Fernandez-Renau, breeder of another Standard who became famous in the U.S., this one white: Ch. Maneetas Del Zarzoso Fuego Fatuo, known to his fans as ‘Gordon,’ was the Top Dog of all breeds in Finland before coming to the U.S., where he became Number 1 Non-Sporting dog and Number 3 among all breeds in 1993, handled by Dennis McCoy. Dino’s paternal grandsire is ‘Donny,’ Am. Eng. Ch. Afterglow The Big Tease, bred and owned by Michael, a Poodle Club of America Best in Show winner, Crufts Group and Reserve BIS winner, and a favorite of many in the Poodle world. Dino was handled at this show by Allison Foley, who, if you look closely enough at Dino’s pedigree, you’ll find handled several of his descendants to big wins! I must mention that competition at the breed level in Standards was strong, so this win from the classes was especially meaningful.

The Non-Sporting Group winner was Standard Poodle Del Zarzoso Salvame from Afterglow, pictured here with his owner Jason Lynn. Photo by Alan Walker.

Second in the Group was Martha Feltenstein’s homebred Tibetan Spaniel GCh. Kan Sing’s Tenzin, handled by his co-breeder Diego Garcia. Diego handled his dam, Ch. Ambrier’s Nanda Devi, to Number 1 Tibbie in 2007, and his sire, Ch. Lorac’s Yeshe Wongchhu, to Number 1 Tibbie in 2009. He’s creating a Tibbie legacy!

Schipperke GCh. Dante Fire When Ready was third in the Non-Sporting Group. This dog, who turned 11 years old in August, still shows like he was a 4- or 5-year-old. He’s the top-winning male Schipperke in the history of the breed and a multiple National Specialty winner. ‘T.J.’ is owned by his breeder, Amy Gossman, with Michael Jameson, Patrick Allison and Sandra Middlebrooks, was co-bred by Gene Johnson and is handled by Erin Roberts.

And the fourth place ribbon went to Chinese Shar-Pei GCh. Vaje’s Jethrene Bodine. Her sister from an earlier breeding, GCh. Vaje’s Miss Jayne Hathaway, was second in the Group at this show in 2010. Miss Jayne also won the Group at Westminster, so perhaps ‘Zoey’ will follow in her footsteps there too! Both girls are bred and owned by Vicki and Jeff Mauk, and handled by Clint Livingston. Zoey is co-owned by Todd and Sabrina Paddock.

There were some heavy hitters in the BBE Non-Sporting Group. Judge Carl Gomes found for first place Miniature Poodle GCh. Surrey Sugar Baby, handled by Kaz Hosaka, who bred her and owns her with Rob Scott and Debbie Burke. ‘Sugar Baby’ is out of Ch. Surrey Allspice, a daughter of Ch. Surrey Spice Girl, the 2002 Westminster Best in Show winner bred by Kaz and Anne Rogers Clark, and owned by Ron and Barbara Scott.

Second went to Bichon Frise GCh. PaRay’s Power and Privilege, bred, owned and handled by Paul Flores, co-bred by Tray Pittman and Gayle Sarner, and owned by Martin Winston and Laura Rosio. ‘Dominic’ is sired by the Best in Show winner Ch. PaRay’s Propaganda, who has sired four all-breed Best in Show winners and 43 champions. ‘Porter’ was the Number 1 Bichon in the U.S. in 2003 and 2004, and was first in the BBE Group at AKC/Eukanuba in 2003, handled by Paul. Porter also won the National Specialty and 21 Best in Shows.

Third in BBE went to Boston Terrier GCh. Martini’s Hey Sugah! ‘Sugah’ is bred, owned and handled by Linda Martin. Linda just began breeding Bostons in 2002 and has bred numerous champions.

Fourth in the Group went to Dalmatian GCh. Tramac Just Watch Me Shine, bred and owned by Jim Smith and Meg Callea. This is a duo that has been successful in Dals for many years. ‘Bogie’ is out of GCh. Tramac Just Walk’n On Sunshine, Best of Breed at the Dalmatian Club of America in 2009 and winner of the Top 20 the same year. Her dam, Am. Can. Ch. Tramac’s Mochamotion, was one of my personal all time favorite Dals, and she was also a National Specialty and Top 20 winner and a multiple Best in Show winner to boot. Her sire? A wonderful dog I recently mentioned in Fancy That, Ch. Tuckaway Winged Foot.

We’ll be back tomorrow with the results from day two of AKC/Eukanuba and all of the exciting news that goes along with it. In the meantime, be sure to visit our galleries of the winners from all four days in Florida.