Yesterday I asked you where were all the Terriers in 2011. Here are four Terriers who made my Dog Show Poop DOGS2WATCH list last year and are likely to be among the Top Dogs All Breeds in 2012.
Two are based in California and could get a big lead on the 2012 race with wins at this week’s limited breed shows hosted by the Desert Empire Terrier Club Of Southern California on Thursday & Friday and the two Kennel Club of Palm Springs all breed shows on Saturday & Sunday in Indio CA.
2011’s Number One Terrier in all breed points was the Wire Fox Terrier, GCH CH Steele Your Heart. Eira & California based handler Gabriel Rangel started the year with a Best of Breed at Westminster and finished the year as the Terrier Group winner at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, gathering 14 Bests In Show along the way, including the Central Florida Kennel Club show where she defeated 2800 dogs. Eira was bred and is owned by Tori Steele who co-owns with Maryann Roma.
One of the great show dogs in the last 25 years was the Kerry Blue Terrier, CH Torum’s Scarf Michael, handled by Bill McFadden. Bill has another Kerry Blue that made quite a splash during the waning months of 2011. GCH CH Perrisblu Kennislain’s Chelsey, packed up her 2011 Crufts Breed Trophy and left her native England for sunny California. After an impressive American debut back in June with a Group Two at the fiercely competitive Great Western Terrier Association‘s Sunday show, she went on to garner five all breed BIS, three during the last three weekends of the season. Chelsey was bred by Brendan & S Laing, and is owned by Ed & Lynn Yingling & Phil Davies.
There are also two dogs from this side of the Rockies that bear watching. One is the Texas resident, the Norwich Terrier, GCH CH Skyscots Texas Hold’Em, handled by the Terrier Maven, Brenda Combs. Decker is the son of GCH CH Skyscots Poker Chip, the Number One Norwich in 2010 & 2009, and whom Brenda piloted to back to back Group Threes those same years. Decker joined my DOGS2WATCH list in November and ended the year with three BIS. Decker was bred by Leslie Becker and is owned by Sharon Esposito MD.
Another late comer to the 2011 party was the Lakeland Terrier, CH Larkspur Arcadia Save Me a Spot. Spot finished up his championship in August with a BIS from the classes and has never looked back, adding three more BIS in 2011. Spot was bred by Maria Sacco, Susan Fraser, & Norm & Lynda Kenney, is owned by Maria, Susan, & .Anthony Barker, and is handled by Sharon & RC Carusi.
I suspect this list will double or triple by the end of the month when we start to see more of this year’s hopefuls. Let me know who you are watching in your area.