The 2012 World Dog Show in Salzburg, Austria, is now relegated to the annals of dog show history, after the final award was handed out on Sunday evening, May 19, 2012. From all accounts, the show was a success, in a beautiful location with plenty of room for big rings and all the spectators who wanted to watch the judging. Americans who attended have reported a very well-run event.
A total of 18,607 dogs were entered from 56 countries at this year’s World Show. Germany sent the largest number of entries with 2,632, followed by Italy with 2,517; Russia, 2,286; the Czech Republic, 1,374; and Austria itself, 1,176. Three of the four leading countries in terms of entry – Germany, Italy and the Czech Republic – border Austria, so this year’s location was fairly convenient for thousands of exhibitors. The distance from Moscow to Salzburg, however, is 1,375 miles, or just over a full day’s drive, so several thousand Russian exhibitors had to travel quite a distance to be part of this annual event.
Forty-five American dogs were entered, perhaps dozens more with American pedigrees. The pedigrees of many of this year’s Best of Breed winners include at least some American breeding, and there is certainly the possibility that there were many more than we will mention here.
We’ve already reported on the two big winners of this show, the success of both in part owing to alliances between American and Swedish fanciers. The California-bred Best in Show winner, Saluki Shiraz California Dreamin’, was bred by Mike and Elena Edwards and Valerie Nunes-Atkinson and is owned by Nicklas and Ingunn Eriksson of the Qirmizi Salukis in Sweden. Nicklas has owner-handled ‘Harley’ to major wins worldwide.
Another big winner was the Standard Poodle that won the Companion and Toy Dog Group, Aleph American Idol, bred in the U.S. by Betty Brown and Jacquelyn Cohen, owned by Betty and Paula Morgan, and handled to many impressive wins by Lotta Sandell of the well-known Huffish kennel in Sweden.
Alliances between breeders and fanciers around the world and the sharing of breeding stock between countries, is, in fact, a theme that has led to much of the success seen at this year’s World Show. Sealyham Terrier BOB winner Fanfare’s All About Morgan at Mistywaters was bred in the United States by Carl and Laurie Prather of California. By the New Zealand import Am. Ch. Tane Mahutu of Tentyne out of Am. Ch. Celebrity’s Miss Madison, he is owned by Jimmy Hogan of Ireland. He was second in the Terrier Group at the World Show in Paris in 2011.
California Terrier man Gabriel Rangel handled the Best of Breed winner in Cairn Terriers, Hjohoo’s Just The Way Hjo Are. Imported from Sweden, the brindle bitch is owned by Victor Malzoni of Brazil with her breeder, Elisabeth Theodorsson. Best of Breed in Manchester Terriers, Rainsongs N Burmacks The Rock of Tidon, was bred in the U.S. by Pat Mackesey, Jim Burrows, Danielle Green and Tammi Myers and is owned by Tatiana Wilson of Russia. BOB in Bedlington Terriers went to Peremi Roll the Dyce, bred by Joan Weiskopf of Pennsylvania and Lise-Lotte Nilsson of Sweden and owned by Joan.
In Irish Terriers, BOB winner Kells Fire Storm is bred and owned by American ex-pat Kelly Wamsler, who now lives in Germany, and is sired by R.C. and Shari Carusi’s Am. Ch. Redoaks Rapidfire by Fleet St, out of Kells Cocksure Autumn Breeze, a bitch that was co-bred by the very successful Cocksure Irish of the late Bob Clyde.
In Greyhounds, the Best of Breed Fionn Clann Paramount at Sobers is from American grandparents on his dam’s side. The brindle dog was bred by Katya Arkhipova of Moscow and is owned by Bitte Ahrens, formerly of Sweden, now living in Italy. Bitte bred the beautiful brindle bitch multi-Ch. Sobers Galathea at GrandCru, Number 1 Greyhound and Number 4 Hound in the U.S. in 2009, handled by Lori Wilson for Melanie Steele, Dr. Tom Butler and Bitte. But to the World Show BOB dog’s pedigree: his maternal grandsire is Am.Ch. Aroi Aryal Blacken Blues, of Swedish and English breeding, and his maternal grandmother is the stunning white and blue-brindle bitch, Am. Ch. Legacy’s Incredible Journey. ‘Emily’ was handled by her owner and Corky Vroom to many specialty wins in the U.S. and was a favorite of many Hound specialists who judged her. She was bred by Michael Loller of the U.S. and owned by Dana Olson of Colorado.
In Tibetan Terriers, the American-bred Atisha’s Blanc de Noir was BOB. Bred by Sheryl Rutledge Schultis and Sasha Schultis of Virginia, he was BOB – and Best Stud Dog – at the 2010 American Tibetan Terrier Club of America regional specialty, and has since won Best in Shows all over Europe. He is currently owned by Francois Teppaz Misson, Lydie Estru and Eva Fuzeseri, and is shown by Zsolt Hano of Hungary. Since first leaving the U.S. in late 2009, ‘Picasso’ has won all-breed Best in Shows in eight different countries and has earned championships in the U.S., Sweden, Luxembourg, Croatia, Romania, France and Denmark. His grandsire, Am. Ch. Shalu Atisha’s Magic Firebird (‘Blaze’), was a multiple Best in Show winner in the U.S., handled by Lois DeMers. Ch. Shalu Atisha’s Magic Garden, litter sister to Blaze and also handled to many wins by Lois, was the granddam of the 2005 Westminster Group First winner Ch. Kimik’s Bare Necessities, the only Tibetan Terrier ever to win the Group at Westminster. ‘Baloo’ was, of course, also shown by Lois, and was bred and owned by Mikki DeMers and Sheryl Schultis.
The Australian Shepherd BOB winner, Leading Angel’s Pure Thornapple, is, as her name implies, almost exclusively of stock from the American Thornapple kennel in Michigan, for many years a very successful breeding program run by Ellen Brandenburg and Amy Garrison. The blue merle World Show winner is bred and owned by Bitta Wöhliche of Denmark, and is a granddaughter of the American-bred Thornapple Aftershock, Top Dog of All Breeds in Denmark in 2007.
Although Canada itself had only 11 entries at the World Show, several Best of Breed winners were bred there. The BOB winner in Toy Manchester Terriers (in Europe called the English Toy Terrier), Fwaggles Phoenix, was bred by Wendy and Amanda Kelly of Canada and is now owned by Kirsti and Eirik Kahrs of Norway. She is a granddaughter of the American multiple BIS winner that many will remember as the Number 1 Toy Manchester in 2008, Ch. Fwaggles Tapman at Burmack. A dynamic little showman, ‘Jake’ was handled by Jessy Sutton, bred by Wendy Kelly and owned by Americans Jim Burrows and Patrick Mackesey. Fwaggles Phoenix also goes back to American Salutaire lines in the second generation on her dam’s side.
Also bred in Canada was the BOB winner in Shelties, Travon Grandgables Just Kitkat. Owned by Michela and Melegari Davide of Italy, she was bred by Guy Jeavons and Mark McMillan.
Last but not least, Canadian Dawne Deeley is the breeder/owner of the Karelian Bear Dog BOB winner, the bitch Tsarshadow’s The Art of War, handled by Richard Hellman.
As our world becomes smaller and smaller, thanks to technology and greater ease of travel, the dog world benefits greatly from friendships and alliances between good dog people the world over. The results of this year’s World Show no doubt demonstrate this in many more instances than mentioned here.
The 2013 World Show will be held in May in Budapest, Hungary.