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Best In Show Daily’s Who’s Who: Angela Lloyd

Professional handler Angela Lloyd is a second-generation dog show person who, at a fairly young age, has had great success so far in the sport. She handled the 2011 Westminster Best in Show-winning Scottish Deerhound, GCh. Foxcliffe Hickory Wind. Angie answered our Who’s Who questions.

1. Where were you born?
Washington, D.C.

2. What roles have you played in the dog world: breeder, 
owner-handler, professional handler, apprentice, judge, delegate, writer, publisher, photographer, artist, campaign manager?
I have been a junior handler, and am a breeder/owner-handler of Miniature Wirehaired Dachshunds. I am also a professional handler.

Angie with the Scottish Deerhound GCh. Foxcliffe Hickory Wind. ‘Hickory’ was the 2010 Number 5 Hound and the 2011 Westminster Best in Show winner. She was owned by Sally Sweatt and her breeders, Cecilia and Scott Dove.

3. Are you the only person in your family who is involved in the dog show world?
My father, Jimmie Lloyd, became involved in showing and breeding German Shepherd Dogs in 1967.
He is the reason I am involved in the dog show world. For my eighth birthday he gave me a Pembroke Welsh Corgi because he thought the GSD’s would be too much for me at such a young age, although that did not stop me from showing them.

4. With what living dog person have you had the longest acquaintance, other than a relative?
Billy Gorodner of Ging’s American Cocker fame. He has been a family friend for over 30 years.

5. What breeds have you been personally involved with? What is your favorite breed?
German Shepherd Dogs, Pembroke Welsh Corgis, English Springer Spaniels, Dachshunds, Scottish Deerhounds, Pointers and Flat-Coated Retrievers.

6. Who inspired you in the dog world? In what way?
This is a very long list, but I will mention several that come to mind starting, obviously, with my father, for introducing me to the sport and also supporting me in it. Also the handlers for whom I apprenticed: Terry Jennings, David Sombach, Robert and Jane Fowler and Andrew Doyle and Gwen DeMilta. Each of these people was extremely influential in the person I am today, but mostly they taught me the value of the dogs that are entrusted into my care. The dogs come first! As a youngster I can remember being influenced by George and Mary Ann Alston, whom I sill admire and seek advice from.
I must also mention several more who I admire and have learned from: Bob and Jane Forsyth, Alan Levine, Howard Nygood, Damara Bolte, Michael Kemp, Jimmy Moses, Kellie Fitzgerald, Robin Novack, Peter Green, Beth Sweigart, Ernesto Lara and Carissa DeMilta-Shimpeno.

Damara Bolte, Angie and Billy Gorodner. Billy commissioned Damara to make this bronze statue of a Deerhound for Angie after she and Hickory won the Garden.

7. Are you taken, looking or happily unattached? If taken, by whom and for how long?
I am single.

8. What are your current house pets?
My house pets are a Pointer, several Mini Wire Dachshunds and a Long Coat Chihuahua.

9. What is your most prized possession?
My life, my family and my three closest friends.

10. What one thing would people be surprised to learn about you?
I am very shy.

11. Besides dog things, what are your favorite interests or activities?
I enjoy nature, history and shopping.

12. Other than your chosen profession, how would you like to have earned a living?
I think I would have liked to be a veterinarian. I also think I would enjoy teaching.

Written by

Christi McDonald is a second-generation dog person, raised with a kennel full of Cairn Terriers. After more than a decade as a professional handler’s apprentice and handling professionally on her own, primarily Poodles and Cairns, she landed a fortuitous position in advertising sales with the monthly all-breed magazine ShowSight. This led to an 11-year run at Dogs in Review, where she wore several hats, including advertising sales rep, ad sales manager and, finally, editor for five years. Christi is proud to be part of the editorial team for the cutting-edge Best In Show Daily. She lives in Apex, N.C., with two homebred black Toy Poodles, the last of her Foxfire line, and a Norwich Terrier.