Last month I told you about some of the breeds that I thought were overdue for a Best in Show. I am happy to report, however, that the biggest news of the week comes in from Biloxi MS where the Cane Corso, GCH CH Liberty’s Armed and Dangerous, won the first Best in Show for the breed. The win came at yesterday’s Riverside West Kennel Club Of Greater New Orleans show under judge William Daugherty. Josie, the 2013 Westminster breed winner, and handler Angel Daniel Rosa made it to the final ring five times last year, but this is their first BIS of 2013.
We had another busy show week with 37 all-breed dog shows around the United States. Once again we saw a pattern of our Top Three Dogs All Breeds collecting top prizes and a large number of unranked dogs collecting BIS. Thirteen of the BIS winners this week were ranked below the Top 100 All Breeds, and most of those were first time winners, more evidence that this sport is still a wide-open competition.
The nation’s Number One Dog, the Wire Fox Terrier, GCH CH AfterAll Painting the Sky, was at the Kennel Club of Pasadena’s two shows this weekend in that Southern California town, picking up a BIS and an RBIS. The Number Two Dog, the Portuguese Water Dog, GCH CH Claircreek Impression de Matisse, went two for two in Charlottesville VA at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Kennel Club shows. The Number Three Dog, the Miniature Pinscher, GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare, was in Biloxi with the Cane Corso, Josie, collecting her 83rd career BIS and four more Toy Group firsts.
The only other Top Twenty Dogs to win BIS were Number Eight, the Russell Terrier, GCH CH Goldsands Columbus, who was Col. Joe Purkhiser’s pick at the Mississippi Valley Kennel Club’s opener Friday in Gray Summit MO, and Number Twenty, the Old English Sheepdog, who took both of the top awards at the Flatirons Kennel Club’s two shows in Longmont CO. The OES, Swagger, the country’s Number One Herding Dog, is moving up the rankings rapidly with four BIS in the last two weekends.
Finally, two Flat-Coated Retrievers picked up big rosettes on opposite sides of the country. CH Fishercreek’s A Star Is Born UD picked up his award in Dunkirk NY at Friday’s Olean Kennel Club show and GCH CH Feathurquest Moonlight Sonata got his at the Kennel Club of Pasadena’s Sunday show. When was the last time you saw two Flat-coats get BIS on the same weekend? If there’s a lesson to be learned here, it’s that perseverance counts. Just ask the Cane, Josie. And that’s today’s Back Story.