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Louisville Breakout Performances

The Kentuckiana Cluster has always been a place for breakout performances. Last year the Boxer, GCH CH Winfall Brookwood Styled Dream, the Affenpinscher, GCH CH Banana Joe v Tani Kazari, the Pekingese, GCH CH PalaceGarden Malachy, and the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Jaset’s Satisfaction were the BIS winners. All four dogs finished 2011 in the Top Ten All Breeds, three in the Top Five.

Italian CH Lobotown Puppy

This year I had my eyes peeled for dogs that would challenge the status quo, and I was not disappointed. First was a three-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier, Italian CH Lobotown Puppy. This “Puppy” is an impressive bruiser of a dog who managed to win Best of Breed two of the four days against formidable competition and cop a Group Three & Four. Puppy was bred by Ermanno Corrado, is owned by Jari Spagna and handled by Kin Rudzik, who knows a thing or two about AmStaffs.

GCH CH Bo-Bett's Speed Demon

Our next two dogs are in two different groups, but come out of the same kennel. The Whippet, GCH CH Bo-Bett’s Speed Demon won the breed all four days in Louisville and made it all the way to the final ring on two days, adding a Hound Group Two for good measure. His kennelmate, the Italian Greyhound, CH Bo-Bett’s First Class, an 11-month-old wunderkind, won the breed all four days and scampered away with a Group Two on Day One with some of the most withering competition I have seen in the Toy Group in the past few years. Both dogs were bred and are owned by Carol Harris, 2010 AKC Toy Group Breeder of the Year. Ms. Harris has been breeding dogs for an astounding 76 years. Both dogs are shown with an extraordinary hand by Justin Smithey.

CH Bo-Bett's First Class

I’m not sure we can call it a breakout performance. The Doberman Pinscher, GCH CH Protocol’s Veni Vidi Vici, is already a Top Ten Dog All Breeds and one of my DOGS2WATCH, but after winning three out of four in Portland and two out of four in Louisville, breeder/owner-handled FiFi has established that she is more than a pretty face. She is a legitimate candidate for Show Dog of the Year. And that’s today’s Back Story.

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Billy Wheeler has been attending dog shows as a spectator and exhibitor for over 40 years. Billy is the man behind the popular Dog Show Poop. He is a retired management consultant who has advised multiple organizations affiliated with the AKC and the Cat Fanciers Association on business management, long range planning, customer service, and legislative matters. After 25 years of living in the big cities of New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, he now resides in his hometown of Memphis TN with his wife, Brenda, her Toy Poodle and his Cairn, Scottie, & IG. When he is not blogging, Billy can be found in the kitchen cooking, and listening to opera.
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  • Lynda Beam March 20, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    I particularly noticed all those same dogs, must be good ones eh? :) Working frantically on the 16,000 some odd photos I took over the weekend!

    Re: the amstaff, I noticed Kim right away because I was a big Maddie fan, then realized it was a male, so then had to take a second look! Some other dogs I liked were the Ibizan (I think he was the same one all three days that I was there), Bryan Martin’s basset, the Irish Setter along with many others. The groups were filled with wonderful dogs … dogs I’m used to seeing win Group Firsts and Bests in Show were usually at least making the cuts, but not all. That’s just how deep the quality was….

  • Kim Rudzik March 21, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    re: the amstaff, It was very exciting in Louisville! Especially because Puppy came here without any Ch. points! He finished in 3 shows in 2 days, winning Winners Dog at the 2 specialties the days before. One of those he was Best of Breed as well… The group placements were just an awesome additon to an awesome weekend!…

  • Kelley Jackson March 21, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    I agree Bill Lobotown Puppy is a wonderful example of the breed. Congratulations to all involved!

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