This week’s Rose City Classic in Portland, Ore. is one of the marquee stops on the annual dog show calendar. It’s also one of the largest clusters of the year, with over 10,000 dogs actually competing. Only December’s AKC/Eukanuba National Championship and its Orlando FL all-breed-warm ups are larger. AKC’s return to Orlando drew over 13,000 dogs. March’s Kentuckiana Cluster in Louisville KY may be slightly larger, but only by a little. A dog that does well in Portland is likely to join the Top Ten Dogs All Breeds for the remainder of the year.
The action gets underway tomorrow with 16 breed specialties and two limited breed shows, the 500-plus-dog Mount Rainier Working Dog Club and the 300-plus-dog Terrier Association of Oregon. With better-than-500-dog Groups, the Sporting & Working Dogs in Portland will have a distinct advantage over dogs in other venues this week. A dog that manages a Group Placement every day could earn the equivalent of three BIS at average size all breed shows. Look for the Palm Springs BIS winners, the English Setter, GCH CH Oakley’s B’Dazzled, and the Kuvazs, GCH CH Szumeria’s Wildwood Silver Six Pence to emerge from the week leading the nation’s hopefuls.
Two dogs that could play spoilers are handled by the husband/wife team of Bill & Taffee McFadden. Bill’s Kerry Blue Terrier, GCH CH Perrisblu Kennislain’s Chelsey, and Taffee’s Standard Poodle, GCH CH Brighton Lakeridge Encore, both had strong performances in Palm Springs and each picked up a BIS last weekend in Puyallup WA. Though they currently trail the leaders by more than 1,000 points, a BIS performance in Portland could wipe out the difference.
While every dog enthusiasts loves to handicap upcoming shows, there are lots of dogs among the 3,000 entrants capable of upsetting the favorites. Exhibitors on the Florida Marathon would tell you, “Don’t bet the lunch money.” Anybody remember the Icelandic Sheepdog, CH Eyjahunda Thorarinn, BIS winner of the 2011 Dog Fanciers Association of Oregon day one show?