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The Top Best-in-Show-Winning Non-Sporting Dog of All Time

By Christi McDonald

Editor’s note: Determining the top AKC winners in any category is an inexact science. We explain why in a companion article: Biggest BIS Winner Tough to Call.  

Professional handlers Dennis McCoy and Randy Garren showed the white Standard Poodle, CH Whisperwind On A Carousel, to more than 100 Best in Shows, including the top award at Westminster KC in 1991. Five years later they began showing his grandson, Lake Cove That’s My Boy.

‘Treson,’ bred by Doris Lilienthal, had an interesting pedigree that combined Whisperwind On A Carousel with his younger brother, CH Whisperwind Brass Band, Treson’s maternal grandsire. Treson’s sire, CH Trelarken’s Turn Back Time, was a multiple all-breed BIS and National Specialty winner. Treson won his first all-breed Best, as well as a Specialty BIS, in puppy trim, and the Randenn team had high hopes for him.


It is doubtful, though, that those involved with the white dog were quite prepared for him to go Best in Show at Poodle Club of America at the very beginning of his specials career. But that he did, and the ride just got better from there.

Beginning in January 1998, under the ownership of Mrs. Alan Robson, Treson was Top Dog of All Breeds for an unheard of 24 straight months, right through to the end of 1999. He won 169 all-breed Best in Shows to become the top Best-in-Show-winning Non-Sporting dog of all time and the top-winning Poodle of all time, all varieties.  He was also Group First at Westminster KC three years in a row.


Like many top Best-in-Show winners, Treson had a profound impact on the breed as both a show dog and as a sire. Although lost to the breed at much too young an age in a tragic accident, Treson nevertheless sired more than 50 champions in the U.S., with others in Scandinavia, Europe and Australia. His son, CH Ale Kai Mikimoto On Fifth, won 88 all-breed BIS, two Non-Sporting Groups at Westminster, and more importantly has sired more than 60 champions, including sisters CH Brighton Minimoto, Number 1 Non-Sporting dog and Number 3 among all breeds in 2007, and CH Brighton Lakeridge Encore, Number 1 Non-Sporting dog in 2011.

The Treson granddaughter by Mikimoto, CH Randenn Tristar Affirmation, was the Number 1 Non-Sporting dog in America in 2008 and is the most recent addition to the list of dogs that have won more than 100 Best in Shows. Handled by Tim Brazier, ‘Yes’ was bred, in fact, by Dennis McCoy and Randy Garren, and is a top producer as well.

Through his many other sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters and other descendants, Treson will influence Standard Poodles in America and around the world for a long time to come.

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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.
  • Stuart July 28, 2013 at 5:23 AM

    Treson; May you rest in peace…and romp in the fields of heaven with your offspring in the years to come!

    I feel “blessed” that I petted you just before your untimely demise……….. : )

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