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.”
For many, many years, the Best in Show record in the Toy Group was held by the legendary Pekingese Ch. Chik T’Sun of Caversham, shown to 126 BIS wins in the 1950s and early 1960s by the equally legendary handler Clara Alford.
But in recent years another individual has rightfully become a modern legend in the Pekingese world: David Fitzpatrick, professional handler and himself a Peke breeder, has won the Pekingese Club of America more than 20 times, has won five Toy Groups at Westminster, and has handled numerous Pekingese to Top Toy in the U.S.
In 2005 David showed Eng. Am. Ch. Yakee If Only to Top Dog of all breeds in the U.S. by defeating more dogs in one year than any Toy dog in history ever had. He went on to win 128 all-breed BIS to become the all-time top Best-in-Show-winning Toy.
Born in January 2002, ‘Jeffrey’ was bred in Scotland by Bert Easdon and Philip Martin, and owned by Kit Woodruff. As with many top dogs, Jeffrey comes from illustrious stock: his sire, Eng. Ch. Yakee A Dangerous Liaison, was Best in Show at the world famous Crufts dog show in 2003.
His double-great-grandsire, Eng. Ch. Yakee For Your Eyes Only, was Reserve Best in Show at Crufts in 1989. Among his many prestigious wins, Jeffrey was Group First at Westminster in 2005 and was a two-time national specialty winner. He is also a PCA Register of Merit sire.