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.