GCH CH Victory Spencer
Palm Springs Breakout Performer

Before I turn my attention to this week’s shows, I want to revisit the past week in Indio CA and peek beyond the obvious results. I think everyone in the sport recognizes that the Wire Fox Terrier, GCH CH AfterAll Painting the Sky, has emerged as the dog likely to be our early year leader. Riding the bounce from last month’s AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, Sky and handler Gabriel Rangel, swept all four days, winning both the limited-breed shows of the Desert Empire Terrier Club of Southern California and the Kennel Club of Palm Springs two all-breed shows. However, I will remind all that a Terrier has to win far more BIS to stay on top than a Sporting Dog or Working Dog, who take home two to three times the number of points from group wins.

The Palm Springs weekend is important, not just because of the size of the two all-breed shows, but because of the size of the limited breed shows. One dog that benefited from the big preliminaries was the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Brighton Lakeridge Encore. Ally and handler Tim Brazier barely missed the first week Top Ten Dogs All Breeds, but collected enough points to perfectly position themselves for the rest of the month. The Washington state resident has to be a favorite at this weekend’s three big shows in Puyallup WA and at next week’s Rose City Classic in Portland OR.

I mentioned in an earlier post that one of the past week’s big winners was the Harrier, GCH CH Downhome Hitech Innovator. Chet and handler Suzie Oliver closed 2012 with a flourish, collecting nine BIS in the last three weeks of the season. The Hound Groups in Palm Springs were by far the largest of the groups, and Chet collected enough points in just three days to make him the Number Six Dog All Breeds this week.

However, my nominee for Palm Springs’ breakout performance is the Japanese Chin, GCH Victory Spencer. Spencer and handler Joseph Berkau performed nearly as well as the Wire Fox, Sky, collecting two RBIS, three Group Ones and a Group Two. Spencer was bred by Victor Cohen & Leslie Ann Engen and is owned by Maurine Cooley, Toni Bonnar & Marji McCormick. I think this one is a candidate for Dog Show Poop’s first DOG2WATCH of 2013.

And that’s today’s Back Story.