The last three dog shows of 2012 wrapped up on Sunday, with Best in Shows in Allentown, Pa., and Cleveland, Ohio, awarded to the Top Dog of all breeds, German Wirehaired Pointer ‘Oakley,’ handled by Phil Booth, and the top winning Harrier of all time, GCh. Downhome Hi-Tech Innovator, handled by Susie Olivera. Robin Novack and the Springer, ‘Peyton,’ gave Phil and Oakley a run for their money right up until the end, but Oakley remains, as he was most of the year, Number 1.

On Sunday night the German Wirehaired Pointer‘Oakley’ sealed the deal to become the Number 1 dog of all breeds in the U.S. for 2012.

The Eukanuba World Challenge

So much happened in Florida! Let’s first look at the Eukanuba World Challenge. The 40-plus contenders were divided among four sections this year. Judge Christian Stefanescu, president of the Romanian Kennel Club, judged section one. His finalists were DalmatianCh. Paceaway at Rosemount, the Top Dog all breeds in Australia, bred and owned by Mrs. Fel Matthews, co-owned by F. and G. Vernon and D. Besoff, and Best of Winners in breed competition; Pembroke Welsh Corgi Ch. Andvol Pinkerton, representing Russia, bred by Marina Volkova, owned by Olga Shuvalova, and the Reserve BIS winner at Crufts this year; and Siberian Husky ,Misanga JP Lavender, the Japanese representative, bred by Katsuyoshi Kanezuka and owned by Sachiko Nomura, BIS at the FCI Japan International dog show in April this year, Top Dog in Japan in 2010, and BOW in breed competition at AKC/Eukanuba.

From section two, judge Guy Spagnolo of Australia chose Akita Ch. Redwitch Don’t Think Twice, representing South Korea, bred in the U.K. by David and Jenny Killilea and Arlene Clure and owned by Sang-Phil Hwang; Basset Hound Ch. Morningwood Luciano, bred in the U.S. by Barbara Keene and Kathy French, owned by Maria Eugenia Lieberman, and David and Barbara Keene, representing Mexico and the Number 1 dog of all breeds there in 2012; and the Top Dog all breeds in Denmark this year, Standard Poodle Ch. Abica’s Miles Ahead, bred by Marianne Nielsen, owned by Kristen Nielsen, Mikael Nilsson and Kathy Arnold, and handled by Mikael.

In section three, America’s Keke Kahn selected the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel representing Germany, Ch. Miletree Constellation, bred and owned in England by Ruth and Peter Towse, BOB at Crufts; Yorkshire Terrier Ch. Hocus Pocus Wild Fantasy, the Thailand representative owned by Nanta Tansacha and bred by Alice Soltysova of the Czech Republic, a Best in Show winner in six countries; and Doberman Pinscher A’Monde’s Marla the Prima Donna, bred by Ada Levine of the U.S. and Flavio Mendes, owned by Sergio Capps, Number 1 dog of all breeds in Brazil and a daughter of the top BIS-winning Working dog of all time in the U.S., Ch. Brunswig’s Cryptonite.

In section four, judge Ramon Podesta of Chile chose Saluki GCh. Shiraz California Dreamin’, representing Sweden, the Group winner the previous day; Bullmastiff Ch. Gamekeepers Play My Game, the Bulgarian representative, bred by Aga Rune and Trude Hegle of Norway, owned by Todor Baev of Italy and a BIS winner in several countries; and our own Standard Poodle ‘London,’ GCh. Jaset’s Satisfaction, who is our current Number 1 Non-Sporting dog and was last year’s AKC/Eukanuba Best in Show winner.

Luis Teixeira to of Portugal was charged with the task of choosing the new Eukanuba World Challenge winner, and his winner was London. What a terrific way for handler Ann Rairigh, breeders Sandy Tompkins and Chris Bailey, and owners Michele Molnar and Jamie Danburg to wrap up this weekend. This has certainly been a lucky show for London.

The 2011 AKC/Eukanuba Best in Show winner GCh. Jaset’s Satisfaction was the Eukanuba World Challenge winner in 2012, handled by Ann Rairigh. Photo courtesy of the American Kennel Club.

Runner-up, for the second time, was Saluki ‘Harley.’ He was also the runner-up in 2009. This show has been good to him as well. First runner-up was the Corgi, Andvol Pinkerton.

The Herding Group

The Herding Group was the first of the regular Groups last night, judged by James Frederiksen. The Number 2 Herding dog, Bouvier des Flandres GCh. Rocheuses Me and My Shadow of Cornus, was the winner. ‘Casper’ is handled by Heather Johnson, bred by Doug Johnson and Karen Brown, owned by Heather and Colton Johnson, Frank and Corrine Dreyfus and Karen Brown. He’s sired by the multiple BIS winner Ch. Rocheuses Its All About Me.

The Bouvier des Flandres GCh. Rocheuses Me and My Shadow of Cornus was the Herding Group winner on Sunday under judge James Frederiksen, handled by Heather Johnson. Photo courtesy of the American Kennel Club.

Puli GCh. Cordmaker Rumpus Bumpus was second. Owner-handled by Jackie Beaudoin, bred and owned by Sue Heubner and co-owned by Franco Licciardi, ‘Ziggy’ has had a great year, and in Australia his sister has done likewise. Aust. Ch. Cordmaker Topsy Turvey is the Number 1 Herding dog and among the Top 10 all breeds this year. Even better, she was Number 1 of all breeds in 2009 and Number 2 of all breeds in 2010. In 2011 she was shown sparingly and was “only” Number 2 Herding dog. She was Australia’s representative at the 2009 Eukanuba World Challenge and was a finalist. It’s a winning pedigree, that’s for sure.

Group three went to the blue merle Rough Collie GCh. Wyndlair Cherokee Vindication. Bred by Matt and Anita Stelter and June Morris, owned by the Stelters, Laura Rizzo and Renee Beals, who handles him, Ch. Barksdale Lochlaren Liaison, maternal grandsire to ‘Vinnie,’ is a two-time winner of the Stud Dog class at the Collie National and has sired 38 champions. The country’s Number 1 Herding dog, GCh. Babheim’s Captain Crunch, was fourth in the Group. ‘Cappy’ is bred and owned by Carlos Navarro, owned by Jimmy and Janet Moses, Deborah Stern, Maria Deschamp and Sheree Moses. He is a grandson of the 2003 Number 1 dog of all breeds Ch. Kismet’s Sight For Sore Eyes, who is also the top German Shepherd Dog sire of all time.

In the Bred-by-Exhibitor Herding Group, judged by Sheila Polk, Sheltie GCh. Jesstar Nirvana was the winner. ‘Noah’ is bred, owned and handled by Jessica Starbuck and co-owned by Rita Von Pusch. His grandsire, Am. Jap. Ch. Pop Star SS of Northern Farm, the beautiful tri-color who won more than 50 Groups, nine BIS, the 2007 National Specialty and Group placements at Westminster and AKC/Eukanuba. ‘Musashi’ was co-owned and handled by Tom Coen of Macdega Shelties.

Second in the Herding BBE Group was Border Collie GCh. Sporting Field’s Heiress, handled by her breeder/owner Debbie Butt. ‘Heiress,’ co-owned by Dave Einck, Linda and Darnell Martens, and Jane Waterhouse, is the top-winning Border Collie bitch in the breed’s history in America, with five Best in Show wins. Third went to Belgian Tervuren GCh. Sky Acres Flying Solo, bred, owned and handled by Michelle Edling, who has handled at least six of her own Tervurens to multiple BIS wins.

Fourth in BBE was Old English Sheepdog GCh. Aryakas Hermes, bred by Nikolaos Kanales and owned by Dianne Graesser. ‘Hermes’ was bred in Greece.

The Terrier Group

The Terrier Group was assigned to Peggy Beisel-McIlwaine, who awarded first to the Number 1 Terrier GCh. Afterall Painting the Sky. Handled by Gabriel Rangel, bred by Al Pertuit and Betty Seaton, owned by Victor Malzoni, Torie Steele, Diane Ryan, and Scott and Mary Olund, ‘Sky’ is far and away the top winning ginger Wire Fox Terrier of all time. Although perhaps not quite as remarkable as their sister, she has at least three ginger siblings who have become champions as well. Sky has won so much at this point that most of us forget that her first major win was the World Show in Paris in 2011, a year before she began her specials career in the U.S.

Wire Fox Terrier GCh. Afterall Painting the Sky was the Terrier Group winner under Peggy Beisel-McIlwaine, handled by Gabriel Rangel. Photo courtesy of the American Kennel Club.

Second was breeder/owner-handled Border Terrier GCh. Meadowlake Simply Sinful. Karen Fitzpatrick handles ‘Maya,’ who is co-bred by Tracy Van Niel and owned by Kiki Courtelis, Joyce Wilkinson and David Fitzpatrick. She is a granddaughter of Karen’s Ch. Meadowlake Devil’s Brew, the 2008 Top Sire among all Terriers… quite a feat for a Border. Meadowlake is arguably the most successful Border kennel of all time in the U.S.

Third went to a bitch I keep hearing people talk about, Welsh Terrier GCh. Shaireab’s Bayleigh Maid of Honor. ‘Jennie’ is handled by Luiz Abreu for breeder/owners Keith Bailey and Sharon Abmeyer, and owners Tony Lee and Xie Xiangyu. Speaking of the most successful kennels of all time, the Shaireab/Bayleigh partnership has produced lots of Best in Show winners and numerous top sires and dams, but I understand that their aim is not just winning, it’s also producing healthy Welsh with lovely temperaments that will be terrific pets for many years to their owners. These ladies are to be admired.

And fourth was Scottie GCh. Lomondview Clementina, this year’s Number 2 Terrier handled by Ernesto Lara for owners John and Daphne Eggert. ‘Phoebe’ is, as most of our readers know by now, an import from Scotland, bred by Carol Annan. Her pedigree is more than half Raglan, the very successful breeding program Dan Ericsson started in Sweden back in 1970. Raglan has produced more than 130 champions, the Number 1 dog of all breeds in Sweden in 2001, Ch. Raglan Rory. Raglan Scotties have been Top Terrier in Sweden seven times and Ch. Raglan Rose Maiden was Top Terrier in England in 2003 and Reserve Best in Show at Crufts in 2004. Dan has owner-handled most of his dogs, and he is no doubt delighted with Phoebe’s success. Carol of course gets credit for her too, since Phoebe’s dam is Lomondview breeding at least eight generations back, with a little Raglan thrown in on that side as well.

In the Bred-by-Exhibitor Terrier Group, Maya the Border Terrier was selected as the winner by judge Roz Kraus Kramer. Second went to Wire Fox Terrier Swedish Ch. Crispy Legacy, bred and owned in Sweden by Agneta Astrom. Agneta got her first Wire in 1983 from the world famous Louline kennel of Geir Flyckt-Pedersen, which was meant to be a pet but at 7 months old won a Best Puppy, and then she was hooked. Crispy Wire Fox Terriers, which I view as an extension of Louline, has bred more than 40 champions over the years, among them the 1990 Dog of the Year, Top Dog of all breeds in Sweden, Ch. Crispy High’n Low.

Third in BBE was GCh. J’Cobe Broxden Danea, bred by William Dalling, Stacy Turner, and Phil and Amy Booth, owned by the Booths with Victor Malzoni and William Dalling and handled by Amy. ‘Danea’ is from a repeat breeding of ‘Dodger,’ the 2010 Top Dog of all breeds in the U.S., 2011 Top Dog all breeds in Brazil, GCh. J’Cobe Kemosabe Vigilante Justice. I think she looks a great deal like him, in feminine form.

Fourth was Dandie Dinmont Terrier GCh. Clossongrey As You Wish, bred and owned by Miriam Couto, co-bred by David Couto and co-owned by Sydney Maehara. ‘Wesley’ is a Group winner in both the U.S. and Canada. In a rare breed, the Coutos have based their breeding program on the successful American Kings Mtn, Pennywise and Pastime lines, and the Australian Jollygaze, with success.

The Working Group

The last Group to be judged, by Wyoma Clouss, was Working. Perhaps the biggest upset for the day was in Doberman Pinschers, when the Number 1 Working dog, GCh. Protocol’s Veni Vidi Vici, received the Select Bitch award and Best Bred-by-Exhibitor BOB, but not Best of Breed. That award went to Andy Linton-handled red bitch GCh. Caryola’s Antigua, bred by Caryn Cooper, and owned by Naomi and Malcolm Barksdale. Not having ‘Fifi’ in the Group opened the door for others to win.

Judge Norm Kenney’s Working Group winner was Alaskan Malamute GCh. Catanyas Latin Lover, handled by Mike Stone. Photo courtesy of the American Kennel Club.

The victor, then, was Alaskan Malamute GCh. Catanyas Latin Lover, handled by Mike Stone, bred and owned by P.J. Hendrick, and co-owned by Alisa Syar and Armando Martinez. ‘Ricky’ is a grandson of the multiple Best in Show and National Specialty winning Ch. Atanik Silver Ice’s Hot Pants, who Mike showed to Number 1 Malamute in 2004, owned by Alysa, bred by Kim Cavanna. He was the Number 8 Working dog in 2011.

Second in the Group went to this year’s Number 2 Working dog, Kuvasz GCh. Szumeria’s Wildwood Silver Six Pence. ‘Tanner’ is bred by Lynn Brady, Connie Townsend, and Beatrice and Clay Page, owned by Mercedes Vila, Lynn and Connie, and C. Muir, and handled by Diana Wilson. He is the top winning Kuvasz of all time.

The Jody Paquette-handled Standard Schnauzer, GCh. Blackhawk Finnegan’s Wake, was third. ‘Finn’ was bred by Paul and Rhonda Davis, is owned by Lonnie and Kimberly Studley and is a grandson of the top-winning Standard of all time and two-time Westminster Group winner Ch. Charisma Jailhouse Rock and a great-grandson of Westminster Best in Show winner Ch. Parsifal Di Casa Netzer. Group fourth was Giant Schnauzer GCh. Lowdown Remys Girl v Ardenhout, bred by Janine Starink, owned by Mickey and Linda Low and handled by Gabriel Rangel. ‘Abbey’s’ pedigree traces back to another Giant that Gabriel showed for the Lows, Ch. Lennox Lewis de Lordship, who was successful in the show ring but even more successful as a sire, as among others he sired the 2003 Number 10 Working dog Ch. Lowdown Jacqui Frazier-Lyde, owned by the Lows and handled by Gabriel.

Jocelyn Mullins, who bred, owns and handles Fifi the Doberman, probably got some of her mojo back when Fifi was first in the Working BBE Group. She is co-bred and co-owned by Kevin Mullins and also owned by Suzy and Dick Lundy.

Second in the BBE Group was Samoyed Cabaka’s Pretty Good Deal, Winners Dog in addition to his Best BBE win. ‘Dealer’ is bred, owned and handled by Gitte Morell and is a son of Ch. Polar Mist Here Comes Trouble, the breed’s top sire in 2009 and 2010.

Lynn Brady handled Tanner, the Kuvasz, to third in the Group, with Great Pyrenees GCh. Rivergroves Coco Mademoiselle fourth. ‘Coco’ is bred, owned and handled by Jean Boyd, co-bred and co-owned by McKee Cox and also owned by Marcia Stewart. She is a daughter of GCh. Rivergroves Trump This, the 2010 Number 1 Pyr.

Breeder of the Year and Best in Show

Best Bred-by-Exhibitor in Show was judged by one of the most recognized master breeders, Patricia Craige Trotter. From the lineup of Chloe the Golden and Beth Johnson, Mowgli the Afghan with Jay Hafford, Fifi the Doberman and Jocelyn Mullins, Maya the Border Terrier with Karen Fitzpatrick, Jackson the Papillon with Gia Garofalo, Sugar Baby the Miniature Poodle with Kaz Hosaka and Noah the Sheltie with Jessica Starbuck, she had a wealth of quality to choose from. In the end it was Fifi and Jocelyn who reigned, taking home not just the Best Bred-by-Exhibitor in Show title, but also the $15,000 cash prize.

Doberman Pinscher GCh. Protocol’s Veni Vidi Vici was Best Bred-by-Exhibitor in Show, handled as always by Jocelyn Mullins. Photo by Lynda Beam.

The field of Breeder of the Year award recipients, one from each variety Group, also provided a great deal of quality from which to choose. The Sporting Group recipient was Dr. Dana Massey of Win’Weim Weimaraners. Hounds were represented by Alicia Hanna of Kimani Rhodesian Ridgebacks, while Lynn Brady and Connie Townsend of Szumeria Kuvasz held the post in the Working Group. The Terrier Group Breeder of the Year was Jim Smith of Absolutely Smooth Fox Terriers, and Tammy and John Simon of Ta-Jon Maltese represented the Toy Group. The Non-Sporting recipient was Krista Nuovo of Delamer Schipperkes, and Frank Baylis and Chris Oldt of Bayshore Border Collies represented the Herding Group.

Ultimately one had to be chosen for the final award, and this year it was Jim Smith. Jim has bred Dalmatians since 1956 and Smooths since the early 1960s, and working with Eddie and Lesley Boyes since 1999 Absolutely Smooth Fox Terriers has produced more than 50 champions, including National Specialty and all-breed Best in Show winners. The most recent winner campaigned under the Absolutely banner was the 2010 and 2011 Number 2 Terrier GCh. Slyfox Sneak’s A Peak, handled by Eddie.

Jim Smith of Absolutely Smooth Fox Terriers was presented with the AKC Breeder of the Year award by AKC chairman Alan Kalter and AKC president Dennis Sprung. Photo courtesy of the American Kennel Club.

After five days filled with immeasurable excitement, it was time to crown a new AKC/Eukanuba National champion. Judge Edd Bivin was faced with a beautiful lineup that included the Black Cocker, Beckham; the Saluki, Harley; Ricky, the Malamute; Sky, the Wire; Joey, the Affenpinscher; the Standard Poodle, Dino; and Casper, the Bouvier. A truly worthy group of dogs to be sure, but the final award went to the 2012 Number 1 Terrier and Number 4 among all breeds through October, GCh. Afterall Painting the Sky, and handler Gabriel Rangel.

Wire Fox Terrier GCh. Afterall Painting The Sky was Best in Show at the 12th AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, handled by Gabriel Rangel. Photo courtesy of the American Kennel Club.

Brazilian Victor Malzoni, who has contributed significantly to the American dog show scene over the past few years, had quite a year here in the U.S. On the same evening that his Wire won AKC/Eukanuba in Florida, up the coast in Pennsylvania his German Wirehaired Pointer sealed the deal to become the Top Dog of all breeds for the year. Heartiest congratulations go out from all of us at Best In Show Daily to Mr. Malzoni and the teams who’ve worked with him, and to all of those whose dreams came true in the sport of dogs in 2012.