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.
The top Best In Show winning Sporting dog of all time is the Pointer bitch, Ch. Cookieland’s Seasyde Hollyberry. ‘Holly’ is the product of two all-breed Best In Show winners, by Am. Can. CH Bee Serious Lord Jim out of CH Cookieland’s Life of Leisure. Like her sire Lord Jim, Holly was a National Specialty BIS winner. Like her dam, who was the Number 2 Sporting dog and among the Top 10 dogs of all breeds in 2002, Holly was a major contender for top awards during her show career, reaching the pinnacle of Number 2 among all breeds in 2008, when she was separated from the Top Dog of all breeds by fewer than 800 points.
Holly’s quality was evident from the outset of her show career. At her first show she was Best of Breed and Group Third from the Puppy class, and she finished her championship in four shows with another Best of Breed from the classes. On the way to becoming the top-winning Sporting dog of all time, she won two American Pointer Club National Specialties, as well as the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in 2008. She finished 2008 as the top Best-in-Show-winner for the year with 96 top awards. Bred by Cheryl Laduc and Anthony and Amy Cantor, Holly was shown by Michael Scott for owners Sean and Tammy McCarthy and Helyne Medieros.