Friday, February 6, 2009


What to Watch for at Westminster The Herding Group

Herding dogs are among man’s oldest domesticated species. The Herding Group also includes dogs that contribute in very real socioeconomic ways to mankind. The Border Collie was recently ordained the “most intelligent breed”. Obviously, they never asked my Toy Poodle, Fannie, her opinion.

CH Coventry Vanity Fair

The number one Herding Dog in 2008 was the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, CH Coventry Vanity Fair. “Carly” won 26 BIS in 2008 and a phenomenal 106 Group Firsts. She won some of the toughest shows and groups of the year, including a BIS at Palm Springs KC show and the Herding Group at the 2008 National Championship. Carly is another breeder/owner handled dog. Bill Shelton shares the load with co-breeders Steven Leverly, Lisa Weiss-Nolechek, & Becky Williams DVM, and co-owners Kevin Foist, Kerry Kirtley, & Deborah Salow.

CH Woodside Pacino

Although he started his 2008 campaign late the German Shepherd Dog, CH Woodside Pacino, managed to work his way into the top twenty all breed dogs, winning 16 BIS and 88 Groups, the same number of BIS and Groups won by the number nine dog (We’re not sure what that means, but we thought it an interesting coincidence). So far this year he has picked up one BIS. Owner handled by Mr. GSD, James Moses, “Tony” was bred by Sandy Anderson & Linda Wheeler and owned by Moses, Roger Reichler & Janet Lange. James Moses is the only handler among all those we have mentioned in these seven groups, who has previously won a Best In Show at Westminster, the only one ever won by a Herding Dog, one of the more than 1000 BIS he has won. We don’t know if that’s a record, but we sure are impressed with the number.

CH Cordmaker Field Of Dreams

The 2008 number two Herding DoG, the number 16 dog over all, is the Puli, CH Cordmaker Field Of Dreams. “Conrad” won 14 BIS last year and was BOB at Westminster in 2008. He has shown true grit this year hitting 13 shows and winning three of them. Conrad was bred by the quartet of P Turner & A Quigley & A & S Lawrence, is owned by Susan Huebner & Jackie Beaudoin, and handled by Linda Pitts.

CH Lambluv's Daydream Believer

Our final DOG2WATCH at Westminster is the Old English Sheepdog, CH Lambluv's Daydream Believer. He won four BIS last year and was one of four Lambluv OES at the Garden last year. , In five outings this year he has already won two BIS. Owner handled by Jere Marder, the three year old male, was bred by Ronald Szekeres & Kathleen McBride, and is co-owned by Szekeres & Gail Radke.

Check back tomorrow for show results and more Westminster background.


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