GCH CH Starline’s Chanel
(Photo by Carol Beuchat)
Over the past three seasons the Hound Group has been one of the most hotly contested groups. Leading our Hound Group we have two great Whippets. Last year’s Hound Group winner, GCH CH Starline’s Chanel, was last year‘s Number One Hound finishing the year with 36 BIS and a dominating 110 Hound Groups. Chanel was bred by Diane Bowen, Lori Lawrence & Carey Lawrence, is owned by the Lawrences & Nicole Lawrence, and handled by Lori Wilson.
GCH CH Sporting Field’s Bahama Sands,
Chanel will be challenged in the breed by GCH CH Sporting Field’s Bahama Sands, the current Number One Hound and winner of six BIS so far this year. Tawny finished 2010 with 12 all breed Bests and 70 Hound Group Firsts. Tawny was bred by AKC 2010 Breeder of the year, Debbie Butt. & Jesse Martin, and is owned by Debbie & Jane Cooney-Waterhouse, and handled by Amanda Giles.
GCH CH Foxcliffe Hickory Wind
Whatever Whippet makes it to the Group judging will be challenged by last year's Hound Group Three, the stately Scottish Deerhound, GCH CH Foxcliffe Hickory Wind. Hickory and handler Angela Lloyd collected 10 BIS and 57 Hound Group top prizes in 2010. Hickory bred and owned by Cecilia L Dove & Dr R Scott Dove, is co-owned by Sally Sweatt.
GCH CH Torquay Midnight Confession
Sure to be a crowd favorite is the 15" Beagle, GCH CCH Torquay Midnight Confession. Lola is the top winning 15" Beagle of all time, with 34 all breed BIS. She finished 2010 as the Number Two Hound collecting 21 BIS and 71 Hounds Groups. Lola is always elegantly handled by breeder/owner Marcelo Chagas for co-breeder/owner Alessandra Botelho, and co-owner Marco Flavio.
GCH CH Northgate’s As You Like It
(Photo by Infocusbymiguel)
This year’s Westminster will have a distinctly European flavor with Italian judge Paolo Dondina doing BIS and several European dogs competing. One such dog is the top Pharaoh Hound in AKC history, GCH CH Northgate’s As You Like It. Qing, who hails from Sweden, picked up 15 BIS and 51 Hound Group Ones in 2010. He’s already won one of the year’s biggest prizes, Best In Show at last month’s Tualatin kennel Club show in Portland OR. Qing was bred by Hanna Ukura, is owned by Jenny Hall & Annika Lundquist, and handled by Brian Livingston.
GCH CH GrandCru Erasmus
Despite taking maternity leave in 2010 the Greyhound, GCH CH GrandCru Erasmus, gathered 16 all breed BIS and 51 Group Firsts. Era, last year's Hound Group runner up, is one of the showiest Hounds of recent years and is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Era is handled by breeder/owner Rindi Gaudet. Co-breeders are Melanie Steele & Clint Livingston. Melanie is also a co-owner.