We always identify ourselves as Terrier people, but we also have a lot of history with Toy Dogs, We showed Maltese for many years, and have shared our home with Pekingese and Toy Poodles. We have several favorites among this year’s crop of Toy Dogs.
GCH CH PalaceGarden Malachy
The Pekingese, GCH CH PalaceGarden Malachy, came within a breath of being the Number One Dog All Breeds last year with 63 all breed Bests and an amazing 138 Toy Group wins. Malachy and owner/handler David Fitzpatrick have only made cameo appearances so far this year, bur no doubt will be a favorite at the Garden. Malachy is an English import bred by Jim & Jean Smith and owned by David, Iris Love, & Sandra Middlebrook.
GCH CH Banana Joe V Tani Kazari
The Affenpinscher, GCH CH Banana Joe V Tani Kazari, is another of our European imports. Joey came from the Netherlands with an impressive resume as the Top winning Affenpinscher in European history, was the Number One Dog All Breeds in the Netherlands in 2009, and Reserve Winner at the huge 2010 World Dog Show in Denmark in 2010. In an abbreviated season in 2010 he won 14 BIS and 46 Toy Groups. He started 2011 with a bang winning the huge day one show of the Palm Springs Kennel Club. Since then he has won an additional two BIS. Joey was bred by Mieke Cooymans, is owned by Mieke & Zoila Truesdale, and handled by Ernesto Lara.
CH Ta-Jon’s Just Bee-Ing Silly
The last time we showed at Westminster, it was with a Maltese and we are delighted to have a Maltese on our short list, CH Ta-Jon’s Just Bee-Ing Silly. Justine caught fire late in 2010, finishing the year with two BIS and ten Toy Groups. This year she has been undefeated in the Toy Group with ten straight Groups, collecting four BIS along the way. Justine was bred by Tammy Simon who co-owns her with handler Tim Lehman.
GCH CH Caper’s Serious Endeavor
One dog that has burst onto the scene lately is the Pug, GCH CH Caper’s Serious Endeavor, who has debuted in the Top Ten Dog All Breeds in the Number Two spot on the strength of four BIS in the last two weekends, including big back2back wins in Atlanta. Rufus spent a leisurely 2010, winning one BIS and two Group wins. Rufus was the 2010 Westminster Kennel Club breed winner and the BISS at the 2009 National specialty of Pug Dog Club of America. He was bred by and is owned by Phil Fisher & Carole Fisher and handled by Linda Rowell.
GCH CH Powerpom High Performance
Handler Bill McFadden has many Westminster wins under his belt including the 2003 BIS. One of the dogs he will have at the Garden this year is the Pomeranian, GCH CH Powerpom High Performance. Calvin, who hails from Thailand, had five BIS and 34 Toy Groups in 2010. More impressively He has collected several big wins this year including two BIS at the giant Portland shows in January. Calvin was bred by and is owned by Pongsakorn Pongsak.