We are Terrier people and that makes our picks for Whom to Watch at Westminster (WWW) in the Terrier Group all the more difficult. We do not profess an expertise in even our own breeds, just an admiration for those dogs which have won twice as many Westminster BIS than any other group.
GCH CH Steele Your Heart
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The Wire Fox, GCH CH Steele Your Heart, finished the year with a bang, grabbing a big BIS at the Central Florida Kennel Club in Orlando FL two days before winning the Terrier Group At December’s AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. The two wins made Eira the Number One Terrier of 2011 with 17 BIS & 51 Terrier Groups. Eira was bred bys Torie Steele, is owned by Torie and Mary Ann Roma, and handled by Gabriel Rangel.
GCH CH Slyfox Sneaks a Peek
The Terrier that was Number One Terrier for much of last year, the Smooth Fox Terrier, GCH CH Slyfox Sneaks a Peek, was the 2011 Westminster Kennel Club Terrier Group winner. Adam did not pursue as aggressive a show schedule in 2011 as many dogs, but still gathered 21 BIS & 61 Terrier Group wins. Adam was bred by Joan Taggart & Mark Taggart, owned by James W Smith, and handled by Eddie Boyes.
GCH CH Cragsmoor Buddy Goodman
The above 2011 rankings are based on the number of dogs defeated, all breeds, but If you count the number of Terrier Groups won the Number One Terrier last year was the Skye Terrier, GCH CH Cragsmoor Buddy Goodman, who won 106 Terrier Groups, more than the top two Terriers combined. Buddy also managed 16 BIS as well. Buddy was bred by Eugene Z Zaphiris & Matthew H Stander, owned by Carolyn Koch & Victor Malzoni Jr, and handled by Larry Cornelius.
GCH CH Perrisblu Kennislain’s Chelsey
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Rounding out our picks is the Kerry Blue Terry, GCH CH Perrisblu Kennislain’s Chelsey. Chelsey is handled by the only man to pilot a Kerry Blue to a Westminster title, Bill McFadden. Chelsey only spent half of 2011 in the show ring and collected six BIS & 23 Terrier Groups. Chelsey is off to an excellent start in 2012 with two BIS & eight Group firsts and is currently leading all Terriers. Chelsey was bred by Brendan & S Laing, and owned by Ed & Lynn Yingling & Phil Davies.