The First time we heard about the Westminster Kennel Club show was 1957. The winner that year was a Toy Dog, the Pekingese, CH Chik T'Sun of Caversham. Our picks for Whom to Watch at Westminster (WWW) in the Toy Group next week include a Pekingese, last year’s Top toy Dog.
GCH CH PalaceGarden Malachy
(Photo by Tom Weigand, The Winning Image)
GCH CH PalaceGarden Malachy, is owned and handled by David Fitzpatrick, a man who holds almost every record a Pekingese breeder can aspire to, Malachy and David finished 2011 as the Number Two Dog All Breeds with50 BIS & 119 Toy groups. Malachy was bred by Jim & Jean Smith of England and is owned by David, Iris Love, & Sandra Middlebrooks.
GCH CH Banana Joe v Tani Kazari
The Number Two Toy Dog in 2011 was another import, the Affenpinscher, GCH CH Banana Joe v Tani Kazari. Joey is from the Netherlands where he was the Number One Affenpinscher in history. Here in the US Joey & handler Ernesto Lara picked up 33 BIS & 111 Toy Groups during the past season climbing all the way to the Number Five spot in the All Breed rankings. Joey is currently the Number One Toy Dog with six BIS so far this year. Joey was bred by Mieke Cooymans, who co-owns Joey with Zoila Truesdale.
GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare
Close behind Joey this year is the Miniature Pinscher, GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare, who has five BIS on her 2012 resume. Classie made it all the way to the Number 12 Dog All Breeds last season., collecting 21 big rosettes along with 73 Group 1s. Classie was bred by Carole Ann Mohr-Rio, and is owned by Leah Monte & Armando angel Bello, who does all the handling.
GCH CH Caper's Sirius Endeavor
Rounding out our picks is the Pug, GCH CH Caper's Sirius Endeavor. Rufus & Owner/handler Linda Rowell had 11 BIS and 43 Toy Groups last year. Linda handled one of the eight Pugs to win a Westminster Toy Group, taking home the first place in 1989 with her Pug, CH Rowell's Solo Moon Rising, back in 1989. Linda co-owns Rufus with John Rowell and breeders Phil & Carol Fisher.
Nest Up, the Non-Sporting Group.