Saturday, February 14, 2015


GCH CH Cragsmoor Goodtime Charlie 
(photo by Rhonda Cassidy) 

Whom to Watch at Westminster (WWW), the Terrier Group. We have two Terriers in our home currently and we are always rooting for the earth dogs at the Garden. This year the favorite is the Skye Terrier, GCH CH Cragsmoor Good Time Charlie. Last Year’s Number One Terrier and Number Four Dog All Breeds, Charlie finished 2014 with a bang, taking the top prize at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Orlando in December. Charlie finished the year with 33 BIS and 113 Group Ones. He leads the Terrier Group again this year with six BIS in 13 trips to the final ring. Charlie was bred by owners Eugene Z Zaphiris & Matthew H Stander, is co-owned by Victor Malzoni Jr, and handled by Larry Cornelius. 

GCH CH Shaireab’s Bayleigh Maid of Honor
(photo by Jeffrey Hanlin)

We expect Charlie to get plenty of competition from whichever Welsh Terrier makes it to the final ring. We expect to see the top winning Welsh Terrier bitch ever, GCH CH Shaireab’s Bayleigh Maid of Honor. Jennie finished last year with 23 BIS and 91 Terrier Groups and has four BIS and seven Group Ones so far this year. Jennie was bred by owners Keith Bailey & Sharon Abmeyer, is co-owned by Tony Lee & Xiangyu Xie, and handled by Luis Abreu. 

GCH CH McVan’s To Russia with Love 
(photo by Jeffrey Hanlin)

 Last year’s Number Three Terrier, the Scottish Terrier, GCH CH McVan’s To Russia with Love, collected eight BIS last year, including two over the Portuguese Water Dog, GCH CH Claircreek’s Impression de Matisse, who is favored to go Best In Show on Tuesday. Knopa, bred by Vandra Huber & Michael Krolewski, owned by Marina Khenkina, and handled by Rebecca Cross, will be joining Marina in Russia shortly after Westminster. 

GCH CH Imaginabull's First Edition 

We are also excited by two bully breeds from the Pacific Northwest, the Miniature Bull Terrier, GCH CH Imaginabull's First Edition, and the American Staffordshire Terrier, GCH CH Alpine’s Highwayman. The MiniBull made a stunning start to the year, taking five straight Terrier Groups in at the Rose City Classic in Portland OR last month. Saxon was bred by Teresa Moffit, owned by Teresa & David Moffit, and handled by Luke Baggenstos. 

G10CH CH Alpine’s Highwayman 

The AmStaff, Jelly, the top winning American Staffordshire Terrier of all time with 28 career BIS, is coming out of retirement to make one more appearance at the Garden. Five year old Jelly, who is at the peak of his maturity, will be handled by breeder/owner Ed Thomason. 

CH Yarrow Venerie Winning Ticket 

We would be remiss if we did not include one potential spoiler, the 2014 Montgomery County Kennel Club BIS winner, the Norfolk Terrier, CH Yarrow Venerie Winning Ticket. Bred & owned, and handled by the legendary three time WKC BIS winner, Peter Green, with breeders/owners Beth Sweigart & John & Pam Beale, the two year old will demand attention IF shown.


  1. Good Luck to all the Terriers but a big cheer go out to GCH Alpine's Highwayman CGC RATN and Ed and Karen Thomason as well as GCH Cambia's KidNPlay and Luke and Rowan Baggenstos. Also to the co-owners and breeders of these two wonderful bully breeds. You all are amazing.

  2. Other terriers to keep an eye on: Cinder the border terrier, Angie the Dandie Dinmont, and Lexi the Carin terrier. And of course the many winning Smooth fox terriers...

  3. We will be watching the Terriers!! Good Luck to All :-)

  4. We will be watching the Terriers!!! Good Luck to all!!
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  5. We will be watching the Terriers!!! Good luck to all!!!
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