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Multi Best in Show, Best in Specialty Show American Grand Champion Gold, Canadian Champion

Nanooks This Girl Is On Fire

39 AKC All Breed Best in Shows*
180+ Group Wins and Placements*
23 Reserve Best in Shows*
Multiple Best in Specialty Shows
American National Specialty Winner
*career to date
After breaking a 30 year record in April 2017 for the most All Breed Best in Shows awarded to a Siberian Husky Bitch in AKC History.  This trailblazing Siberian Husky bitch is redefining Amaze’n….
AMAZE is the result of 30+ years of conscientious preservation purebred breeding.  A culmination that results in the combination of several top producers in all areas that define the Siberian Husky breed. 
More importantly, as a breeder Annette Dionne has purposefully bred to produce dogs that aptly run in harness as proficient athletes and other disciplines like obedience and agility. 
AMAZE is proven in harness, the whelping box and in the show ring. Prior to beginning her record-breaking career, AMAZE ran in harness for three winters in Northern Alberta with her kennel mates. 

Amaze made her full debut in March/April 2016 in the USA with Laura King and Robin Novack along with co-owners Correen F. Pacht & Marc Ralsky who also co-owned Ch. Karnovanda’s Niklas Wolf (Niklas is Amaze’s Great Grandsire). Niklas was one of North America’s most loved Siberian Huskies with over 99 All Breed Best in Shows in Canada and the USA.  The entire team has never looked back! 
Amaze & Laura have been greatly rewarded by breeder judges, all breed, and Northern Breed specialists alike.

Amaze’s flame is burning bright as she continues her journey in the USA. Currently the #11 Dog Among All Breeds, #4 Working Dog and the #1 Siberian Husky* in the USA. 
Thank you to the judges who have awarded this team so highly, recognizing Amaze’s moderation, soundness and beauty so cherished in this breed.  Congratulations to Annette and Greg for sharing Amaze with Correen and Marc and the entire Show Scene in the USA and Canada.

Special thanks to Laura King, Robin Novack, Alex Romero and Anne Chumbley for being one of the best teams in Dogs.  Your care, conditioning and love of AMAZE is truly second to none!  It takes a dedicated professional team to present a dog at it’s best each weekend and you all make it look easy!  We couldn’t ask for better partners in this campaign!
The journey continues…

Breeder: Annette Dionne – Nanook Siberian Huskies
Owners: Correen F. Pacht, Marc Ralsky & Annette Dionne
Presented by: Laura King & Robin Novack
Assisted by: Alex Romero & Anne Chumbley
*All Breed
October 13, 14, 15, 2017
Friday Best in Show Judge: Sharon Derrick
BIS West Highland White Terrier - GCh Skyehigh's Here We Go Again
RBIS Newfoundland - GChEx Heartsease Empress Of India
Saturday Best in Show Judge: Dr. Lucie Paradis
BIS Portuguese Water Dog - GCh Claircreek Faro Do Atlantico
RBIS West Highland White Terrier - GCh Skyehigh's Here We Go Again
Sunday Best in Show Judge: Roberto Alvarez Marques
BIS West Highland White Terrier - GCh Skyehigh's Here We Go Again
RBIS Portuguese Water Dog - GCh Claircreek Faro Do Atlantico

Top 15 All Breeds in Canada 

Rank    Name Breed Points

1   GCh Claircreek Faro Do Atlantico  Portuguese Water Dog  12878
2   GCh Summerford's What Ever  Newfoundland 9987
3   GChEx Heartsease Empress Of India  Newfoundland 8138
4   Ch Sevenoaks Lady Penelope  English Setter  5882
5   GCh Skyehigh's Here We Go Again   West Highland White Terrier  5295
6   Ch Rexroth's Angelina  Miniature Pinscher  4876
7   Ch Takala Trails Darcy  Irish Terrier  3818
8   GCh Gallardo Tybrushe GirlAlmighty  Boxer  3813
9   GCh Gwich'inz Paparazzi Vizionz of Summerwindz  Afghan Hound  3594
10   Ch Raynbo's Foolish Pleasure  Borzoi  3534
11   GCh PaRay's Molto Particulare  Bichon Frise  3524
12   GCh Brio's Hotsicle  Golden Retriever  3410
13   GChEx Triseter Celtic Player  Gordon Setter  3395
14   GCh Woodside's Southern Belle  German Shepherd Dog  3154
15   GCh Carnaby Between Friends English Cocker Spaniel 2908
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Top 15 All Breeds in The USA

Rank    Name Breed  

1   GChS Ingebar's Tynan Dances With Wildflowers  Giant Schnauzer   
2   GChP Silverhall Strike Force  American Cocker Spaniel (ASCOB)  
3   GChS Cordmaker Mister Blue Sky  Puli   
4   GChP Belle Creek's All I Care About Is Love  Bichon Frise  
5   GChP Mojo's Continuation Of A Myth  Akita   
6   GChP2 Sabe's Simply Invincible  Boston Terrier   
7   GChS Shaireab's Bayleigh Daenerys Stormborn  Welsh Terrier   
8   GChP Hill Country's Let's Get Ready To Rumble  Pug  
9   GChP Fidelis Ripcord  Doberman Pinscher   
10   GChS Yarrow Hi-Tech Drills N Skills  Affenpinscher   
11   GChG Nanook's This Girl Is On Fire  Siberian Husky   
12   GChG Clussexx Man Of Steel  Clumber Spaniel   
13   GChP2 Cerise Blindside  English Springer Spaniel   
14   GChS Tamarin Tailback  Affenpinscher   
15   GChB Kamand's Full Of Beans @ Erinhill  Sussex Spaniel   
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How I Judge English Cockers 

Written by: Eugene Phoa, Wittersham English Cocker Spaniels - Edmonton, Alberta Canada

I had my first English Cocker (“EC”) in 1969, though my interest and involvement in this breed began approximately about 5 years before, which enabled me to see with my own eyes some of the EC’s universally recognized as the greatest there have been in this breed, including the legendary Eng.Ch.Colinwood Silver Lariot and several others now figured prominently in the textbooks written of this breed. This early start also enabled me to learn about this breed from many of the “old masters” who befriended this curious Chinese youngster who continually questioned them about, and asked to see, their dogs.   

My first EC really cemented a strong relationship and fondness for this breed, and since that time, I have owned, bred or shown EC’s in Canada, the U.S.A., Australia, Singapore and Malaysia, many of them becoming champions of record and leading show winners both in the breed and all-breeds rings, including No.1 in the breed in both Canada and the U.S.A.  I have also judged EC’s at championship show level in all the countries mentioned above, as well as in Scandinavia, New Zealand, Japan and the United Kingdom, including the awarding of 6 or 7 sets of Challenge Certificates in the U.K. (which is, of course, the home country or country of origin of the EC), the last C.C. I awarded in the U.K. being at the London Cocker Championship Show 2015 which I felt very honoured at being asked to judge and where I was, indeed extremely honoured by an entry of around 250 bitches. I have also been honoured by being the judge of an EC National in the United States with an entry of over 400 dogs, and 2 EC Nationals in Canada. 

Why do I mention all the above? I think it is important to establish my credentials, as this article is intended to explain what I look for, and why, when I judge this breed.

When a class first comes into my ring, I look for an animal or animals of the correct general type, namely, those not overly big (this is, after all, the smallest of the British gundogs) but which nonetheless give the impression of “pounds for inches” (in other words, have substance and do not look light, leggy or lack bone).  A word often used in the old texts to describe correct body type, is “cobby.”  Because it is a word which is not often used, it probably does not usually paint a clear picture  of what is meant, to readers nowadays, but because it is a word which encapsulates so well what correct type is in the EC, an explanation of its meaning is probably called for here. The word “cob” denotes the type of horse which the old parson used to ride in performing such duties as visiting his parishioners. It was a smallish but very sturdy horse, reasonably short on leg (so that the parson could the more easily get on and off). The cob was the antithesis of the purebred or racehorse which, by contrast, was much taller and longer legged, and elegant.  In other words, in using the word “cobby”, the old breeders were saying that the EC was required to be sturdy and shorter-legged, rather than elegant and longer-legged. This is NOT to say that the EC is required to be a heavy, cloddy animal – far from it – but it is certainly not meant to be tall and elegant either!! 

The EC should move brightly; some judges look for the EC to wag its tail all the time but this is not necessary, as typically, the EC will wag its tail incessantly when it works (i.e., in the field) and not necessarily in the showring (which is a completely artificial environment). The EC should move with ease, with strong rear drive and good reach and drive but without the floating gait we see in some of the gazehound breeds.  One “disadvantage” which the EC frequently suffers in the Group showring, is that its movement and style is often incorrectly compared to that of its American cousin, the American Cocker, often on the basis that these two breeds are, after all “cocker spaniels.”. The fact is that the EC was originally bred to work in the field, going through the cover rather than over it, with its head down rather than up. The American Cocker was bred primarily for the showing, with the style and showmanship required for the ring. Of course, with the passage of time, EC breeders have tried to breed the requirements of the showring into their specimens, but it behoves judges, when looking at movement, to remember that the very different purposes behind the origins of each of these cocker breeds. 

In coming to my initial impressions of the exhibits when they come into the ring, I am mindful of the expression “no exaggerations”, which is one which is valued by those experienced in this breed, and my mind automatically looks with a degree of disfavour on any specimen which shows exaggeration of any single feature of type or movement.

I then usually examine each specimen individually on the table. On the table, I first look at the general balance of the dog from the side.  The importance of a short-coupled, substantial body with adequate bone, cannot be overemphasized as these are requirements correct EC type.  
  1. the body “from stem to stern” MUST NOT look long. The standards of different countries express this requirement differently, but my eye takes in the body from the forechest to the point of the hip, and I do not like to see that measurement appreciably longer than the height of the dog at the shoulder.
  2. the EC’s body MUST NOT look angular or leggy. Rounded surfaces are the general rule, so that its rib and its rear end actually look somewhat “fat” as compared with most other breeds;
  3. the topline should be straight and slope slightly from the shoulder to the beginning of the croup;
  4. the croup should be rounded with the tail set on slightly lower than the line of the back, and the tail carried low.  The old standards state this requirement as the tail being ``permitted`` to be carried a little higher than in the other spaniel species. This does NOT mean that it is desirable that the EC carry it tail higher than its cousins – in fact, many of the older texts specifically state that ``the lower the carriage the better.`` EC`s with undocked tails started being shown in different countries in the early 2000`s, primarily because a complete misconception that there was some sort of cruelty involved in the docking of tails. This article is not the place to discuss the whys and wherefores of docking or not docking, but it is safe to say that even in countries where docking is not legally permitted, many breeders still adhere to the traditional view that the EC is a docked breed. In the showring, whether or not an exhibit has been docked is not usually considered to be of much importance when compared to the other requirements of the breed. When I judge in any particular country, I do pay attention to what that country`s EC standard states;  for instance, the AKC Standard actually states this this is a docked breed. 
I then move to the front of the dog and examine:
  1. the head. Is the exhibit`s head “cockery”, or does it have a head which is “settery”? In EC terms , what the term `settery` means a head which is more befitting that of a setter- proportionately longer, larger and heavier - than an EC head should be. The EC head is, by comparison with that of the setter, proportionately shorter and much lighter and more chiselled. That chiselling, which is a “scooping” under the eyes, is very much valued as one of the requirements of quality in the EC head. The skull must be rounder (arched) with a slight flattening on top, with a backskull which is not appreciably wider or heavier than the foreskull . The head should not look like a small brick sitting on top of a larger brick. Because of the much-prized chiselling, the top of the muzzle must, of necessity, be narrower than its bottom (where the bottom of the bottom jaw is) so that, in cross section, the muzzle is not rectangular, as  each side slopes outwards from top to bottom. The muzzle should be of approximately equal length to the skull.    Each eye should be oval shaped (not round) and look straight forward rather than obliquely, and be of a soft dark colour (harmonizing with the coat colour) and not light, nor should it beady or black, or give a hard expression. The eyes should be separated by a stop which is distinct, but not prominent. The nose should be black;
  2. the neck must be of moderate length. The old standards called for a “long” neck which has led many (including many who should know better) to think that a swan-like neck is desirable. This not so. The EC works with its nose to the ground, so the ideal length of neck is just  as long as required for the dog to move freely with its nose to the ground and pick up the shot game without having  to “spraddle” its front legs. To both my eye and my hands, the neck should meld smoothly into the topline and the shoulders;
  3. ribspring is much more pronounced than that in the setters;
  4. the chest width should be such that there is approximately 3 or 4 fingers space between the front legs. The chest depth should reach to the elbows with the ribs carried well back. At the front leg, there should be approximately 50% of dog above, as well as below, the elbow. The EC works by going UNDER cover, NOT through it, and too much leg under the dog is an impediment to this style of work.  There should be good length of upper arm (ideally approximating the length of the shoulder blades) setting the front legs well under the dog; 
  5. the shoulder blades should sit flat, and fit smoothly on, the body, and not placed so far forward that one feels a “hole” or depression immediately in front of and between, the front legs. The ridge or spine of the shoulder blade (scapular) should approximate 45 degrees to the horizontal; 
  6. strong, well muscled hindquarters, with well-bent stifles, are a breed requirement, as it is from the hindquarters that the EC derives its propulsion force when working or moving. There should be great width of hindquarter, so that, notwithstanding its great ribspring, when one looks at the EC directly from the rear, the whole rear end (and particularly, the hip width)  just covers that required width of rib; 
  7. the bone, particularly that of the front legs, should be ROUND (NOT angular) in cross section, and be substantial and carried well into the feel, so that the pasterns do not look weak;
  8. the feet should be close-knit (catlike), round with thick pads. They should NOT be large, open, or splayed;
  9. Although colour is not and has never been of paramount importance in the EC, there are a few matters concerning colour which breed fanciers consider important. Traditionally, solids (dogs of a single colour, such as black, red, gold liver etc.)  are not permitted white anywhere except an inconspicuous spot on the chest. ECs which are predominantly a single colour, with white anywhere else, are NOT considered parti-colours. I have actually seen an American Champion dog with a large white blaze – very much a ’No- No’ to those who know this breed. In particoloureds (dogs with coats which are a mixture of white and a colour), most traditionalists prefer the colour, either roaning or patches, to be even distributed over the body – in fact, the Canadian Standard speaks of this in mandatory terms by the use of the word “must.”. In modern times, sables (usually a mixture of black and brown hairs) are frowned upon (this is not to be confused with tan spots, which are completely acceptable). 
I then look at the exhibit’s individual movement fore and aft. THE EC is NOT a single tracking dog, and if convergence of the legs is seen to any appreciable extent, it immediately raises the question in my mind, of whether the dogs’ legs are longer than they should be, convergence or single-tracking being a feature and the result of the longer legs of many other breeds. Both the fore and hind limbs of the EC should swing straight through, with neither elbows nor hocks turning in or out. 

By this time, I will have formed a fairly firm opinion of the order in which I would like to place the dogs. I would line them up for a final look, and likely move them round once again, to confirm my decisions.  An exhibit which cowers or shrinks away, does itself a great disfavour. I have already mentioned the fact that the reason for which the EC was bred and how it works, militates against the showring style and speed of movement exhibited by the American Cocker, and the EC should move brightly, but judges should not expect the EC to continually wag its tail.   Absent my seeing something which prompts me to re-examine again move one or more of the exhibits, I would then place the dogs accordingly.
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Name: Shirley Bell 
Where you live:  11 Miles east of North Bay, Ontario 
Kennel name: Bellcrest Perm Reg’d
1) If you could have another breed, what would it be?
So many I would love, but my favorites would be Standard Poodles, English Setters,  and Brussels Griffons. 
2) How many shows a month do you attend, and how many dogs do you normally take?
Not so many now, but I used to try for 2 weekends a month when I was working. I usually take 1 or 2, I seldom take more these days. 
3) If you could only attend one "must do" show a year, what would it be? 
The American Boxer Club National Specialty Show.
4) Besides your dogs, do you have any other animals? 
No other animals at the present time, but horses were my first love.  
5) Name something that is on your "life" bucket list to do?
Crufts and the World Dog show are hopefully in my future. 
6) Would you like to see critiques at shows in North America?
Yes at least the first 2 placing’s explained verbally if not in writing.
7) What is your favorite way to relax?
Watching my dogs play.
8) What is your current 5 - year plan in dogs?
In 5 years I may be gone. I have been involved in my breed for 45 year, and I am currently on the downside. I have just recently given up showing and handling my own dogs. I still look forward to judging some awesome dogs in various countries.  
9) Do you do pet grooming, or pet boarding for dogs you have bred, and do you have a commercial pet grooming and boarding business?
I did pet grooming many years ago. It is very hard physical work. Dealing with some of the owners who thought dogs should be groomed yearly was not my favorite thing!!!
10) What breed or all breed clubs are you a member of?
I am a life Member of CKC, American Boxer Club Inc, Boxer Club of Canada Inc, Nipissing Kennel Club Inc. Long time member of Northern Ontario Boxer Club. A member of Erie Shores All Breed Kennel Club.

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