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Multi Best In Show, Multi Best In Specialty Show Grand Champion

Xoe Eleki's Emerald City  


OZ is the product of a long time plan…. Leanna Mottus had wanted to line breed on 2 of her top winning dogs. She and Elyse Fernets found the right girl and bred  CH. Rose's Million Dollar Baby (Hillary) the daughter of Canada's all time top winning Pug MBIS, MBISS, MNBISS AM/CAN GCH. Xoe's Oscar De La Hoya  to her uncle - another of Canada's top winning Pugs - MBISS,NBISS, BIS AM/CAN GCHex Xoe's Cassius Clay, CGN

This proved to be another fantastic litter. Oz started his show career at the Eukanuba National Championship dog show in Florida by winning Winners Dog for a 5 point major as a junior puppy. He went on to have a great puppy career and finished as #3 toy puppy  behind his brother as well as placing in the top 5 Pugs for 2015 with limited showing. I brought Oz back to Ontario and after only 3 weekends of showing, Oz having just turned 2,  won his first Best In Show at the Thousand Island Kennel & Obedience Club under Judge Mr. David Swartwood.

Oz was only shown on a very limited basis (6 weekends)as a young dog and has been major pointed in the US and finished 2016 at the large Trillium Dog Fanciers show in October. Oz finished out the year with Best of Breed and group placements at the all breed shows as well as going back to back Best In specialty shows at the Pug Club of Ontario Regional Specialty under judge Mr. Joe Walton and the Pug Club Of Canada Regional Specialty under judge Michael Canalizo.

Oz is a multiple Best In Show Winner, multiple Best in Specialty Show winner and multiple group winning and placing Pug. A top Pug as well as a top toy.

Oz had a hard act to follow as his father and uncle are 2 of the most  well know Pugs in Canada and the breed as a whole. I was not sure I would find another dog with all the special qualities that Cassius and Oscar had to offer. Oz is so much a breeder's Pug. He is what the Pug standard calls for "Multum in Parvo" meaning a lot in a little.  From his correct size, short back and cobby, square body, to his beautiful head with soft expression and perfect diamond on the forehead. He has the very correct pug roll and proper movement which makes up exactly that, "A lot in a little."

We plan on showing OZ in Canada and the US now that he just turned 3.  He has a wonderful attitude and truly is a great show dog with outstanding type and movement. 

I would like to thank all of the Judges who have awarded Oz so highly to date. I appreciate and thank all of the exhibitors, judges and fellow Pug breeders on their wonderful comments about this very special dog.

We are extremely proud to have Oz represent Xoe Pugs this show year.
Breeders: Leanna Mottus (Xoe Pugs) & Elyse Fernets (Eleki Pugs)
Owners: Michelle Chisholm (Siosalach Shar-Pei & Pugs) & Leanna Mottus
August 5, 6, 7, 2017
Saturday Best in Show Judge: Dr. Gail Forsythe
BIS Bearded Collie - GCh Rallentando Rhyme
RBIS Poodle (Standard) - Wintergarden Life In The Fast Lane
Sunday Best in Show Judge: Dr. Terill Udenbeg
BIS Shetland Sheepdog - GCh Stoneboat's Combustible
RBIS Bulldog - GChEx Lenbullan Mario Matteo
Monday Best In Show Judge: Jon Cole
BIS Dandie Dinmont Terrier - Aranisle Star Of San Jacinto
RBIS Papillon - GCh Valifyre Freespirit Icy Sparks
August 4, 5, 6, 7, 2017
Friday Best in Show Judge: Stanley Shen
BIS Setter (English) - Ch Sevenoaks Lady Penelope
RBIS Poodle (Standard)  -GCh Gardenpath Concours d'Elegante
Saturday Best in Show Judge: John Rowton
BIS Poodle (Standard - GCh Gardenpath Concours d'Elegante
RBIS Setter (English) - Ch Sevenoaks Lady Penelope
Sunday Best in Show Judge: Charlotte McGowan
BIS Borzoi Ch Raynbo's Foolish Pleasure
RBIS Doberman Pinscher Ch Willowcreek's Midnight In Paris
Monday Best In Show Judge: Edna Gonzalez Sanchez Rubio
BIS Newfoundland - GChEx Heartsease Empress Of India
RBIS Setter (English) - Ch Sevenoaks Lady Penelope
August 2, 3, 4, 2017
Wednesday Show 1 Best in Show Judge: Sean Shields
BIS Spaniel (English Cocker) - GCh Carnaby Between Friends
Wednesday Show 2 Best in Show Judge: Fred Dewsbury
BIS Beagle - GCh Foxtail's Race To The Finish
Thursday Show 3 Best in Show Judge: Patricia Lanctot
BIS Newfoundland - GCh Summerford's What Ever
Thursday Show 4 Best in Show Judge: Letitia Bett
BIS Portuguese Water Dog - GCh Claircreek Faro Do Atlantico
Friday Show 5 Best in Show Judge: Michael Lanctot
BIS Beagle - GCh Foxtail's Race To The Finish
August 5, 6, 7, 2017
Saturday Best in Show Judge: Carlos Quinones
BIS Newfoundland - Ch Summerford's What Ever
RBIS Miniature Pinscher Ch. RexRoth’s Angelina
Sunday Best in Show Judge: Michael Hill
BIS Miniature Pinscher - Ch. Rexroth’s Angelina
RBIS Newfoundland - Ch Summerford's What Ever
Monday Best in Show Judge: Carmen Navarro
BIS Newfoundland - Ch Summerford's What Ever
RBIS Miniature Pinscher - Ch. Rexroth’s Angelina
August 4, 5, 6, 2017
Friday Best in Show Judge: Mike Jackman
BIS Australian Shepherd - Ch Danell's Wild 'N Out
RBIS Russell Terrier - Ch Marlyn My Cherie Amour
Saturday Best in Show Judge: Starr White
BIS Vizsla (Smooth-Haired) - GCh Szizlin Brandy You're Always On My Mind
RBIS Pekingese - Ch Lionking Taylor Made
Sunday Best in Show Judge: Karsten Kaemling
BIS Pekingese - Ch Lionking Taylor Made
RBIS Doberman Pinscher - Ch Calora Femme de Reve de Baviere

Top 15 All Breeds in Canada 

Rank    Name Breed Points

1   GCh Claircreek Faro Do Atlantico  Portuguese Water Dog  9159
2   GCh Summerford's What Ever  Newfoundland 7213
3   GChEx Heartsease Empress Of India  Newfoundland 6529
4   Ch Sevenoaks Lady Penelope  English Setter  4436
5   GCh Skyehigh's Here We Go Again   West Highland White Terrier  4070
6   Ch Rexroth's Angelina  Miniature Pinscher  3586
7   GCh Gwich'inz Paparazzi Vizionz of Summerwindz  Afghan Hound  3320
8   Ch Takala Trails Darcy  Irish Terrier  3156
9   GCh Gallardo Tybrushe GirlAlmighty  Boxer  3046
10   Ch Raynbo's Foolish Pleasure Borzoi 2729
11   Ch PaRay's Molto Particulare   Bichon Frise  2629
12   GCh Woodside's Southern Belle  German Shepherd Dog  2486
13   GChEx Triseter Celtic Player  Gordon Setter  2412
14   GCh Brio's Hotsicle Golden Retriever 2362
15   GCh Carnaby Between Friends   English Cocker Spaniel  2287
unofficial results courtesy of


Top 15 All Breeds in The USA

Rank    Name Breed  

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

When I got my first Basset I relied upon the knowledge and guidance offered by the people from whom my dog was purchased. It was not a sufficient plan. My first basset was from show stock, but she was sold to me as a pet because her breeders thought she was too refined to be a show dog. They also did not encourage me to spay her. I didn’t question their assessment, nor did I try to verify its accuracy.
When she was 2 years old I began looking around for somebody who would breed to my show-stock bitch, and I found a breeder who lived close to me who looked at her pedigree and decided she was good enough to breed, to one of their show dogs.

I asked if they wanted a puppy back, but they said no, just a stud fee. My bitch got pregnant – and I lost all seven puppies because nobody told me I shouldn’t let her whelp them outside in fifty- degree weather. I was only 21 and didn’t realize that breeding dogs was not something that just came naturally – like my Mom said it would. My mom, had never bred a dog but she was convinced, that they could do it, on their own, because dogs had survived in the wild for thousands of years without human intervention. It was a tragedy of errors.

After that first loss I bred my bitch again because she had been good enough to breed to a champion, and I had done some research about whelping puppies. This time I went to a long-time breeder 125 miles away. She brought out her stud dog, got the two tied, then left me to watch them until they untied. There was no conversation, and she sent me on my way after taking my check for the stud fee and providing a pedigree for her dog.  When I read the pedigree I realized that she had been the breeder of my bitch’s dam, and I had just met the famous Nancy Evans. ‘Had’ was the key word. I didn’t read the pedigree until I got home.  I didn’t even know what I should have asked her, and she made it clear she didn’t want to spend any time talking to a newbie. I hadn’t asked her to evaluate my bitch, or help me with puppy evaluation, or help me learn how to show, because I didn’t even know enough to ask those questions. I took my pregnant bitch home and had 5 beautiful puppies, one of which I kept because she had a lot of bone, something her dam lacked. Never mind that she also had a terrible topline, wide, flat back skull and short flat ears.

I “knew” she was beautiful because she came from my show-stock dam, she was bred to a champion, and she had more bone than her mother. I bred the daughter to a local non-showable, poorly bred dog with a lot of bone and produced 6 large, unattractive dogs. Fortunately I did not keep any of those puppies.

I moved to Wisconsin with my two show-stock bitches, and promptly looked up a local basset breeder. For the first time, I got some real help. She informed me that my bitch was not particularly beautiful, but she did have a pedigree that might be able to produce an acceptable level of quality when bred to one of her pre-potent stud dogs. I, of course, was greatly offended by her assessment of my bitch –after all, what did SHE know.

She then asked me the best question anyone ever asked – How did I know my dog was nice, if I had never compared her to the standard, or even any other basset? What equipped me with the knowledge to decide she was beautiful? What research had I done? And the education of Jackie began – 8 years and 3 litters after my first basset purchase. I swallowed my false pride and decided to replace it with an education instead.

Now I worry that newcomers to our sport are not willing to put in the time to learn what it has taken senior breeders a lifetime to learn. I worry that, like me, they will get a reasonably good dog from a reasonably good breeder, hear a reasonably good but likely incomplete assessment of their dog, then think they know enough to become top-level breeders themselves.

It wasn’t until I had bred bassets for 15 years that I realized my foundation bitch was a much better dog than I thought, and the daughter I kept was a much worse dog than I thought. The only thing I heard about was bone, and that was the only variable I used to select the puppy to keep. Obviously there was a lot more to a basset than bone, and all that other stuff didn’t magically show up again every time I bred.

Not only, did I need to understand what made a good basset (phenotype), I also had to understand what caused those characteristics to become evident (genotype), and I had to figure out which pedigrees had what I was looking for. Once I got to that point, my mind had been opened enough to accept the second best advice I ever got which was to go to as many basset specialties as possible, watch everything, identify the “look” I liked best, then identify the kennels that produced that “look” and buy the best dog I could get from one of those kennels/breeders.

That advice came 17 years after my first purchase of a purebred, and 5 years after I had finished my first champion. I still had one huge lesson to learn, and it took getting into a second breed to figure it out.

I bought a beautiful basset male form a top-producing kennel, and assumed I was on my way. I bred that dog to my improved bitches, and continued to hone my puppy evaluation skills. I had learned through a lot of research about correct fronts, and what I needed genetically to produce them. I learned about form following function, and I got really good at the basics of breeding, whelping and puppy selection. I was proud that everything I had kept went back to my foundation bitch.

Again, false pride was keeping me from really moving forward. After 25 years of breeding bassets, I had not produced a consistent, typey “look”.  While I was doing some significant winning, and I had some very sound, healthy dogs, I was not at the top of the game.
Most of this was because I had falsely assumed that staying with my original foundation was a good thing, and I would be able to “breed up.” Breeding up is the longest, hardest way to produce a solid line of dogs. It can be done I think, in theory, but it can take decades to see a consistent, positive result.

When I got my first Bedlington Terrier, I realized the weaknesses in my basset breeding program. I started at a very different place in Bedlingtons. My 25 years of stumbling and learning in bassets taught me that the quickest route to a successful breeding program is to start with an exceptional bitch from an exceptional line of dogs, and breed her exceptionally well. In 25 years I had learned basic movement and structure, basic genetics, basic breeding and whelping skills, basic puppy selection procedures, basic pedigree analysis, the basics of competition, and enough about the dog show world to trust my instincts about where the good dogs were coming from. There were no shortcuts.

It’s been a lifetime of learning and applying the knowledge. I identified the line from which I wanted a bitch, and I waited three years to get her. Then I relied upon the wisdom of the person who developed that line to guide me in the right direction, and I followed his advice. In 28 years I had learned that I knew nothing. I had finally gotten to the place I needed to be – I knew nothing, and I was OK with that. Now the real learning could begin. My mind was open.

I don’t think it has to take 28 years to really begin. I started at the most innocent place possible, and assumed that I knew way more than I did, because I had heard a few phrases from two presumably knowledgeable sources. I was also only 21 years old when I started, and had not developed any critical analysis skills. I just assumed purebred dog breeding was something anybody could do and did not require a skill set. I’d like to say this is an uncommon assumption, but the longer I remain in this business, the less confident I am that people, including dog show enthusiasts, really understand the complexity of what we do.

The general public is absolutely oblivious to our work, and that can sometimes hurt us. Just recently, I had to make an analogy for a dear friend who is a car fanatic. he could not understand why someone would fly all the way from Korea to buy just a dog from me. I had to point out to him that his calling my Bedlingtons “just dogs”, is like saying a Tesla or a Formula 1 Ferrari is just a car.

Being reasonably successful in dogs is not the same as developing a line of dogs that are consistent in their look, soundness and ability. Developing a line is hard work at the beginning, but gets easier as your mind opens to new thoughts and ideas. As long as those ideas have a basis in thoughtful research and objectivity without kennel blindness, they can take a breeder to a good place.

I find very few breeders aspire to build a line these days – most being content with being reasonably successful. It’s unfortunate, but not unexpected in these days of instant gratification. As a result, I think the overall quality of our dogs is suffering because few breeds have developed lines that are consistent in quality, temperament and health. A well-developed line can be a godsend if a casual breeder is trying to add a characteristic or improve on a fault. A solid line will be a good place to go to pick up something in even an occasional breeding program.

I also worry that few people read pedigrees anymore. I arrived at this thought after being approached by several foreign breeders interested in finding a Willow Wind Bedlington now that David Ramsey has died. The last litter whelped at David’s house will carry his Willow Wind kennel name, but they are mostly dogs from my own line – originally foundationed on the Willow Wind bloodline from 20 years ago. Most of the dogs in the pedigree carry my own kennel name, or other kennel names that had incorporated Willow Wind into their pedigrees at some previous time. But without the Willow Wind prefix, it seems nobody knows what to look for. 

Even basic pedigree research can reveal whether a dog is predominantly line-bred or outcrossed, and that will determine the usefulness of that dog in another’s pedigree.  When I started breeding better bassets, I knew exactly what bloodlines used predominantly Lyn Mar Acres dogs, and which were foundationed on Santana-Mandeville. Those two dominant lines produced very distinct characteristics and it was (and still is) important to know what came along with those lines.

I think interest in purebred dogs is returning. Now we just need to encourage interest in breeding them. We need to kindle the same kind of spark that was kindled in me when I whelped my first litter of bassets. Then we need to encourage the development of recognizable, solid lines of purebred dogs. That will be good for all breeders, casual and serious, and the dog-adoring public as well.

By Jacquelyn Fogel
Re-printed with permission
Appeared in Showsight 2016, 2017

Behind the Scene

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Syryn Reg (1992)

Cairn Terriers & Havanese
1) If you could have another breed, what would it be? 
Well, we had Dobermans and Cairns for the first 20 odd years that we have been involved in showing/breeding. During that time, we also had a Sheltie, a German Shepherd, and a Pomeranian. Currently, I still have Cairns, and for the past 14 years, Havanese. I could easily have another Pom or two at some point.
2) What was the last movie you saw at a theatre?
I honestly can't remember. 
3) If you could only attend one "must do" show a year, what would it be?
Montgomery County Kennel Club
4) What show in Canada have you attended that always gives that little extra to their exhibitors, which makes it your favourite to attend?
Over the years, I would say that both the Temiskaming Club in New Liskeard, and the Nipissing Kennel Club in North Bay have been two of our favorites.
5) What is your favorite dog of all time?  
That's a tough one. I dearly love the Cairn boy I currently have, but have had several over the years that also "owned my heart". 
6) What is a favorite grooming product or tool that you will not be without?
That depends on which breed I am working with. For Cairns, it is a small pumice stick for stripping, and for Havanese it would be a pure boar bristle brush. 
7) How do you pick which shows you attend? 
First, it depends on the dogs I am showing and what my goal is for them. Next, I consider the possible entry for my breed, and then I look at the judging panel.
8) Besides your dogs, what other animals do you have?
We have one cat.
9) What is your favorite beverage?
Morning Coffee, Early PM Tea, and later Red Wine
10) Name something that is on your "life" bucket list to do?
Attend Crufts.
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