The #1 spot in 2019 was claimed by the stunning jet-black Newfoundland, Tupak. This is only the second time in Top Dog history that a Newfoundland, one of Canada’s indigenous breeds, has won the prestigious top spot. Ch. Hornblower’s Long John Silver was awarded #1 in 1978.
Throughout 2019 Tupak was presented gorgeously by one of his owners Christina Koffman-Heard, wowing judges across the country with his beautiful conformation and winning fans with his charm and personality.
We caught up with all of the Top 10 Show Dog owners, who shed some light on their memorable victories and tips. Here are their interviews.
Tammy Ausloos & Ann Felske-Jackman
Dawn Phillips & Ann Felske-Jackman
When did you get into showing dogs?
I grew up with Saint Bernards and Cocker Spaniels.The first dog I ever purchased on my own was an Australian Shepherd, but I always loved Rottweilers. When I graduated college, I finally purchased my first Rottweiler. Australian Shepherds and Rottweilers need to work, so that's when I started working and showing dogs. Those first two dogs taught me a lot.
When, where and with who did you win your first Best in Show?
Pan is my first dog to win a Best in Show. He and Lori-Ann were awarded that first Best in Show at Lakeland Kennel and Obedience Club in June 2019.
What drew you to this breed?
Rottweilers checked off all the boxes for me when I was looking for a dog. They have a coat that is easy to look after, not too big, not too little and are extremely devoted. They are extremely intelligent, love to work and are versatile.
Does your dog have a show ritual?
Pan's show ritual is basically his love of his bath time, waiting in the shower the night before, when you tell him he is going to a show. The REAL ritual, though, may be that his favourite toy, his fish, MUST be in every Best in Show picture! It was something that was suggested by his first Best in Show judge, Yvonne Savard. Lori-Ann has panicked a few times on the way to the picture booth if the fish is not in her ringside bag, and has even been asked by a few judges where the fish is!
Most memorable win of 2019?
Can't really say any one specific win is the most memorable. We are thankful and appreciative of every win. If we had to name one, it would probably be the weekend in Prince George, coming home with 2 Best in Shows and 3 Reserve Bests.
Showing Rottweilers – What’s easy about it? What’s challenging?
Lori-Ann would say this is not always an easy breed to show, but having a dog with an exceptional temperament and one who loves to show as much as Pan, makes it a breeze and every moment enjoyable.
What is next for Pan?
If we can get out to more conformation shows this year, we have one more goal we hope to accomplish. We are training for our next obedience titles, as well as hoping to enter a scent detection trial. Pan is also anxiously awaiting the opening of Dock Diving season, which is one of his very favourite sports!