“We are proud to honor some of the nation’s finest breeders with this award,” said Dennis Sprung, AKC President and CEO. “The dogs that carry the honorees’ kennel names have proven their breeders’ commitment to excellence, consistency, function and type, and represent important contributions to the sport of purebred dogs.”
The group winners are:
Dorothea (Dot) Vooris Simberlund, Fieldfine German Shorthaired Pointers
Ray and Jana Brinlee, Jaraluv Scottish Deerhounds
Alan Kalter and Chris Lezotte, HappyLegs Bullmastiffs
Joan Huber, Blythewood Miniature Schnauzers
Max E. Hurd, Hurd's Chihuahuas
Susan and Gary Carr, Salishan Tibetan Terriers
A canine portraitist will be commissioned to commemorate a prominent dog from the Breeder of the Year’s kennel, and their name will be added to the perpetual trophy and plaque on permanent display at the AKC headquarters in New York City. All group recipients will receive a medallion in recognition of their achievements.
The 2016 AKC Breeder of the Year will be revealed on Friday, December 16 in Orlando, Florida at the Royal Canin “Regalia,” a royal celebration of those who champion purebred dogs, and also announced during the broadcast of the AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin on Saturday evening, December 17, 2016.