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Group Honorees Named for the American Kennel Club Breeder of the Year Award

(Monday, July 25, 2011)

– “AKC Breeder of the Year” to be Announced at
AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Orlando, Fla. –

The American Kennel Club® announced today the seven group recipients of the 2011 AKC® Breeder of the Year Award. The award honors breeders who have dedicated their lives to improving the health, temperament and quality of purebred dogs.

“The AKC Breeder of the Year Award, now in its tenth year, recognizes the hard work and dedication of our sport’s top breeders,” said Ron Menaker, AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Show Chairman. “We are proud that the seven finalists are AKC Breeders of Merit dedicated to setting an example for all breeders by producing dogs that are healthy, capable and beautiful.”

A breeder is chosen from each of the seven groups: Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding. The individual group recipients will receive a medallion in recognition of their achievements on Sunday, December 18, 2011 at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Orlando, Fla. At the end of the presentation the 2011 AKC Breeder of the Year will be announced. Additionally, a canine portraitist will be commissioned to commemorate a prominent dog from the recipient's kennel, and their name will be inscribed on a perpetual trophy and plaque on permanent display at the AKC headquarters in New York City.

The group winners are:

  • Sporting: Pluis Davern – Sundowners Sussex Spaniels, Royal Oaks, California
  • Hound: Gretchen Bernardi – Berwyck Irish Wolfhounds, Edwardsville, IL
  • Working: Thomas Oelschlager & Marlene DePalma - Kontoki Siberian Huskies, Finleyville, Pennsylvania
  • Terrier: Elena Landa – Doubloon Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, Bothell, Washington
  • Toy: Sharon and Raymond Stevens – Sharbelle Toy Poodles, Vista, California
  • Non-Sporting: Barbara Wood – Anbara Lhasa Apsos, Cranford, New Jersey
  • Herding: Steve and Alice Lawrence – Fuzzy Farm Pulik, Stafford Springs, Connecticut