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2017 Breeder of the Year: Helyne E. Medeiros, Seasyde Pointers, Sporting Group; 2017 Breeder of the Year ceremony at the AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin.
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2017 Breeder of the Year: Helyne E. Medeiros, Seasyde Pointers, Sporting Group; 2017 Breeder of the Year ceremony at the AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin.

Each year, The American Kennel Club recognizes and celebrates an outstanding purebred dog breeder with the Breeder of the Year Award. The award honors those breeders who have dedicated their lives to improving the health, temperament and quality of purebred dogs. At a special presentation held during the AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin, a breeder, or pair of breeders, is recognized in each of the seven Groups. At the conclusion of the presentation, one of the seven Group recipients is chosen as the Breeder of the Year.

2019 Elizabeth and Daniel Karshner, Little Pond Bulldogs

Breeder of the Year and Non-Sporting Group Honorees: Elizabeth and Daniel (not pictured) Karshner, Little Pond Bulldogs

2018 Kent Boyles and Liz Oster, Kenlyn/Marquis German Shepherd Dogs

2018 Breeder of the Year Kent Boyles and Liz Oster, Kenlyn/Marquis German Shepherd Dogs

2017 Helyne E. Medeiros, Seasyde Pointers

Helyne E. Medeiros, Seasyde Pointers

2016 Alan Kalter and Dr. Chris Lezotte, HappyLegs Bullmastiffs

Alan Kalter and Dr. Chris Lezotte, HappyLegs Bullmastiffs

2015 John Buddie, Tartanside Collies

John Buddie, Tartanside Collies

2014 Gwen DeMilta and Carissa DeMilta Shimpeno, Alisaton Doberman Pinschers

Gwen DeMilta and Carissa DeMilta Shimpeno, Alisaton Doberman Pinschers

2013 Winifred Stout, Quissex Smooth Fox Terriers

Winifred Stout, Quissex Smooth Fox Terriers

2012 James W. Smith, Absolutely Smooth Fox Terriers

James W. Smith, Absolutely Smooth Fox Terriers

2011 Pluis Davern, Sundowners Sussex Spaniels
Pluis Davern, Sundowners Sussex Spaniels

2010 Debbie Butt, Sporting Field Whippets

Debbie Butt, Sporting Fields Whippets

2009 Claudia Orlandi, Ph.D, Topsfield Basset Hounds

Claudia Orlandi, Ph.D, Topsfield Basset Hounds

2008 Joan Savage, Stagedoor English Setters

Joan Savage, Stagedoor English Setters

2007 Barbara Miller, Max-Well Norfolk Terriers

Barbara Miller, Max-Well Norfolk Terriers

2006 Douglas and Michaelanne Johnson, Bugaboo Old English Sheepdogs

Douglas and Michaelanne Johnson, Bugaboo Old English Sheepdogs

2005 Dave and Peggy Helming, Pouch Cove Newfoundlands

Dave and Peggy Helming, Pouch Cove Newfoundlands

2004 Catherine B. Nelson, Pennywise Dandie Dinmont Terriers

Catherine B. Nelson, Pennywise Dandie Dinmont Terriers

2003 Mary Rodgers, Marienburg Doberman Pinschers

2002 Wendell J. Sammet, Ale Kai Standard Poodles