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The American Kennel Club, the leading advocate for dogs, wishes to acknowledge those individuals that have excelled at breeding dogs that have proven to be outstanding in AKC sports.  The commitment to preserve, protect and improve a breed represents the very essence of the AKC. 

The AKC Breeder of the Year by Sport Award is given to those who have dedicated themselves to improving the health, temperament and performance of dogs in a given sport. 

The 2016 Breeder of the Year by Sport award recipients are:

Pointing Breed Field Events           Albert and Cynthia Cropek                              Brittanys

Retriever Field Events                   Mitchel and Margot Brown                              Labradors

Spaniel Field Events                      Kevin Battistoni                                               Springers

Hound Field Events                       Wayne and Marty Parker                                Beagles

Herding                                          Kathy Greenwood                                          Belgian Malinois

Lure Coursing                               Mary Childs                                                     Borzoi/Whippets

Earthdog                                        Dawn Martin                                                    Westies

Coonhounds                                  Mike Crockett                                                   B&T Coonhounds

Agility                                            Nina Plail                                                          Shelties

Obedience                                     David and Judy Guaraldo                                Shelties

Rally                                              Gayle Watkins                                                 Golden Retrievers

Tracking                                        Cynthia Nauer                                                 Labradors

“Knowledgeable breeders are critical to the continued success of canine sports.  These breeders have shown a long-term dedication to enhancing breed instincts and breeding sound dogs with good temperaments,” said Doug Ljungren, Vice President for Sports and Events, “their accomplishments represent the highest level of commitment to their breeds and sports.”  Each recipient received a Breeder of the Year rosette mounted in a shadow box. 

The American Kennel Club salutes these individuals for their dedication and success in breeding purpose-bred dogs.