Dual Champion Dogs, Best in Show Dual Champions and the People who Love Them
ANY DOG THAT HAS BEEN AWARDED THE TITLE OF CHAMPION OF RECORD (CH.) MAY BE DESIGNATED AS A “DUAL CHAMPION,” AFTER IT HAS ALSO BEEN AWARDED THE TITLE OF FIELD CHAMPION (FC) OR HERDING CHAMPION (HC). – AKC
In other words, a conformation champion that also earns a champion title in the field of endeavor for which the breed evolved. A list of resources and links for those breeds which are eligible and compete for these titles is included at the end.
Many breeds across the board have seen what is considered a “split” between the “show dog” and the “working dog.” The group of fanciers working to bridge that gap is primarily dedicated to preserving the form and the function of their breeds. The pinnacle of that mountain is achieving a Dual Champion and, in exceedingly rare cases, a BIS Dual Champion.
Best in Show Dual Champions
Since the era of DC Bramshaw Bob, Labrador Retriever, BIS at Crufts in 1932, only a handful of dogs have achieved this goal. They include English Setter DC Set’r Ridge’s Solid Gold CDX MH; GSP VC,BIS,MBISS Bronze GCH DC AFC Honey Run’s Spittin’ Image CD MH RDX VCX NAII UTI; GWPs DC AFC Jetset’s Ragtop Day at Scotia JH, CD and DC RLB’s Tigger De Ville SH; and, Brittanies DC Classic’s Can Do Andrew and DC/AFC Award’s Rusty Ridge Jake. Whippets include DC Ableaim Que The Music and C Sporting Fields Winsome One and Basenji’s DC Jasiri’s Jurassic Bark MC (the first Best In Show Basenji to earn a Dual Championship), DC Jasiri-Sukari The Illustrated Man MC, LCX (the first Dual Champion Basenji to win a Best In Show), DC Jasiri-Sukari John Tri-Volta SC DC Klassic’s Ms Mata Hauri SC DC, GCH Jasiri-Sukari Win Tin Tin SC (To date, the only Basenji to have earned an All-Breed Best In Show and an All-Breed Best In Field), and BIF, BIS, BISS, BIGS Dual Ch, Grand Ch Jasiri-Sukari Win Tin Tin SC (Ch SkyHi’s Rock Your World x BIS, BISS, BIGS Ch Jasiri-Sukari Congo-Leezza Rice JC) Bred, owned, handled by Julie and Kathy Jones.
“I wanted a beautiful dog that would hunt and would win the breed at Westminster,” says Melissa Newman. “That was my goal when I was 8.”
This goal has driven Melissa’s English Setter breeding program for more than 35 years. She has realized her dream several times over, including breeding from her first litter, the first and to date only, Best in Show winning Dual Champion English Setter.
Continuing to honor the “function” for which a breed’s “form” was developed remains a goal for a comparatively small but incredibly dedicated core group of fanciers in many breeds. For those breeders and owners in the sporting, hound and herding groups, that means striving to create Dual Champions.
More Best in Show Dual Champions?
We are avidly seeking research on this topic. If any of our listeners can share the breed/name of any additional BIS DC (specifically DC, or even Triple Ch if such exist) in any of the three groups, we would be thrilled to create a database of such outstanding animals.
By the numbers, Brittanies appear to top the list of the most DC finished, with 651 currently listed by the parent club. Within the sporting breeds, GWP lead the list of the highest *percentage* of dual champions by number of dogs registered with AKC. The hound group has at least 11 breeds in which DC titles have been earned, with Whippets appearing to lead the pack. The sporting group has no less than 10 breeds which boast Dual Champions and Herding records we could find show nine breeds featuring at least one DC on the record books, with Border Collies showing up most frequently. The herding breeds are unique in also offering by far the most examples of triple champions, in some cases quadruple and even quintuple champions. The drive and versatility of these dogs is well showcased here.
The parent clubs which promote the “dual dog” concept and the breeders and owners who work so diligently toiling up the steep grade to reach the top of this particular incline serve our sport well. These are the folks who give the lie to animal rights extremists who claim there is no purpose to salvaging the purebred dog. By repeatedly proving, at the most challenging and competitive level, that dogs which are purposefully bred to meet the breed standard and perform their intended work do, indeed, still exist, these fanciers are preserving the very essence of their respective breeds.
Want to Have a Dual Champion?
For folks who would like to join this elite group, expect to spend years of your life and buckets of blood, sweat and tears. While this may not seem the best promo, keep in mind this becomes less of a hobby and more a way of life. Raising the bar on ones goals provides greater heights of joy and deeper pits of despair than even the average breeder or exhibitor might experience. In the end, it is the unique challenges and the passion for ones breed which continue to stoke the fire.
Find a mentor may seem a shopworn phrase, but in this instance it is more than necessary. Working with dedicated breeders, owners and handlers in the field and the show ring will enable the aspiring Dual Champion owner to hone the skills necessary to compete at the highest levels.
Start small and work your way up. Try out the testing venues first to see if your dog possesses the needed instinct, drive, heart and trainability that are inherent in every one of the dogs who reach the top. And know that being an owner handler is no disadvantage. On that list of top dogs above, the BIS DC examples we noted, were all either exclusively or primarily owner handled.
If your breed doesn’t have a chance to earn a Dual Champion title, it’s no reason to miss out on the bonding and intense joy from working your dog in an instinct testing or other performance venue. Obedience, agility, nose work and literally dozens of options exist to continue participating with your dog when conformation goals are achieved. Conversely, bringing a lovely performance dog to the conformation ring to earn its championship enables the breed and the sport to shine in the face of those who doubt our devotion to what are, in reality, our beloved pets.
Links and Resources
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
English Cocker Spaniel
English Springer Spaniel
German Shorthaired Pointer
German Wirehaired Pointer
Bouvier des Flandres
http://www.collieclubofamerica.org/herding.html (resources & edu)