Seven pages in color: portraits of 18 show dog champions and a genealogy chart painted for SI by Arthur Singer, tracing origin of 119 breeds
Ch. Giralda's King Kole, owned by Mrs. M. Hartley Dodge of Madison, N.J., took best-in-breed and best-of-hound group at Westchester show. In spite of formidable appearance, bloodhounds are usually placid and affectionate by nature.
Ch. Merrymont Old Andy of Iradell was top dog of his breed at the Westchester show and will aim at higher honors next week at the Westminster in Madison Square Garden. He is owned by Mrs. N. Clarkson Earl Jr. of Ridgefield, Conn.
OLD ENGLISH SHEEPDOG
Ch. Shepton Blushing Maid was a stand-in for the lead dog in King of Hearts on Broadway as well as being top winning show dog. Best of her breed at Westchester show, she is owned by Louise Acheson of Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.
Ch. Pride of Lyn-Mar Acres, owned by John T. Briel of Bordentown, N.J., is one of the best bassets in the country. A popular breed, they have the coloring of a foxhound, the head of a bloodhound and the legs of a dachshund.
Ch. Silver Spray of Wychwood won best-of-breed at the Westchester show and has been entered in the Westminster event by owner, Bernice B. Ashdown of Manhasset, N.Y. Samoyeds, most glamorous of all working dogs, come from Siberia.
Ch. Star Twilight of Clu-Mor is all-time champion of his breed and won best-toy ribbon at the last Westminster show. Owned by Mrs. L. S. Gordon Jr. and Janet Bennett of Glenview, Ill., he will be competing again this year.
Ch. Handful's Bantam, owned by Gene Simmonds of Joppa, Md., was lead dog in the best team at last Westminster show and will be out to win the honor again. The miniatures of this breed are the most popular in the U.S.
Ch. Salisbury's Pride O'Possession carried off the best-of-winners award at 1954 Westminster and went best-of-breed at Westchester in September. This bitch is the 33rd champion owned by Mrs. R. J. Webber of Newton Centre, Mass.
Ch. Alfonco von der Goldenen Kette is an import from Germany and is owned by Pennyworth Clairedale Kennels of Hampton Bays, L.I. He reached championship status in only seven shows and will be seen at Westminster next week.