After receiving 3 major wins at the Mid-Ohio Cluster in November 2017 ... all from the Puppy 6-9 month class, Arie started this year needing 1 point to finish his AKC Championship. We went to the Novi MI January show and Arie received Winners Dog under esteemed Terrier Judge Peter Green and finished his AKC Championship with a fourth major win, again from the Puppy 6-9 month class.
After earning his AKC Championship in January, we started working on Arie's Grand Championship. The requirements for a GCH are higher - a dog must have received 3 major wins under 3 different judges plus a win under at least one more judge; they need to defeat Champions of Record at 3 shows; and earn a total of 25 points. Even with attending limited shows this year, Arie achieved all of those requirements and finished his Grand Championship at the Lancaster, OH shows in September 2018 by going Best of Breed both days, which earned him two 5 point major wins (and defeating Champions of Record both days). To make that weekend even better, he ended up going Group 3 in the Terrier Group on Saturday and received his first Group 1 in the Terrier Group on Sunday.
Arie still needs to do some growing up but I expect we will be attending some conformation shows again in 2019 and hopefully getting started in earthdog and maybe rally obedience.
2017 Highlights Even though he received the AKC S.T.A.R. puppyaward in 2017, he needs to get better obedience skills so we can try our hand (paw?) at the AKC CGC program and maybe even some Trick Dogactivities.
Arie and I attended an IABCA show in Wilmington OH in August 2017 to start getting ready for the show ring and he competed in the Baby Puppy class (3 to 6 months of age). He received five SG-1 scores (highest given for puppies) which qualified him for the "Honors Baby" title along with multiple Best In Show Puppy and Reserve Best In Show Puppy placements.