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Orlando, FL (Dec. 13, 2019) – Fleet St Forged At Hampton Court, a Wire Fox Terrier known as “Pierce” triumphed over more than 1,300 dogs ages six months to 18 months to become the AKC Royal Canin National All-Breed Junior of the Year, held today in Orlando, Fla in conjunction with the AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin. “Pierce,” owned and bred by Robert Carusi & Hailey Griffit of Oxford, MA, was crowned “Junior of the Year” by an esteemed panel of judges, consisting of Mrs. Dorothy Collier, Dr. Thomas Davies and Patricia M. Cruz, after intense canine competition.

Coverage of the AKC Royal Canin National All-Breed Puppy and Junior Stakes is available for replay at

The winners:

Group Winners

After winning Best of Breed competitions, the following top dogs went on to win in their respective groups and compete for Puppy/Junior of the Year:

Sporting: CH Silhouette Cuttingedge Never Go Back, a Parti-Color Cocker Spaniel known as “Shelby,” owned and bred by Linda Pitts & Brandon Edge of Knoxville, TN.

Hound: Stackem Up Lutra Redneck Barbie, a Treeing Walker Coonhound known as “Barbie,” owned by Tracy Szaras and Tricia Snedegar of Starr, SC and bred by Tiffany Schmersal and Scott Kieffer.

Working: CH Pouch Cove Live Wire, a Portuguese Water Dog known as “Livi,” owned and bred by Peggy Helming & Milan Lint of Brooklyn, NY.

Terrier: Fleet St Forged At Hampton Court, a Wire Fox Terrier known as “Pierce,” owned and bred by Robert Carusi & Hailey Griffit of Oxford, MA.

Toy: Cottage Lake's Oedipal Love, a Toy Manchester Terrier known as “Buddah,” owned by Marcelo Chagas, Dr. Roger Travis Chagas and Lydia Frey of South Boston, VA and bred by Marcelo Chagas and Dr. Roger Travis-Chagas.

Non-Sporting: Bouffant Hightide For Cotian, a Standard Poodle known as “Maven,” owned by Missy Ann Galloway of Ponte Vedra, FL and bred by Gary Russell and Melanie Van Hoe.

Herding: Kenlyn Marquis' Little Miss Dynamite V Seven Hills, a German Shepherd Dog known as “Mighty,” owned and bred by Kent Boyles Naomi Swanson & Liz Oster of Edgerton, WI.


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