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Louis, Malamute history maker
two best in shows in six days!


Champion Chayo Dom Perignon

Once in a lifetime a magic moment arrives, and that time is now for malamute breeder and exhibitor Sue Ellis of the Chayo Kennels, based in Greater Manchester.

With her Best in Show win at Paignton under Robin Searle, Sue became the first person to win BIS at an All Breed championship show with a malamute in the UK.

That two fantastic moments happen in the space of six days is almost unthinkable!
Champion Chayo Dom Perignon is the dog who is stealing all the headlines this week following another tremendous BIS win under Dr Monica Boggia Black at Bournemouth on Monday evening. Sue was already delighted at both shows to have won the Working Group, first under Dave Cavill at Paignton, and then taking the group again at Bournemouth where Jean Lanning was the judge.

OUR DOGS spoke exclusively to an ecstatic Sue Ellis, even before she went on to take the top spot once more at Bournemouth. Sue said, ‘I am absolutely delighted and tearful at the same time, but mostly really, really proud of my dog. It's what most exhibitors aspire to... a 'BIS win' its just amazing.’

Sue also explained how her kennel has evolved, “My breeding plan and my show handling has been influenced greatly by the famous Redwitch Akita Kennel and I want to thank all the people who have given me advice and help and support along the way.”

Sue went on to thank a number of people who in their own way over the years have been a great help, including Geoff Corish and Michael Coad who had been involved with Louis’ father, ‘Blue’, and then more recently Sam Dean who had helped handling when Sue had more than one dog to show. This year Sue has been assisted greatly by Pernilla Sandstrom from Sweden who had been very involved in show preparation and conditioning, and campaigning both in the UK and now, new for Sue, also in Europe.

OUR DOGS also asked Sue how she started in the breed, “I bought my first Alaskan Malamute bitch in 1996 from Walt & Kath Howarth, Hawkam’s Action Annie at Chayo (Tara, Stormkloud‘s Chosen to Win at Hawkam x Can Ch Keikewabics P‘tis Amie at Malsabout ) who won the Working Group and RBIS, W&PB of Wales Champ Show 2001, the only Malamute bitch to ever win this at Championship Show level.

My second Alaskan Malamute was a male from Bill O’Loughlin - Bassbarr Kool Kustomer at Chayo ‘Tiko’ (Omen Del Lago Degli Orsi x Kebucks Krystal Klear) and he won the Working Group at SKC 2000, funnily enough under Dr Monica Boggia-Black.

My third was a bitch imported from a Canadian Kennel owned by Maureen Anderson…Keikewabic’s Chayo Chyna (Ch Nanuke’s Lockport Louie x Keikewabics Ice Fantasy).

Tiko and Chyna became my foundation dog and bitch giving me a great blend of top American and Canadian lines, Stormkloud, Keikewabics and Nanukes.

From them I bred Ch / Intl Ch Chayo Blue Thunder, the first Malamute to get his UK title and also homebred (1st CC Terry Thorn at SKC 2006). He now has his International Title as well, another first in the UK. He has 3 Group Wins and 20 Group placings and 36 BOB, Top Stud Dog 2006 and 2007.

It was at this point I became influenced by the line breeding that the famous Redwitch Akita kennel had done and made a decision to try to begin to emulate their success and start to tie in these three lines in the future. So, I then bred Ch/Int Ch Chayo Blue Thunder to Ruta Norte Lady-Rum at Shepherdsway, a Spanish import bitch who was kindly loaned to me by my great friend Ann Allen of Shepherdsway kennels.

From this breeding, the champagne litter, I kept Ch Chayo Moet Chandon ‘Belle’, the first UK Mal Bitch Champion ( First CC at Crufts 2006 given by Zena Thorn-Andrews when CCs were first on offer) and her brother Ch Chayo Dom Perignon ‘Louis‘, the third mal champion, who is now the breed record holder with 8 CCS, all bar three were awarded by Breed Specialists and 2 of these were American Breed Specialists.”

Louis also has five group wins to his credit…..the first was at SKC 2007 and given to him on her last judging appointment by Margaret Everton. The 2nd was SKC 2008 and awarded by Zena Thorn Andrews, the third was at Three Counties Show by Jeff Luscott and the fourth by David Cavill at Paignton, and the fifth Jean Lanning at Bournmouth. He has five Group 2 and two Group 3 awards. Louis has won a BIS in Boras National Show in Sweden awarded by Elina Happaniemi (Finland) handled by Pernilla Sandstrom. He also won the Champion class and the Reserve CACIB (handled by Sue) at the recent World Show in Stockholm. He was RBIS 2006 and 2007 at the Alaskan Malamute Club of the UK Champ Show. He has two CACIBs and 14 BOB. He was Top Sire 2007.

All in all quite a record and a sign of the dedication and hard work that is needed to make a top winning dog and a successful kennel.

Louis was bred to Chayo Forget Me Not (Topaz), which has given Sue Chayo Better Than Chocolate, who is already Top Puppy 2007, and Finalist for the Pet plan Junior Stakes 2008.
So watch out, there is more to come!

Sues final words? “Back to back best in shows? Awesome!”

See Champ Shows for critiques, reports and pictures from Paignton and Bournemouth.