|Historic win at London reform Pekingese Association Show
THE Pekingese, American Ch Deja vu Stand by Me at Pekehuis, has gained his English title at the London Reform Pekingese Association show on September 23, under breed authority Geoffrey Davies.
Whilst any English champion is a reason to celebrate, this championship is an historic one for the breed, as Stanley" is the first American bred Pekingese male to complete his English title. The first and only American bred Pekingese bitch to complete her title was John Shaw's Crufts Best of Breed winner, BIS Am/UK Ch Franshaw Hear Me Roar.
Stanley is owned by John Shaw and Winifred Mee with his breeder, Susan Shephard.
Stanley finished his American title, undefeated with five majors at 11 months old. A year later, Winifred was in Florida, at breeder Susan Shephard's home, and Stanley caught her eye. A few months after that, John, Winifred and Susan agreed to send Stanley to England to work on making UK history.
Judge and breed authority Geoffrey Davies said: 'The more I went over him, the words "Take the dog as a complete whole" rang in my head. His outstanding features are: size, build, balance, conformation, his fantastic body and overall shape, and his total and unquestionable soundness, and consequently his excellent movement. In fact there is much more to admire than there is to criticize about this exhibit. It would be remiss of me not to mention the exemplary manner in which this dog was presented and handled. His rich, glowing, clear red coat was presented to perfection, and he showed magnificently - free standing, without being propped up, displaying the true dignity one associates with the breed. I was delighted to award this dog the Dog CC, which makes him a most worthy U.K. Champion.'