At right: “Kuvuk’s First Choice” stands proudly beside a judge at the Siberian Husky National Specialty in Provo

At right: “Kuvuk’s First Choice” stands proudly beside a judge at the Siberian Husky National Specialty in Provo

Cranbrook breeds a champion

Siberian Husky “Kuvuk’s First Choice” wins big at U.S. National Specialty in Utah; another victory for local breeder Margie Leopold

“Kuvuk’s First Choice”, a Siberian Husky known to his friends as Nash, is turning heads across the continent, and he has already set up dates with two lucky lady dogs.

He turned two on Tuesday, and Nash is ready to take the world by storm after placing fourth in the Bred By Exhibitor class at the Siberian Husky Club of America’s National Specialty on October 2 to 6, 2012 in Provo, Utah.

“I took the chance of taking him down there and showing him. There is only one to four placing in that class. We got fourth which is huge recognition for me as a breeder from Canada. It gave the dog a lot of recognition,” said Nash’s owner, Margie Leopold, who has six Siberian Huskies and also owns and operates Pretty Pooch in Cranbrook.

The National Specialty is a prestigious dog competition where the best Siberian Huskies from all over the world are shown, Leopold said.

“Dogs come from all over the United States. There were four or five dogs from Canada, there was some dogs flown in from Lithuania, Italy…”

The judges are breeders themselves, making Nash’s placing even more satisfying.

“It is quite a compliment as many have told me they would take him home and use him in their breeding program,” said Leopold.

To be ready for competition, Nash needs to look his best, so Leopold grooms him every day.

When deciding who to give awards to, the judges look at the dog’s height and length, how it moves, and if they have correct movement.

“It helps if they are pretty,” said Leopold. “I have been told by judges he has a beautiful head and eye.”