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Davis dog to compete for Westminster gold


A local canine will compete to be top dog in one of the seven new breeds added to this year’s Westminster Kennel Club competition.

Meggie is a six-year-old Berger Picard from Davis, and will compete in the herding competition. The French breed is known to be loyal, attentive and hardworking.

Meggie’s owner, Jackie Lundy, wants to show Meggie because Berger Picard’s are not a well-known dog breed.

“When you get a rare dog like Meggie, you want to help people understand that there is a breed that’s out there," Lundy said. “This breed goes way back to the Celts. There are tapestries from the Medieval days of knights and shining armor with dogs that look similar standing next to them. They were farm dogs in France.  World War I and World War II wiped out most of the breed.  After World War II, dog fanciers found the few remaining Picards and have been trying to re-establish the breed.”

Popularity for this breed came from the movie, ’Because of Winn Dixie’, Lundy said, "Meggie’s “great grandfather was in that movie.”

Meggie’s official name is CH Allstars Ellen B

arken. Lundy got the dog from a kennel in Virginia. The Virginia kennel name is Allstars. Each dog is named after a movie star.

Lundy continues, “in the Picard registry, they use a process of a dog born in a certain year must have a name with a certain letter.”

The Westminster Kennel Club 140th Annual Dog Show is February 15 and 16 in New York City.

The seven new breeds added to the competition:

  • Lagotto Romagnolo
  • Cirneco Dell’Etna
  • Boerboel
  • Bergamasco Sheepdog
  • Berger Picard
  • Miniature American Shepard
  • Spanish Water Dog

According to the American Kennel Club, Ch means Champion for having won two major competitions.


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