Oregon City Afghan Hound winning top national honors
Afghan Hound "Max" of Oregon City came away with the top honors at a June 16 competition at the Hillsboro Fair Complex.
The Cascade Hound Association hosted the American Kennel Club-sanctioned dog show; 270 dogs from across the country were entered.
In the first round of judging, James Donahue of Chicago named Max the Afghan Hound Best of Breed out of nine contestents in the category. American Kennel Club officials say, "The Afghan Hound is an aristocrat, his whole appearance one of dignity and aloofness with no trace of plainness or coarseness. He has a straight front, proudly carried head, eyes gazing into the distance as if in memory of ages past." When the round was over, Max's physical conformation and movement were found to be the closest match to the ideal.
All of the 24 winners of the individual Best of Breed competitions faced off for Best of Hound. Judging this round, Neil McDevitt of Ohio examined each dog to see which most closely meets their breed standard. After the examination and seeing the dogs move, McDevitt deemed Max to be the best.
Although less than 2 years old, Max has been making a name for himself in the dog-show world. Before the June 16 show, Max was ranked as the top Afghan Hound in Oregon and the 45th Afghan Hound nationwide. He is now expected to move up in the national rankings.
Max came to Oregon from Sunward Kennels in Russia. In his first show, he won Best of Breed at only eight months old. Most Afghan Hounds don't reach their peak until they are 3 to 4 years old, so Max's owner Margaret Robertson of Oregon City sees a bright future ahead. Plans are already underway for entering Max in the legendary Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, being held at Feb. 10-11 at Madison Square Garden in New York.