By DEBBIE SICKING
Muenster resident Christine Beaulieu Weinzapfel recently received the title “American Kennel Club Champion” for Black’s Sensational Starla — known to those who love the Chinese Crested dog as “Starla.”
Starla won the title Sept. 12 at the prestigious Pan Handle Kennel Club Show in Amarillo.
Muenster resident and dog show exhibitor Christine Beaulieu Weinzapfel noted that in less than a year of showing at AKC dog shows Starla earned her major points at the Dallas Dog Show earlier this year.
Starla is the daughter of Marrita Black’s champion — Hi Life Sirius Sensation (knicknamed “Star”). And, like mother like daughter, Star is also an AKC Champion, working towards her Bronze Champion title. These pint-sized champs are certainly shining a grand-sized spotlight on this area.
For those unfamiliar with the Chinese Crested breed, they are classified in the “toy group” with the AKC and are considered “hairless” (although there are puffs with full coats within the breed). The Chinese Crested was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1991.
Although hairless dogs have been found in many places in the world, it is unlikely that the origins of the modern Chinese Crested are actually in China. The breed was believed by some to have originated in Africa and was called the “African Hairless Terrier” in several 19th century texts. However, there is genetic evidence that shows a shared origin with the Mexican Hairless (Xoloitzcuintli).
While the Chinese Crested is not considered by many to be a mainstream breed, they still hold a place of prominence in television and film. The famous burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee also bred Chinese Cresteds.
By DEBBIE SICKING
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