Canine Genetic Diversity – OI: 0.18, AGR: 0.03, IR: -0.06
Romeo – BIS RBIS RBISS RACEA AKC-CHAMPION UKC-RUBY GRAND CHAMPION Canen Gossamer Stardust Of Forest Lakes CGC SPOT-ON VCX
Romeo and his litter mates are the result of many months of planning and a wonderful partnership with my first mentor, a retired breeder with 30+ years of experience breeding and showing. Our Giselle (Gigi) is the dam, and the litter of black puppies was born and raised in our home at Forest Lakes. Romeo was one of two ‘keeper’ pups, although the entire litter was exceptional! Romeo, his littermate Porsche, and I attended Obedience I and handling classes (for conformation) during their first year. Romeo and I also attended Obedience II, and at the conclusion of the second obedience class he earned his Canine Good Citizen (CGC) title.
Romeo and I started showing in conformation in December 2019 when he was 14 months; we earned his champion title in that first month and grand champion title by 16 months. We intended for him to go to my mentor’s AKC handler in March 2021, but COVID-19 changed those plans.
Romeo finished 2020 as UKC’s #6 standard poodle and was invited to UKC Premier Nationals to compete in the Top Ten Invitational. At the Poodle Specialty hosted by UKC and the United Poodle Association he won Grand Champion, Best of Breed, and Reserve Best in Specialty Show.
He has earned 37 Best of Breed (BOB) awards, 3 Best in Show (BIS), and 6 Reserve Best in Show (RBIS/RBISS) awards which earned him a UKC Emerald and then Ruby Gemstone Grand Champion titles. Romeo stood as the #1 Standard Poodle in the nation for almost half of 2021, but relinquished his spot to Rhett’s breeder and co-owner Wendy for her lovely brown girl. He finished 2021 as UKC’s #2 Standard poodle.
In March 2022, Romeo embarked on his AKC career with a spectacular debut, winning Best of Winners over 6 other dogs both days, as well as Best of Opposite over a special! Romeo finished his championship in April 2022 at his third show with a 4-point major!
Strengths: squareness, chin/underjaw, eyes, head, neck, chest, rib spring, shoulder layback, topline, feet, tail set, rear angulation and coat