13 Dec 2018 National Championship Best in Breed American Staffordshire Terrier
Thank you for coming out to the 2018 BBCR National Championship held at Cabarrus Arena & Events Center! The BBCR was established in 2004 and has since grown into a major international registry.
We congratulate all our winners, particularly Jennie Patrick and her American Staffordshire Terrier, Cicero’s School of Hard Knocks, or “Knox,” who won Best Male, Best of Winners, and Best in Breed.
Jennie and her husband Nick are from Atlanta, GA. They were both interested in Pit Bulls, and both independently started dipping into the show life before they even met. In fact, they first met at a breeder’s house when Jennie traveled there to purchase her first show dog. Nick was already there with his that dog he’d procured from the same breeder. 20 years later, they’re still showing their dogs together.
Though they started with Pit Bulls, they ended up finding Staffordshire Terriers, and were happy to talk to us about their winning Am. Staff. Knox.
“Cicero’s School of Hard Knocks aka Knox is unique because he is a “bullier” Am. Staff. He is very put together and moves effortlessly for his size. He hadn’t been inside a ring or shown in over 3 years before coming to Nationals and he showed like he’s been working for it all year! Knox is a huge puppy; his tail never stops wagging and he loves everyone he meets.”
Jennie and Nick pride themselves on the fact that they don’t use lots of extra supplements to look show ready. They say that show prep for Knox is just a bath and a trimming of his whiskers and nails. They say that he, like all their dogs, is conditioned to look the way he does.
“We decided to show Knox,” they told us, “because we saw more bully events opening up to our breed and felt he’d be appreciated by the community”.
They hope to finish his title in 2019 and see where it takes him. The Patricks are planning to make 2019 their most competitive year yet!