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No. 1 Staffordshire Bull Terrier Is a Record-Breaking Bitch Called ‘Daphne’

Outstanding conformation, a sparkling personality and bold determination have helped a 5-year-old called “Daphne” become the No. 1 Staffordshire Bull Terrier in the country.

Multi-BIS/Multi-BISS GCH Homebrewed Page Three Girl, RN, BN, CGC, TDI, TT, is handled by professional handler Holley Eldred of Steger, Ill. The first black brindle bitch to win a Best in Show, Daphne recently captured her fifth Best in Show at the Coulee Kennel Club Dog Show in Winona, Minn.

“The trademark of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is balance between bull and terrier,” says owner Lorelei Craig of Penn Valley, Calif. “Daphne exemplifies that balance. She also is strong, fit and powerful though extremely feminine.”

Sired by CH Bowtman’s Homebrewed Celler Keep out of CH Carnig Dot Com, Daphne was bred by co-owner Jason Nicolai of Ashville, N.C.

Craig, an owner-handler of Miniature Bull Terriers from 1997 to 2007, handled Daphne, her first Staffie, to a No. 5 breed ranking in 2009. After a year off to have puppies, Daphne returned to the ring in 2011, earning six Bests of Breed and two Bests of Opposite Sex in eight shows with Craig before continuing her Specials campaign with Eldred. Daphne finished 2011 as the first female to be No. 1 in breed rankings.

“The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a heavy, masculine breed,” Eldred says. “Males have impressive heads and thick muscles that draw attention, making it harder for females to compete. Daphne combines beautiful breed type with an incredible attitude and stands out despite this challenge.”

In other honors, Daphne captured Bests of Breed at the 2011 AKC National Championship and the 2012 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. She also won the Staf­fordshire Bull Terrier Club of America National Specialty in April.

Eldred has shown the breed since 2004, including CH Cornerstone Soliloquy, who won seven Bests in Show and set a breed record. “Staffies are so intelligent and thrive on new challenges,” Eldred says. “Daphne has done everything I’ve asked her to do and looked for more. I plan to pursue a herding instinct title with her next, and Lorelei wants to do agility when Daphne gets home.”

Eldred is motivated to educate people about Staffordshire Bull Terriers, which she considers the “best kept secret in the dog world.”

“I do everything I can with Daphne to help spread the word about this breed,” Eldred says. “They are healthy, trustworthy, affectionate, and well-socialized dogs that love people. A Staffie will never miss an opportunity to give a child a kiss or snuggle with someone.”

Daphne is fueled by Purina Pro Plan Performance and Sensitive Skin & Stomach formulas.