AKC Royal Canin National All-Breed Puppy and Junior Stakes Stats

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Tamarin Titus, better known as “Keko”, an Affenpinscher owned by Doyle J. Girouard and Carol Girouard of Southlake, Texas, managed to win Best of Breed in addition to taking the top spot in the overall “Toy” group at the first ever AKC Royal Canin National All-Breed Puppy and Junior Stakes in Orlando, Florida.

The American Kennel Club describes the Affenpinscher breed as, “…loyal, curious, famously funny; fearless out of all proportion to their size.” Additionally, the breed has been called by many names. Occasionally, Affenpinschers are referred to as “monkey dogs,” although devout fans of the beloved Star Wars franchise might say their fuzzy canine face bears a striking resemblance to a Wookie.

"Keko" Wins Toy Group at Inaugral AKC Royal Canin National All-Breed Puppy And Junior Stakes

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Keko joins the ranks of other Texas pooches who recently performed well at national dog shows. Babe, the French Bulldog from Fredericksburg, participated in the National Dog Show on Thanksgiving day and pulled off a win in the “Non-Sporting” group.

Although he was granted the opportunity to compete for “Puppy/Junior of the Year,” Keko was unable to bring that title home. Instead, Gali the Weimaraner won the top competitor award.

Other group winners included breeds such as the Whippet, Black Russian Terrier, Wire Fox Terrier, Standard Poodle, and Bearded Collie.

While he may not have come away with the top prize, Keko did a wonderful job representing the Lone Star State, and as he is classified as a puppy/junior competitor, we are sure there are plenty of other shows, and wins, in his future!


American Kennel Club: Weimaraner “Gali” Wins Inaugural AKC Royal Canin National All-Breed Puppy and Junior Stakes

American Kennel Club: Affenpinscher