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Knopa Retires by Going Best in Show at Crufts




Knopa Retires by Going Best in Show at Crufts


We are proud to announce that Am. Can. Russian BIS champion McVan's To Russia With Love (aka Knopa) went Best in Show at Crufts in Birmingham, England. Shown by her friend and handler Rebecca Cross, Knopa beat out more than 22,000 dogs including approximately 100 Scottish Terriers from around the world. The breed judge was Geoff Corish, Terrier Group First was under Mr. Martin Phillips and Best in Show at Crufts was under the distinguished Mr. Ronnie Irving.

Winning Crufts with Knopa is the culmination of three determined women (breeder Vandra Huber of McVan Scotties,Seattle, WA, handler and breeder Rebecca Cross of Beameups,Gettysburg PA, and owner Marina Khenkina, Moscow of pursuing a dream which included mixing up blood lines of Scottish Terriers, sharing dogs with one another purely because we love the breed.

Knopa who was raised by McVanScotties, was given as gift to Marina Khenkina of Russia who wanted something nice to show and breed. In Russia, Knopa went BIS at the important EuroAsia Kennel Club Show. While Knopa was in the limelight, her sister BIS Am. Can. Ch. McVan's Be Bop Baby (Betsy) was shown in the U.S. and achieved America's top honors. She went Best of Breed at Crufts 4 years ago also with Rebecca showing her.

"When Betsy retired, says Vandra, "we asked Marina if we could borrow Knopa back to show in the USA. Marina said sure, why not." Knopa in only a few months of showing rose to the No. 1 rank in the U.S. in 2013 and again in 2014. She has been recognized by the fancy by garnering back to back Best of Breeds at the Scottish Terrier Club of America's National Specialty at Montgomery County. Along the way she earned 8 all breed Best in Shows.

We are grateful and proud of Knopa and know she is resting comfortablity on Marina's bed. And yes, she can get up on the couch. She's earned it.

You can read more about it at Scottish Terrier Goes Best in show at Crufts.