Morgantown’s champion Coton de Tulear to compete in ‘The National Dog Show’ on Thanksgiving Day

PHILADELPHIA, PA –  A Morgantown Coton de Tulear dog, Hopecrest’s Monkey Business, will be representing the Mountain State at the National Dog Show at The Oaks in Philadelphia.

The National Dog Show, hosted by the Philadelphia Kennel Club and broadcasted on NBC, has become a Thanksgiving tradition.  The National Dog Show reaches over 20 million viewers annually and is a great way for families to spend the time between the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the beginning of the big bowl games. 

Monkey, as he is called at home, is bred and owned by Adrianne Dering of Hopecrest Cotons in Morgantown.  Monkey is not new to the dog show circuit. He made history at the National Dog Show in 2014, when he was the very first Coton de Tulear to represent the breed in the Non-Sporting Group ring. At 12 years old, Monkey is the oldest dog in competition out of over 1,700 dogs in competition from 204 breeds.  

In his early years, Monkey was the first Coton Champion in AKC, the first group winning Coton, the first Coton to take the breed at the AKC National Championship in Orlando, and the first American Coton to take the breed at the prestigious Crufts dog show in England.  Almost a decade later, he remains one of the Top Ten winning Cotons in the history of the breed.  

After retiring as the number one dog in his breed, Monkey traded life on the show circuit for a quiet life at home in Morgantown relaxing with his family.  As a stud dog, he has had a part in producing 4 generations of AKC champion Cotons.  

In addition to competing in the National Dog Show, Monkey competed and won “Best Veteran in Breed” at the Coton de Tulear National Specialty as part of the National Dog Show weekend. 

When asked about her participation in the dog fancy, Adrianne Dering said, “Showing dogs is not just about the wins and the accolades, it is about evaluating breeding stock for the preservation of the breeds we love. Monkey has not only shown himself to be worthy as a young dog, but at 12 years old, has proven that well-bred dogs can remain healthy and vibrant for their lifetimes and can continue to produce dogs who retain the signature characteristics of a breed and produce that health and vitality generation after generation. “

Monkey’s daughter, Hopecrest’s on the Catwalk, “Sasha,” will also be making her National Dog Show debut this year in the 9–12-month puppy class.  

Dering and Monkey look forward to reentering the ring at the National Dog Show 9 years after he first made history there.  They will also be participating as members of the public relations team to promote the show at media events during the following week. 

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