Homebred Whippet Champions
Karasar’s 15 Homebred Whippet Champions in 2021
The secret to happiness for Kerrie Kuper is breeding beautiful Whippets and showing them as a breeder-owner-handler to great success. Achieving a personal record of 15 finished homebred or co-bred champions in 2021, Kuper is excited and proud of her Karasar Whippets.
“I owned and finished another Karasar champion bred by my co-breeder, Pamela Davis, so I owned or co-owned a total of 16 champions for 2021,” exclaims Kuper, of St. Petersburg, Florida, who is celebrating 55 years of breeding the sighthound breed she fell in love with as a girl.
Her cookie-cutter Whippets are revered for their proper balance and movement, correct bone, smooth, flowing lines, pretty heads, small, rose ears that fold along the neck, and soft, pleasing expressions. “People have told me over the years that my dogs are like clones,” she says. “I am very proud that they are identifiable as Karasar Whippets.”
Karasar was well-represented on 2021’s lists of Top 20 Whippets, of which there have now been 10 generations. Five Karasar Whippets were on the all-breed Top 20, and four made the breed Top 20. GCHS Karasar’s Phenomenal was No. 2 in all-breed and No. 3 in breed, and GCHB Karasar’s High Roller was No. 6 in all-breed and No. 5 in breed, both breeder-owner handled by Kuper. GCH Karasar’s Inferno, shown by co-breeder-owner Caroline Wells Cope, was No. 12 in all-breed and No. 19 in breed. And, so it goes.
Kuper remembers winning her first Best in Show in 1995 with MBIS/MBISS CH Karasar’s Preference ROMX (“Pearl”). “Now, there are six generations of Multi-Best in Show Whippets,” she says. “Sixteen dogs have won Best in Show or Reserve Best in Show.”
Two No. 1 Whippets have produced multigenerational Best in Show or No. 1 Whippets. Pearl, the No. 1 Whippet in the breed in 1994 and in all-systems in 1995, is the dam of BIS CH Karasar’s Temptress, who is the dam of MBIS CH Karasar’s Audacity.
The second one, BISS CH Karasar’s Artistry ROMX (“Darbee”), the No. 1 Whippet all-systems in 2008, is the dam of MBIS GCHG Karasar’s Remembrance JC ROMX, who is the dam of three Best in Show winners.
Kuper’s greatest pleasure is breeding Register of Merit (ROM) producers, an honor bestowed by the American Whippet Club on bitches that produce seven conformation or field champions and males that sire 15 champions.
“I am believed to be the only breeder with four generations of Multi-Best in Show and ROM/ROMX Whippets,” she says. “Pearl earned ROMX status and she produced MBIS Karasar’s Reminiscent ROM, who produced MBIS CH Karasar’s Essence ROM, who produced MBIS GCH Karasar’s ParExcellent ROM, the first Grand Champion Whippet.”
Today, Kuper shares her Karasar Whippets with a team of co-owners and co-breeders, all Whippet lovers who are fond of the sophisticated look of the Karasar line. The 16th generation of Karasar show dogs, whelped in 2021, will soon be showing, adding more honors to the already lofty accomplishments.
Karasar feeds Purina Pro Plan SPORT Performance 30/20 Chicken & Rice.