Professional Dog Breeder, Owner and Handler of Champion Beagles
Eddie Dzuik is the chief operating officer of the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals in Columbia, MO. He’s been a dog breeder, owner and handler of Beagles for over 40 years.
Q: Why do you feed Purina Pro Plan dog food?
A: My dogs thrive on it. I value the nutritional research that has gone into creating a high quality food. And I appreciate Purina as a great corporate citizen through their support of breeders, dog-related competitions, the Purina Farms facility and, most importantly to me, their steadfast support of the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Health Foundation.
Q: What is the most exciting part of being a dog breeder/handler/owner?
A: Recognizing the promise in a young dog and, through careful rearing, training, socializing, nutrition and conditioning, watching them fulfill their potential.
Q: What’s your number-one goal in your work?
A: In my professional work, encouraging canine health awareness and providing my fellow breeders various toolsets to make more informed breeding decisions and breed healthier dogs.
Q: What do you find most rewarding about the time you spend with your dogs?
A: The bond and their unconditional love. My dogs are—and always have been—my best friends.
Q: What do you think it takes to make a dog champion?
A: First and foremost, a dog that closely meets the breed standard. Beyond that, training, conditioning, grooming, proper nutrition and showmanship all play an important role as well.
Q: What draws you to your dog breed(s) of choice?
A: I like the Beagle’s temperament, size, ease of care and overall look.
Awards & Accomplishments
- Co-owner of two Westminster Kennel Club Best In Show winners, Beagles Uno and Miss P
- Owner-handler of the top winning 13" Beagle of all time, Miss Fleetwood
- Over 125 Best In Show winners total
Eddie Chooses Pro Plan SPORT Performance 30/20 Formula dog food.
To help ensure his dogs are reaching their full potential in the ring, Eddie trusts Purina Pro Plan SPORT Performance 30/20 Formula. Take a look at our full line of Pro Plan dog food formulas to find the one that’s right for your dogs.