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The Melody Breed of the Dalmatian

The Melody Breed of the Dalmatian

Melody Dalmatians have been in existence since 1964, during which time their owners, Jack and Beth White, have produced several Best in Show dogs, five Top Ten Dogs, one Dalmatian Club of America National Specialty Best in Specialty Show winner, two National Specialty Best of Opposite Sex winners, and too many Specialty winners to count. They won Best in Futurity the first year it was held in Chicago, and also still hold the title of All-Time Top Producing Bitch of the breed: Champion Melody Sweet, C.D., who is responsible for 16 champions, including two multiple Group winners. The Whites have also bred two other Top Producing bitches, Champion Melody Up-Up and Away, who is the dam of 15 champions; and her sister, Champion Melody Crimson and Clover, C.D. with eight, including two Group winners.

Melody Dalmatians are house-raised on the Whites' Rim Rock Ranch, just outside of Fort Collins, Colorado. The Whites raise the dogs on the ranch in the Foothills, where they grow up with Appaloosa race horses, cattle, and even a few coyotes. They show on a limited basis, mostly within Colorado, yet are usually well represented at the National Specialty. Among their Dalmatians are two International, Mexican, and American Champions, including Champion Melody Ring of Fire of BB, C.D., who won the Mexican National Specialty and also a Group 1st at the International Shows at the ripe old age of ten years. His daughter, Champion Melody Penny Lane, secured her foreign titles when seven and-a-half years old.

The Whites like to get in some obedience work with the dogs, too, although the pressures of other interests have unfortunately kept their obedience titles to a minimum. They do hope to become more active in the obedience rings soon. A fact in which the Whites take special pleasure is that their home-breds have won both the Dalmatian Club of America Specialty and the Canadian National Specialty. The latter win was gained by Melody Moonlight Gambler who won Best of Breed from the classes and was also High Scoring Dog in Trial at the same show.

Needless to say, they were quite proud of him and of his owners. This was in 1984. It is very impressive to look at pedigrees and note the consistency with which the Melody influence has been felt in the breed. This kennel has certainly made a major contribution to the Dalmatian world, and deserves tremendous credit for the success attained with their dogs and the descendants of these dogs.

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