A Yorkshire terrier owned by Mark Dearinger, owner of Dearinger Salon in La Jolla and San Diego, was named Best of Breed in this year’s AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. His winning dog is named Mini Cooper.
The two-day event was held in conjunction with the AKC Agility Invitational and the AKC Obedience Invitational, the Junior Showmanship competition and the Eukanuba World Challenge, making for a record-breaking entry of 3,233 dogs competing in all events.
Dearinger has been showing his Yorkshire terriers in competitions across the U.S. for years, often taking top prizes. He and his Yorkies also have been featured in national magazines.
“This year I have two dogs that are currently ranked in the top five in the country and am so honored to be invited to participate in this competition, which is only open to the top ranked dogs in each breed. This time, we chose to show Cooper,” said Dearinger. “Winning Best of Breed is so gratifying. Cooper is a stunning dog and did exactly as we expected during the competition.”
Cooper was shown by his handler, Kirsten McGregor. Dearinger is currently personally showing Carlton, his other top-ranked Yorkie.
“Weekly maintenance on a Yorkie’s coat takes about two to three hours per week and precise attention. Their coat is very time-consuming because it has to look healthy, shiny and perfect,” added Dearinger. “The work I do with my clients in the salon is similar – it’s as meticulous, exacting and the stakes are just as high because every day they go out into their jobs, social circles, on TV, the political landscape, school or just hanging out, they have to look their very best. I make sure their hair looks the part, from its condition, to the cut and style.”
The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship (the 10th annual), took place Dec, 4 -5 in Long Beach and will air on ABC network television on Jan. 23.
Dearinger has styled the hair of such notables as Fergie from The Black Eyed Peas, on-air television personalities, local politicians, and business leaders. The salon also has partnered with Giorgio Armani and has won numerous awards for its work and contribution to the community.