RECORD HOLDERFirst of only three Welsh Terriers to earn Terrier of the Year, 1970 and 1971
BRED BYJames E. McLaughlin
OWNED BYSusan and Edmond Fitzwilliam
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The Number One Terrier of the Year—the ultimate apex in conformation for any terrier—has been awarded in the United States only five times to four Welsh Terriers. Ch. Golden Oak Jim Royal CD, “Jim” was the first, winning back-to-back years, 1970 and 1971. Ch. Anasazi Annie Oakley, “Annie” was the second in 1985, GCh. Ch. Shaireab’s Bayleigh Daenerys Stormborn, “Khaleesi” was the third in 2017, and GCh. Ch. Brightluck Money Talks, “Dazzle” was the fourth in 2019.

In Welsh Rarebits (January 11, 1972), a short article appearing in Mrs. S. Sloan Colt’s Coltan Kennels scrapbooks, housed in the Welsh Terrier Club of America archives, Mr. and Mrs. Edmond P. Fitzwilliam note “Jim’s” sensational record: 17 Best in Show wins, 45 Group One, 15 Group Two, two Group Three, two Group Four, and two Specialty wins out of 67 Best of Breed wins. If not for a nagging injury toward the end of his career, he would have exhibited longer and collected additional achievements. “Jim” returned to the obedience ring many years later and earned his CD title at the age of nine years.


Ch. Golden Oak Jim Royal CD, Black Hawk Kennel Club, Best In Show, 1971. Photo by Ritter. Courtesy American Kennel Club Library & Archives.
Ch. Golden Oak Jim Royal CD, "Jim." Courtesy the Welsh Terrier Club of America.
Top Terrier Ch. Golden Oak Royal Jim shown with handler Dora Lee Wilson winning a Group at Council Bluffs Kennel Club in 1970 under Judge Haskell Schuffman. Courtesy the Welsh Terrier Club of America.