Over thirty-five years of breeding and exhibiting Welsh Terriers is a career of hard work, dedication, and perseverance mixed with passion and sportsmanship that can lead to extraordinary results.
Carefully planning over many years, dog to dog, pedigree to pedigree, to produce healthy dogs with great temperaments that epitomize the breed standard is the goal. Achieving confirmation of your work in the ring by judges awarding your dogs titles is an overwhelming honor and thrill. Imagine doing that hundreds of times with nearly 100 of your own homebred dogs. Therein, you will find Sharon Abmeyer (Shaireab’s, then Shaireab’s Bayleigh), who has contemporarily bred and owned the most Welsh Terrier champions of record.
Rarely does a dog measure up to every specification of its breed standard. It is the conceptualization of the standard that guides the imaginations of those seriously interested in the breeding, exhibition, and performance of purebred dogs.*
Sharon Abmeyer will, of course, cite teamwork as her guiding force, and credit in particular her partner in Welsh of 20 years (1998-2018), Keith Bailey (Shaireab’s Bayleigh, then Bayleigh), with whom they produced 61 of the near 100 Champions, 13 Grand Champions (including Ch. Bayleigh Shaireab’s Super Hero, “Spyder,” the first Welsh Terrier Grand Champion), the Top Winning Welsh Terrier Bitch of All Time (GCh. Ch. Shaireabl’s Bayleigh Maid of Honor, “Jennie”), the Number One Terrier in America 2017 (GCh. Ch. Shaireab’s Bayleigh Daenerys Stormborn, “Khaleesi”), and overall 100+ Best in Show wins.
Together, Abmeyer and Bailey have bred and owned the No. 1 Welsh Terrier in the country in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017.
[Keith Bailey, now with Bayleigh Welsh Terriers, co-owns the 2018 No. 1 Welsh Terrier in America with Janet McBrien (Brightluck)—GCh. Ch. Brightluck Money Talks, “Dazzle,” a son of the great “Spyder.”]
Abmeyer and Bailey will be certain to credit, too, their professional handler in all their partnership years (and Sharon Abmeyer’s early years), Tracy Szaras, and subsequently her spouse and partner, Luiz Antonio Abreu. The collective team’s willingness to evaluate puppies and dogs, to discuss differences of opinion, and to work together openly to achieve their goals, is key.
Tracy Szaras enjoys the artful nature of grooming. She is a sculptor bringing to life the best qualities of the Welsh Terrier standard. She finishes the dogs to perfection and is equally expert in presenting them in the ring. Luiz Antonio Abreu enjoys making a necessary connection with his dogs creating a bond through the unspoken languages of attention, energy, love, and trust.
Under Luiz Abreu’s care, dogs understand their jobs in the ring and always want to do their best. “Jennie” (GCh. Ch. Shaireab’s Bayleigh Maid of Honor) was the first dog Luiz campaigned to great heights. Over 2011-2014, “Jennie” catapulted to the Top Winning Welsh Terrier Bitch of All Time with 44 Best in Show awards, a Group 2 at Westminster, and the No. 1 Welsh Terrier, all systems, three years in a row.
This successful team follows previous record holders, such as Judge Walter S. Glynn [see his Record Holder profile], who bred and owned more Welsh Terrier champions than anyone else at the turn of the century in the period 1887 until his death on April 17, 1933. He was known as a terror among terrier breeders and judges, because of the number and quality of his dogs, and his sharp and critical eye for the standard. Many have credited him as the architect of the Welsh Terrier.
They complement other record-holding breeders and owners, who achieved pinnacles with extra special dogs and exceptional resolve, and set records that have become new standards of achievement, elevating the Welsh Terrier breed and ideals to the highest level—the Welsh Terrier Record Holders.