6. What’s America’s best damline ?

A good way to start an argument is to suggest any particular dog is better than another and that includes race dogs, sires and brood bitches.

We like to live dangerously and have been assessing the best damlines in America and the foundation bitches behind them, based solely on the All Americans results over nineteen years – from 1995 to 2013.

The damlines have been taken back to a common (and recognised) foundation bitch within their damline, regardless of what generation that bitch is positioned in the damline and the era in which she lived.

Damlines that produced the most All Americans (1995 – 2013)

  • 1. Tish The Dish (Nov ’74) -15
  • 2. Wild Nancy (Oct ’52) – 10
  • 3. Dia’s Stormy Day (May’76) – 9
  • 3. Maythorn Pride (Jan ’73) – 8
  • 4. Kathi Award (195x) – 5
  • 4. Michigan Vicky (Apr’66) – 5
  • 4. Latest Fashion (Apr ’68) – 5
  • 8. Mac’s Lamb (Oct ’61) – 4
  • 9. Dawn Tullera (Sep ’38) – 3
  • 9. Lena Moore (Aug ’62) – 3

Sires that produced the most All-Americans … plus their damlines

  • 01. Kiowa Sweet Trey – 10 … Snooty Tooty<<Cindy Troubles
  • 01. Oswald Cobblepot – 9 … Yuritini<<Millies May
  • 03. Lonesome Cry – 9 … Lively Dawn*
  • 04. Flying Penske – 8 … Dia’s Stormy Day
  • 05. Gable Dodge – 7 … Classy Clema
  • 05. P’s Raising Cain – 7 …  Michigan Vicky
  • 06. Dodgem By Design – 6 …. Maythorn Pride
  • 07. Kiowa Mon Manny – 5 … Dia’s Stormy Day
  • 08. Stan’s Boy Flyer – 4 … Darling Jo*<<The Grand Duchess
  • 08. Fortress – 4 … Maythorn Pride
  • 10. HB’s Commander – 3 … Dixie Day<<Flirty Susan
  • 10. Molotov – 3 … Dawn Tullera

So here’s our assessment of the 5 best foundation dams in America – based solely on the All American results over the last 19 years.

1. TISH THE DISH .. fifteen All Americans in 19 years says it all .. most famous for her Lear Jet>>Representation branch, which is behind the bulk of the Greymeadows dogs. Has produced super race bitches including Grey’s Betsy Ross, Grey’s Calibrator, Dreamy Blossom and CT Buck Wild but probably lacks a top sire amongst the offspring although Grey’s Statesman was reasonable. Just out of interest it is also the damline behind the popular Irish based US bred sire Kinloch Brae.

2. DIA’S STORMY DAY .. the youngest foundation bitch in the top 10 and her line may yet end up being the best of all. The extra influence of Flying Penske, Dragon Fire and Kiowa Mon Manny as sires just edges this damline into second position.

3. MAYTHORN PRIDE* .. the line of Pat Dalton’s star Irish producer is placed third due to the added influence of Dodgem By Design and Fortress as sires and the quality of it’s All Americans in WW Apple Jax, Flying Stanley, Dodgem By Design and the 2011 AA captain Flying Coal City.

4. WILD NANCY>>Lindy Lil>>Flirty J .. an older bitch but her damline still has a massive influence with the second most All Americans including track star Gable Sour Cream and dual representative Hallo Gold Acre.

5. MICHIGAN VICKY … the success of P’s Raisin Cain as a sire of All American’s gives this line the nod for fifth position ahead of Kathi Award and Latest Fashion. Also produced Southland superstar and current All American team captain, Bella Infrared and may have finished higher up the list if we had considered US dam standings.

NOTE: The interesting point about the 2013 All-Americans is that six of the eight descended directly from Irish damlines within 8 generations and some as close as the 3rd, 4th and 5th generation.

Updated Jan 2018