Ch. Baby Ruth

Ch Baby Ruth was whelped in 1892 and although some reference books erroneously record Joseph Smith as her breeder both the Canadian Kennel Club and American Kennel Club registries indicate she was bred by W. Barclay of Canada. In all probability, she was named for President Grover Cleveland’s daughter, Ruth, who the previous year became the first child to be born in the White House.

Hildreth Bloodgood’s interest in breeding cocker spaniels reached fever pitch when he saw Baby Ruth at the American Spaniel Club’s first show in 1894. He was determined to buy that black bitch, and he approached Andrew Laidlaw after the show. Laidlaw was interested but reluctant to part with her until he had bred her to Ch. Black Duke. He not only wanted to place the puppies in the right hands at appropriately high prices but he also wanted to be the breeder of the litter. … Baby Ruth was not transferred to Bloodgood until mid 1895. … (She) was the foundation on which Mepal built one of the strongest kennels in the United States.

Greer, Frances (Ed.).(1980).A Century of Spaniels.(Vol.1)

Ch. Baby Ruth

One of her many virtues was her beautiful head, and her pedigree was a contributing influence to the breed. In the years ahead, all three Best In Show Cockers at Westminster would trace back to Baby Ruth.

The Baby Ruth Bronze
The Baby Ruth Bronze is on permanent display in New York at the AKC Library.

Wilma Parker, ASC Curator

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