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

For nominating your bitches use the following checklist.
  Futurity Checklist As the breeder, are your dues paid so you remain a member in good standing?
  Futurity Checklist
Are sire and dam over 2 years old?
  Futurity Checklist
Do both sire and dam have OFA/PennHips/other countries certification numbers?
  Futurity Checklist
Have both sire and dam had their eyes examined by a veterinary ophthalmologist after age 2 and within the 12 months before the breeding? Don’t miss out because you have old eye exams and don’t get new ones done until after the breeding.
  Futurity Checklist
Send in the paperwork to nominate the bitch before the litter is whelped.
  Futurity Checklist
Then remember to enroll your puppies by the deadlines.

Debbie Knight
January Futurity Chair
P.O. Box 431
Marlborough, NH 03455
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