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Ch. Midkiff Seductive

Ch. Midkiff Seductive

Ch. Midkiff Seductive was the first cocker spaniel to win a Best In Show at the Westminster Kennel Club. On that day, she also won Winners Bitch parti color, Best Bred by Exhibitor parti color bitch, Best Cocker Spaniel. She would later be bred to Ch Robinhurst Foreglow to produce Ch Midkiff Miracle Man, a two-time ASC Best In Show winner in 1925 and 1926.

William T. Payne dominated parti-colors for at least thirty of the first fifty years of the American Spaniel Club. In fact, he created a dynasty based on Ch. Blue Bells II and her son, Ch. Romany Rye-a dynasty from which almost all of today’s parti-colors (and many solid colors) are descended.

Payne made dogs his life. He was not a member of the elite gentry whose kennels were in the fashionable sections of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. He lived in northeast Pennsylvania between Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. Dogs were not just a hobby with him. He wanted to breed the best in the country … and there was no one who hadn’t heard of Midkiff.

Westminster was the show to which he returned annually. The year was not complete unless he took high awards with his dogs. His Best In Show in 1921 with Midkiff Seductive fulfilled part of his dream. But it did not keep him from planning for other Best In Shows to come.


The Cocker Spaniel Club trophy
The Cocker Spaniel Club trophy for best Cocker Spaniel bred by a member. Won by Ch. Midkiff Seductive, Westminster, 1921. It is now on permanent display at the AKC Library in New York.


At the 1921 Westminster show, Mr. Payne won the majority of the prizes from the Cocker Spaniel Club, the American Spaniel Club, and the Cocker Spaniel Breeders Club of New England. One of these was the Cocker Spaniel Club Trophy, a bronze Cocker model inspired, no doubt, by Mr. Bloodgood’s Baby Ruth trophy.

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

Wilma Parker, ASC Curator

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