Arlene Davis, of La Verne, California, says she married into the fancy, as her husband was involved in breeding and showing Dachshunds. In 1963, they bought their first Great Dane and began showing and breeding on a limited basis.

The Davises went on to breed three Best in Show dogs and the number-five dog, all-breeds, in 1971. Over the years, they have owned and bred champions in five groups, including Smooth Fox Terriers, Pointers, and Pembroke Welsh Corgis. “All the dogs carried the Davis name, as we considered them part of our family,” Mrs. Davis says. They “went back” to Dachshunds in the late ’90s, breeding an all-champion litter and currently living with their champion wire mini and homebred champion wire standard.

A judge since 1977, Mrs. Davis has worked numerous national and local specialties and several Top 20s. She is also extremely active in club work, serving in multiple offices, including president, of the San Gabriel Valley Kennel Club for more than 15 years, and as cluster coordinator for the Mission Circuit dog shows. “My greatest accomplishment as a club member,” Mrs. Davis says, “was working, endlessly, to see the Mission Circuit evolve in the last 30 years into a prestigious, indoor circuit that has a beautiful show site and venue.”