Ch. Tickle Em Jock
|Species||Canis lupus familiaris|
|Title|| Best In Show at the|
Westminster Dog Show
|Predecessor||Ch. Sabine Rarebit (Smooth Fox Terrier)|
|Successor||Ch. Kenmare Sorceress (Airedale Terrier)|
|Owner||Andrew Albright Jr.|
Ch. Tickle Em Jock (1908–??), a Scottish Terrier, was the first of his breed to win best-in-show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 1911, the fifth occasion it was awarded. He was originally sold for a sum of only £2 to Andrew Albright, Jr. Mr Albright would go on to later say he wouldn't sell the dog for $5,000. Jock was also noted in the media of the time for biting a judge's wrist just after winning best of breed at a dog show.
Championships are awarded to dogs who have passed through a process of selection at dog shows. Traditionally, a championship was received at a conformation show, but championships are now offered for dogs who have attained a high degree of perfection in other dog sports as well.
The Scottish Terrier, popularly called the Scottie, is a breed of dog. Initially one of the highland breeds of terrier that were grouped under the name of Skye Terrier, it is one of five breeds of terrier that originated in Scotland, the other four being the modern Skye, Cairn, Dandie Dinmont, and West Highland White Terriers. They are an independent and rugged breed with a wiry outer coat and a soft dense undercoat. The First Earl of Dumbarton nicknamed the breed "the diehard". The modern breed is said to be able to trace its lineage back to a single female, named Splinter II.
The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is an all-breed conformation show that has been held in New York City annually since 1877. Currently, the breed and Junior Showmanship competitions are held at Piers 92 and 94, while the group and Best in Show competitions are held at Madison Square Garden. The number of entries is so large at nearly 3,000 that two days are required for all dogs to be judged.
Jock was originally sold at Leadenhall Meat Market in London in 1909 for £2 ($15), as he was originally owned by a butcher. Samuel Wilson of Bradford, Yorkshire purchased the dog and paid extra for evidence of the dog's pedigree. Jock was shown around some minor English summer shows with some success, where he was seen by Andrew Albright, Jr. In 1910, Mr. Albright purchased the dog and brought him to America.
Bradford is a city in West Yorkshire, England, in the foothills of the Pennines, 8.6 miles (14 km) west of Leeds, and 16 miles (26 km) north-west of Wakefield. Bradford became a municipal borough in 1847, and received its charter as a city in 1897. Following local government reform in 1974, city status was bestowed upon the City of Bradford metropolitan borough.
Yorkshire, formally known as the County of York, is a historic county of Northern England and the largest in the United Kingdom. Due to its great size in comparison to other English counties, functions have been undertaken over time by its subdivisions, which have also been subject to periodic reform. Throughout these changes, Yorkshire has continued to be recognised as a geographical territory and cultural region. The name is familiar and well understood across the United Kingdom and is in common use in the media and the military, and also features in the titles of current areas of civil administration such as North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and East Riding of Yorkshire.
Jock was entered in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 1911 at the age of 3 years old, and was successful, becoming the first Scottish Terrier to win best-in-show and the first non-Smooth Fox Terrier to win.More than 2,000 dogs were entered at the event and Jock's appearance was criticized by other exhibitors, being described as "lacking the qualities of a typical Scottish Terrier". The reserve was another importation from the United Kingdom, an Airedale Terrier named Prince of York. Following the victory, his owner Mr. Albright said that nothing less than $5,000 would cause him to part with his champion. A Scottish Terrier would not go on to win best-in-show at Westminster again until Ch. Shieling's Signature in 1945.
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Following his victory in the breed class at the Monmouth County Kennel Club show in 1911, he began to fight with the runner up and judge's reserve selection, Walescott Invader. During the tussle, the judge, H. Hildebrand Wilson intervened and was severely bitten by Jock. There were suggestions at the time that the incident was caused by Mr. Wilson, as the two dogs were in the ring awaiting his return from showing his Airedale Terrier in another part of the show ground.
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