WHY DID YOU NAME HIM FEAR­LESS?

His fa­mous sire was named Jet Li and the name Fear­less came from one of the Jet Li movies.

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FEAR­LESS’ HU­MAN AN­SWERS SOME OF AN­I­MAL SCENE’S QUES­TIONS.

Q: CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT THE APC NA­TION­ALS AND BE­ING THE #1 POMERA­NIAN?

Once a year, all the best dogs of each breed in the USA, not to men­tion the best from other coun­tries, con­verge to com­pete at the na­tion­als. In this case, Pomera­ni­ans will com­pete for Best of Breed, very sim­i­lar to the pres­ti­gious Miss Uni­verse con­test.

In 2013, more than 400 Pomera­ni­ans com­peted at the APC Na­tion­als, of which there were more than 60 Amer­i­can Cham­pi­ons that in­cluded the top Pomera­ni­ans in USA at the time. Our Ph It Ch Can­ton Jet Li, then a reg­u­lar or a non-amer­i­can cham­pion, ar­rived one day be­fore the three-day show. As a non-amer­i­can cham­pion, he had to com­pete on day one with all the other dogs, win over them, and com­pete with the rest of the Amer­i­can cham­pi­ons. By day three, he emerged as the Best of Breed -- the Miss Uni­verse, so to speak. Usu­ally, the win­ner was one of the top Amer­i­can Pomera­ni­ans of the pre­ced­ing year, and it had been 20 years ago that a non-amer­i­can cham­pion won this ti­tle from the classes. Such a win has never been achieved by any other Philip­pine dog.

In 2018, a Jet Li son named Am Gr Ph Ch Can­ton Fear­less won Award of Merit at the APC Spe­cialty Show and Select. A Select win meant be­ing a se­cond placer while an Award of Merit meant be­ing one of the fi­nal­ists. Fear­less also won Select Dog at 2018 West­min­is­ter, which was the big­gest and mosthyped dog show in the world. With all of his wins for the year 2018, he has de­feated 1,248 Pomera­ni­ans, mak­ing him the Top Win­ning Pomera­nian Breed in the USA. He is the only Philip­pine dog to ever have such an ac­com­plish­ment.

Q: HOW DO YOU KNOW A POMERA­NIAN IS FOR SHOW AND HAS THE PO­TEN­TIAL TO COM­PETE?

Each breed has a stan­dard, which is sort of like a bi­ble for that breed. As is the case for other breeds, the Pomera­nian breed stan­dard de­tails what the dog should have in terms of the head, eyes, ears, stop, muz­zle, proportion, size, tail, coat, etc. There are gen­er­al­i­ties that need to be there, too, such as the tem­per­a­ment and show­man­ship, and the over­all sound­ness in struc­ture. The judge, based on his in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the stan­dard, will de­cide the best Pomera­nian in the ring.

In as­sess­ing a puppy or a young­ster, the breeder will usu­ally make a good gues­ti­mate based on his knowl­edge and the dog’s de­vel­op­ment cy­cle. For ex­am­ple, Can­ton Pomera­ni­ans will gen­er­ally ac­cess a Pomera­nian at three months, six months, and then a year. Gen­er­ally, dur­ing this time, you can get a good idea of how good a puppy will turn out with more ac­cu­racy.

Q: WHAT MAKES A POMERA­NIAN STAND OUT?

From the show per­spec­tive, it is that star qual­ity that stands out. Star qual­ity refers to the tem­per­a­ment that says, “Look at me, I am a su­per­star!” just like in a Miss Uni­verse con­test. Then there is the breed stan­dard and the fa­vorite as­pect of the be­holder. Some are more at­tracted to the beau­ti­ful head, while oth­ers to the coat color and qual­ity, just like how some would ap­pre­ci­ate either the legs or pretty face dur­ing a Miss Uni­verse pageant.

Q: HOW DO YOU PRE­PARE A POMERA­NIAN AS A SHOW DOG?

Prepar­ing a Pomera­nian for a show ca­reer is not just a mat­ter of rais­ing the dog to be beau­ti­ful. It is also men­tally prepar­ing the dog to be­come a Miss Uni­verse. The puppy needs to be trained to stand on the ta­ble and pose. He should be trained to open his mouth and al­low the judge to in­spect his teeth and touch him. He is also lead trained and taught to pose when baited. He should be checked in terms of how he moves, and a trainer should also know how to bring out the best in him and hide his flaws.

Jet Li, a.k.a. BISA BISS Am Gr Ph It Ch Can­ton Jet Li, is the 2013 APC Best of Breed.

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