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South Congaree woman is a national champion dog breeder and competitor

South Congaree, SC (Danielle Smith) - A local woman has turned a hobby into an award-winning passion she absolutely loves. Robin Hutson is an award-winning breeder and competitor of Yorkshire terriers, aka yorkies. She owns and operates Silktree Yorkies based in South Congaree.

According to Hutson, breeding and showing dogs is a great hobby anyone can get involved in, provided that you have or can get the right dog and good instructor. Although it can be time consuming, for those who participate and really get involved, it really is a labor of love.

What is a Yorkshire terrier or yorkie? A yorkie is a feisty, confident, spirited dog. In 1885 in Yorkshire, England, Scottish weavers bred this dog to hunt vermin(rats, mice, etc.) in fabric mills. Today, yorkies are bred for a companion dog and are considered to be one of the most popular dogs in the country. Yorkies are loyal, loving dogs that weigh 4-7 pounds. They are generally considered healthy dogs and can live to be 13 to 16 years old if they are cared for by a loving owner.

Robin Hutson started breeding about 15 years ago when her sister gave her a couple of yorkies as a gift. Robin begin breeding for herself and started participating in several competitions. Then, she and her dogs usually competed in conformation and agility for fun.

A conformation dog show, also referred to as a breed show, is a kind of dog show in which an expert judge,who’s familiar with a specific dog breed, evaluates each individual purebred dog closely. They are looking for how well the dogs conform to the established breed type and characteristics for their breed. Whether it’s a certain curve to the dog’s tail, a distinctive shape to its head, or the way its chest stands out as it poses, the judges know their breeds and don’t miss a hair out of place or the smallest imperfection.

Agility for fun shows is very entertaining, fun to participate in, and interesting to watch. The handlers and their dogs display antics running around the agility course. The handler runs dogs over the course, training them to pass each obstacle while skillfully negotiating them on the way around.

Starting out first in obedience, a demonstration of the love and respect the dog has for its handler, Robin eventually moved on to rally, which is a specific type of obedience. Nowadays, agility is her favorite and the main event she and her dogs participate in.

In the agility shows she participates in now, judges set up a course with numbered jumps or obstacles. The obstacles include weave poles, dog walk, an A-frame, tunnels, and a teeter. The dogs have a standard course time, but the goal is to do it as fast as possible. Coming in under the course time, like shooting under par in golf, is the goal of the dogs and their handlers.

Robin competes all year for points. Those points help her to earn one of just a few of the coveted spots at the Invitational that’s held in Orlando, Florida in December each year. Only the top 5 of each breed are invited to attend, and this year, Robin has 3 of the top 5 yorkies invited to the Invitational! This is a huge accomplishment that took lots of time, hard work, and dedication to accomplish.

South Congaree and Lexington County are honored to have Robin Hutson and her team of award winning dogs as a part of our local community. What originally started as a hobby, has now shown a national light on the talents of this exceptional women.

If anyone is interested in learning more about yorkies,or competing in dog shows, you can contact Robin Hutson on her website

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