For a tiny dog, Champion North Well Chako JP Platina King (a.k.a. Coleman) packs in more than his fair share of personality, pedigree and perfect conformation. Coleman was the American Kennel Club's top dog in the United States as of October, with 45 best-in-show titles, 12 specialty best-in-show ribbons and 110 group wins. In mid-November, he narrowly lost a bid for best in show at the National Dog Show.
His co-owner, Toni Sosnoff, said by all rights he really should have won.
The toy poodle's success this year has been supported to a large degree by the money management career of Ms. Sosnoff's husband, Martin Sosnoff, chairman of Atalanta Sosnoff Capital Management LLC, New York. Mr. and Ms. Sosnoff have owned and bred standard poodles for years, and Coleman is the first toy poodle they've sponsored. They were approached by the dog's Japanese breeder, Hisako Kitai, to become co-owners and sponsors through an intricate network of dog show insiders.
"There's a short list of people who can afford to help someone who has a great dog, who wouldn't be able to afford the dog show circuit on their own," Ms. Sosnoff said.
Coleman lives with his handler, veteran poodle showman Timothy Brazier of Mill Creek, Wash. Ms. Sosnoff said he has one more big show this year, and then his breeder and owners will decide what the future holds for Coleman.
In the meantime, the Sosnoffs are busy at home with their four adult standard poodles, four toy poodles and two 5-month-old standard poodle puppies, which are destined for competition. The puppies are Breakfast at Tiffany's Atalanta and Atalanta Prometheus Unbound.