Thu, 03/23/2023 - 9:03pm

10 Questions ...

... asked of Richard W. Eichhorn (“Rick”)


Profession: Retired cosmetologist, AKC judge and preservation Breeder of Merit

Dog-sport involvement: Judging, breeding, exhibiting and owning Tibetan Mastiffs and Australian Shepherds

Hometown: Eagle Rock, California

Astrological sign: Pisces


1. Do you have any dog-show superstitions?  

I have a couple of lucky ties I wear when I exhibit.  


2. TV-show guilty pleasure? 

Reality shows. “American Idol,” “The Voice,” “America's Got Talent,” “Below Deck.”


3. If you were president of AKC for one day, what would you do?  

Cut the red tape and make some personnel changes. 


4. Most valued material possession? 

The family diamond and onyx ring that my grandfather gave to me, from his father.


5. What is something no one would guess about you? 

I am a homebody. 


6. Who would you compare yourself to? 

I would hope Lloyd C. Brackett, author of "Planned Breeding." He inspired me to pursue a genetically sound line of carefully bred dogs based on line breeding and pedigree analysis. 


7. What are you “famous” for? 

Depends on who you ask. I like to think it is for my 45-year signature line of Tibetan Mastiffs. 


8. What website do you visit most often?

How about the second most visited? (Wink.) The Tibetan Mastiff database for pedigree analysis and COI values. An essential tool when considering and planning future breedings. 


9. What was more memorable, your most satisfying win or disappointing defeat? And what was it? 

Had to be in 2009, when my homebred/co-owned “Midas,” MBIS GCH Drakyi Gold Standard, went breed and Group 4 at Westminster! My first and only time at the Garden, and I about jumped out of my seat. 


10. What do you wish someone would ask you? 

“How are you going to spend that multi-million-dollar lottery win?”


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