Local businessman’s pug earns AKC highest ranking

Last updated: February 07. 2014 7:44PM - 4210 Views
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A pug dog owned and handled in the show ring by Harlan businessman Gary Cupp has earned the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) highest ranking, and will compete in next week’s famed Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York.

The dog, “GCH Warpug Black and Blue Reme” – his AKC-registered name – is the number-one-ranked black pug in America for 2013.

“Reme,” as he is called, was co-bred by Florida-based Ivanwold Kennel, and Alabama’s Warpug Kennel.

Cupp and his wife, Joy, are longtime pug breeders too, and own WooWoo Pugs in Harlan and Waynesville, N.C.


The crowd went wild when Reme and Gary made history on Sept. 21 in Chattanooga, Tenn., when they won the top prize at this year’s prestigious Pug Dog Club of America National Specialty Show.

Reme is the first black (non-fawn) Pug in 25 years to win Best In Specialty Show (BISS) at the annual event. The win is considered to be the highest achievement in Pugdom, because it draws the most accomplished and best champion Pugs from across the world.


The AKC has a standard of how each breed on its registry should look, move and act. Reme matches the pug standard, possessing the most desirable physical and personality characteristics. Those traits include a large, round head; a compact, well-knit, muscled body; a fine, smooth, soft glossy coat; an exceptionally “cobby” body and level “topline;” a jaunty gait (movement); and, a playful, even-tempered, loving disposition. While either black or fawn coat color is acceptable, the more common fawn-colored pugs have dominated the show ring for decades.

“As a longtime breeder/owner/handler of pugs, I was especially proud to win this honor with a black dog, and one whom was sired by one of our WooWoo Pugs in Harlan several years ago,” said Cupp.


With his BISS win, Reme has earned an invitation to compete on Monday in New York City at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club dog show. The prestigious two-day Westminster gathering, which showcases the best of America’s purebred dogs, is the nation’s second longest-running annual sporting event. Only the Kentucky Derby is older. A black Pug has never won Best in Show at Westminster. Could Reme make more history? Gary Cupp and Reme will be there to try.

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