10 – Bill and Taffe McFadden Live at AKC Nationals – Wisdom Wednesday


Bill and Taffe McFadden

Two of the most beloved professional handlers in the United States. Based in Northern California, they have worked together for well over 30 years to present some of the top dogs in the country. Three times they have taken dogs to #1 all breeds in the nation, including the incomparable Mick, the Kerry Blue Terrier who won Best in Show at the Garden in 2003, Spirit the Giant Schnauzer, and Harry the Dandy Dinmont Terrier.

They have a half dozen top handler awards and 10 Westminster KC group wins between them. Their proudest accomplishments? Raising three sane children. Mick and McFadden’s win Westminster.


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  1. Sheila Weisman Walker on 01/04/2017 at 7:29 PM

    Just super listening to the McFaddens. I first met Bill in 1983 before he and Taffee were married. Even then it was obvious he would be a great talent in the sport of dogs. Taffee showed wirehaired doxies for me hugely pregnant with Taylor their firstborn and did amazingly well with her wonderful touch! Also in the 80’s, as a team, they showed Chihuahuas for me and as I recall I think one of my boys was Taffee’s second Best in Show in the US. Great memories of a great couple and so pleased whenever I run into Bill at a show here in the Pacific Northwest. Every bit of success the McFaddens have had is richly deserved. With all that success neither of them have ever lost their kind and supporting attitudes. The sport needs to clone them many times over!!!

  2. Lauren Morrison on 01/05/2017 at 2:22 AM

    I am going to become an official “McFadden Family Member.” What a great interview; I could listen to them forever. The emotion they both shared was endearing. Love to you both!

  3. Betty-Anne Stenmark on 01/08/2017 at 11:36 PM

    Congratulations Laura…I enjoyed this very much. The passion exhibited by both Bill & Taffe was heart-warming and caused me to tear up just a little. Some very good advice here. Whether you’re new to the sport, or a long time participant, this is a most interesting interview. Thank you!

  4. […] Bill & Taffe, Janice Hayes and the series we did on whelping with Dr. Gayle Watkins and the one on stud dog management are definitely listener favorites. There are a few more coming up that I think people will LOVE! […]

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