25 – Patricia Trotter: Legendary Breeder, Author, and AKC Judge – Vin-Melca’s Norwegian Elkhounds


Patricia V. Trotter

Any serious or aspiring breeder should study the accomplishments of  Pat Trotter and her internationally famous Vin-Melca Norwegian Elkhounds.

  • Top sire and dam in breed history
  • 10 breeder-owner-handled group firsts at Westminster
  • CH Vin-Melca’s Vagabond in the AKC Museum of the Dog Hall of Fame
  • Gaines Research Center’s Girl Show Dog Fancier of the Year award
  • 14 Kennel Review Breeder of the Year and Owner-Handler of the Year awards
  • Quaker Oats (now Nature’s Recipe) Hall of Fame
  • Fido Awards-Dog Woman of the Year (1991) and Dog Writer of the Year (1998)
  • AKC Hound Group Breeder of the Year – 2004

Her book, “Born to Win” is a library must-have book to be studied.  Mrs. Trotter received the 1997 Maxwell Medallion from the Dog Writers Association of America for her AKC Gazette column.

Pat Trotter’s life is dedicated to her dogs and is an example of life-long learning and passion for excellence.


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  1. Marsha White on 02/16/2017 at 4:04 PM

    Such an amazing lady. I would not have been disappointed if she won it all.
    Attended a week end seminar that she held years ago, learned so much. Thank you Pat for being an inspiration to us mature gals.

  2. Nancy Carter on 02/16/2017 at 6:46 PM

    Just listened to the interview with Pat Trotter and appreciated the information, all given with wonderful style. I am not a breeder, have never thought much about that world in general but I loves the peek in . Thank you

  3. Chris Verges on 02/19/2017 at 11:28 AM

    Amazing person and so dedicated to her dogs. I must find that book.

    • Mary Albee on 02/20/2017 at 10:11 AM

      Thanks Chris, if you purchase the book through our Amazon link, our site benefits a little bit. Same cost as you would normally pay.

  4. Jennifer on 06/02/2017 at 11:46 AM

    I used to live and work for her. What an amazing experience it truly was. I worked for several handlers over the years, but I have to say I learned more from her then I did anyone else.

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