Steamboat Springs Quick and Baxter aren't your average Russell terriers.
Aside from being friendly family pets, both dominate their classes in dog shows across the West.
Owner and trainer Cynthia Cantele has taken the two to numerous competitions and have come home with some impressive awards.
Quick has stolen the spot- light at the past few shows, including the Twin Peak Dog Club Show in Longmont on the weekend of July 15.
He has been awarded six best of breed awards and two best in multi-breed awards. The multi-breed awards are given to dogs that are considered to be the best in their division.
First, a dog must be within the top two of its breed to qualify for the best of multi-breed award.
Quick ranks as the No. 3 Russell terrier in the United Kennel Club top ten standings. He has been recognized as a UKC champion and is close to gaining grand champion status.
Quick has beaten many of the top 10 dogs in the UKC and American Kennel Club in competition.
Baxter is also accomplished. He has won two best of breed awards and has earned his UKC Championship as well. Baxter has numerous second-place awards.
"The only thing is (Baxter) loses to Quick because I have two of the top dogs." Cantele said.
There are a limited number of dog shows in Colorado. Cantele traveled to California on Memorial Day to show her dogs.
The two dogs are well on their way to becoming grand champions, Cantele said.
She hopes to join the Am----erican Kennel Club in 2007 to be able to show her dogs in different competitions.
Quick and Baxter are experts at what they do, but Cantele said they are first and foremost members of the Cantele family.