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Prides Hill Afghan Hounds USA
By - Steve Tillotson, May 2012, Jan 2016, March 2018 Q A Shaw Mckean Prides Hill Signature Prides Hill Pamphlet

This is one of those challenging and large projects. I have just recently obtained some interesting photographs of one of the Prides Hill foundation Afghan Hounds - Ch Badshah Of Ainsdart, so am just putting this up as a "STARTER PAGE" and will develop and expand it as time permits. Steve

Photograph of Badshah Kennel Club Show, Crystal Palace, London, October 1932
(Before he was exported to the USA)
Afghan Hound Times, Badshah Of Ainsdart Kennel Club Show, Crystal Palace, London, October 1932

Photograph of Badshah taken at Westminster Kennel Club Show (New York) in 1935
Afghan Hound Times, Badshah Of Ainsdart 1935

At the Westminster Kennel Club show in 1934 there was one Afghan Hound entered. The next year (1935), there were FOURTEEN Afghan Hounds entered. This is a measure of how rapidly Q A Shaw Mckean of Prides Hill Kennels helped the breed become established in the USA. Here is a report from the 1935 Westminster Kennel Club Show of 1935.

"One lone specimen of the Afghan hound breed was on the bench last year (1934) and in marked contrast was the entry of fourteen grand specimens of this strikig animal shown under Vinton P Breese. The Afghan has become a prime favorite in certain circles in New England and few who were at the Eastern Dog Club show last February will ever forget the impression made by the teams of four shown by Quincy A. Shaw McKean of Prides Crossing, Mass.,

Mr McKean is one of the staunchest supporters of the breed, and with Bayard Warren another Bay Stater, was the backbone of the exhibits here. Mr McKean had four benched and three were shown by Mr Warren. The former scored in dogs with his grand imported dog Badshah Of Ainsdart, which won the open class and went on to winners, best of winners and best of breed. Mr Mckean was reserve with his home-bred Kundah of Prides Hill, a year and a half old. Mr Warren took the honors among the bitches with another home-bred, his Barberryhill Dolly, the imported McKean Afghan bitch Asra Of Ghazni placed in reserve.
(Source New York Times, February 1935)

Another photograph of Badshah taken at Westminster Kennel Club Show (New York) in 1935

Afghan Hound Times, Badshah Of Ainsdart 1935

Badshah Of Ainsdart Wins Premier
Award at Myopia Club

HAMILTON, Mass., Aug 25 1934

Q A Shaw McKean's Afghan hound Badshah Of Ainsdart won the best in show prize in list of 633 entries at the inaugural exhibition of the North Shore Kennel Club before 2,000 spectators at the Myopia Hunt Club today.

Badshah Of Ainsdart, making his debut in the United States, was handled by Mr McKean. He was pushed for the title by Miss Elizabeth Loring's Newfoundland Waseeka's Sea King, a veteran performer in New England.

The victor is nearly four years old and had the fine record of winning his championship abroad in two months.


"Providence County KC, March 17, 1935, Afghan Hounds

It was interesting to admirers of the Afghan Hound, a breed that is rapidly coming to the fore, to note that Quincy A. Shaw McKean's famous imported dog Badshah Of Ainsdart has no rival on this side of the water. Badshah was outstanding at Westminster, went on to win at Boston and came back here today to top his breed. He was in splendid show form"

Badshah and Tufan of Ainsdart PHOTO Badshah and Tufan Of Ainsdart

In the news reel clips below you will see Badshah on the move in London (1932) and New York (1935). Below is a scan/copy of the London 1932 Crufts Catalogue Show Entry. You will notice both Badshah and his litter brother Tufan Of Ainsdart were entered in the same (puppy) class. Tufan won the class, Badshah was 2nd

Badshah and Tufan of Ainsdart
Afghan Hound Times - Crufts 1932  Badshah and Tufan Of Ainsdart

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