A Derbyshire dog has brought some much needed attention to a breed that is thought to be teetering on the brink of extinction, by winning at a major Championship dog show and qualifying for DFS Crufts 2010.
Wild West, a four year old Deerhound from Belper in Derbyshire, fought off competition from over 8,000 other dogs to pick up the ultimate prize of Best in Show at the Bournemouth Canine Association Championship Dog Show over the weekend.
The Deerhound is on the Kennel Club’s list of British and Irish Vulnerable Native Breeds as only around 300 Deerhound puppies are registered in the UK each year. It is hoped that this dog show success could help to raise the profile of the breed after the Sealyham Terrier, another vulnerable breed which won this year’s Crufts, saw a 55 percent increase in enquiries about the breed in the first quarter of 2009, compared to the same period in the previous year.
West is owned by Glenis and Mick Peach, and Sue and Tony Phillips and is the top stud dog of his breed this year, with his son Ch Gentom Peacemaker currently the top Deerhound in the UK. The Peachs are Kennel Club Accredited Breeders, which means that they agree to take all of the required health tests for their breed and other steps to give them the best chance of breeding happy, healthy puppies. Glenis and Mick have been showing and breeding dogs for 40 years and Deerhounds for the past 30 years.
Bournemouth Canine Association Championship Dog Show is one of 37 General Championship Dog shows throughout the year that enable dogs to qualify for DFS Crufts, in March 2010.
For further information on DFS Crufts visit www.crufts.org.uk.