Four year old German Wirehaired Pointer, Xanto and his owner, 20 year old Heather Rose from Telford won over the judges at the Ladies Kennel Association Championship Dog Show in Birmingham last weekend, winning Best in Group in the Gundog Group and sealing their place at dfs Crufts 2011.
Heather developed her interest in the world of dogs at a young age, following her older brother into the Young Kennel Club when she was just six. Here she tried her hand at numerous activities with the family dogs and found her talent for dog handling.
Heather was brought up in a family of dog lovers, but it was not until she was introduced to the German Wirehaired Pointer breed at the age of ten that she fell in love. Since then Heather has shown and subsequently bred German Wirehaired Pointers with great success.
Heather was delighted after their victory at the weekend and said: “Xanto is a great dog, and it is no surprise he has done so well. As I bred him myself it makes the win even more special. He has so much personality it really does shine through in the show ring. When he is at home he often steals the cushions off the sofa and brings them in front of the wood burner and makes himself comfy.”
Heather is a Kennel Club Accredited Breeder and Xanto is testament to her good breeding practices, ensuring her dogs are healthy and having the relevant health tests for German Wirehaired Pointers carried out on her dogs.
The Kennel Club Accredited Breeder Scheme currently has over 6,500 members who agree to follow best practice to ensure healthy and responsible dog breeding. Kennel Club Accredited Breeders abide by scheme rules to have all of the required health tests for their breed of dog carried out and follow comprehensive guidelines to ensure their dogs have the best chance of producing happy, healthy puppies.
The Ladies Kennel Association Championship Dog Show is one of 37 major Championship dog shows throughout the year which enable dogs to qualify for the world’s largest dog show, dfs Crufts, in March 2011. For more information on dfs Crufts visit www.dfscrufts.org.uk.
16th December 2010
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