A dog from Poole has seen off hundreds of competitors to win at a major Championship dog show and qualify for the world’s most famous dog show, DFS Crufts, next year.
Adam, a three year old Miniature Smooth Haired Dachshund from Poole in Dorset, won the coveted ‘Best in Group’ title in the Hound group at the Richmond Championship Dog Show this week and will now compete at DFS Crufts 2010.
This was Adam’s biggest win to date, after collecting reserve Best in Group prizes at the Birmingham and Bath Championship shows earlier in the year. The win also cemented Adam’s current status as the top Miniature Smooth Haired Dachshund in the UK.
Adam is owned by Sue Ergis, who has been breeding dogs since 1976 and Miniature Smooth Haired Dachshunds since 1996. She is currently the top Miniature Smooth Haired Dachshund breeder in the UK, with Adam’s brother Isaac also being a champion dog, and his father Thomas winning the Hound Group at Crufts in 2007.
Sue is a Kennel Club Accredited Breeder, which means she agrees to carry out all of the required health tests for the dogs she breeds from, and many other measures to ensure she has the best chance of breeding happy, healthy puppies. Sue makes use of health screening schemes including DNA testing for inherited eye conditions to ensure the dogs she breeds have a long and fulfilled life in and out of the show ring.
Sue said of the win: “I’m delighted with Adam’s win at Richmond. He’s such a gentle, sweet natured fellow; He does this adorable trick where he sits on his hind legs in the show ring which amuses many people, he just loves showing off! He’s got such a zest for life, as have all my dogs.”
One of Sue’s dogs will also be present at DFS Crufts to promote Pets As Therapy. Pets As Therapy is a national charity that provides therapeutic visits to hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools and a variety of other venues by volunteers with their own friendly, temperament tested and vaccinated dogs and cats.
Today there are currently around 4,500 active PAT Dogs at work in the UK. Every week these calm friendly dogs give more than 130,000 people, both young and old, the pleasure and chance to cuddle and talk to them. The bedsides that are visited each year number a staggering half million.
Richmond Championship Show is one of 37 General Championship dog shows throughout the year that enable dogs to qualify for DFS Crufts, which will take place at the NEC, Birmingham in March 2010. For more information on DFS Crufts visit www.dfscrufts.org.uk.
Caption: Adam the Miniature Smooth Haired Dachshund, with owner Sue Ergis (left) and judge Mrs Zola Rawson
22nd September 2009
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