A local dog lover has brought some much needed attention to a classic Welsh breed by winning several classes at a major Championship dog show and qualifying several dogs for next year’s DFS Crufts dog show.
Mary Davies from Ammanford, Carmathanshire won several classes at the recent Windsor Dog Show with her Welsh Pembroke Corgis. Her dog Lizzie fought off competition from a host of other dogs to be judged Best of Breed, and Mrs Davies also had two other winners on the day. Nine year old Wings won a hotly contested Veteran class before being chosen as the second best male dog in the breed and Tiny won the Post-Graduate dog class. All three will now compete at DFS Crufts, which takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from 11th – 14th March 2010.
This win is just the latest in a long line of accolades for Wings, who continues to beat younger dogs in competition despite his age, and demonstrate the long term health benefits of dog shows to breeds. Wings earned the title of Champion as far back as 2001, and has now won a remarkable 24 Best of Sex and 12 Best of Breed awards at Championship dog shows during his career.
Mary Davies is a Kennel Club Accredited Breeder, which means that she agrees to carry out all of the required health tests for her breed and takes other steps to give her the best chance of breeding happy, healthy puppies.
Mrs Davies said: “I was so proud when Wings won at Windsor. I have been breeding Pembroke Corgis since 1981 and he is a fine example of the breed – it’s clear how happy and healthy he is and how much he loves life, both in and outside of the show ring. He is very lively and loves running in the fields and is crazy about squeaky toys. He is an inspiration to us all and it’s fantastic he is doing so well at such a grand age. I also judge Pembrokes and I can safely say he is a gem.
“Wings is not only flying the flag for Golden Oldies but for Pembroke Corgis as well. By winning at dog shows, where visitors can come along to see all the different breeds, we are giving people a chance to see what wonderful characters they really are.”
The Windsor Dog 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.crufts.org.uk.