A Derbyshire dog has brought some much needed attention to a breed on the verge of extinction by finishing runner-up at a major Championship dog show and qualifying for next year’s DFS Crufts.
Drogba, a two year old Skye Terrier from Swadlincote in Derbyshire, won the Reserve Best in Group place in the Terrier Group at the Scottish Kennel Club Championship Show in Edinburgh last weekend. Named after the towering Chelsea centre forward, he has been showing since March this year and has had three Group places so far at dog shows. Because of this achievement he is now in line for the coveted ‘Skye Terrier of the Year’ award.
Drogba is owned and was bred by Sue Breeze, who along with husband John has been breeding and showing Skye Terriers since 1980. Sue was delighted with his performance at the show, saying: “I was so pleased that Drogba was placed so highly; he is a champion in waiting and is qualified for next year’s Crufts. It’s clear for everyone to see what a special dog he is, and such a fine example of one of the UK’s rarest breeds. Drogba is not only a fantastic show dog; he is also a fantastic pet with a wonderful loving temperament.”
Mrs Breeze was formerly Secretary of the Native Dog Breeds Trust, a charity that worked to highlight the plight of British and Irish vulnerable breeds and promote the many benefits of owning these breeds.
Mrs Breeze said: “I am sad to say the Skye Terrier is one of the vulnerable breeds - the breed had the lowest number of puppies born and registered in 2008 of any UK breed. However, with fantastic examples of the breed such as Drogba, we hope this will change very soon. Indeed, registrations in 2009 already exceed those for the whole of 2008.”
Sue Breeze 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.
Mr Breeze said: “All of our Skyes are pets first and show dogs second. If we show a dog and they don't enjoy it, then we don't show them any more and they remain with us as our pets and friends.”
The Scottish Kennel Club 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.crufts.org.uk.
Caption: Drogba the Skye Terrier
7th September 2009
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