A Hungarian Vizsla which has been proven successful in both the show ring and the field will be attempting to add to his list of awards at DFS Crufts, which starts tomorrow.
Champion Bitcon Gold Coast at Northey, handled by Andrew McDonald, has followed achieving the title of Champion in the show ring by winning the first place award at the Kennel Club’s Open AV HPR (Any Variety Hunt Point Retrieve) Stake in December after just 18 months of gundog training.
He will now be one of almost 22,000 dogs hoping to win the prestigious title of Best in Show at the world’s largest dog show, DFS Crufts, which takes place from 11th – 14th March at the NEC in Birmingham.
Champion Bitcon Gold Coast at Northey only began gundog training after Andrew attended a Kennel Club Training Day for Pointing breeds in Suffolk in April 2008. One of the aims of these training days is to encourage show dogs to learn and demonstrate their working ability.
Kennel Club Communications Director Caroline Kisko said “For this dog to achieve a win at the Kennel Club’s Open AV Stake after just 18 months is a considerable achievement and the Kennel Club congratulates Mr and Mrs McDonald.
“The Kennel Club is committed to the principles of our Fit For Function: Fit For Life campaign. For a show gundog to achieve such success in the field, the environment for which the breed was developed, demonstrates the true working abilities of this beautiful breed.”
DFS Crufts will welcome many dogs who fulfil roles in both a showing and working capacity. You can see Champion Bitcon Gold Coast at Northey competing in his pedigree breed class, and there will also be various activities including working trials, heelwork to music and agility at the Dog Activities Ring in Hall 3 from 11-14th March. Please visit www.dfscrufts.org.uk for more information.
To find out more on the Kennel Club’s ‘Fit for Function’ campaign visit www.fitforfunction.org.uk.
10th March 2010
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