A Lincolnshire dog has brought some much needed attention to one of the UK and Ireland’s oldest and rarest breeds by finishing runner-up at a major Championship Dog Show and qualifying for next year’s DFS Crufts.
Trevor, a two year old Irish Terrier who lives in New York, a village in Lincolnshire, won fourth place in the Terrier Group at the Scottish Kennel Club Championship Show in Edinburgh last weekend, and has qualified for the world’s greatest dog show, DFS Crufts, in 2010.
Trevor had previously won two challenge certificates and five reserve challenge certificates, a highly prestigious award at dog shows in the UK, but this is by far his biggest achievement to date. Trevor is bred and owned by Susan Seabridge, a Kennel Club Accredited Breeder, who has been showing Irish Terriers and Airedale Terriers for over 30 years alongside her husband, John.
Irish Terriers are one of 24 British and Irish breeds outlined by the Kennel Club as vulnerable. The Irish Terrier had only 369 new puppy registrations in the whole of 2008, which makes Trevor’s triumph all the more significant and an important step for the breed.
Speaking about the win, Susan said: “This is such an amazing achievement for Trevor, who is only just two years old and is already making big waves on the dog show circuit. The Irish Terrier doesn’t get a lot of group placings as it is such a rare breed, but one that I love and have been involved with for many years.
“As a Kennel Club Accredited Breeder I do all I can to ensure that my dogs live healthy, happy lives, and all of my terriers are prepared and handled by myself, loved and chauffeured to the shows by my best friend and husband John. It was a fantastic day and one that will live long in the memory for both of us.
“My commitment to my dogs and the world of dogs extends to being a member of the committee of the Irish Terrier Association and I am also a founder member of the British & Irish Dog Breeds Preservation Trust which was set up to protect rare breeds across the UK.”
Susan’s membership of the Kennel Club Accredited Breeder Scheme 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. Susan added: “Our kennel is a small, select one that tries to breed Irish Terriers of quality both for the show ring and as fantastic family pets. The temperament of my terriers is of the utmost importance and this can be seen by Trevor’s fantastic result at the Scottish Kennel Club show.”
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: Trevor the Irish Terrier (Picture credit: Carol Ann Johnson)
7th September 2009
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