TOP BRITISH POMERANIANS PAGE ONE (HISTORY)
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CH THELBERN MARDI GRAS
The U.S.A. and the United Kingdom are considered by many as the most influential Pomeranian countries in the world. Pomeranians bred in those two countries have widely contributed to improve the quality of the breed all over the world. However, the U.S.A. is such a big country that even to be updated on what happens in your own continent can be rather difficult for an American breeder, let alone what happens overseas. Nonetheless, many American Pom breeders are interested in what goes on in other countries and they like to know more about their breed around the world. That is why I thought to talk about some of the Poms that left a mark on the British show scene in the past twenty-five years or so. I am sure I will certainly forget a few of them along the way. I apologize for that and I assure that won't be done deliberately.
I shall start from the year 1980 when two really big winners were bred. Two Poms whose careers were sensational: Ch. Lireva's Shooting Star and multi Ch. Daim Of Sushimoto at Cygal.
Champion Lirevas Shooting Star
Ch.Lireva's Shooting Star was a small orange dog bred and shown by the Cawthera team. He was sired by Pippity Bo of Lireva out of a Montravia bitch, a kennel world known for its Poodles and Afghans but not really associated with Poms. Shooting Star had a great career with many group and Best In Show (BIS) wins, which culminated with Crufts reserve BIS in 1984. Unfortunately he died at a very young age .
Jap,UK & Irish Champion Daim of Sushimoto at Cygal
On the other side, Jap Ch, UK Ch, Irish Ch Daim of Sushimoto at Cygal lived a long and happy life and was successful in the ring even as a veteran. Daim was a dark orange/sable pure Hadleigh bred male (Hadleigh Happy Days x Fanta Girl of Sushimoto) imported by the late Mr. Stuart Finley Bisset as a young Japanese champion. He had a fantastic career with many top wins both in Great Britain and Ireland and earned the breed record for the number of challenge certificates won by a Pom in the UK, 36 CCs. The record now belongs to a bitch but Daim still is the top CC winning male Pom in the UK.
People must realize that Great Britain is one of the few countries in the world that do not have a champion class. In order to win the required three CCs to become a champion a Pom has got to beat all the dogs of its sex shown on the day, including the champions. That makes the British title one of the toughest in the world, especially if you consider that the UK is a comparatively small country and top dogs can be shown at every championship show leaving no room for other dogs to get a title. Along the years, many worthy dogs never finished as they had to be contented with the reserve CCs behind the top-winning champion of the moment. The breed record had belonged for many years to the fabulous Ch. Hadleigh Shining Star but just a few years before Daim got it, a small and very successful bitch had broken it. Her name was Ch. Rosskear Triple Echo born in 1982 by Ch. Mycariad A Winter Flutter at Rosskear x Rosskear Putting On The Ritz. She was bred/ owned and handled by Mrs. Ann Winter and in her career she won 34 CCs and was a group winner, too. Mrs. Winter retired from breeding and showing soon after Echo got her record and to my knowledge Echo was never bred from
Champion Penians Black Topper at Salvadure
Another extremely influential dog born in 1982 was the black Ch. Peninan's Black Topper at Salvadure. Topper did not have a great show career but it is as a sire that he left a mark that is still felt today and will be felt for many years to come. He was sired by Ch. Hadleigh Summer Lightning out of a lovely black bitch named Glenvalley Gossamer. Topper was bred by Mrs. Shaw and belonged to Mrs. Palmer. He sired many champions and championship show winners and is behind many of today's winners.
Champion Derronils Maxamillion
1983 saw the birth of many stars but the real superstar is the fabulous Ch.Derronil's Maxamillion Max was an exquisite Pom of true Hadleigh type sired by Cygals Gingerbredman at Derronil (by Hadleigh Tom Thumb) x Cygal's Sweet ‘N' Lovely (by Hadleigh Royal Star). He was very successful both as a show dog and as a producer. In the ring he was hard to beat and won many Best Of Breeds and was Crufts group winner in 1986. Unfortunately he died the following year at just four years of age but in the meantime he had sired a number of top quality Poms and three of his daughters dominated the ring in the late eighties.
Above left - Champion Toybox Ginger Rogers & Above right Champion Toybox Firecracker
Also in 1983, Eve Smail of the famous Toybox kennel bred an outstanding litter by Ablech Marshmallow of Andersley out of Toybox Moonlight Serende, which contained a brother and sister who both got their title and left a mark in the breed. The female, Ch.Toybox Ginger Rogers, was one of the top bitches in her days and was a group winner and Crufts BOB winner too. The male, Ch.Toybox Firecracker had a successful career too but he will be remembered as the producer of many champions and championship show winners.
Champion Preservenes Asserta of Pomlyn
Another top winner born in 1983 is Mrs. Webster's Ch. Preservenes Asserta of Pomlyn. Like many of Mrs. Webster's Poms he was a dark sable sired by Pomlyn Puss In Boots x Preservenes Sioux Princess and was a toy group winner at championship level.
Champion Paddockwood Pretty Risky
Champion Paddockwood Golden Trinket
Champion Amcross Trivial Pursuit
Champion Amcross Mignonette
Four bitches born between 1986 and 1987 dominated the female Pom rings in the following years. All four bitches were related to the great Derronil's Maxamillion, three were Max daughters (Ch.Paddockwood Pretty Risky, Ch. Paddockwood Golden Trinket and Ch. Amcross Trivial Pursuit) and one was a Max granddaughter being sired by his son Ch. Derronil's Centurion and named Amcross Mignonette. Pretty Risky and Trivial Pursuit were cream/sable in color, Golden Trinket and Mignonette were orange. All four bitches had a sensational career and it was great to see them all shown at the same show and trying to guess which one would have won on the day.
Another top winning bitch born in the late Eighties was Ch. Pomirosa Crem Puff, a lovely cream who ended up her career with 14 CCs. She was bred by Mr. and Mrs. Reid and sired by Cygal's Golden Brown of Derronil.
Champion Tookeyes Toyboy
Ch. Tookeys Toyboy was the first champion for the famous Tookeys kennel. He deserved a mention as he was extensively used at stud and constantly sired lovely Poms. One of his children, though not a show dog himself, proved to be a very influential stud dog and sired many top winners. His name was Tookeys Welsh Gold and was exported to the Canton kennel in the Philippines when Mrs. Keys gave up breeding and showing.
Champion Thelbern Oliver Twist From Lireva
Another group winner of those years was Ch. Oh So Artful at Boreas but he did not leave a mark as a sire. There were two stars born in 1989, both great show dogs with tons of CCs. One is Ch. Thelbern Oliver Twist From Lireva, bred by Mrs. Thelma Alsford and owned/handled by the Cawtheras. Oliver Twist won more than 30 CCs, and he was a BIS winner at an all breed championship show in 1990. He also won BOB at Crufts on no less than two occasions.
Champion Toybox Platignum Phantom
The second star is Ch. Toybox Platignum Phantom, a wolf/sable bred by Miss Smail and owned/handled by Sue Smith of the Sueacres kennel. Phantom was by the lovely and influential stud Toybox Small Print out of Silver Slipper at Toybox. Although he had a super career, winning 27 CCs, it is as a producer that he will always be remembered. He sired a number of champions and has champion grandchildren as well plus is behind so many top winners of later years. He has left an indelible mark in the breed. His grandson UK Ch. Irish Ch. Toybox Sunfox, by Ch. Emadale Sundancer at Sueacres, has been siring many top champions for the Belliver kennel of Ireland.
An extremely successful show bitch of the early Nineties was Ch. Shemond Little Miss Brodie at Sidlyn, bred in 1991 by Ms. Park and owned/ handled by Mrs. and Miss Smith. She won about 15 CCs in her career and many other awards.
Above left Champion Pyropom Othello & Above right Champion Casarows The Red Devil
Ch. Peninan's Black Topper at Salvadure sired, among many other top winners, the first champion for Mrs. Turnbull and her Scottish kennel Pyropom: Ch. Pyropom Othello, a black dog born in 1988. Othello has been a successful show dog but he left a mark mainly as a stud dog siring many champions. He sired top winners for other kennels too and, even if he produced mainly blacks, his most successful son must be the red Ch. Casarow's The Red Devil born in 1994 and out of the red champion bitch Kimbering Pommander. Pommander was also the mother of Ch. Casarow's Pomadoddle, sired by the lovely champion Thelbern My Dear Boy, a very sweet orange born in 1990 and a prolific and influential stud. My Dear Boy sired lots of winners, including a few champions, before he was sold abroad. One of his champion children was Thelbern The Chauvinist who, in turn, sired Ch. Veltuds Mr Koros who was a group winner bred by Mr. Powel and Mr. Medcraft and owned by the Cawtheras. Mrs. Alsford of the Thelbern kennel lives in Jersey, a channel island and has been having a strong relationship with other kennels in the mainland, mainly the Veltud kennel of Mr. Powel and Mr. Medcraft and the Lireva kennel of the Cawtheras.
Champion Veltuds Coch Bach
The Veltud kennel has produced a string of champions of lovely type but, undoubtedly, the most famous of them all is Ch. Veltud's Coch Bach an orange/sable boy born in 1996 who has had an astronomical show career winning 14 CCs, 9 groups, 3 BIS and 2 Reserve Best In Show. He also proved to be a very good stud with many champion offspring. Coch Bach was out of a total outcross from an American import, Velvet Touch Hi Wins Star at Veltuds, out of a pure British bitch: Thelbern Miss Tittle Tattle with Veltuds.
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