Harri the Dobermann Winning Best Dobermann Dog at Crufts 2020

Date: 15 Jul 2020

Crufts 2020. It seems like a distant memory as our lives were consumed by the Coronavirus Pandemic.

We want to share this fantastic story of Harri the Dobermann, and his amazing success, from his owners (and OSCAR customers) Stuart & Ruth Evans.

How Stuart & Ruth became interested in showing

Owners Stuart & Ruth Evans have been passionate about the breed for about 17 years, Stuart getting the ‘Dobermann bug’ from his Mum & Dad who also owned Dobes.

Sadly, Stuart & Ruth lost their first Dobe, Gelert, at just 4 years of age, which was when their friendship and partnership with breed specialist and owner of the Kitado Kennel, Maureen Thompson, was formed. Stuart and Ruth first met Maureen at her dog training classes where they took Gelert. After losing him, they were contacted by Janet Shaw, who was in partnership with Maureen with her brown bitch, ‘Connie’ (Kitado Born of a Knight), who was due to have a litter.

Out of this litter, and in partnership with Maureen, Stuart & Ruth had a lovely big black puppy dog, ‘Bryn’ (Kitado Knight's Conquest). Maureen campaigned Bryn and had some fairly good results in the show ring, one of which was 1st place in the Post Graduate Class at Crufts 2011.

Almost 6 years later, Bryn’s sister ‘Casey’ (Kitado Knight's Favour), again owned by Janet Shaw, had a litter from which Stuart & Ruth, again in partnership with Maureen, had a lovely black puppy bitch, ‘Glenys’ (Kitado Rock Follies). Glenys was campaigned in the show ring, but only for a short time, after which Stuart decided to take time out from showing and Maureen went on to further success with her Akitas and Japanese Akita Inus.

Harri’s early start to life

When Glenys was 5, and with Stuart now missing the Dobermann show scene, Maureen & Stuart decided to mate Glenys (one of the last Dobe bitches in the line) with ‘Vinny’ (Am. Imp. Perfex Vengeance at Zeitgeist), a dog she co-owns with Mike Bradshaw: so begins the story of ‘Harri’.

They nearly lost Glenys and her litter whilst in whelp after a veterinary blunder (and most likely would have if it hadn’t been for the expert advice and quick thinking of canine pregnancy expert Anne Morley of Matenow, who got them straight round to her vets). Thankfully, they treated Glenys as a priority and a caesarean was performed. Sadly, they lost one black boy and it looked as though the only brown in the litter (which Stuart had always wanted) was also lost. One of the nurses picked up the little brown boy and worked hard to try and revive him – it wasn’t looking good – until, all of a sudden, he burst into life!

During the first few months of his puppy hood, Harri was visited regularly by Mike Bradshaw who had kept Harri’s sister, ‘Bella’ (Kitado’s Vengeance is Sweet). Mike told Stuart on a number of occasions that the brown boy had the potential to be a very good show dog: how right Mike proved to be!

Harri steps into the show ring

Really not knowing what to expect, at Harri’s very first Champ Show aged 6 months, Harri stunned everyone by taking Best Pup in Show at the Midland Dobermann Championship Show November 2018 handled by Alison Swain (under Janet Forshaw), and thus qualifying for Crufts 2019. The ensuing months proved to be equally successful as Harri won his class and Best Pup at a number of shows, including the Manchester Championship Show under breed specialist Maggie Spindley.

Life went on hold for a short while as Stuart’s Dad, who was very proud of his ‘Grandogs’, went to live with them in December after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. With Crufts looming, Stuart’s Dad sadly passed away and his funeral was to take place on Dobermann Day at Crufts – Harri’s first appearance. Maureen ended up taking Harri to Crufts on her own, where he was placed 2nd in his class.

Harri the Dobermann winning best in show
Harri the Dobermann at Crufts

Following Crufts 2019, Harri went from strength to strength and was awarded his first Reserve Challenge Certificate (RCC) at Birmingham National, by Bridgette Bodle. A week later, at SKC, Harri was awarded his 2nd RCC by breed specialist Nancy Evans. Then a couple of months later, at the age of just 14 months, Harri was awarded his first Challenge Certificate (CC) at National Working & Pastoral Championship Show by breed specialist Irene Rushfirth. Stuart & Ruth dedicated this win to Bryn, who they sadly lost at the end of June, aged 11.

This was followed by his 3rd RCC, when Maureen took Harri to Belfast Championship Show under Mrs Christina Chapman, which made for a good year for Harri, who also achieved his Junior Warrant, thanks to the hard work and effort put in by Alison. After the Christmas break it was off to Manchester Championship show, where Harri (now 20 months old) had won Best Pup in Breed the previous year. Manchester seems to be a lucky show for Harri as he was awarded his 2nd CC by breed specialist Mrs Bev Barber.

Harri goes from strength to strength in the show ring

Crufts 2020 and proud owners Stuart & Ruth got to accompany co-breeder and handler Maureen; this time, to watch their lovely brown boy with no expectations other than to hopefully win his class.

On the day, Harri showed his socks off and won his 3rd CC, crowning him a Champion at the age of just 23 months and giving the Kitado Kennel its first Champion Dobermann, surely no better show in the world than ‘Crufts’ to do that!!

Stuart, Ruth & Maureen feel so very lucky to have Harri with them today.

We’d like to say a special thank you to Stuart and Ruth for allowing us to share this lovely story.

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