BELATARR IS THE TOP UK HWV KENNEL FOR 2014 and 2016 (ARDEN GRANGE/OUR DOGS)
Welcome to the Belatarr Blog – a record of our Hungarian Wirehaired Vizslas, Phoenix & Mingus and the 34 Belatarr puppies, including our own Django and Lyra.
Full details of each of our own four dogs can be found at the Meet The Dogs link at the top of the page, whilst the exploits and adventures of all of the extended Belatarr clan can be found on the blog posts below.
Our new arrivals are now 2 weeks old and the constant rounds of feeding and snoozing have resulted in them roughly tripling their birth weights and generally rolling around contentedly with barrel-like tummies. The pups started lifting themselves up onto their feet this week and by today are just about able to walk (and clamber!) a short distance. At the same time four pups have now opened their eyes – Mis Fawn started the trend 2 days ago, Miss Yellow and Mr Blue joined her yesterday and Miss Orange has just taken her first glimpse of the world today.
RANDOM SHOTS OF CUTENESS
In the midst of all the new puppy shenanigans this last Sunday was the annual Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla Association Championship, always the largest gathering of the breed to take place anywhere in the world. Although we were unable to attend, due to the considerable demands of our twelve new arrivals, the 5 Belatarr boys who did get to the show managed to score a remarkable clean sweep of all of the top 4 dog classes, as follows:
Graduate Dog: 1st – Belatarr Vertigo
Post Graduate Dog: 1st Belatarr Sculptor
Limit Dog: 1st Belatarr Charlie Parker ShCM & 2nd Belatarr North By NorthWest
Open Dog + Reserve Best Dog: 1st Sh CH Belatarr Hercules
Many congratulations to everyone and we’re looking forward to seeing you all soon!
It’s been a hectic round of feeding and sleeping…and feeding and sleeping…for the 12 new Belatarr arrivals, and now, at the heady age of 1 week, they are all close to doubling their birth weights and are fighting fit and healthy little squeaking ginger sausages.
As is our tradition, we will be posting weekly head-shots of each of the puppies and, in alphabetic order, these are the first entries into their portrait galleries:
and some further general cuteness….
We are absolutely thrilled to be able to announce the safe arrival of Lyra’s litter of 12 beautiful puppies, 7 girls and 5 boys who joined us in the early hours of Tuesday, 4th April. Lyra is, as expected, proving to be the most devoted mother imaginable, but still hasn’t lost her own sense of playfulness and joy – just 24hrs after giving birth she was once again excitedly running around with big sticks in the river on a quick break from mothering duties.
As with all of our previous litters the large number of puppies necessitates splitting them into two teams and letting one team feed whilst the other snoozes together under the heat lamp. The teams are then switched round every 90 mins or so, night and day, ensuring that everyone gets an even amount of milk, so much work and disrupted sleep lies ahead!
It is with huge excitement that we are now able to announce the expected arrival of our next generation of Belatarr puppies:
Our beloved Belatarr Lyra (litter sister to Show Champion Belatarr Hercules and full sister to Show Champion Belatarr Mahalia Jackson ShCM) has been confirmed in whelp to HJCh Aldozovolgyi-Drotos Dabas for Morganna.
This is a very long-awaited and carefully planned union that we hope will build upon the strengths that we have established with our hugely successful Phoenix/Mingus litters. With her pretty, feminine head, excellent, balanced angulation and deep red, harsh wire coat with profuse facial furnishings, Lyra typifies the Belatarr HWV. Whilst she didn’t enjoy the show ring she is the most loving and joyful girl you could ever wish for and has already proven to be hugely maternal (she almost co-parented her mother’s last litter!) so we are sure that motherhood will truly allow her to come into her own.
Dad-to-be Dabas brings an exciting combination of great substance in a compact frame coupled with a super, tight, harsh coat along with supplying the genes of his many superb ancestors. He also has the sweetest and most gentle nature you could possibly wish for, and has already sired several of the most promising youngsters in the UK, so it is with great anticipation that we await the arrival of this, our fourth litter, due at the start of April.
We are so delighted and proud to announce that:
– Morehay Lars of Belatarr ShCM has, for the second time, won top HWV Stud dog of 2016 (DogWorld/Royal Canin)
– Tarndair Phoenix of Belatarr (below, left) has, also for the second time, won Top HWV Brood Bitch for 2016 (DogWorld/Eden)
– Belatarr has jointly won top UK HWV Kennel for 2016 in the OurDogs/Arden Grange Top Breeder Competition
39 x Championship class wins
14 x Best of Sex
5 x Best of Breed
6 x CC’s
3 x Reserve CC’s (all won by Charlie Parker!)
2 x Show Champions made-up!
Huge thanks go to the judges and many friends in the breed and at the ringside who have helped make this year such a great joy, and especially to Jenny & Irene for achieving such amazing heights with their Belatarr babies, now Show Champions: Billie & Herc.