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Belatarr wins Top HWV Kennel, Stud Dog & Brood Bitch for 2014!

It’s been a roller-coaster of a year, but at the end of it all we’re immensely proud to say that OurDogs have informed us that Belatarr has been awarded the Arden Grange Top HWV Kennel for 2014.

In addition Tarndair Phoenix of Belatarr is the winner of the Dog World/Yumega Top Brood Bitch for 2014 and Mingus, Morehays Lars of Belatarr ShCM, is the Top HWV Stud Dog for 2014.

These awards are a great testament to everyone’s hard work in and out of the ring this year, and the pinnacle of our achievements as a still very young kennel.

Wishing everyone a very happy and successful 2015! ūüôā

30/12/2014 at 13:19 Leave a comment

Belatarr: The Next Generation

We’re delighted and excited to be able to announce that we have a forthcoming litter, confirmed yesterday by ultrasound:

Phoenix Scan 3


This snapshot shows a few of the pups as they are now, at 31 days gestation, only around 1cm in size and each sitting at the top of a gestational sac (the dark, circular areas on the image). Amazing to think that these small marble-sized embryos will have grown to the size of ¬†plump guinea-pigs in just another 4 weeks or so! We saw approx 7 or 8 pups, which is exactly the same result as our 2011 litter, which turned out to comprise 12 pups…

We have been absolutely delighted with the uniformly healthy, sound, happy and high quality pups from our 2011 litter and have been fortunate to be able to watch many of them regularly and at close hand as they have grown into the superb young dogs that they are today. Four of the pups from that litter have gone on to have great success in the show ring and several others of their brothers and sisters could undoubtedly have followed suit, so it was an easy decision to undertake a repeat mating, using Mingus as sire, when Phoenix was ready for her second litter.

After an initial mild panic when the progesterone testing lab that we were using had their machinery break down, resulting in a 3 day delay in getting Phoenix’ blood test results back (urghhhh!) we achieved 3 very easy matings, all with excellent ties, commencing on the same day in Phoenix’ season that her previous litter was conceived.

Phoenix’ due date is 23rd/24th July¬†and we are now able to take enquiries from show, pet and working homes, about this forthcoming litter. ¬†All puppy homes will be carefully selected to provide the best possible start in life for this next generation of Belatarr HWV‚Äôs.

If you would like to be considered for inclusion on our puppy list or would like to discuss Belatarr dogs and life with this wonderful breed in more detail then please do contact Tim directly at:


25/06/2013 at 12:33 2 comments

Another Happy Birthday!

Mingus at 3 years old headshot 2

Although it seems like only yesterday that Mingus was a little pup riding in a sling, he’s now three years old, a father of 12, of course, and a very intense fellow who takes his responsibilities as pack leader very seriously. When out-and-about Mingus is always scouting ahead with his head in the air, alert for possible dangers (and/or opportunities) whilst everyone else romps around having fun with sticks etc. Back at home Mingus remains¬†incredibly¬†affectionate as well as the most wonderfully co-operative and biddable dog we’ve ever had, whilst his beautiful coat and head¬†command¬†everyone’s attention wherever he goes – every day living with him is a absolute joy and¬†privilege.

Mingus at 3 years old

Happy Birthday Mingus!

20/11/2012 at 12:04 1 comment

Big Beach day out.

After seemingly endless rain the sun has finally made a return, so what better time to take everyone to the beach for a sandy romp! Little Django is now 9 months old (time certainly flies…) and is looking not so little and all-grown-up all of a sudden….looks can be deceptive, however!

Django in a rare moment of stillness.

This is a more usual pose.

Racing with dad.

…and with mum too.

The family emerges from the surf.

Django leads the charge.

A brief pause to pose with a stick.

…and swiftly back to bounce mode.

Strutting his stuff, showing off that awesome stick, whilst Phoenix looks on and hatches a plot.

In tandem with Mum…who, having hatched her plot, now has ownership of the stick.

So much sand, so little time.

And relax.

24/07/2012 at 17:15 Leave a comment

Mingus hits the big-time!

This last weekend saw Tim & crew set off on¬†the¬†950-mile round trip to the Scottish Kennel Club Championship Show at the Royal Highland Showground on the outskirts of Edinburgh. ¬†Mingus was up against¬†the big boys in his first Champ Show Open class, presided over by breed expert Jonathan Parry. Despite being the¬†youngest¬†in the class Mingus well-and-truly rose to the¬†occasion, driving round the ring in great style, and we were absolutely thrilled when he was awarded 1st Open Dog – beating the Crufts 2012 Best of Breed, along with the only UK male¬†Champion¬†HWV plus the only male currently with 2 CC’s in¬†the¬†process.

Moments later things got even more exciting when Mingus was awarded Best Dog and won his first Challenge¬†Certificate – given to HWV’s at only 8 shows¬†each¬†year, these are the ultimate accolade in showing:

The CC means that Mingus is granted a Kennel Club Stud Book Number and an entry in the revered Stud Book, which in turn means that he is also now¬†qualified for Crufts for life and is one third of the way to becoming a champion, and all at just 2 years of age! We were delighted that his breeder Jacqui could also be at the show (en route to a working test with Mingus’ sister Love) to witness her baby all grown-up and hitting the big time in¬†the¬†show ring! We’re just so very proud of our¬†beautiful¬†boy.

Mingus back on home ground – wet and muddy in the garden.

A little later in the show Phoenix (who had most definitely never looked better Рmotherhood certainly becomes her!) also put in a great performance and qualified for Crufts 2013 at her first Champ Show for nearly a year, and also her first since her humongous litter of 12.

…and speaking of the Belatarr Twelve, Charlie Parker was the first of the baby boys to take to the ring, and went straight in at the deep end earlier in the month at the National Championship Show, where he thrilled Tim and also attracted a lot of other attention ring-side with his ultra-stylish and ultra-sound movement, not to mention his super-affectionate¬†personality and beautiful head.¬† Owners David & Jenny’s hard work and¬†dedication¬†certainly paid off when Charlie also qualified for Crufts at his (and their) very first show – cue excited squeals all round! Charlie took the whole thing in his stride and proved that he’s definitely made for the ring…his journey is only just beginning!

21/05/2012 at 18:41 4 comments

Mingus Vs. Jaws…

The gang had a quick (drizzly) trip to Northam Beach today to enjoy the massive several-mile-deep expanse of sand exposed at low-tide. Mingus also caught a shark!! (albeit only a young Small Spotted Catshark¬†– a very common species in the waters around North Devon) which instantly became a very prized¬†possession….plus we managed to get a couple of nice head shots of him too, despite the extremely low light levels:

A Dog and his Shark.

03/05/2012 at 22:03 Leave a comment

Puppy Portraits – The Final Week!

Where has the time gone?? This is the last week for the Belatarr babies before most head to their new homes and start their lives away from the pack. Sadly the¬†appalling¬†weather (incredibly¬†low-light levels, freezing temps, endless hail sleet & rain) meant that the final week head-shots were very tricky to get, and not very high quality and very washed-out when we did get them, with pups (and us) shivering and looking rather glum in¬†the¬†driving sleet…but at least we have something to represent them as they were at 7 weeks old and before they all change once again into mature young dogs.

So, dozens of refuse bags full of soiled bedding, weeks of missed sleep, much cuddling and hundreds of chicken wings later, these are Phoenix and Mingus’ dozen, all now with their Kennel Names (Jazz themed, to follow on from Mingus) just before they leave us:

THE BOYS (minus one)

Belatarr Art Tatum (Finley)

Belatarr Charlie Parker

Belatarr Dave Brubeck (Otto)

Belatarr Dizzy Gillespie (Gryphon)

Belatarr John Coltrane (Otis)

Belatarr Miles Davis (Huxley)

Belatarr Oscar Peterson (Digby)

Belatarr Thelonius Monk

(pic forthcoming…)


Belatarr Ella Fitzgerald (Ella)

Belatarr Mahalia Jackson (Billie)

Belatarr Nina Simone (Nina)

Final Week Shots from the Dog Sofa (whilst Mum & Dad are out for a walk)

A Snoozy Ella Fitzgerald, with her fabulous (fathers) coat.

...nearly asleep...

Under scrutiny.

A very intense Thelonius Monk.

Adam & friends.

Puppy Pile-up.

Twin-Level Puppy Pile-up.

Complete take-over.

Tim & co.


15/12/2011 at 17:25 5 comments


We’re¬†absolutely¬†thrilled to be able to announce the arrival of 12 (yes, you read that right, 12!) bouncing bonny Belatarr babies – 3 girls and 9 boys ūüôā


Temperature monitoring suggested that Phoenix would deliver her pups on Sat eve or Sunday morning, and so it proved, with¬†the¬†first arrival showing up after one single contraction at 17:53 on Saturday evening. 3 more pups followed quite quickly, and then Phoenix decided it was all over and went into a kind of happy, grinning rest phase, as if to say “Aren’t I clever – look what I’ve done!” we knew that there were more puppy travellers waiting in¬†the¬†departure lounge, though, so after 2 and a half hours of¬†inaction¬†we all zipped off to the vets for a shot of oxytocin to speed things along.

Clever mum.

Everyone home safe and sound.

Puppy number 5 duly arrived at 22:50, and another 7 followed, with the final baby appearing at 01:49 on Sunday morning. Just to add to the fun, these last 8 were all born in the boot of the car, parked up at the veterinary hospital, with Tim as midwife and Adam and the vet zipping back and forth with supplies (clean towels, cups of tea Рthe essentials!)

Big pile of snooze.

With a litter as large as this you might expect a few weaklings amongst the bunch, but all 12 of the Baby Belatarr’s arrived kicking, and (quite literally) squeaking with vigour. They were all born at a good weight too, with relatively¬†little¬†variance¬†between them. All drew breath within seconds and all were suckling within a few mins. Before announcing the news “officially” we’ve been anxiously waiting these last few days to make sure that all 12 were gaining weight nicely, and were developing as they should, and we’re delighted to say that they are all currently going from¬†strength¬†to strength, day by day.

All part of the snooze/eat/snooze/eat continuum.

Once they had all arrived, then¬†the¬†fun really began…with a litter of this size (and only 6 decent teats to feed from) ¬†we have, from a few hours after the final birth, had to split the pups into two teams, and feed each team¬†separately¬†to ensure that everyone gets a good meal and that the bigger boys don’t muscle out the smaller girls. This we do every 2 to 3 hours, day and night, so sleep has become something of a fond and distant memory, but who needs sleep when there are puppies on board…

Team 1 hard at work.

Team 2 waiting to be called into action.

Phoenix is a quite wonderful, utterly attentive and completely devoted mother, answering her babies every squeak (of which there can be quite a chorus!) ¬†and absolutely fastidious about keeping them all clean and content. ¬†She was very¬†anxious¬†to be with them 24/7 for¬†the¬†first few days, but as of yesterday, has decided she also wants to come out for¬†occasional¬†short walks in the autumn sunshine with Mingus, and it’s wonderful to see her trotting around having fun again before deciding that she needs to head back to check on¬†the¬†gang indoors.

That’s the story so far…watch this space for regular updates.

It's all exhausting work.

Mr Red, the first born, blissed out.

Mr. Red again, with his (probably temporary) tiny white head-spot.

Mr yellow-and-black, impersonating a baby bat.

Mr Green takes a nap.

The Milkbar is open for business.


26/10/2011 at 18:08 3 comments

Mingus’ gains a title.

Amongst all the excitement and anticipation of the puppies-to-be Mingus headed off for what will be his last show of the year – the Okehampton & District Open. He picked up another Best of Breed, but this one was particularly special since it gave him the final score that he needed to be awarded the Kennel Club Show Certificate of Merit.

Mingus is only the 7th HWV to qualify for the Certificate, and, at 22 months old, he’s also¬†the¬†youngest¬†ever male, and the second youngest HWV overall to achieve the award.

From now on Mingus full name becomes: Morehay Lars of Belatarr ShCM

He celebrated, in usual style, by chasing lots of young pheasants that have recently been released into the surrounding woods.

Focussing on a target.

Mingus in pursuit.

19/10/2011 at 12:08 3 comments

Expected Litter.

Phoenix’ previous two seasons, and the physical and behavioural changes that accompanied them, were documented, day by day, in the hope that we’d be able to clearly follow her progress through this crucial third season and see where she was. Those first two seasons followed a very clear pattern, but not so this one!

….to cut a long and somewhat nail-biting story short, our¬†initial¬†attempts at securing a mating weren’t met with much enthusiasm, particularly from¬†Phoenix, who was much more interested in sleeping, but a few swift trips to the vet later, (and following much useful advice from Granny Diane & Aunt Emma – thank you!!) we discovered that she ovulated much later than expected (and well after the so-called tell-tail signs had indicated) after which things went a WHOLE LOT better. In the end we¬†secured¬†three very easy matings, all with good ties, and all without any distress from either dog, so patience (and blood testing) was the key!

So, all being well, we should be expecting the pitter-patter of tiny paws round-about October 25th – watch this space!

A baby Belatarr - Mingus at 6 weeks.

27/08/2011 at 18:23 1 comment

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