HISTORY WAS made last month when a Japanese-bred Miniature Wirehaired Dachshund co-owned and exhibited by Zena Thorn-Andrews gained Best in show at Darlington Championship show – becoming the first of the breed to gain a Championship show BIS since the breed was first allocated CCs in 1959.
The dog in question is two year-old Ch/Jap Ch Drakesleat JP Jest Dis Once, He is 16 generations of Drakesleat Champions in direct line, his illustrious forebears including the famous names of Hussy, Kalamity Kate, Riff Raff, Rough Stuff, Komma, So To Speak, Speak Easy, Guinness, Terripixa,Talk Over, Tennis 'Ealey, Hobs Tickle, Fred Bare, Ris Otto and Surely You Jest.
The history making doesn’t just stop with the dog’s great breed achievement. ‘Once’ is the first Japanese bred dog of any breed to go BIS in the UK.
He is co-owned by Zena along with Japanese breeder Junji Iwama, and Nick Dellar of the Merriveen Bulldogs. He was bred by Kimiko Kubota, who also bred the top Miniature Wirehaired Dachshund in 2004, and the Leeds CS group winner, Ch/Jap Ch Drakesleat JP Baro Trier.
A delighted Zena Thorn-Andrews told OUR DOGS: ‘As he was just two years old last month (September), he’s done fantastically well both in Japan and here, for such a youngster. He has been unbeaten in his classes since in our joint ownership.
‘Nick Dellar appeared on the BBC with him in the Crufts programme this year, which was his first show. I had a good look at him and decided I would take him on, as he was obviously such a star.
It took about five to six weeks for him to learn to understand English, but he is truly multi-lingual now! His kennel mate in Japan was UK/Jap Ch Drakesleat JP Baro Trier, who went the same route as Once in 2004.’
Trier was only at stud for eight months before returning to Japan, but was the OUR DOGS top Miniature Wirehaired Dachshund sire last year, and is currently leading the Hound group for top stud dog this year. Trier has seven CCs to his name, and Once looks set to follow in his footsteps.
In fact, his latest success came just over a week ago when he took Reserve BIS at Driffield.
The young dog’s career looks set fair for further great success. As for taking Best In show at a major UK Championship Show, let’s just hope that this prestigious win isn’t just the Once.