ZULU, BRITAIN’S Top Winning Bouvier of all time, died last week at 12-years-old.
Bred and owned by myself and Fiona Lambert, his career was glittering beyond belief, winning 33 CCs from 33 different judges. He was Best in Show at no fewer than seven All Breed Championship shows and two Sub Group Shows. Perhaps even more remarkable was that he won 22 Championship show working groups, was G2 on 14 occasions, G3 five times and G4 six times. Added to that he was twice Top Working Dog, was twice runner-up to the Top Working Dog and finally he was once runner-up Top Dog All Breeds.
He was one of a fantastic litter of five which were born in quarantine as Fiona and I had decided to use an American-bred dog which was on loan to a breeder in Holland at that time. And what a litter they produced! Ch Zulu, his sister Ch Zena (another huge winner including the Group at Crufts in 1998 under Lionel Hamilton Renwick), Ch Zachary and their brothers Zebedee and Zandor, both of which were exported to Norway and became titled there. So, five Champions in that one litter.
Zulu dominated the breed rings for six years winning his first RCC at Crufts in ’98 when Zena won BOB and the Group. The following year at Crufts Zulu won BOB and was G2. As I was judging at Crufts in 2000, Zulu could not be shown, but he returned in 2001 where he was once again BOB with another G2 to his credit. He missed Crufts ’02 as again I was judging another breed but in ’03 he made his last appearance at Crufts where he won the RCC.
He was the dog which did more to put Bouviers on the map than any other and he showed that Bouviers were a breed to be reckoned with in Group competitions.
Perhaps most importantly to Fiona, with whom he lived, was the fact that he was a total gentleman of a dog and he was a joy to live with. Not only was he one of Britain’s all time top winners, he truly was a once-in-a-lifetime character.
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