'Australian based breeder and exhibitor of Brittany's'
The Uwish Brittany team is made up of Andrew & Vanessa Bourne, and our two kids Hayley and Jake. We live just outside of Canberra on 5 acres.
Our introduction into the Dog World was through my father Damian Bourne (Tornadobe Dobermann's and GSP's). Dad let Vanessa show and then own Multi Best in Show winning, Aust Ch Tornadobe Iron Horse (Rex) in Darwin, which of course, caused her to get the showing bug in a big way. Having watched what Dad had done with his breeding programs over the last 30 years, we decided in 2002 that it was time to start buying dogs to start our own line in conjunction with Tornadobe Kennels. Hence it started for the both of us.
Our first venture was obviously with the Doberman's who we loved dearly and have been very successful with. We started by buying a baby puppy bitch who we knew was WDV Clear. Aust Ch Scharmeland Venus Envy. Venus is a RBIS winner and she has produced some beautiful babies for us. Our next dog lived with us for nine and a half years and slept most nights either on our bed or next to it. He was Aust Supreme Champion Vansitar Black Russian. With both Dad and Vanessa showing BJ, he had an outstanding show career, winning 12 Best In Shows, 10 Runner up to Best In Shows, and over 40 Best In Groups. On top of this he won the Open Dog Class, and reserve Dog Challenge at the 2007 National in Melbourne. BJ truly was our Best Friend and the once in a life-time dog you always dream of owning, and we will be forever greatful to our friends at Vansitar Dobermans for allowing him to come and live with us.
Early 2003, Dad had a litter of GSP's. Having had GSP's as a kid living in Darwin, I already loved the breed. When we saw the litter, there was a little bloke who caught our attention immediately. He had these huge ears and vibrant white markings, and looked so lonely sitting by himself quietly in the corner. Again we where lucky enough to have Dad allow us to take him home with us and he turned out to be Multi Runner Up To Best In Show, and Runner Up To Best In Specialty Show winning Aust Grand Ch Tornadobe Bill Bailey, who is Tornadobe's first Grand Champion GSP.
A friend of ours Jenny Cattell then suggested we look at getting a Brittany for Hayley to show. At the time we scoffed not really knowing what a Brittany was, but when she mentioned again in 2005 that she knew someone who had a suitable dog for Hayley to show, we jumped at the idea. Into our lives came a once in a lifetime Brittany who we will now spend the rest of our lives trying to re-produce and indeed improve where possible.
Multi Best In Show, Multi Runner Up To Best In Show, and Best In Specialty Show winning Aust Supreme Champion Tendayi Dare Ya Ta Whispa, has at the time did what no other Brittany had ever done, which was winning Multiple Best In Shows at All Breeds Championship Shows in Australia. To read about his exploits check out his page. Spinner has changed our direction with breeding, as we our now 100% committed to breeding and Showing only Brittany's. .
BJ, Bill and Spinner have all gone on to have brilliant show careers and all gained their Supreme or Grand Champion Titles. I don't know of too many show homes that had three Grand Champions, two of which are also Supreme Champions all in different breeds living with them. Together they have 18 Best in Shows, 18 Runner up Best in Shows, and 73 Best in Groups. They were our foundation and we were blessed to be owned by them.
We have since imported two male Brittany's from the Dogwood Hollow gang in Tennessee, America. Eddie (Aust Ch Dogwood Hollow Pot Black) a Liver/White boy, and more recently Truman (Am Ch Dogwood Hollow The Buck Stops Here) who arrived in October 2010.
To date we have bred 5 Australian Champions with several more very close, and have also owned and titled another 5 bred by other people, including 1 Supreme Champion.
Uwish Brittanys will only breed from selective Brittanys to improve the breed. All Brittanys will be health tested via hip, elbow and eye scoring, and will only be bred from once they pass these tests. Our aim is to breed superb genetically sound dogs who excel in conformation and most importantly, Temperament.