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We stress the qualities of temperament, breed type and soundness in this lovely German breed.
Therefore all our dogs are BVA/KC hip scored, character tested and reared with love and care.
Retaining the true character of the Rottweiler is of utmost importance to us so as well as quality and type, they must also possess in their physical and mental makeup the ability to work and enjoy working.
This is to introduce you to our prefix DORTMUND. We are a hobby show and working kennel of some 30 years experience with the Rottweiler. Our names are Barry and Carole Clark. Before going back over our varied and sometimes colourful past , which includes milking goats, castrating pigs and other strange experiences that all go hand in hand with running a Boarding Kennel for 15 years.
We have always owned dogs of various types and sizes for most of our lives. However, our first Rottweiler appeared in 1974, a bitch out of Gamegards Fire N Rain and Rohirrim Lasting Light.
Her replacement was ‘Elsa’ Rohirrim Undying Light, granddaughter of Ch.Gamesgards Bulli vd Waldachquelle an import on both sides of her pedigree, in partnership with my wife Carole, we entered Working Trials and Open Obedience and had considerable success with her, being awarded Top Dual Purpose Bitch for 3 consecutive years. She also proved successful in the Show Ring, winning 1 CC and 3 RCC’s. She was mated to Mrs. Blackmore’s (Gamesgards) import Dolf von Rebenhang and we kept a daughter ‘Sula’, who although not a show specimen achieved Open Obedience wins and enjoyed trialling gaining her C.D. qualifications with a Cert Of Merit. She excelled in agility having the ability to jump like a kangaroo, specialising in the 6’ Scale!!
In 1981 we moved to Whitchurch in Shropshire, having left my job as Art Director for Hallmark Cards Inc. now going freelance and Carole opened the Boarding Kennels.
I commenced judging at Open Show level in 1984 when entries were invariably much higher than they are at present, sometimes running into 30/40 in a class. During those early days I had judged most breeds in the Working Group and also my own particular interests in Utility and Toy Groups. I have been awarding tickets at Championship show level since 1990. It has always been a pleasure awarding a worthy youngster its first C.C. to start it off on its career towards its eventual crown as CHAMPION. This I have done on a number of occasions, one of them being the beautiful German import CH.Quinn vom Kummellsee, who is now behind one of my bitch lines.
We have shown and bred French Bulldogs and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, in addition to our beloved Rottweilers, and have had Overseas Champions in all our breeds along with our U.K. successes during a 30 year period.
I served on The Midland Rottweiler Club Committee since 1980 and was elected to the Chair in 1990 until April 2006, supported by Carole (typing etc.), some 27 years when I stepped down. During my time with the Committee whilst under the stewardship of Miss Betty Hobley the then Secretary, I helped, produced and illustrated the famous Black Book, THE ROTTWEILER IN GREAT BRITAIN the only reference book of its type and which I am proud to say has sold all over the world, which contained all past and present champions plus pedigrees.
Previously along with the late Barbara Butler I instigated the first meeting of The Rottweiler Breed Council held at Barbara’s home which consisted of representatives from 10 Breed Clubs. I was Secretary for the Council for some 5 years during its most lively period! I also served in the Chair for 3 years.
During the breed’s crisis period we ran a kennel for Rottweiler Welfare for 10 years and witnessed some very sad and tragic situations. Having seen first hand the dogs that came into our kennels we realised that even badly abused dogs still had the ability to greet a human being with trust and a wag of tail, which indicated a basically sound temperament. This in turn encouraged my study of temperament and I eventually became an Approved Temperament Assessor for the breed and hold a certificate signed by the late Terry MacHaffie OBE and Neil Ewart, ( of Guide Dogs For The Blind) which I was awarded some 15 years ago.
We have been fortunate enough to have made a few trips to attend the Seiger Shows held in Germany over the years and can recommend them to anybody. If you get the chance to visit the town of Rottweil, it is a bit like going on a pilgrimage and is an experience not to be missed. Everyone is very friendly and all dogs are made most welcome in the eating houses, pubs etc. There is a fountain in the middle of town with a small statue of a rottweiler dating back a very long time. They also have a brewery a visit to which we can endorse!
Now retired and having moved home to Jackfield in the beautiful Severn Gorge, just 1 minute from the historic Iron Bridge, we have been able to concentrate fully on our dogs and enjoy our hobby. We have had a very successful time with the Dortmund prefix having bred Ch. Dortmund Storming Norman from Jacawaca, owned by our great friend Beverley Cambridge winning The Midland Rottweiler Club TOP DOG TROPHY along with his son, Dortmund Dirty Harry gaining a RCC at 13 months and winning TOP JUNIOR TROPHY at the same competition, which gave us the TOP BREEDERS TROPHY. Norman then thrilled us all to be awarded the dog C.C. at Crufts and nearly repeated the double, gaining the R.C.C. at Crufts the following year. His daughter CH. DORTMUND FAME ‘N’ FORTUNE AT TREVEARL owned by Trevor and Pearl Borne is keeping the flag flying for us. We have other youngsters sharing C.C.’s between them so look forward to their show careers.
We are very grateful to our Rottweilers as they have given us a wonderful hobby and have introduced us to interesting people making some lovely friends along the way. We are always happy to talk Rottweilers and will gladly give any help or advice to anybody who requests it.