A four year old German Wirehaired Pointer from Sevenoaks in Kent
has become the first in the breed to be recognised by the Kennel
Club as a Dual Champion, both for her talents as a working gundog
and a show dog.
Tickencote Talk Tonight, otherwise known as Vindy, owned by Peter
and Rita Howard, is the first German Wirehaired Pointer to ever
achieve Dual Champion status, having recently won her third
Challenge Certificate award at the Birmingham Dog Show Society
Championship Dog Show, qualifying her for the title of Show
Champion. This award also made Vindy a Dual Champion because
she had previously achieved Field Trial Champion status in 2013,
through competing in Hunt, Point and Retrieve field trials.
Peter Howard said: "Vindy truly is a dog in a lifetime and I
cannot begin to describe the many pleasurable moments she has given
me. She's my rough shooting dog, my trial dog and my show dog and
she's a dog in a million.
"I think her Dual Champion title says a lot about the German
Wirehaired Pointer as a whole. It says we have a breed that
can do still do both - field work and show. The breed will
only get stronger if we see more people training their dogs for the
field as well as the show ring. I've seen so many successful
showing German Wirehaired Pointers displaying as much natural
ability to hunt, point and retrieve as many of the top working
dogs. They have the inherent ability to go beyond Champion status
to become the ultimate Dual Champion."
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "Gaining Dual
Champion status is a brilliant achievement and we are thrilled for
Peter and Rita, and of course Vindy herself, who is helping to pave
the way for other dual purpose dogs. The fact that she is the
first in her breed to obtain the coveted dual title makes her
achievement even more impressive. She has certainly shown
just what dogs from Kent can do!"
"Field trials enable gundogs to display the natural abilities that
they were originally bred for, and to show off that they are fit
for function, as gundogs should be. We want to see more dogs
doing well in the show ring and in the field, and Vindy is a
wonderful example of this. It is great to see her do so well across
To find out more about field trials, visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/fieldtrials and
for more information on dog showing, visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/dogshowing.