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Hungarian Vizsla Becomes First Dual Champion In Breed

Dual Champion Bitcon Gold Coast at Northey JW, owned by Christine and Andrew McDonald, from Mundon, near Maldon in Essex, has become the first Hungarian Vizsla to receive Dual Champion status, for both his field trial and showing abilities.

Bitcon Gold Coast at Northey JW, otherwise known as Coast, recently won his second 1st place award in an Open field trial stake, qualifying him for the title of Field Trial Champion. This award also made Coast a Dual Champion because he had previously achieved Champion status through dog showing, after being awarded his third Challenge Certificate at the Scottish Kennel Club Championship show in May 2008.

Kennel Club Secretary, Caroline Kisko said: "Gaining Dual Champion status is a fantastic achievement, we are very happy for Christine, Andrew, Coast and his breeder.  The fact that Coast is the first in his breed to achieve the title is impressive and we hope this paves the way for other dual purpose dogs to work towards achieving his status.

"Field trials enable gundogs to display the natural abilities that they were originally bred for. This is central to our Fit For Function: Fit For Life campaign, which aims to ensure that dogs are fit enough to perform the tasks that they were originally bred for, such as hunting and retrieving in this case. Coast is a great example of this and it is great to see him do so well both in the field and in the show ring."

Coast is no stranger to success, having accumulated a number of CCs and RCCs in the past seven years, in addition to winning the Gamekeepers' class for working Hunt, Point, Retrieve (HPR) breeds at Crufts in March for the second consecutive year.

Christine McDonald said: "Coast is the first Vizsla we have owned and is the epitome of a multi-purpose dog.  My husband Andrew first started to appreciate his talent as a working gundog as well as a show dog when, at four months old he was so willing to please.

"Because he responded well to training and demonstrated enough natural instinct, we decided to enter him for the Show Gundog Working Certificate, which he achieved, and we then decided to pursue competitive field trials.  He took to trialling extremely well and obviously impressed the judges with his natural flair for scenting and retrieving, which culminated in his Field Trial Champion title through his win at an Open field trial for HPR breeds, held by the Italian Spinone Club of Great Britain.

"This win also qualified him to enter the upcoming Kennel Club Hunt, Point, Retrieve Championship which we are very much looking forward to, and we have decided to retire Coast from competitive field trials after the Championship.

"With or without his titles, he is a wonderful dog and he enriches our lives by just being a pleasure to live with."

The Kennel Club Hunt, Point, Retrieve Championship is being held on 15th and 16th November at the Swinton Estate in North Yorkshire, and is sponsored by Skinner's.  For more information visit