and I decided to register a Prefix, we wanted something
that reflected our history and finally decided to re-register
Chris's fathers prefix "Altside", this was first
used by Chris's farther to register Springer Spaniels and
Labrador's in the 1950's and 60's.
We received our
first Afghan in 1971 from a dear friend Walter Thompson
who was mainly known for his Irish setters having at that
time the oldest Irish Setter Kennel in Ireland. Walter also
showed whippets and had many winners.
Our first Afghan
'Moirabank Lunar Orchid' unfortunately died at a very young
age from leukemia, Walter then gave us our second Afghan
'Moirabank Musk Orchid',with which we had great fun in the
show rings around Ireland and Scotland.
started in 1982 when Chris and myself got our first Afghan
Hound from Pauline Gibbs "Montravia" Kazar Mazurka
a dog of English and Dutch breeding who won a number of
shows in Ireland and received a reserve Green Star from
Kitty Plunket, a well known judge in Ireland, Chris and
I also got our second Afghan from Pauline Gibbs. This time
a bitch 'Montravia Kazar Karisma at Altside' who went on
win well at Ch Shows in the UK winning a CC and a reserve
CC. in England.
We then received
two Moonswift bitches from Di Bowdler-Townsend, One was
a black and tan bitch Queenie who was sired by Di's Canadian
import male Datura Nathaniel of Moonswift, the second bitch
from DI was named Moonswift Muna at Altside and we mated
her to Ch & Ir. Ch Barnesmore the Wizard, she produced
two Champions and our Champion bitch was Tara, Ch Moonswift
Mhirtara at Altside. To this day our lovely girls Jasmine
and her Champion daughter Tara are still in all of our home
bred afghans pedigrees.
felt that we had to import some new blood lines to refresh
our pedigrees and we had a lovely bitch from Lena &
Gunar Johansson's Gold n'Copper kennels in Sweden, Ch Gold
n' Copper Catch the Wind at Araki, Randy is a fantastic
bitch who steals the heart of all who know her.
We then imported
Ch. Gold n' Copper Purple Rain at Altside who to this day
is the biggest winning Afghan we have owned 11 CC, s 10
Res. CCs, a Group 1, a group 2 and a group 4 all group placing
at General Champion shows.
CH Moonswift Mhirtara at Altside was mated to an American
import AM Ch Trinitys Backdraft Paladin to Freecloud this
mating produced two Champions and one reserve CC winner,
then when we mated Ch Gold n' Copper Purple Rain at Altside
to CH Moonswift Mhirtara at Altside daughter, Ch Altside
Tantrums an Tiaras at Yanjoy owned by Joy Mahoney, this
produced our next UK Champion.
Ch Altside Yanjoy Winnie the Blu who has in turn been mated
to a super new import to the UK from Germany Agha D Jaris
U got the look imp, DEU. This has produced our latest exciting
litter of Afghans and they should make there debut I the
spring of 2008
In November 2007 we also imported a new arrival from The
Italian kennel Xenos Afghans,
The exciting Xenos Inca-Bruna who will make her show debut
in spring 2008, we love this bitch she is so what we have
wanted to import to complement our breeding program and
she fits in with our Afghans as though she was born here.
We have exported
Afghans to Sweden to the Gold N' Copper kennels and Lena
has made up Rany to a Swedish Champion, Ch Altside Singing
in the Rain Who now has had a litter and one of the pups
is arriving in the UK soon.