News & Updates
2017 in Review
Miss Lexie has made history for the breed in Australia by becoming the first Australian bred female to win Best in Show at All Breeds Championship level. She was awarded Best in Group by Mrs Kerry Cannon (NSW) who then awarded her Best in Show in a very competitive show line-up. Keith was almost in tears he was so thrilled with "his girl" doing so well. These awards put the finishing touches to Lexie's resume which includes multiple Runner-up Best in Group awards, multiple Royal Best of Breed awards and multiple awards under European judges.

Lexie also received a Runner-up Best in Group award under Miss Deidre Crofts (NSW) at Durack at the beginning of May.

Ethan has also had an excellent start to the year with two Runner-up Best in Group awards, under Mr Bill Smith (QLD) and Mrs Rhonda Ralphs (NSW) and then Best State Bred in Show under Ms Mandy Schelback (QLD). He then went one better by taking Best Exhibit in Group under Mrs Melissa Starkey (Qld).

Lexie and Ethan are the first brother and sister Best in Group winners in Australia.

We are the ONLY kennel in Australia to breed two Best in Show winners and seven Best in Group winners! No other Dogue de Bordeaux kennel in Australia has come close to achieving what we have achieved!

We didn't get to Toowoomba Royal this year due to the severe flooding in South East Queensland. While we were high and dry, road access in the area was flooded.

Rarely shown these days, Paige went to Brisbane Royal and walked out with Best of Breed under Mr Hiroshi Kamisato, Japan. We were absolutely thrilled.

The Dogues were once again asked to particpate in the Judges Elevation Hands on Exam. David, Rod and ourselves took the five Dogues needed. Hopefully all the trainees had studied the breed and passed.

Tristan is shortlisted for Group and awarded Best Junior in Group at the Allora Kennel Club show under Miss B. Daines (NSW).

Ethan is awarded Runner-up Best in Group and Tristan is awarded Best Junior in Group by Mr Timothy Thomas (Qld).

Ethan is awarded Best State Bred in Show at both of the Nanango Kennel Club Championship Shows by Mrs Lynette Niemann (SA) and Mrs Barbara Balaam (Qld). Despite the heat, Ethan and I had a good weekend.

Lexie finished 2017 as the No. 1 DDB Show Dog for BIS and BIG wins. Ethan finished No. 2 for both the Show Dog and the Breed Challenge. It wasn't a bad effort considering our show year finished in early November due to me taking a bit of a tumble and cracking a rib.

We lost Emily on 17 October. It was quite a surprise. She was 10 years and 10 months. We'd been having a chat about me hurrying up and getting her dinner and she was laying on her bed on the floor in the lounge and she watched me walk out the back door. When I came back with her dinner 20 minutes later, she was laying on her bed, but she had passed. RIP Divine Miss Em.

We also lost Wait on 27 December. She'd shown no signs of not being well and had been eating and running around playing with Beatrix. She appeared to be carrying fluid that morning and was rushed to the vets. The vets confirmed her heart was failing and on their advice we let her go. She was 7 years and 5 months. RIP Waitee.

We've now been waiting 14 years for Craig and Tracy Phillips of Rebbull Kennel (Dogue de Bordeaux and American Staffordshire Terriers) to refund us the $2,500 stud fee they charged us in advance, yet their male Steffia Elgar (Hugo) could not get either of our girls pregnant. The chilled semen they sent us was totally useless with not a live sperm in the collection (which we paid for). Yet, since 2004 they have sold multiple breedings of Hugo's frozen semen to various people and have bred 17 litters consisting of 103 puppies, with pups selling between $2,000 and $2,500 each. We haven't forgotten and are still waiting for our refund - plus interest!

2016 in Review
The 2016 Toowoomba Royal saw Lexie and Cher repeat their Brisbane Royal double act by taking Best of Breed and Runner-up Best of Breed respectively. Lexie was then shortlisted by judge, Mr Pastor (Ecuador), in the final five for Best in Group and was awarded Best Open in Group.

The week prior Lexie had taken Runner-up Best of Breed at Sydney Royal under Swedish judge, Mr Svarstad. Ethan took Reserve Challenge Dog.

The year also saw Lexie take two Runner-up Best in Group under Mr J Sheppard (NSW) and Ms C Pearen (Qld). Mr Sheppard commented that he'd just finished setting the New South Wales Utility Group trainee judges an exam on the Dogue de Bordeaux and how well Lexie met the Dogue Standard.

July saw Keith take some of the kids to Sydney for The Sydney Kennel Club shows. Dr Lemo (Croatia) awarded Tayla Best of Breed, Kenzie Runner-up Best of Breed, Korey Challenge Dog, Ethan Reserve Challenge Dog and Lexie Best Aust. Bred in Group. This was the second time Dr Lemo had awarded Lexie a Class in Group as he awarded her Best Junior in Group in 2013.

The following day molosser specialist, Mr Teixeira (Portugal), awarded Lexie Challenge Bitch and Runner-up Best of Breed. His comment on her was "perfect Bordeaux head". Tayla won the Open Bitch Class and Tommy won the Open Dog Class. The video of the judging was quite interesting to watch on a number of levels.

Brisbane Royal saw Ethan take Runner-up Best of Breed, Beatrix Challenge Bitch and Lexie Reserve Challenge Bitch. We only entered as it was the local Royal with the judge being from Japan.

Lexie obtained the final point for her Grand Champion title in November. Like Tobias, she achieved it with no 6 point challenges, meaning she has beaten another Dogue every time she has been awarded points. I believe Tobias and Lexie are the only two Grand Champions in Australia to achieve this.

Lexie finished the year as the Dogzonline Pointscore No. 1 Dogue de Bordeaux and Ember finished the year as the Dogzonline Pointscore No 1 Dogue de Bordeaux Rising Star.

We were asked to arrange five Dogues for the Judges Elevation Hands on Exam. Thanks to Melissa for bringing her boy Chase.

2016 was also a horrible year with us losing a number of our older kids - Reggie, Tobias, Imogen, Cher, Alex and Niki.

2015 in Review
We are rather proud to say that we are the only DDB kennel in Australia to breed an All Breeds Best in Show winner and the only kennel in Australia to breed 5 Best in Group winners - Benjamin, Tobias, Sian, Joelle and Ethan.

Ethan became our 5th Best in Group winner when he took Best in Group and Aust. Bred in Show at the Tweed River Canine Club under Mr Wayne Douglas (Vic) during March. Ethan had a good weekend as he also took Aust. Bred in Group at Oakey under Mrs Robyn Hartmire (Qld) the day before.

Mr Douglas also awarded Bryce Best Intermediate in Group and again commented on the soundness and type of our Dogues.

Teagan took Runner-up Best in Group under Rev. Colin Seymour (NSW) during the year.

Miranda took Best in Group under Ms Fiona Paton (Qld). She became our 6th home bred Best in Group winner.

Lexie took Runner-up Best of Breed at Toowoomba Royal with Kenzie taking Reserve CC Bitch and Ethan Reserve CC Dog. Poppy took Baby of Breed from 3 baby puppies.

We did not go to Sydney Royal this year as it was a Japanese judge, instead preferring to stay in Brisbane and show at the Maree/Beaudesert KC shows under Dr Levente from Hungary. Other exhibitors obviously had the same idea as there were 19 Dogues shown under Dr Levente (and only 12 shown in Sydney). Levi took a 22 point Best of Breed.

Brisbane Royal saw the girls rule, with Lexie taking Best of Breed and Cher Runner-up Best of Breed. Lexie was shortlisted for Best in Group. Poppy took Puppy of Breed. The judge, Mr Savvas from Cyprus, gave us some feedback on our dogs and commented that that the male he really liked was the one I had shown, Ethan, but that he was favouring slightly and that Levi didn't want to move, so he just gave Challenge Dog to the "next dog". I said that Ethan had put his back out two days beforehand, and he was still sore. Mr Savvas said it was a pity as he really liked him, but he couldn't put up a dog that was favouring, which was fair enough. Pawtraiture Photography captured a couple of lovely sepia photos of Keith and Lexie after they won Best of Breed, which are on Lexie's page.

Poppy finished the year as the Dogzonline Pointscore No. 1 Dogue de Bordeaux Rising Star.

We lost our beautiful girl Joelle on 12 March. We knew at the end of January that the cancer was spreading and it was only a matter of time. She spent her time running around the yard playing up until the day before when she suddently didn't want to eat. She aged dramatically overnight and our vets agreed that it was time to let her go. She was an outstanding bitch winning multiple awards under European and other international judges. She is still the only Australia bred DDB female to win Best in Group. She was our lap dog and a great chewer of TV remote controls and mobile phones at every opportunity. She has left us with some stunning young boys and girls to continue with. RIP Pink Lady!

We also lost Shelby on 18 November at age 11 years and 21 days. She took us by surprise as she had been fine and had been eating well. She was laying by her door as if waiting for her dinner, but she was gone. She was our "blond bombshell" to the very end, and she has left us a great legacy with her children, grand children and now her great grand children.

2014 In Review
There have been several highlights over the past 12 months, but for me the biggest was that Imogen finally did it!! After taking Reserve Challenge Bitch at Toowoomba Royal in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013 (we didn't show in 2010) she finally took Challenge Bitch and then Best of Breed under French judge, Mr J.J. Dupas. She had taken Challenge Bitch at Brisbane Royal three times and Best of Breed twice, but Toowoomba Royal had always been the one she couldn't get. I don't think I have been so excited by a show result for a long time.

Levi took Challenge Dog and Runner-up Best of Breed and Paige was awarded Best Junior in Group. We also received some lovely feedback from Mr Dupas who stated "your dogs were clearly the best" and that "they would be competitive in France, and they would be welcome in France". So despite the torrential pouring rain, we had a very good day and got some lovely feedback.

At the beginning of February Levi took Runner-up Best in Group at the Beenleigh Kennel Club show under mastiff specialist Mr G. Sparham (NSW). There were 15 DDB entered and 115 dogs in the Group.

Keith took four dogs to Sydney in April for the Royal Easter Show. Bryce, Levi and Kenzie all won their classes and Lexie came second to a bitch that has never beaten her before or since. Levi took Runner-up Best of Breed. Keith was quite surprised by the number of dogs exhibited with rotary actions, which is totally incorrect for the breed.

Keith made a second trip south at the end of April to collect Ethan and Beatrix. Georgia had asked us to bring Ethan home and buy back their share of Beatrix as they were wanting to spend more family time together. Given the tragic circumstances, we did. Both dogs settled in well and Ethan has resumed his show career. He finished his title with 45 points from three shows and Best Intermediate in Group. He also took Reserve Challenge Dog and Runner-up Best of Breed at the 2014 Brisbane Royal. Ethan took Best of Breed at two of the Beaudesert/Maree Kennel Club Shows in October under Mrs Jean Lawless (Ireland) and Mrs Zorica Salijevic (Sweden). Mrs Salijevic also gave him Best Aust. Bred in Group.

We did quite well at Brisbane Royal as along with Ethan, Lexie took Challenge Bitch and our young lady, Tayla, at only 12 months and 3 weeks old, took Reserve Challenge Bitch. There were 16 Dogues entered.

Unfortunately Imogen didn't get to defend her title as she strained a cruciate ligament 3 weeks before the Royal. She is being made to rest and she is retired from the showring.

Our show team has also won a few classes in group with Levi, Lexie, Thomas, Ethan, Kenzie and Paige all contributing, and some of which have been awarded by international judges. Even our Grand lady, Joelle, took Best Veteran in Group under a Finnish judge.

Reggie turned 9 in August and Shelby celebrated her 10th birthday in November. Both are going well and Shelby is still our bombshell child.

Unfortunately December became a nightmare month for us. Our Tobias x Paige litter contracted some rare bacteria that causes black leg (or dead leg) in sheep and cattle. It comes out of the soil when the conditions are right for it and we were not the only kennel that had puppies come down with it. The little boy died as the bacteria killed his intensines. The little girl made it, but the bacteria killed the bottom half of her tail and it had to be amputated. Only intensive nursing and hourly tube feeding from both ourselves and the wonderful team at FurKids Vet Surgery got her through. The vets and the vet nurses were calling her the "little poppit", so we named her Poppy.

To make things worse our grand lady, Joelle, was diagnosed with cancer on her 8th birthday. The vets operated and removed the growth and we hoped and prayed they had got it all. Two days later we lost our outstanding young male, Travis. He was in the house yard with his two sisters and we think he must have chased a snake and went over our fence. We found him dead in the next door neighbours paddock. It was a huge loss as even Becky at Emberez had commented on how much he looked like a young Apollo.

2013 in Review
2013 was a very up and down sort of a year.

Overall our dogs did very well considering they were out of the showring for 3 1/2 months due to my heart attack and Keith writing off the Landcruiser.

Lexie still managed to finish 2nd on the Dogzonline Pointscore. It's quite an achievement considering not only was she out of the ring for the 3 1/2 months, but she also missed 5 shows in November when she put her neck and back out. Levi also managed to finish 4th. The Pointscore results may have been somewhat different if they had both spent more time in the ring.

Both Lexie and Levi also achieved their Australian Champion titles.

Levi took Runner-up Best in Group twice during the year, and Lexie took one Runner-up in Group.

Paige was the only Rising Star to win an "All Breeds Class in Show", but as she was out of the ring for so long and as she was also competing against her two sisters and two brothers, she finished 7th.

Imogen took Best of Breed at Brisbane Royal for the second year in a row. It was the 3rd year in a row that she had taken Challenge Bitch. We were equally thrilled with 17 month old Lexie taking Runner-up Best of Breed. They were fabulous achievements for our girls. Earlier in the year Levi took Best of Breed at Toowoomba Royal with Tobias Runner-up. Niki took Challenge Bitch with Imogen taking Reserve Challenge Bitch (again....).

Wait gave us a lovely litter to Tobias. This was a first litter for both of them. We've kept a couple of the puppies and they are developing nicely.

We lost our Connor Boy in March 2013, just short of this 10th birthday, Arthur from cancer in November and Ice in December. With some of our kids getting older, it seems we are loosing someone each year.

December 2013
Keith took Levi, Lexie, Thomas and Miranda down to Armidale for the Uralla Kennel Club Champ Shows at the beginning of December. Lexie took Best of Breed at the first show with Levi taking Challenge Dog. Thomas took Best of Breed at the other two shows with Lexie taking Challenge Bitch. Unfortunately we got nothing in Group.

We also did the Dog of the Year Champ Show at Durack and there were four kennels showing. Lexie took Challenge Bitch with Paige taking Reserve Challenge. What really pleased us was young Bryce taking Reserve Challenge Dog and Runner-up Best of Breed. This was our last show for 2013.

The rest of December then turned in to what can only be described as a horror month.

On 23 December Keith took Ice to the vets for his vaccination and check up, along with 3 others for vaccinations, etc. He was fine when Keith put him back in to the dog trailer, but he overheated in the 20 minute drive home in an insulated, well ventilated dog trailer. Keith wet him down and got him in to the aircon and put a fan on him, but he remained stressed. Keith rushed him back to the vets in the car, but he died at the vets.

Then on 29 December I received a phone call from David O'Hara to say that Angie had died. She was in her well shaded kennel run with plenty of water. David said he and Amanda had been checking their 3 dogs every hour and wetting them down and making sure their water was full. He said she had been splashing in the water so he needed to keep topping it up. David said she had gotten excited as the children were swimming in the pool and although he wet her down and tried calming her down, she died before he could do anything more.

The loss of both Ice and Angie is a tragedy for both ourselves and David and Amanda's kennel. They were also much loved members of our and David's family and they are both so terribly missed.

November 2013
November got off to a good start with Lexie being awarded Runner-up Best in Group/Best Intermediate in Group at the Maree Kennel Club Championship Show under Mrs R. Hartmire (Qld). We were delighted with her achievement, particularly as she was only 20 months old and is still maturing. There are a couple of new photos taken on the day that have been added to her page.

Lexie's brother, Ethan, also did well at the Cooma shows in southern New South Wales, taking Best Intermediate in Group on the Friday. Georgia had another good weekend showing as along with Ethan, their home-bred boy Amoureux The Big Bad "Boom" took Best Minor Puppy in Group on the Saturday and then their home-bred girl Amoureux Sateda took Best Open in Group on the Sunday. Three shows, three dogs, three classes in Group.

Ethan now has his own page on our web site. All of the photos of Ethan were taken by Georgia at their home in Victoria.

Tobias came out of his semi-retirement for the Beaudesert Kennel Club Championship Show. Much to our delight he took Best of Breed and Best Australian Bred in Group.

Not to be outdone, Reggie came our of retirement to compete in the Veteran Class and went home with Best Veteran in Group. Not a bad effort for an 8 year old. He was so excited at going to a show and he wagged his tail all the way around the ring.

We also went to the three Caboolture Kennel Club Championship Shows. Levi took Best of Breed under the two European Judges (Mr A. Foss (Norway) and Mrs M. Sunde (Norway)) and and Runner-up Best of Breed under the USA judge. Imogen took Reserve Challenge Bitch at all three shows. Kenzie also took Junior of Breed under the two Norwegian judges with Bryce taking Junior of Breed under the USA judge. Mr Foss gave some lovely feedback about Levi's quality and type and also commented on how much he liked the type of Kenzie and Bryce. There were 25 Dogues entered. Unfortunately, Lexie missed the three shows as she had put her neck and back out while playing and we won't put a lame dog in the ring.

There are some new photos of Thomas on his page, taken by Lynda of Redsomore DDB at the Caboolture Show. Many thanks Lynda for allowing us to use them.

The following weekend we did the Lockyer Valley Kennel Club Championship and Open Shows. Tobias took Best of Breed at the Friday Championship Show and Runner-up Best of Breed at the Saturday Championship Show. There was ourselves and four other kennels showing. Tobias' baby son, Travis, took Baby of Breed at all three shows. It was quite an achievement given there were three baby puppy dogs in the class at two of the shows and four in the class at the Saturday Champ Show. Paige took Challenge Bitch from the Junior Class at the Saturday show and these were her first points. Tobias also took Runner-up Best in Group/Best Aust. Bred in Group in the Open Show.

It is with extreme sadness that we must advise that we lost our beautiful boy Arthur on 16 November. He passed away at home four weeks after being diagnosed with a mask cell cancer. Our vets were hopeful that they had completely removed the cancer, but it was not to be. Arthur was a gorgeous natured smoochy boy and he is very sadly missed. He is burried down under the trees next to his good friend Sian. RIP gorgeous boy.

October 2013
We started showing again in October and did four shows in three days over the long weekend with some pleasing results. On the Saturday night there was ourselves and another two kennels showing. Lexie took Best of Breed at both the shows. Thomas took Challenge Dog and Runner-up Best of Breed at the first show. It was a 9pt challenge and these were his first points. At the second show Levi took Challenge Dog and Runner-up Best of Breed. What pleased us more was that young Bryce took Reserve Challenge Dog and young Paige took Reserve Challenge Bitch, over older competition.

On the Sunday there were ourselves and four other kennels showing. Levi took Best of Breed and Lexie took Challenge Bitch and Runner-up Best of Breed. Thomas won the Aust. Bred class over an older dog that has been brought up from interstate.

On the Monday Levi took Runner-up Best of Breed and Lexie took her 4th Challenge Bitch in a row. Thomas again won the Aust. Bred class. Paige again took Reserve Challenge Bitch over older competition.

We ended up bringing home 7 of the 8 Challenge Certificates.

The following weekend we had shows on both Saturday and Sunday. There were was ourselves and two other kennels showing on the Saturday. Levi took Best of Breed and Lexie took Challenge Bitch and Runner-up Best of Breed. Lexie was also awarded Best Intermediate in Group by Mrs L. Rowles (NSW).

On the Sunday there was ourselves and three other kennels showing. Levi took Best of Breed and Lexie took Challenge Bitch. Much to our delight Levi was then awarded Runner-up Best in Group and Best Open in Group by Dr K. Hedberg (NSW). We were quite thrilled with this result as Dr Hedberg is quite familiar with the breed. When awarding the Bitch Challenge Bitch she commented to Keith that Lexie was a "lovely bitch" and upon speaking to her after judging had finished she commented on the quality of the Dogues presented to her.

Levi competed in the Open Show Spectacular on the last Saturday in October and finished in the final 4 dogs. He was knocked out by the eventual winner.

At our last show in October, young Bryce surprised us by taking Challenge Dog over his father and his Uncle Thomas. These were his first points. Lexie took Challenge Bitch and then Best of Breed. Paige then took Runner-up Best of Breed over Bryce. Quite some achievement when Bryce and Paige are only 11 months old.

Beatrix had gained her final points for her Australian Champion title in September and that was awarded by Dogs Victoria at the beginning of the month. Both her and Ethan completed their health testing with hearts cleared via Echocardiogram.

Shelby turned 9 at the end of October. She is finally starting to slow down a bit, but not much....

August & September 2013
We only did 2 shows in August. The first was Northern Classic, the weekend before Brisbane Royal. It was more of a case of seeing whether or not I could run around the ring than whether the dogs could. Imogen took Best of Breed and was shortlisted in the final 5 for Best in Group. We also received some nice comments about our dogs from the judge, Mrs D Crofts (NSW).

The following Sunday was the Dogue day at the Royal. There were 24 Dogues entered.

For the second year in succession, Imogen took Best of Breed. It was actually the third year in a row that she has taken Challenge Bitch. We were absolutely thrilled with our little lady!

Our young Lexie, at only 17 months old and still in the Junior Class, took Reserve Challenge Bitch and then went on to take Runner-up Best of Breed. We were absolutely delighted at the achievements of our two home-bred girls.

Levi took Reserve Challenge Dog and young Bryce was Puppy of Breed.

We were also thrilled for Mal with Gibson winning the Intermediate Class over strong competition. I don't think Mal stopped smiling all day. Neither did we for that matter!

While we were resting throughout the rest of August, it was the turn of Beatrix and Ethan to strut their stuff in Victoria under the guidance of their co-owners Brendan and Georgia at Amoureux Kennel. At the Macalister Show on the Saturday Beatrix was awarded Best Intermediate in Group by Mrs K Hardwick (NZ). On the Sunday at the Sale-Maffra Show she was shortlisted in the final 3 for Best in Group by Mr D Eadie (Canada). Mr Eadie then awarded her Best Intermediate in Group.

The following weekend at the East Gippsland Show Brendan and Georgia's home-bred baby boy, Boom, was awarded Best Baby Puppy in Group. On the Sunday Ethan was awarded Best Aust. Bred in Group by Mrs G Alexander (Vic).

So they had a two great weekends with their 3 Dogues taking 4 classes in group between them.

We've both certainly had some nice wins in August and our kids are continuing to do us proud!

Now to September and we only entered one show, the Beenleigh Agricultural Show. Levi delighted us by taking Runner-up Best in Group and Best Open in Group under Mrs S. Bendixen (Qld). This was his first major group award. Needless to say his breeder, Libuse, was also delighted. As we didn't have the camera with us, I've just got to work out how to get the photos off the phone so I can add them to his page.....

Georgia arranged to have both Ethan and Beatrix hip and elbow scored. Ethan came back with hips 1:1 = 2 and 0:0 elbows. Beatrix came back with hips 5:5 = 10 and 1:1 elbows. We are very happy with both dog's results.

May, June & July 2013
We went to a few shows in May and June with some pleasing results. At Boonah Show, Levi took a 16 point Best of Breed over some strong competition. Little Paige took Reserve Challenge Bitch from the Minor Puppy class over older competition. She was also awarded Best Minor Puppy in Group.

Two days later at the Gold Coast Kennel Club Show, Kenzie took her first class in Group when she was awarded Best Minor Puppy in Group. We are quite pleased with how our youngsters are progressing.

We also attended a couple of shows in June with Levi and Lexie sharing the Best of Breed honours.

They have been the only shows that we have done as Keith had an accident in the Landcruiser, rolling it and writing it off. Fortunately he walked away from it uninjured. However, it took us several weeks once the insurance confirmed it was a write-off to find and buy a suitable replacement.

Then to top it off, I had a heart attack and spent almost a week in hospital hooked up to monitors and have had to undergo 2 surgical procedures.

I would sincerely like to thank some members of the Dogue de Bordeaux community and some of our show friends for their cards, emails, phone calls and text messages. Your kind thoughts and well wishes have been much appreciated.

Our beautiful girl, Wait on Me z'Orisku, has given us a lovely litter of puppies to Tobias. All the female puppies are reserved, but we will have some male puppies available. See our "Puppies" page for more information.

On a fun note, our friends Mal and Danielle, along with their business partner Scott, have opened a new cafe/coffee shop in Brisbane called "Moose and Gibson". Moose (aka Bordogue Fire Walker) and Gibson (aka Bordogue Gibson) have been working long hours and doing lots of publicity photos and public appearances. You can visit them on their Facebook page - Moose and Gibson. I've noticed they have been receiving some excellent reviews from the foodie experts around Brisbane too!

April 2013
We only did one show in April, and that was Toowoomba Royal. There were 16 DDB exhibited from 3 kennels. The Dogues were actually the largest breed exhibited in Group 6 at the show.

Levi, at his first Royal, took Challenge Dog and Best of Breed. He is the first and only z'Orisku dog in Australia to win Best of Breed at a Royal.

Tobias was Reserve Challenge Dog and also Runner-up Best of Breed.

Niki took Challenge Bitch. This was Niki's first Royal Challenge. She joins a small group of black mask DDB to hold Royal Challenges.

Imogen took Reserve Challenge Bitch, in other words, she walked away with her fourth Reserve CC Bitch at Toowoomba. She took reserve to Sian in 2009, 2011, and 2012 and reserve to Niki this year. (She can win Brisbane Royal, but just can't take Challenge Bitch at Toowoomba...)

Little Paige took Baby of Breed and Thomas took Junior of Breed.

So it was a good day for both ourselves and kennel z'Orisku.

Unfortunately we got nothing in Group, with the judge putting up all spitz breeds.

January, February & March 2013
We only did one show in January, and that was the New Years Day show which commenced at 12.30am on 1st January. In fact, I fell asleep between the New Years Eve and New Years Day shows and didn't actually hear the New Year come in. The phone alarm woke me up for the second show. Needless to say, we were very tired when we got home later that morning.

We did the Allora shows in February, which we always enjoy. The grounds are a credit to the Committee. Levi took Runner-up in Group in the Open Show and Alex took Best Puppy in Group. This qualified both of them for the Open Show Spectacular to be held in October. At the Champ shows, Levi took Best of Breed one day and Tobias Best of Breed the next. Lexie took Best Junior in Group.

At the beginning of March we took our little Levi x Joelle babies to their first show, the Tweed River Canine Club. Paige was awarded Best Baby in Group by Mrs R Robertson (NSW) and then she was awarded Best Baby in Show by Mr J Forbes (NSW). Our huge thanks to both Mrs Robertson and Mr Forbes. We were absolutely thrilled!

We then had the Beaudesert Kennel Club shows. On the Saturday Joelle took Best of Breed and was shortlisted in the top 6 for Best in Group by Mrs G Garcia-Guitierrez (Mexico). Joelle was then awarded Best Aust. Bred in Group. On the Sunday, Dr N Lemo (Croatia) awarded Lexie Best of Breed with the comment "beautiful" and gave her Best Junior in Group. Levi took Challenge Dog and Runner-up Best of Breed and this gave him his final points for his Australian Champion title.

We were extremely pleased to be awarded two classes in group under international judges and were delighted with the comments from Dr Lemo about the soundness, strong breed type, good heads and bone of our dogs.

We also took our two veterans to the Beaudesert Kennel Club show. Reggie (age 7 years and 7 months) took Best Veteran of Breed on the Saturday and Shelby (age 8 years and 4 months) took Best Veteran of Breed on the Sunday. It was great to see the two oldies strut their stuff. Reggie was so excited to go to a show again that his tail never stopped wagging.

The Easter Saturday and Sunday shows saw Lexie take 2 x 11 point Bitch Challenges. These gave her the final points she needed for her Australian Champion title. As she is only 13 months old, we are extremely happy with what she has achieved to date. Levi also took a 15 point Best of Breed at the Sunday show.

We must also send our congratulations to our friends David and Amanda O'Hara on their male, Aust. Ch. Rozeldogue Modauam (Imp UK), not only taking Best of Breed at Sydney Royal but by making breed history by being the first Dogue to be awarded Best Exhibit in Group at Royal level.

2012 in Review
There have been numerous highlights for 2012.

The arrival of Levi, Wait and Bibi from the Czech Republic was a major highlight and a significant step forward for our kennel. Again, our special thanks to Libuse from kennel z'Orisku for agreeing to let us have them, as well as for arranging all the health testing and paperwork for the three of them. Nine months of planning went in to the exercise. Moving three dogs from Prague to Sydney (via London) was an enormous undertaking and our sincere thanks must also go to Horizon Cargo in Prague for getting them to us safely.

Levi's first litter arrived in November. We are delighted with the litter he and Joelle produced. We hope to breed both Wait and Bibi later in 2013.

Another significant highlight was Joelle becoming the first Australian bred female Dogue de Bordeaux to win Best Exhibit in Group at Championship Show level. The show was her first in five months. She accrued the remaining 246 points that she needed to attain her Grand Champion title in five months. She is also the only Best in Group winning Australian bred Grand Champion female. Despite only a few months of showing, she also managed to finish 4th on the Dogzonline Best of Breed Pointscore.

Joelle achieving her Grand Champion title meant that we are the only Australian kennel to breed three Best in Group winning Grand Champions.

Imogen taking a 25 point Best of Breed at Brisbane Royal was another major highlight. She'd taken Challenge Bitch in 2011 and we were absolutely thrilled when she was awarded Best of Breed for 2012.

Tobias took his 4th Best Exhibit in Group under Mrs R Hartmire in November. He also took Best of Breed at Toowoomba Royal. This was his 5th Royal Best of Breed. He has also achieved a total of 36 Classes in Group at championship shows so far in his show career. He also took a Best in Group and Runner-up Best in Show at Open Show level. He achieved 1377 championship points before he got his first (and still his only) 6 point Challenge. At the end of 2012 he'd achieved 1750 championship points. He finished No. 1 DDB on the Dogzonline Best of Breed Pointscore for the 4th year in a row. He's now gone in to semi-retirement and will only come out occasionally.

Young Alexander had a wonderfull year in the showring. He took 9 Classes in Group at championship show level and Best Baby Puppy in Show. He was also the Dogzonline No. 1 DDB Rising Star for 2012. It's a fabulous achievement as he was also competing against his brother and sister, both of whom also won Classes in Group.

Ice took Runner-up Best in Group at the Esk Show. There were 81 dogs in the Group, so we were extremely pleased with the result.

Once again, there were also some terrible lows. We lost Benjamin, Sian, Darius and Lacey during 2012. All of them were sudden and unexpected. In particular, the loss of Darius on 26 March 2012 was a cruel blow as he was one of the best type young males born in Australia. He had been at the Beaudesert Kennel Club shows the two days prior and both European judges had gone over him and commented on his superb breed type. An autopsy revealed he died as a result of a complication from an elongated soft palet. Thank you to those kennels both in Australia and overseas who knew of his passing and respected our wishes for privacy at what was such a terrible time for us.

October, November & December 2012
We've been a little busy the last few months, so we've ended up with 3 months of updates at once.

October saw the show team continued to do well with Tobias taking 2 x Best Aust. Bred in Group at Championship shows under Mrs B. Balaam and Mrs A. Holman. Alex also took Best Minor Puppy in Group under Mrs Holman and Lexie took Best Minor Puppy in Group under Mrs Wedgewood in the Open Show.

We had our first litter from Imogen. She gave us a nice litter of 5 puppies sired by Arthur. We have retained a little girl called Tori.

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November saw Lexie gain her first Championship points at only 8 months old.

Tobias took his 4th Best Exhibit in Group under Mrs R. Hartmire at the Dorrigo & Guy Fawkes Agricultural Assoc Championship Show. Alex also took Best Minor Puppy in Group. Our sincere thanks to Mrs Hartmire for awarding our boys. We were thrilled!

Lexie took Challenge Bitch at the 5 shows we went to in November and at 9 months old she already has 42 Championship points. She took Runner-up Best of Breed to Tobias at several of the shows.

Unfortunately Bibi has blown her cruciate ligament and that has side-lined her show career. Hopefully she will be back in the ring later in 2013.

November also saw the arrival of a long awaited litter from Joelle. This is a combining of blood lines we have had to wait 2 years to do - but the wait was worth it! We cannot thank Libuse at kennel z'Orisku enough for sending us Levi. He and Joelle have given us a lovely litter of 9 puppies. We are thrilled with the quality of the litter and some of them will make their debut in the showring in 2013. Given the quality of this litter, we look forward to breeding Levi to more of our girls in 2013.

We had a rescue girl spend a few weeks with us during November. She was found wandering the roads outside a western Queensland town. We were contacted and asked if we could assist. Keith drove out and picked her up. For a mature female she was extremely underweight, weighing only 37kg. We had her desexed, vaccinated, etc. Once her stitches came out, she left for her new home. She is a lovely natured girl and we are receiving regular updates from her new owner and she is doing well and putting on weight.

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December saw Alex take his first Best of Breed - 9 points. These were his first Championship points.

Levi finished the last show in December with a 9 point Best of Breed. He is now on 52 championship Points, which he achieved from 4 shows. He and Alex will head the show team for 2013.



September 2012
Joelle achieved her final points for her Grand Champion title at the Allora Kennel Club Championship Show on 15 September with a 10 point Best of Breed and she was one of only three dogs shortlisted for Best in Group. (She was also one of five dogs shortlisted for Best in Group at the Pine Rivers Kennel Club Championship Show the previous weekend.) She actually achieved 255 points in 5 months (as the only show we entered in August was the Royal). She is the only Australian Bred bitch and the only Australian bred Grand Champion bitch to win a Best in Group at Championship Show level. Joelle will now go back in to semi-retirement and only return to the ring for major shows and selected international judges.

Joelle is now the third Best in Group winning Grand Champion we have bred.

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Lexie took Best Minor Puppy in Group at the Allora Kennel Club Championship Show on the Saturday.

At Allora on the Friday, Dave showed Angelique and she was awarded Best of Breed and then was one of four dogs shortlisted for Best in Group. She was awarded Best Intermediate in Group. The judge was Mrs Crozier, who has a long history of awarding the breed at Group level. We also received some lovely feedback from Mrs Crozier about our Dogues.

Both Beatrix and Ethan (both of whom we co-own with Amoureux Kennel in Victoria) did well the the Association of All Mastiff Breeds Club of Victoria Championship Show. Beatrix was awarded Best Junior of Breed from 7 Junior Dogues exhibited and Ethan was awarded Best Minor Puppy of Breed from 5 Minor Puppy Dogues exhibited. Given the competition on the day, we were very pleased with those results. There were 51 Dogues entered, which is a record for the breed. Beatrix then went on to be awarded 2nd place in the Junior Bitch class at Melbourne Royal. (Ethan wasn't entered at the Royal as it was felt that two 8 hour round trips to Melbourne in 2 days were a bit too much for a youngster.)

At their first show in Australia, Maree Kennel Club Championship Show, Levi and Bibi did well. Levi was awarded a 14 point Best of Breed and Bibi a 9 point Challenge. Both ourselves and Libuse were extremely please with those results. Tobias was awarded Best Aust. Bred in Group at the same show. It was his 33rd Class in Group at Championship Show level.

At the final shows for September, Lexie was awarded Best Minor Puppy in Group by Mrs U. Greenwood at the Western Suburbs Open Show.

At the 2nd Western Suburbs Championship Show, Levi was awarded a 16 point Best of Breed and Bibi a 10 point Challenge. Alex was then awarded Best Minor Puppy in Group by Mr B. Anderson (NZ). We are delighted with their results.

August 2012
We are excited to announce 3 new additions to our home:

Scooby Doo z'Orisku (Imp Czech) "Levi" - (Multi BISS/Multi Ch. Moby de Legeane x Fantasy van de Paterhoek);

Wait On Me z'Orisku (Imp Czech) "Wait" - (Payk z'Orisku x Fantasy van de Paterhoek); and

Call Me Bibi Orisku Esbrella (Imp Czech) "Bibi" - (Payk z'Orisku x Cze Ch. Ella z Vlckovskeho mlyna).

We cannot thank Libuse Schreiber at Kennel z'Orisku in the Czech Republic enough for offering us Levi, Wait and Bibi to enable us to continue to progress the future of our kennel. It is such a pleasure to be able to work with a world renowned kennel like z'Orisku.

Levi, Wait and Bibi all now have their own pages on our web site. The quality of these dogs and the strength of their pedigrees is clearly evident and they are certainly a welcome addition to our home.

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The Dogue day at Brisbane Royal, or the Ekka as it's know here in Queensland, was Thursday 9 August. There were 32 Dogues entered with 24 exhibited. The Dogues were actually the largest breed exhibited in Group 6.

We had a great day! Georgia flew up from Victoria to spend a couple of days with us. Rod and Ashleigh flew up from Sydney so they could be there on the day and catch up with everyone.

Imogen took Challenge Bitch and then a 25 point Best of Breed. We were absolutely delighted with her result. This is now the second time she has taken Challenge Bitch at Brisbane Royal.

Joelle took Reserve Challenge Bitch. Niki won the Intermediate Bitch Class, with Cher coming second and Angelique coming third. Safron and Savanah came first and second respectively in the Junior Bitch class. Tobias won the Aust. Bred Dog class. Thomas and Alex came first and second respectively in the Baby Puppy Dog Class and Lexie won the Baby Puppy Bitch class. Thomas went on to take Baby of Breed. Ice came second in the Open Dog Class - which wasn't bad for a 22 month old against much older competition. Mal's boy Gibson came third in the Intermediate Dog Class, one week after turning 18 months old.

We'd like to say a huge thank you to Rhiannon, Dan, Nat and Vaughan for coming in and giving us a hand with holding and swapping dogs. We couldn't have done it without you!!

Also thank you to Shontelle who was up from South Australia showing her Kangal Dog and also Kathy who was also showing her Kangal Dog. The extra helping hands were very much appreciated!

We'd also like to say a special thank you to Cassandra and Randal. They are always there when we need a hand or anything else. We couldn't ask for better friends!

After the judging, the boys all went off and had a beer and talked about cars and football (so I'm told). The girls stayed with the dogs and enjoyed several bottles of wine and some cheese and biscuits. Both Keith and I said it was one of the most enjoyable, relaxed Royals we've attended. We really had a great day!

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We were again invited to bring a Dogue for the judges hands-on elevation exam mini-group on 25 August. We took Tobias along and the four trainees going for elevation to championship status and the assessors all went over him quite thoroughly. As usual he just took it all in his stride.

We didn't exhibit at any other shows in August. We gave everyone the weekend off before the Royal and we all had a couple of weeks rest afterwards. I think we all enjoyed the Sunday sleep-ins!



July 2012
Young Alexander has continued to do well in the showring, taking Best Baby Puppy in Show at the Samford & District Show Society Championship Show under Mrs D. Zipperer. Our sincere thanks to Mrs Zipperer for her lovely comments about Alex. In addition to this, Alex has also taken several more Best Baby in Group awards at Championship Shows.

Savanah took Best Puppy in Group at the Laidley A. & I. Society Championship Show. This is her first Class in Group. Our thanks to Mrs Nichols.

We had a great weekend at the Brunswick Valley Kennel Club Championship Shows. On the Friday Tobias was awarded Best Aust. Bred in Group and baby Thomas was awarded Best Baby Puppy in Group by Mr G. Blyth (TAS). Our thanks to Mr Blyth. This was Tobias' 30th Class in Group at Championship Show level. I wouldn't be surprised if this isn't another breed record.

Then on the Sunday Tobias was awarded Best Aust. Bred in Group by Mr R. Cleland (SA). Our thanks to Mr Cleland. Tobias now has 31 classes in group at Championship Show level.

The following weekend at the Mt Gravatt A. H. & I. Society Championship Show, Tobias was awarded Best Aust. Bred in Group by Mr Graham Kerr (Qld). Our thanks also to Mr Kerr. Tobias now has 32 classes in group at Championship Show level.

We only recently realised that when Alex took Best Baby in Group at the Beenleigh Kennel Club Championship Show on 23 June it was our 100th Class in Group at Championship Show level with dogs we have bred and exhibited ourselves. It doesn't include Angelique's 3 Classes in Group or Basile's Class in Group. If we include Angelique's and Basile's and the 9 Classes in Group our dogs have won since 23 June, then we have achieved a total of 113 Classes in Group at Championship Show level with dogs we have bred ourselves. It's an achievement that we're rather proud of!

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Picture arriving at a dog show and walking along the dog trailer and seeing a hole in the side of it and realising that not just the external door but the internal door and the whole door frame were missing along with the 17 week old puppy that was inside that bay of the trailer. A worse nightmare - yes - and that was the picture relayed to us via a frantic phone call from Georgia saying that the whole door frame and doors were missing and so was 17 week old Ethan.

The doors had come off and Ethan had come out of the dog trailer travelling at 110kph somewhere along a 100km stretch of the Princess Highway in Victoria. They immediately turned around and began the search. It was like looking for a needle in a haystack. The only good news at that stage was that there was no body laying by the side of the road. The search continued well in to Saturday night, with no sign of either Ethan or the trailer door.

The search resumed very early on Sunday morning and it was not until mid Sunday afternoon that the trailer door was found. The outer door was still locked and the inner door was still snibbed in to the door frame. Brendan said it appears that every one of the 20 rivets holding the door frame in place had blown and the door frame had just come out.

It was mid Sunday afternoon and we were at home when Keith's phone rang and John from Pakenham Council was telling Keith that he had a Dogue de Bordeaux puppy with him that had been found wandering the area and had been handed in to the Police and his microchip details were listing us as owners. Keith's first words were "where is Pakenham and is he alive". The answers were "yes, he's fine and Pakenham is in Victoria". Keith went on to explain what had happened while I was trying to get Brendan or Georgia on the phone. Georgia answered and I told her that Ethan has been found. Her first question was also "is he alive". When I said "yes" she started calling out to Brendan that he'd been found and was alive.

Phone numbers were exchanged between John and Georgia and 15 minutes later my phone rang with Georgia just saying "it's him", "it's him", "it's him". He was very sooky and started to shake when Georgia picked him up. He was wrapped in a blanket and taken to the emergency vet and given a thorough examination. Amazingly his only injuries were a very sore lower back and tail, gravel rash, a broken baby canine tooth, split and worn down nails and the pads on his paws worn down to almost nothing.

According to John, he had been found approximately 15km from where the trailer door had been found. He must have come out of the dog trailer and just run and run and run.

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to both Jeremy and Katrina Wright of Doguesgold Kennel who helped search Saturday afternoon and night (in the middle of the big thunderstorm) and all day Sunday. We cannot thank you enough!

We would also like to thank the local rescue group who also assisted with the search. To whomever the people were that found Ethan and took him to the Police - thankyou! Your decency and honesty probably saved Ethan's life. Thank you also to John from Pakenham Council for contacting us, being so understanding and helpful in reuniting Ethan with Brendan and Georgia.

A week later Ethan is running around with no problems, his gravel rash is healing and life is back to normal for him.

How on earth a 17 week old puppy can come out of a dog trailer travelling at 110kpm, survive the impact and then run for almost 15km and sustain so few injuries is beyond us. He certainly is a little miracle boy!

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The funny of the month came courtesy of a Dogue Club Founding member. I received a text message from another kennel telling me that they had been told by a kennel in Victoria they have a puppy from us and that it was probably as much news to us as it was to them. When I phoned the kennel I was told that a Dogue Club Founding member had been texting other kennels telling them about this kennel getting a puppy from us. We were stunned as we don't even have a litter. While both ourselves and the other kennel were able to laugh about it, unfortunatley it just goes to show the utter garbage that this Dogue Club Founding member is making up. Why let the truth get in the way of a flight of fantasy? This Dogue club Founding member just seems to make things up as she goes along.

Although it appears that Dogue Club Members support this type of behaviour as this kennel is the same kennel that a formal complaint was made against back in May and the Dogue club and its members have taken no action to terminate that individual's membership of their Club. Thankfully we have no association with this unfortunate Group.

Although, they are still in breach of copyright as they have not removed my articles and photos and the photos of Keith and I and our Dogues from their web site....



May & June 2012
I said in the April News that we were hoping it would be the start of the "Ice age" at our place, well, the "Ice age" has sort of cometh. We were absolutely delighted when Ice was awarded Runner-Up Best in Group by Mr W. Chambers at the Esk Championship Show. He is only 20 months old, so it was quite an achievement. It was a strong Group line-up of 81 dogs. Hopefully it will be just the start of the "Ice age".

The Dogues in Queensland have really be flying the flag for the breed this year. Joelle has taken Best in Group. Our friend David O'Hara's boy Ch. Rozeldogue Modauam (Imp UK) has taken 2 x Runner-up Best in Group and now Ice has taken a Runner-up in Group. There have also been a number of classes in group shared amongst exhibitors.

Savanah gained her first championship points, a nice 9 point Challenge. She took it over a strong line-up, including her mother.

Joelle continues to progress towards her grand champion title. She has now picked up 165 points since we started showing in mid March this year

Two of our new Darius x Niki babies, Alexander and Alexandria, have been added to both our web site and Dogzonline. They commenced their show careers in mid June and Alex was awarded Best Baby Puppy in Group at both his second and third championship shows. Both awards were under international judges.

Their brother, Ethan, has headed south to join Brendan and Georgia at Amoureux kennel in Victoria. His half sister, Beatrix, is also based there. Ethan will commence his show career in the comng weeks.

It is so nice to be able to work with people like Brendan and Georgia at Amoureux and also David and Amanda at Modavam to progress the breed in our respective kennels.

At the Waterloo Bay Kennel Club Open Show Mrs T. McNeill awarded Joelle Best Open in Group and Cher Best Intermediate in Group. Our thanks to Mrs McNeill.

Tobias was awarded Best in Group by Mr Timothy Thomas at the Queensland Kennel Council Open Show. He then went on to take Runner-up Best in Show under Mrs Julie Ireland. We cannot thank both judges enough.

Currently there are several kennels working towards getting the Queensland All Mastiff Breeds club up and running again. I have taken over the role as web master and have been slowly updating the web site.

We were absolutely devastated to lose Sian suddenly and unexpectedly to lymphoma on Saturday 16 June. Within minutes of being told of Sian's diagnosis, we had to rush Emily to the vets who confirmed she had pyometra and she required an emergency spaying. Thankfully she is recovering, but like us, very much missing her sister.

Just when we thought things could not get any worse, we lost Benjamin in the early hours of Tuesday morning 19 June. The full body function blood tests from the week before had shown that his liver was not functioning as well as it should. He underwent a specific blood test on the Saturday to assess his liver function and the results came back with little change. The vets believe his liver function suddenly shut down and his whole system suddenly shut down as well. He is burried next to his mother, Samantha. They adored each other, so now they will always be together.

We were advised in May that we had been kicked out of the Dogue club of Australia. We were not told why or what we had done, just that our membership had been terminated. It was not until several kind members forwarded us the email dated 22 May 2012 that the Committee sent to members explaining why we had been kicked out that we even knew. Apparently the comment in our 2011 Review that Bordogue Angelique, while finishing 3rd in the Dogzonline Rising Star Pointscore, had actually achieved more Classes in Group than either the winner or the second place getter was the problem. All we had done was promote the achievements of our own dog. However, some did not take it that way.

It appears to us that several sensitive souls in the Dogue Club did not like us saying that our dog well at Group level. However, we did not mention the other dogs and what they did or did not achieve. When you actually look at the results, the fact is that one of the other dogs didn't actually win anything in Group. It simply was taken to more shows than anyone else in order to achieve the points. I am sure the breeder of this dog used to say on her DOL Breeders Profile that she didn't compete in the Pointscore because of it's easily obtained points system. I guess the dog she bred is a classic example of this....LOL

Despite my request, they have failed to remove the Black Mask article that I wrote, yet amusingly they have removed the pictures of my black mask dogs. They have also failed to remove the General Overview of the Standard that I compiled. They even continue to use pictures of ourselves and our dogs to promote their web site. Again, this is despite my request that they remove them. I find it quite amusing that they kick us out of their club, but want to continue to use articles I have authored and pictures of our dogs to promote themselves. They don't want us in their Club, but they still want to use my work on their web site. Perhaps because there is very little else on their web site....

I find it fascinating that they kick us out over a comment promoting one of our own dogs, yet approximately 6 weeks ago a formal complaint was lodged with the Club over one of its Founding Members attacking a kennel on the "secret" section of the Australian Dogue Forum (which is run by another Dogue Club member), yet nothing has been done about terminating that person's membership. The individual is clearly in breach of the Club's code of ethics, the ANKC Code of Ethics and the DogsNSW Articles of Association but no action has been taken. So much for fairness and equity in the Dogue Club....

Given the behaviour of some members of the Dogue Club, we are actually quite relieved that we are no longer members. The club has achieved nothing and is viewed as nothing more than a divisive force within the breed in Australia.



April 2012
Joelle has continued to do well since coming out of her semi retirement. She has picked up 97 championship points from 7 shows in 6 weeks. She is certainly well on her way to gaining the points she needs to obtain her grand championship title. She was also awarded Best Aust. Bred in Group at the Kilcoy Championship Show.

Tobias hasn't done too badly either, picking up 102 points in the same timeframe. He also picked up a Best Aust. Bred in Group at the Library & Archives Open Show.

Ice picked up a nice 14 point Best of Breed at the Library & Archives Championship Show. This was his first Best of Breed win. He's a very slow maturing boy, but he's gradually starting to come together. Hopefully this will be the start of the "Ice age" at our place.

After co-administering the Blockheads DDB Pedigree Database with it's owner, Betty Straatman, for several years I have now taken it over completely. Betty advised 6 months ago that she wished to step down as administrator and asked me if I wanted to take it over. As it is such a valuable breed resource, I agreed.

Hence, it now has a new home: Blockheads Dogue de Bordeaux Pedigree Database

March 2012
We finally decided that we should actually go to some shows in March. The first one we didn't bother to go to because it was too wet, so it ended up being mid-March before we set foot in the showring.

We had also decided some time in February that we would bring Joelle out of her semi-retirement. With the requirements for obtaining the grand champion title reverting back to something sensible, we decided to see if she could pick up the remaining 246 points she required to reach the 1000 points for the grand champion title.

Much to our delight, while we were sitting at home doing nothing, Bordogue Angelique gained her Australian Champion title. We cannot thank David O'Hara of Modavam Kennels enough for the way he has brought Angie on and shown her. I think she will have a lot more success in the future.

Two weeks later we actually went to a show and Bordogue Makayla gained a 9 point Bitch Challenge which gave her her Australian Champion title as well. Makayla is now the fifth pup from Bridget's litter to gain their Australian Championship title. Once again, Makayla has achieved her title without any 6 point challenges. In other words, she has beaten another DDB every time she was awarded a Challenge Certificate.

Angelique became our 13th home bred Australian champion and Makayla our 14th.

Joelle then attended her first show in five months and was awarded Best Exhibit in Group by Ms Glenda Goller. Joelle has become the first Australian bred bitch and only the second bitch in Australia to be awarded Best Exhibit in Group. I was in tears and I think Keith was too, we were so thrilled.

We are the only kennel in Australia to breed three Best in Group winning Dogues at All Breeds Championship Show level (Benjamin, Tobias and Joelle), as well as a Best in Show winning Dogue also at All Breeds Championship Show level (Tobias). (Our Sian has a Best in Group at Open Show level.)

In 3 shows Joelle has achieved 51 points, so that put a nice hole in the remaining points she requires to achieve her grand champion title.

At the Tweed River Canine Club Championship Show, the unthinkable happened. OMG, the world as I know it ended. I couldn't believe it. Tobias was awarded his first ever 6 point Challenge. After being awarded 1377 championship points, Joelle beat him for Best of Breed and as he was the only male shown, he was awarded a 6 point Challenge Certificate. Somehow, I think his record of being awarded 1377 championship points with no 6 point challenges will stand as a breed record for a very long time to come. It's an amazing achievement.

The Beaudesert Kennel Club shows saw Joelle take a 16 point Best of Breed under Ms L. Zake (Latvia) on the Saturday.

Mal got some lovely comments from Ms Zake about Gibson. She commented to Mal that "his head is superb, his body is superb, he's just immature. He needs 2 years to mature." We were thrilled with those comments.

On the Sunday Imogen took an 18 point Best of Breed under Ms E. Tan-Hietalahti (Finland). Imogen was then one of six dogs Ms Tan-Hietalahti shortlisted for Best in Group. We were not only thrilled that Imogen was shortlisted by a European judge, but even more thrilled as Ms Tan-Hietalahti judged the Dogue de Bordeaux at the 2009 Sydney Royal.

Ms Tan-Hietalahti then awarded Safron Best Minor Puppy in Group from a big lineup of minor puppies.

We took our two veterans, Ben and Shelby to both shows. Ben won on Saturday and Shelby on Sunday. Mind you Ben acted like a 2 year old doing his up and back on the Sunday. He was leaping and jumping in the air and and dancing all around. He had me laughing and telling him to act his age. For an 8 year old who has been unwell at the beginning of the year, he thoroughly enjoyed himself and he had us laughing.

Then the following Thursday was Toowoomba Royal. There were 21 Dogues entered and 14 exhibited. Tobias took a 19 point Best of Breed. Sian took a 14 point Bitch Challenge. David O'Hara's male, Ch Rozeldogue Modauam (Imp UK), was Runner-up Best of Breed and Imogen was Reserve Challenge bitch.

What was more interesting about this show is that the judge, Mr G. Biasiolo (Italy), was refusing to award challenges and reserve challenges for some breeds. At times he was not awarding classes and was sending dogs from the ring for everything from dentition, to tail carriage, toplines and insufficient angulation.

From our perspective, it was an achievement for the breed for both challenges and reserve challenges to be awarded and for all dogs to be placed in their classes. Not a single Dogue was sent from the ring. One has to congratulate the breeders and exhibitors of the 14 Dogues present for simply achieving that under this judge.

2011 in Review
2011 has been a year of extreme highs and lows.

We lost some of our beloved children during the year. William passed away in his sleep 4 days before he turned 9 years old. He'd been healthy and happy and it was a shock that he had passed away during the night. We also lost our two little princesses, Hope and Dancer. Both taken well before their time and both leaving a huge gap in both our lives and our kennel plans. We also lost our beloved Nate to snake bite in September. He was a gorgeous boy and was also taken well before his time.


There have been several high points during the year, but the biggest was Tobias winning Best in Show and gaining his Grand Champion title.

Tobias became the first Australian bred Dogue and the first male Dogue to win Best in Show at All Breeds Championship level. He is only the second DDB in Australia to achieve this. Given that Dogues achieving awards at this level are still somewhat of a rarety overseas, he has joined a very small elite group of Dogues world wide.

A month after achieving his Best in Show, Tobias took his second consecutive Best of Breed at Brisbane Royal. There were 19 DDB exhibited. He also took Best of Breed at Toowoomba Royal in March.

Tobias' major achievements in 2011 include:

1 x Best in Show
2 x Best in Group
2 x Runner-up Best in Group
1 x Best Aust. Bred in Show
5 x Best Aust. Bred in Group
2 x Best State Bred in Group
2 x Best of Breed at Royal Shows.

For the second consecutive year he also won the Dogzonline DDB Show Dog Pointscore and for the third consecutive year the Dogzonline DDB Best of Breed Pointscore. He finished the year as the No. 11 Utility Group dog in Queensland.

He has now achieved over 1300 hundred challenge points with not a single 6 point challenge amongst them. He has beaten another DDB every time he has been awarded a Challenge Certificate. We doubt there is any other Dogue in the history of the breed in Australia that has achieved this when they have achieved over 1000 championship points.

Brisbane Royal also saw Tobias' litter sister, Imogen, take Challenge Bitch and we also took Puppy of Breed with Bordogue Fire N Ice. We were delighted with Imogen's CC Bitch as she took it over a boat load of imported bitches. Imogen has done well under international judges this year, taking 3 Bitch Challenges and one Reserve Challenge.

For the second time at Toowoomba Royal, we also took both Challenges and both Reserve Challenges with dogs all carrying our "Bordogue" prefix. Tobias, Sian, Reggie and Imogen all featured that day, along with Dancer who took Puppy of Breed.

Darius and Cher both gained their Aust. Ch. titles. Both are multi Class in Group winners at championship shows and Darius is also a Runner-up Best in Group winner at an Open Show. He has been doing very well under international judges, often taking either Best of Breed or Runner-up Best of Breed. Between he and Tobias I think they have only missed taking one dog challenge under the range of international judges in Brisbane this year. Tobias and Darius took BOB and RU BOB respectively under the Eukanuba World Show 2011 Best in Show judge, Mr Enrique Filippini (Argentina) with Joelle taking Challenge Bitch. Darius also finished the year as the No. 2 DDB on the Dogzonline Best of Breed Pointscore.

At 7 years old, Benjamin pranced around the ring at two shows in March to take 2 x Best Veteran in Group. Judge, Norma Zimmerle, who gave Ben his first Championship Show Class in Group when he was a Minor Puppy, stood and watched him go around the ring and said "he still puts some of the youngsters to shame".

Niki finished 5th in the Dogzonline Best of Breed Pointscore. She had some good wins during the year against strong competition from our own girls and those in other kennels. She also became the first z'Orisku DDB in Australia to win a class in group, which her breeder, Libuse, was extremely happy about.

Young Bordogue Angelique, whom we co-own with David and Amanda O'Hara of Modavam Kennel, finished 3rd on the Dogzonline Rising Star Pointscore. Her points for her first two shows early in the year were not even entered on the Pointscore. Hence she would have finished 2nd if we had of entered her earlier. To finish 3rd Angie accrued points at 12 shows and took 3 Classes in Group. She was actually awarded more classes in group than either the winner or the second place getter.

In additional to Tobias' achievements listed above, dogs that we have bred or own have been awarded another 11 Classes in Group in 2011, making a total of 18 Classes in Group for 2011 plus the other achievements.

We had the pleasure of having a little rescue boy spend time at our home. Young Zack was a delight to have around. We hope that 2012 is a much better year for him with his new family.


Our aims for 2012 are fairly simple. We hope that 2012 is a better year than 2011, that our kids stay healthy and happy and we continue to do well in the showring.

To everyone who visits our web site, we wish you a Happy New Year and we hope it is everything you wish it to be.

October, November and December 2011
The web site update is a bit late as two little princesses, who shall remain nameless, pulled the keyboard and a lot of wiring off the computer. It's taken a while to get it all replaced, restored and working again. We had only just got the computer working, when our home telephone line went down and took almost a week to repair.

Cher gained her Australian Championship title during October. Like many of our Dogues, she achieved it with no 6 point challenges. She has beaten other Dogues every time she was awarded challenge points (and not just those from our own kennel either).

We had a good evening (despite the thunder storms) at the two Ipswich Kennel Club Championship Shows in October.

Tobias took his 7th Runner-up Best in Group under Mr G. Kerr at the first show.

Darius then took Best Intermediate in Group under Mr Kerr.

Darius took Best of Breed at the 2nd show under Mr M Zidar (Slovenia) with his 8 month old son, Bordogue Gibson, taking Reserve Challenge Dog behind his father. We were delighted with how Gibson showed and with his development.

Imogen took Challenge Bitch and Cher took Reserve Challenge Bitch at both shows. There were 20 Dogues entered at each of the two shows.

New show results for Tobias, Darius and Imogen added to their pages. Cher's page has also been updated.

We are delighted with our Darius x Joelle babies. At this point in time the two red girls, Savanah and Safron, will remain in Queensland. The black mask girl, Beatrix, is now in Victoria living with, and being shown by, Brendan and Georgia at Amoureux kennel. We look forward to working with Brendan and Georgia to plan Beatrix's future. The three girls all now have profiles on Dogzonline.

At only her 4th show, little Safron takes Best Baby Puppy in Group at the Lockyer Valley Kennel Club Championship Show under Mrs J. Harvey, (Vic) in November. She won her class of three baby girls and then there were 7 baby puppies in the baby in group line-up.

Makayla finished December needing one (1) point to gain her Aust. Ch. title.

Ben gave us a huge scare over Christmas and he spent Christmas Day and most of Boxing Day at the emergency vet. Fortunately he is recovering well and is being very spoilt with lots of chicken fillets for his meals.

We lost our beloved Nate, on 30 September. The autopsy revealed his death was as a result of snake bite. He was 3 years and 4 months old. He has left us a fabulous legacy through his stunning son, Darius, and his beautiful daughter, Cher. We are also delighted with his grandchildren.

We have reinstated Nate's page in our "Memorial" section.

September 2011
I said last month that Makayla finished August on a high note and some of our boys have continued the trend in September.

Ice took Best Puppy in Group at the Beaudesert Show Society Championship Show under Mr W. Chambers.

Darius took Best State Bred in Group at the Beenleigh Show Society Championship Show under Mrs E. Locke.

Tobias took Best Aust. Bred in Group at the Western Suburbs Kennel Club Championship Show under Mrs N. Zimmerle. He was also shortlisted for Group.

That is now the 4th championship show in a row that we have taken a class in group with 4 different dogs.

We have advertised Tobias' Best in Show and Grand Champion title in Dog News Australia. We are very happy with how the advertisement looks and thank them for their design work. The ad can be viewed here at Dog News Australia.

August 2011
The main event in August was Brisbane Royal, and we did rather well.

There were 19 Dogues exhibited, 11 males and 8 females. The judge was Mrs M. MacBeth (Canada).

For the second consecutive year, Tobias took Challenge Dog and Best of Breed.

Tobias' litter sister, Imogen, took Challenge Bitch, over a boat load of imported bitches, including our own Niki. (Of the 8 bitches exhibited 4 of them were imports.) It was so nice to see our home-bred girl take Challenge Bitch as she has taken Reserve Challenge at two previous Royals.

Our youngster, Ice, then took Puppy of Breed. The judge also had a long look at him when she was choosing the Reserve Challenge Dog, but gave it to an older dog.

So we did rather well, with our home-bred kids taking Best Dog and Best of Breed, Best Bitch and Best Puppy.

Makayla finished August on high note taking Best of Breed and Best Aust. Bred in Group at the Redcliffe Peninsula Kennel Club Championship show under Mrs R. Henderson.

July 2011
Tobias achieves the unbelieveable - BEST in SHOW!!

This is the first time an Australian bred Dogue de Bordeaux has achieved a Best in Show at all breeds championship level, and only the second time a Dogue has achieved this in Australia. He is also the first male Dogue in Australia to achieve this.

We had an amazing weekend at the Brunswick Valley Kennel Club Championship show.

On the Saturday, Tobias was awarded Best Exhibit in Group by Mr Keith Cronchey (Vic). We were so not expecting anything in Group that we'd left Makayla, the Runner-up Best of Breed winner, in the dog trailer and Keith had to run to get her.

Mr Cronchey then awarded Cher Best Intermediate in Group.

Unfortunately, neither of them got anything in show on the Saturday.

On the Sunday Tobias again awarded Best Exhibit in Group, this time by Mr Wayne Douglas (Vic). This actually gave Tobias his remaining qualification for the Australian Grand Champion title. We were absolutely over the moon!

We then went in for Best in Show and the judge was Mr Cronchey (Vic). He ran all the seven Best in Group winners, took the rosette from the Steward, walked down the line and stopped in front of Tobias and said "the Dogue de Bordeaux".

I didn't know whether to laugh or cry (and I think I did a bit of both). We cannot thank both Mr Cronchey and Mr Douglas enough!!

Tobias achieved his Grand Champion title on 1184 championship points, and not a single 6 point challenge amongst them. This is an extraordinary achievement by an extraordinary dog!

When we first started showing Samantha and Scully almost 10 years ago, to win a class in group was an almost an unattainable goal. We never would have imagined that Samantha's son Benjamin would go on to win 2 x Best Exhibit in Group and that her grandson Tobias would go on to win Best in Show. It's something dreams are made of.....

Bordogue Angelique, whom we co-own with David O'Hara of Modavam Kennel, was awarded Best Minor Puppy in Group by Mr S. Munton (Tas) at the Combined CCC Clubs Championship Show. David's own boy, Rozeldogue Modauam (Imp UK) "Brodie" was awarded Best Puppy in Group by Mrs W. Baker (SA) at the Northern Classic Kennel Club Championship Show. Huge congrats to David and Amanda!!

There are new pictures of Tobias on his page, including the official Best in Show and Best in Group photos. New show results for Tobias, Cher, Niki and Imogen.

June 2011
On Thursday 30 June we made the heartbreaking decision to have our only Enferno x Shelby daughter, Dancer, put to sleep.

We had been struggling with her for the past 8 weeks with the repeated bouts of tonsilitis and then repeated upper respiratory tract infections.   We had been struggling to get her to eat and she'd been gradually loosing weight.  We'd regularly had her at the vets and they thought she was still getting over the colds and was run-down, etc. She was on supplements, but they didn't seem to be working. I asked the vet to do a full body function blood analysis on her just to try and work out if something else was going on.  

The results came back and she was diagnosed with kidney failure on Tuesday morning 28 June.  The vets put her on a drip to flush the build up of toxins out of her body and see if her kidneys would kick start.  When Keith visited her Wednesday evening and again on Thursday morning she was bright and happy and was happily eating.  On Thursday morning the vet was very happy with her response to the treatment had taken her off the drip to give her a break. The plan was to do another blood test that morning and put her back on the drip in the afternoon.  Mid-morning I got a call from the vet clinic saying she had suddenly started seizing.  They had given her Valium to try and stop the seizure and it had worked and she was resting.  The advice was once they start seizing, then they usually continue to do so.  We didn't want her to suffer and we didn't want to see her having repeated seizures.

Keith went to the vets so he could be there when they put her to sleep.  She's always been daddy's dancey prancey little wiggle bum girl so he wanted to be with her and hold her.   When he got there she greeted him in her wiggle bum fashion as usual.  She had her head on his arm and he was cuddling her when she peacefully slipped away.  

Keith buried her under the trees at the bottom of the stairs down to the kennel, just near Hope, Scully and Samantha.

  We are absolutely devastated.  She was such a gorgeous happy little soul and I'm sure that wherever she is now she'll just keep on dancin and prancin.

We are currently having full body function blood analysis tests done on all of Dancer's brothers. To date the results for both Ice and Storm have come back clear.

We'd also like to say a special thank you to our friend Lynn, whose support and prayers we greatly appreciated during these very difficult days.

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On some slightly better news, we've done well in the showring during June.

Tobias was awarded his 6th Runner-up Best in Group by Mr W. Chambers at the Mackay Show Association Championship show. He is also awarded Best State Bred in Group. He then went to Rockhampton were he picked up another Best State Bred in Group award, along with Best of Breed at all 3 shows.

Tobias was awarded Best Australian Bred in Group at both the Saturday and Sunday Queensland Kennel Council Championship shows. He was also 1 of 4 dogs shortlisted for Best in Group by Mr J. W. Thompson (Vic) at the Saturday show.

Bordogue Anglique was awarded Challenge Bitch and then Best Minor Puppy in Group at the Sunday show by Mrs J. Campbell (Vic). Dave was thrilled and so were we. Angie now has her own profile on Dogzonline and is coming 2nd in the DDB Dogzonline Rising Star Pointscore.

Angie takes her second Best Minor Puppy in Group the following weekend at the Western Suburbs Kennel Club Championship show under All Breeds Judge, Mr D. Eadie (Canada) from a big Minor Puppy line up.

Tobias and Imogen take Best of Breed and Runner-up Best of Breed respectively at the Ipswich Kennel Club Championship Show under All Breeds Judge, Mr A. Hsieh (Taiwan). Darius is awarded Reserve Male. There were 13 DDBx exhibited.

Niki takes Best of Breed at the Western Suburbs Kennel Club Championship show under All Breeds Judge, Mr D. Eadie (Canada). Imogen is awarded Reserve Female. There were 10 DDBx exhibited.

Young Bordogue Gibson is showing beautifully for Mal and was shortlisted for Baby in Group at only his second show.

Tobias now has over 1130 points and no 6 point challenges!

The little rescue boy, Zack, has found a new home. He and his new friend Roxie are keeping very busy playing and going to the beach and on walks with their dad.

May 2011
Darius achieved his Australian Champion title on 8 May with a 12 point Dog Challenge and Runner-up Best of Breed. He did it in style beating our two Best in Group winning boys.

Congratulations to Kathleen and Ch. Bordogue Basile Tibor on taking Best Australian Bred in Group at the Ipswich Show Society Championship Show.

Congratulations also to Dave and young miss Bordogue Anglique who, at the tender age of 6 months and 1 week, took two Bitch Challenges at two recent championship shows giving her her first points towards her Australian Championship title.

Young Bordogue Gibson also commenced his show career this month. Mal had him trotting around the ring beautifully at the Esk Championship Show.

We did not realise it until last week, but Tobias actually achieved 1000 championship points when he took Best of Breed at Toowoomba Royal in March. In what we think is most likely a first for the breed in Australia, he has achieved this without being awarded a single 6 point challenge. When looking at his full results, he has only had 5 x 7 point challenges. Very few, if any, Dogues in Australia can claim an achievement like this.

For the past two weeks we have been fostering a 7 - 8 month old rescue boy called Zack. He is little sweetheart and gets on well with everyone. He was surrended by his owner to the pound. Since coming to us he has been desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, heartworm tested, wormed and had a visit to the chiro as his back was out. He has taken all of this in his stride. We are in the process of securing him a loving forever home.

We have added some new photos to the "Puppies Page". They are two of Darius and Makayla's sons. Thank you to their owners for allowing us to include the photos on our web site.
April 2011
Our Darius x Makayla son, Gibson, has gone to live with our friend Mal and his family. Mal and Gibson will hit the showring in the coming months.

We were very pleased with this first litter from Darius. They were a very consistent litter both in overall soundness and breed type with them all having lovely heads.

Niki has continued to do well in the showing and has taken several more Best of Breeds.

Until this month we did not realise that dogs could get tonsilitis. However, Dancer has had repeated doses of tonsilitis and our vet ended up taking her tonsils out. No ice-cream and jelly, but she has been enjoying big drinks of warm milk and being hand fed little soft meatballs.

On Friday 29 April I flew down to Sydney to attend the Pat Hastings seminar "Structure in Motion" hosted by the Dobermann Club of NSW the next day. We have been following Pat Hasting's "Puppy Puzzle" philosophy for a number of years now to ensure that we choose not only the best breed type puppies, but the best structured puppies to include in our show team and our breeding program. The seminar was absolutely fantastic! Pat went through the theory of the Puppy Puzzle philosophy and outlined the impact that poor structure has on dogs. She then assessed a litter of puppies. The day wrapped up with assessments of some adult dogs.

When you viewed some of the photos of dogs trying to do tasks that they were structurally incapable of doing, then it added more truth to the saying "a dog cannot run on it's face". However, Pat also pointed out that if you look at a dogs head and you cannot tell what breed it is, then breed type is not being maintained. The key is to breed a dog that is an overall package of type and soundness, which is what we have been endeavouring to achieve for a number of years.

The 2nd of April was an extremely sad day for us as we lost our big loveable lad, William. He passed away in his sleep in the early hours of the morning. Although he was 4 days off turning 9 years old, it came as quite a shock as he hadn't been sick, he'd eaten his dinner the evening before and gone our for a pee walk at 11.30pm and came back in and lay down on his bed. He was in the same spot on his bed when Keith found him the next morning.

In his younger days he gained his Australian Champion title and achieved over 350 championship points, so officially he was Aust. Ch. Doguerouge William. He did obedience and introductory agility. He was Shelby's best mate and they loved to play. He was the last of our "x-files" kids, and he, his mother Scully and aunty Samantha are all very sadly missed.

March 2011
There are new photos of Darius, Cher and Niki on their pages. New show results for Darius, Tobias, Niki, Ben, Sian, Imogen and Joelle.

We had a great weekend at the Beaudesert Kennel Club championship shows. On the Saturday, Tobias took Best of Breed under Mr E Fillipini (Argentina). Darius took Runner-up Best of Breed. Joelle took Challenge Bitch. Storm took Baby of Breed. Ben, who is now 7 years old, took Best Veteran in Group.

On the Sunday, Darius took Best of Breed under Mr T. Alexander (Canada) with Tobias taking Reserve Challenge Dog. Joelle took Reserve Challenge Bitch. Little Bordogue Anglique was shown by Dave and took Baby of Breed. Ben then took his second Best Veteran in Group for the weekend.

At the Open Show, Darius took Runner-up Best in Group and Best Junior in Group under Mrs J Ireland (Qld). We were absolutely thrilled with his achievements over the weekend.

Niki took her first Best of Breed at the Warwick Agricultural Championship Show and was then awarded Best Junior in Group by Mr P Cousins. This is Niki's first class in group and it was her last show in Junior class. Her breeder, Libuse, was very happy with her show results as this is the first time a Z'Orisku dog has taken a Class in Group in Australia.

We also had great results at Toowoomba Royal. Once again, 4 dogs all carrying our prefix took both Challenges and both Reserve Challenges. This is the second time we have achieved this and the same 4 dogs were involved.

Best of Breed - Tobias
Runner-up Best of Breed - Sian
Reserve Challenge Dog - Reggie
Reserve Challenge Bitch - Imogen

This is Tobias' third Royal Best of Breed.

Not only did we have great show results, we had a very nice day with our friends.

February 2011
The web site has undergone a few changes with new pages for Ice, Storm and Dancer. New photos of Niki. New pictures on the Puppies Page. Show results for Tobias, Darius, Cher and Joelle.

We are absolutely devastated as we lost Arthur and Joelle’s daughter Hope to snake bite.

Niki gains her first points towards her Australian Champion title taking Challenge Bitch and Runner-up Best of Breed.

Tobias is awarded Best Australian Bred in Group by Mrs A Holman at the Redcliffe Peninsular Championship Show.

2010 in Review
Time just got away from us during the past 6 months and I haven’t had the time to do the monthly updates or much else, so the past 6 months will simply be included in the review of 2010.

Niki arrived out of quarantine at the end of July. She didn’t have an easy time there with an ear infection and a staph infection causing her to lose a lot of coat. We were relieved to get her home and out of that environment.

We’ve had a fabulous year in the showing.

Tobias was the No. 1 DDB for both Group and Breed wins on the Dogzonline Pointscore.

Darius also finished as the No. 1 DDB Rising Star for 2010 on the Dogzonline Pointscore.

Tobias was awarded 1 x Best in Group, 4 x Runner-up Best in Group and 2 x Intermediate in Show.

Tobias was Best of Breed at the Royal Brisbane Show (from 22 DDB exhibited) and Darius was Puppy of Breed.

Tobias was also Runner-up Best of Breed at Canberra Royal.

Huge congratulations to Bordogue Basile Tibor, whom we co-own with Kathleen Byrne, on gaining his Australian Champion title. Our sincere thanks to Kathleen who has done all the hard work showing Basile.

Basile, Tobias and Imogen's sister, Bordogue Hannah, also gained her title. That is now 4 puppies from Bridget's litter that have gained their Australian Champion titles.

Shelby gave us a lovely litter of 5 puppies by Multi Ch. Enferno van de Paterhoek at Emberez (UK). We have had the frozen semen from Enferno in Australia for almost 2 years waiting patiently to use it. Three of the babies, Ice, Storm and Dancer now have their own web pages.

Joelle gave us a genetically split litter to Arthur and Nate. We have kept two of the girls sired by Arthur.

June 2010
Tobias has had some fabulous achievements in the showring in recent weeks. In 12 weeks of showing he has achieved:
1 x Best in Group
4 x Runner-up Best in Group
2 x Best Intermediate in Show
6 x Best Intermediate in Group

Few, if any, Dogues in Australia have achieved these sorts of results in such a short space of time.

Niki has arrived in Australia and is currently in quarantine. She will arrive home at the end of July.

Joelle's litter is confirmed as being a successful genetically split litter, with one puppy being Nate's and three puppies being Arthurs.
Joelle has re-entered the showring after having her babies and at her first show took Challenge Bitch and Runner-up Best of Breed taking her over 600 championship points.

Cher takes a 7 point Challenge Bitch at Kalbar and gains her first championship points.

May 2010
New pages for Darius, Cher and Niki. New photos of Nate. Show results for Tobias, Ben and Sian.

May has commenced with a fabulous start as Tobias is awarded his first Best Exhibit in Group/Intermediate in Group by Mr D. Staines (Qld) at the Burnett Kennel Club Championship Show.

This makes him our second Dogue to win Best in Group at a Championship Show. We are the only kennel in Australia to breed 2 Best in Group winners at Championship show level. Sian also has a Best in Group at an Open Show, making her our 3rd BIG winner.

Tobias also takes Runner-up in Group at the Burnett Kennel Club Open Show under Mrs J. Ireland (Qld).

Not to be outdone by Tobias, Darius takes Best Minor Puppy in Group at the South Burnett National Kingaroy Championship Show under Mrs R. Hartmire (Qld) and then again at the Burnett Kennel Club Open Show under Mrs J. Ireland (Qld).

Not letting the boys have all the fun that weekend, Cher takes Best Minor Puppy in Group at the Burnett Kennel Club Championship Show under Mr D. Staines (Qld).

What a weekend it was!

Tobias takes his 3rd Runner-up Best in Group/Intermediate in Group in the last 8 weeks at the Blackbutt Agricultural Society Championship Show under Mrs B. Balaam (Qld). Mrs Balaam then awards him Best Intermediate in Show.

Benjamin is also awarded Best. Aust. Bred in Group by Mrs Balaam.

Sian is awarded Best Open in Group by Ms M. Starkey at the Waterloo Bay Kennel Club Open Show.

Joelle's babies are doing well, but unfortunately we lost 2 of them. The remaining 4 are doing well and putting on weight.

April 2010
Joelle has 6 puppies on 6 April. All puppies are reserved.

March 2010
We are only half way through March and we are delighted as Tobias is awarded Runner-up Best in Group/Intermediate in Group at the Tweed River Canine Club Championship Show by All Breeds judge, Ms Y. Smith (TAS).

Darius is awarded Best Baby Puppy in Group at the Tweed River Canine Club Championship Show by Mrs J. Hocking (VIC).

Tobias does it again! He is awarded Runner-up Best in Group/Intermediate in Group at the Goomeri & District Show Society Championship Show by All Breeds judge, Mr W. Chambers (QLD). This is Tobias' third Runner-up in Group award.

In his first show in Minor Puppy (age 6 months and 2 days), Darius is awarded Runner-up Best of Breed behind Tobias at the Goomeri & District Show Society Championship Show.

Joelle is confirmed pregnant. She has been bred to both of our imported males, Nathaniel and Arthur. Puppies are due mid April.

February 2010
Tobias takes Runner-up Best of Breed at the Royal Canberra Show.

Joelle takes Reserve Challenge Bitch at the Royal Canberra Show.

Apart from Canberra Royal, we have only attended one other show in February and our show highlights are:

Darius is awarded Best Baby Puppy in Group by Mrs E. Locke (Qld).

January 2010
We only attended one show in January and our show highlights are:

Darius, at his very first show, is awarded Best Baby Puppy in Group by Mrs J. Watts (Qld).
Tobias is awarded Best Intermediate in Group by Mrs J. Watts (Qld).

January 2010 - Plans for the future
We are very much looking forward to this year.

We look forward to Niki arriving this year. Niki will give us the opportunity to line-breed back to some very old lines. Her pedigree will work very well with our Shelby sons.

We look forward to showing Shelby’s babies. Darius has the most stunning head already. We hope that he will be valuable addition our kennel.

We will continue to show Tobias and Joelle to see what both can achieve this year, although we probably won't show as often as we are interested in pursuing other areas within the dog showing community.

Wishing all visitors to our web site a very Happy New Year!

2009 in Review
The 2009 Dogzonline DDB Pointscore is finalised and once again, we have done very well.

Tobias is the No. 1 DDB in Australia for 2009 on the "Dogzonline Best of Breed Pointscore".
Tobias is also the No. 3 DDB in Australia for 2009 on the "Dogzonline All Breeds Pointscore".  
For a dog that only turned 2 years old on 12 November, his achievements in his short show career have been amazing.

Joelle is the  No. 2 DDB in Australia for 2009 on the "Dogzonline Best of Breed Pointscore" and the No. 1 DDB Bitch.

Reggie is the No. 4 DDB in Australia for 2009 on the "Dogzonline Best of Breed Pointscore".

Like 2008, we have finished 2009 with 3 of our home-bred dogs in the Top 4 nationally.  Once again, not a bad effort, if I do say so myself.

In addition to the Dogzonline results, the highlights for the year have included:

A clean sweep at Toowoomba Royal with 19 DDB exhibited, bred by 9 different kennels.  
Tobias BOB at only 16 months old.  
Reggie Reserve CC Dog and Runner-up Best of Breed.
Sian CC Bitch and Imogen Reserve CC Bitch.
Tobias Junior of Breed, Joelle Intermediate of Breed, Sian Aust. Bred of Breed and Reggie Open of Breed - a clean sweep!

Reggie take Challenge Dog and Runner-up Best of Breed at  Brisbane Royal, under Mrs B. Banbury (UK).

Tobias wins Runner-up Best in Group under Mrs H. Beasley (NSW)

Ben is only shown 5 times, but takes 3 Classes in Group from those 5 shows.

Tobias finishes 2009 on 523 championship points, and in what must be some sort of breed record, there is not a single 6 point challenge amongst them.

Joelle finishes 2009 on 590 championship points. She only has four 6 point challenges, usually because her competition didn't turn up.  

After nearly 2 years, we finally breed another litter. Shelby has a genetically split litter of 5 puppies to Nate and Arthur.  We must thank Ron Newland at Frozen Puppies and Carolyn Pearen, owner of Fur Kids Vet Clinic, for their combined efforts and amazing achievement. We never thought we would have another litter from Shelby due to silent seasons and an ovarian cyst.  These are our miracle babies.

2009 was also a very sad time as we lost Samantha to bloat. Most of the achievements in our kennel are due to her and the wonderful children and grand children she has left us.

December 2009
Shelby's litter is confirmed by DNA testing to be genetically split.  Darius, Braith and Cher are sired by Nathaniel z'Orisku.  Lucinda and Jaxon are sired by Camelots Caerleon.

We are delighted to secure a beautiful black mask daughter from the much sought after litter of Multi Ch Moby de Legeane and Chiara de Ruisseau de la Noue - "Unique z'Orisku".   We had reserved a female from Chiara's next litter earlier in the year and were delighted when Libuse advised us that she was breeding her to Moby. Niki's pedigree is full of the world's elite, Moby, Felson, Cetje, Brando, Rano and Chene.

Keith was elected Vice-President of the new Queensland All Mastiff Breeds Club.  It is hoped that the Club be a source of information and  will raise awareness of the Mastiff Breeds in Queensland.

November 2009
Benjamin is awarded Best Open in Group by Ms L. Niemann (SA)

Benjamin's Class in Group brings the total to 75 Classes in Group won by dogs we have bred carrying the "Bordogue" prefix. (This is in addition to 3 Best in Group (Group 1st) awards and 7 Runner-up in Group (Group 2nd) awards.)

Tobias is awarded Best of Breed by Mr S. Simm (Phil)
Joelle is awarded Runner-up Best of Breed by Mr S. Sim (Phil) and Mr H. Tast (Fin)

At age 2 years and 2 weeks, Tobias now has over 500 championship points (and not a single 6 point challenge amongst them).

New photos of Nate.
Pictures of Shelby's puppies on the Puppys Page.

October 2009
News from the World Dog Show.
Nate's litter sister, "No Fear z'Orisku" is awarded Junior World Champion Female.
Huge congratulations to Libuse at kennel z'Orisku on this fabulous result.

Pictures of Shelby's puppies on the Puppys Page.

New pictures in the Photo Gallery page.

September 2009
Shelby has 5 beautiful puppies - 2 girls and 3 boys.

At 22 months of age, Tobias is awarded Runner-up Best in Group/Intermediate in Group by All Breeds judge, Mrs H. Beasley (NSW), at the Allora Kennel Club Championship Show.

Imogen gains her Australian Champion title with not a single 6 point challenge amongst them.

New photos of Tobias and Imogen on their pages.

August 2009
Reggie takes Challenge Dog and Runner-up Best of Breed at the Royal Brisbane Show, under judge Mrs Brenda Banbury (UK) from 26 DDBx entered. We are so proud of our home-bred boy!!
Reggie now has over 550 championship points.

Congratulations also to our friends Cassandra & Randal on their Kangal Dog, "Jessica", taking Best of Breed and Troy & Peta Grennan on their Neapolitan Mastiffs with "Elmo" taking Best of Breed, "Indy" taking Challange Bitch and "Fern" taking Puppy of Breed.

At 21 months of age, Tobias now has over 400 Championship Points (with no 6 point challenges).

Arthur's mother, Artemis des Gladiateurs du Guesny, gains her AKC Championship title. Huge congratulations to Kris and Tony at Camelot Bordeaux.

Shelby is confirmed pregnant to our two imported boys, Arthur and Nathaniel. The puppies are due late September. See the Puppies Page.

July 2009
At only 20 months old, Tobias now has 375 Championship Points (with no 6 point challenges).
At 2 years and 7 months, Joelle now has over 540 Championship Points (with only two 6 point challenges).
Imogen is now 3/4 of the way to her Australian Champion title (with no 6 point challenges to date).
June 2009
Web site updated. Our new boys Arthur and Nathaniel added, along with Imogen. Pictures added to the Puppy Page New pictures of Benjamin, Reginald, Tobias, Joelle and Emily. Show results updated.

Our show highlights for June have included:

Benjamin is awarded Best Aust. Bred in Group by Mrs B. Balaam (Qld).
Tobias is awarded Best of Breed by Mrs L. Betts (Canada).
Joelle is awarded Challenge Bitch and Runner-up Best of Breed by Mrs L. Betts (Canada).
Reggie is awarded Challenge Dog by Mrs S. Verhulst (Canada).
May 2009
May has been a month with a huge high and an absolutely shattering low. The high point was Sian winning Best Exhibit in Group and the terrible low was loosing Samantha to bloat. We just can't believe our naughty little lady is gone.

Our show highlights for May have included:

Sian becomes the first Australian bred DDB bitch to be awarded Best Exhibit in Group at any all breeds show!
She is also the first black mask DDB to be awarded Best in Group.
We would sincerely like to thank the judge, Mrs A.C. Holman (Qld).

Tobias is awarded Best Intermediate in Group by Ms Y. Smith (Tas).
Tobias is awarded Best Junior in Group by Mrs A.C. Holman (Qld).
Imogen is awarded Best Junior in Group by Miss C. Ryan (Qld).
April 2009
Hip and elbow score results back for Arthur, Tobias and Nathaniel. All 3 boys come back under the Australian breed average for hips and all have perfect 0:0 elbows.
March 2009
Our show highlights for March have included:

A clean sweep at Toowoomba Royal Show!
There were 19 DDB exhibited representing 9 kennels.
Tobias is awarded Challenge Dog and Best of Breed by Mr R.B. Jenkins (South Africa) at age 16 months.
Reggie is awarded Reserve Challenge Dog and Runner-up Best of Breed.
Sian is awarded Challenge Bitch.
Imogen is awarded Reserve Challenge Bitch.
Joelle is awarded Intermediate of Breed.

We believe this may be the first time in Australia dogs bred by one kennel have taken both Challenges and both Reserve Challenges at a Royal.

Benjamin is awarded Best Aust. Bred in Group by Mrs V. Schneider (Qld).
January 2009
The 2008 Dogzonline DDB Pointscore is finalised and we have done very well.

Tobias is the No. 1 DDB Rising Star for 2008.
Joelle is the No. 1 Australian Bred DDB, the No. 1 DDB Bitch and No. 2 DDB nationally for 2008.
Sian is the No. 2 Australian Bred DDB, the No. 2 DDB Bitch and No. 3 DDB nationally.
Reggie is the No. 3 Australian Bred DDB and No. 4 nationally.

Finishing 2008 with 3 of our home-bred dogs in the top 4 (plus the No. 1 Rising Star) is not a bad effort, if I do say so myself.

Web site updated. Our "divine Miss Em" Emily added. New pictures of Joelle, Sian, Tobias, Reggie and Ben. Show results updated.

No shows planned until March as it's just too hot!
November 2008
Our show highlights for November have included:

Sian is awarded Best of Breed by Mr T Eerola (Finland).
Tobias is awarded Challenge Dog and Runner-up Best of Breed by Mr T Eerola (Finland).
Reggie is awarded Best of Breed by Ms J. Quiros Kubas (Argentina) and wins the lovely decorative collar donated by Randal & Cassandra Beecham. See the picture on Reggie's page.
Tobias is awarded Best Puppy in Group by Mrs A.C. Holman (Qld).
Tobias is awarded Best Puppy in Group by Mrs D. Jovanovic (Qld).
October 2008
Our show highlights for October have included:

Reggie is awarded Best Open in Group by Mr J. van Daalen (Qld)

Tobias attend the Queensland Puppy of the Year Final and does us proud!
September 2008
Our show highlights for September have included:

Tobias is awarded Best Puppy in Show by Mr P. Warby (NSW) and qualifies for the prestigeous Queensland Puppy of the Year Final! This is a first for the breed in Queensland and Australia!

Tobias is awarded Best Puppy in Group by Mrs J. Mannell (Qld) and is then awarded Best Puppy in Show by Mr C. Woodrow (Qld).

Tobias is awarded Best Puppy in Group by Mr P. Cross (NSW).
Tobias is awarded Best Puppy in Group by Mr G. Kerr (Qld).
Joelle is awarded Best Intermediate in Group by Mrs J. Mannell (Qld).