Influential Kennels

Some of the influential Kennels through the decades will include:-

1895/1905 The Redgraves of Mrs H.L. Horsfall (Violet)

This famous kennel boasted that all the Redgraves were bred from continental stock with no English Ancestry.
A long list of top champions starts with Ch. Thor and ends with Emma and Viceroy.
This kennel provided the principal bloodlines that helped to set up many of the fanciers of the breed at the beginning of the 1900’s until the First World War brought about the havoc that was such a blow to the breed.

In the 1920’s the German breeder Karl Faber and his von der Saalburgs brought forward a small kennel that had such a great influence on the breed in Germany, Holland, England and USA. So much so that the Von Saalburgs became known as the Great Dane Royal Family. The famous sires would be Ch. Bosco V.D. Saalburg and Ch. Dolf Von Saalburg and the full sister to Dolf, Ch. Etfa who had a spectacular show career both in Germany and later in the USA, went on to produce eight USA Champions.

Ouborough and Send Kennels:-
During the golden age for English Danes these two great kennels dominated the breed. Owned by J.V Rank and Gordon Stewart the two millionaire owners imported many Danes from Germany and Holland.
Ouborough had at its helm WG Siggers (Bill) a gifted handler with the important eye to choose quality. He travelled all over Germany and Holland purchasing from the best kennels. Ouborough had an interest in Harlequins early on but gave up on this colour and concentrated on fawns and brindles.

Send Kennels bred all five colours and grew from the early 1920’s to become the biggest single breed kennel in the world. At its peak housing over five hundred dogs. Gordon Stewart not only craved show champions but had a passionate belief that Great Danes were at the head of canine intelligence and his kennel staff trained a vast amount of Danes to the highest levels and at any given time could exhibit teams in all colours.

Miss Muriel Osbourne’s Blendon Great Danes were influential both before and after the Second World War. In the late 1920’s Blendon were the only kennel outside of Send to be able to use the Dutch imported Ch. Urlus Volbloed of Send during his two years at stud in England. This mating produced the first Blendon Champion Bedina. The brindle Ch. Baffler of Blendon was the last dog to become Champion before the Second World War and his great great grandson Ch. Bonhomie was the first brindle male Champion after the war. This dog famously was the only Dane to beat Ch. Elch Edler of Ouborough who was B.I.S at Crufts 1953. In 1945 Blendon imported a fawn dog from Canada called Fingard King of Kings who sired five champions in just three litters.

Mrs Edna Harrild's Moonsfield Great Danes. Established 1940
At times Moonsfield kept all five colours at Wyatts Farm, Heathfield, Sussex, but were mainly known for the many fawn and brindle Champions and CC winners that included champions in India, South Africa, New Zealand, Canada and USA. Names to remember will be Ch. Todhunter and Ch. Try Again of Moonsfield. Try Again being the Dam of the famous Ch. Bencaross Beau Brummel. Probably her Ch. Teleman was her best known having sired twelve Champions and gained some 18 C.C’s.

Mrs R W Ennals' Bringtonhill Great Danes
It is to this kennel that we owe the saving of the blue and black colours.
The Second World War 1939-45 brought about as much if not more than the havoc to our breed as the Great War 1914-18 did. By the end of the conflict many pre war Great Dane breeders had given up their bloodlines removing them from our genetic pool. So much so that the blue and black colours were almost extinct, but luck was on the breed's side as Mrs Ennals had kept through the war two blue bred bitches. Black Beauty and Blue Blaze of Brington. (Note that the Kennel Club would not accept Brington as Mrs Ennals' prefix when she started breeding but did approve Bringtonhill.)

By using these two bitches as foundation, Mrs Ennals was able to breed a blue and black bloodline that was able to compete at the highest level. Using at stud the fawn Hyperion of Ladymead ex Blue Blaze she produced Bahram of Bringtonhill, a black dog, who in turn when mated to Black Beauty produced the blue bitch Ch. Banshee of Bringtonhill, the first blue bitch Champion in England since the 1912 Ch. Ranghild of Rungmook bred by Colonel and Mrs. Cowan.
Champion Banshee was mated to Ch. Dawnlight of Ickford, a fawn grandson of Hyperion of Ladymead, and the two grandchildren of Hyperion produced CH. Blackjack of Bringtonhill . The first black dog Champion in England since Gordon Stewart's Ch. Woton of Send in the 1930’s.
Hyperion also produced a fawn dog that did much winning for Mrs. Ennals in Champion Basra of Bringtonhill.

Note that Mrs Jewel's Ladymead Great Danes were a combination of Blendon x Trayshill Great Danes. (Trayshill Danes were bred by Beryl Lee Booker.)

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