We were always in love with the Irish setter. But we acquired our
first bitch: REBA (BIRDY) only in 1993 from a small local breeder. In 1995,
visit of the FCI World Exhibition in Brussels, we build up fruitful contacts with
Jean Struyf (LORDLY).
We were reached by a virus...the breeding of Irish setter ! Then we decided
to acquire another high-level female: Lordly Unci therefore joined Birdy at home.
Unfortunately, after a deepened survey on everything regarding the breeding of Irish setter, our first tests remained
unsuccessful. After three attempts (with artificial insemination), we had to bow
to the inevitable: Birdy is sterile. Birdy was supposed to be the basis of our
kennel, that's why we chose
‘McBirdy’ as name of affixe: Mac in gaelic means ‘child of '. And we
had to wait until March 1999 to produce our first, but very promising ‘Y’
nest (Ch. Goldings Jeroboam x Ch.Lordly Unci).
To reach our goal:
We are amateur and passionate breeders. We
are doing everything possible to produce some high-level Irish setters,
propertied of the elevated morphological qualities, but preserving their
heritage of origin: that means they remain remarkable hunters of birds (partridge,
also wish they are some perfectly sociable dogs and that they integrate
without any difficulties in a home environment.
Our dogs live with us. They pass a part of the day on the outside course, all
wholes (not in a closed doghouse). During the evening they then stay in the
chimney corner with us. All our dogs follow a program of canine education and obedience
(instructor registered SRSH). This program is followed until they are ready to
succeed the official patent of obedience. We take into account the character of
the Irish setter and are very attached to get a very strong relation main-dog. All
our dogs follow a training for gundogs and are submitted to the natural faculty
test (TAN). For dogs possessing real qualities they are driven to participate in
competitions of FIELD-TRIALS in order to get a qualification allowing the access
to the working class in exhibitions. Our dogs
who get the necessary incentive are also trained for the program of agility
and participate to competitions. Our bitch REBA (Birdy) is graded ‘Rank 2 'and
participate to competitions of the Belgian championship. And of course, we
participate in the maximum to shows and Clubmatch in Belgium, Holland, Germany
short, our setters mean a great deal
to us and all our leisures are dedicated to them. We maintain excellent
relations with our friends Jean & Rita Struyf-De Groof of the Lordly kennel,
well-known in all the Europe. Our basic bitches come from this well-known kennel
(Sh.Ch.Lordly Unci & Lordly Yelly).
Our living arrangements have an outside course of 300m2 and a doghouse of 40m2
with maternity, dormitory, kitchen and bathroom. We also have the possibility to
train our dogs in the fields next to our property.
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Irish Setters -
J. & N. Duhant-Ketelaers - Belgium