BRIEF HISTORY OF THE POTTERDALES
It all started after we purchased our first house
it just didn’t seem right to have all these material things
but no dog to complete the family. Our son Steven was 4 years
old and the thought of him growing up without the love and respect
you get from owning animals seemed wrong to us. That’s
when we decided in 1973 to look for a dog, “an old mutt”
because we liked the look of old hairy mutts and they suited
our hippy life style.
We finally tracked down a breeder not very far from us called
Joyce Collis her prefix was Beagold which was very well known
at the time. Unfortunately we did not take into account the introduction
of an older Beardie with a small child, and quickly returned her
to Joyce who was very understanding, she told us that maybe Beardies
where not suitable for us, and we should look for a different
breed how wrong she was.
We were not put and decided to buy a young puppy so we continued
our search and found another breeder in Lincolnshire which was
80 miles from where we lived and in those days that meant giving
the car a service before travelling all that way !. When we arrived
at the house it was quite imposing with gargoyles at the door
and a huge entrance hall. The breeder was Tine Bowens Leonard
who’s prefix was Blumberg another well know prefix of the
time we passed all the tests and came away with a Beardie dog
called Blumberg Doric tradition (Dylan). We’ve remained
close friends with Tine for many years.
This first Beardie inspired us to want another one although Dylan
was a bit of a handful we went back the Blumberg kennels 3 months
later and brought a very pretty little bitch called Gypsy of Blumberg,
and this was really the start of the Potterdales.
Next came the show training and assessments, breed standard studies,
ring craft, small exemption shows, and then becoming active members
of our local Beardie breed club.
We then made the momentous decision to buy another Beardie bringing
our total to three in a short space of time. We knew Dylan and
Gypsy would not do great things in the show ring although we did
at one point have high hopes for Gypsy as we thought she resembled
one of the top winning bitches at the time, of course we where
The next stage was to find a really outstanding dog to mate to
Gypsy which was not easy. When looking back in hindsight today
it is even more daunting but we had no concept then of what outstanding
was, and how difficult it is to get a really fantastic show dog
and pre-potent sire in one package.
But I can honestly say we did
it, I don’t know how but we managed it and History
will back us up we purchased Ch Pepperland Lyric John at
Potterdale (Winston) from Lesley Samuels, Lesley had been
in the breed a few years and was moderately successful in
the show ring, but no one could have predicted that she
would breed the breeds most successful sire with 17 UK champions
and 30 CC’s to boot, “weren’t we the lucky
Having acquired Winston we had some idea of his potential
but no real in depth knowledge of how good he was, he always
stood himself correctly, he moved around the yard and garden
as if he was on skates, no effort at all, and he grew into
a beautiful balanced dog. He taught us so much we soon learned
the difference between a good dog and an outstanding dog;
we still maintain to this day that you need to own a good
dog to appreciate one.
Ch Pepperland Lyric
John at Potterdale (Winston at 3 months) with a much younger
Mike, they were the good old days !
We didn’t do much winning with Winston until he was about
1 year old then people started to notice him, his overall presence
and movement stood out. He won his first CC at 15 months under
Shirley Holmes of the Edinburgh prefix which was the most successful
kennel in the breed at the time; he was a Champion at 18 months.
Being flushed with success we went back to Blumberg and purchased
Heidi who was to become Ch Blumberg Hadriana of Potterdale we
also purchased Tally who became Ch Tamevally Easter Song of Potterdale,
you can see we didn’t take long to get the hang of it.
Winston at 2 years standing outside our old house in Wymondley
||The rest of the Potterdale history is in our book “Hairy
Moments” so if you want to know a bit more about
us you will just have to buy the book expertly written by
Dr Judith LeRoy.