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Debonaire's Story

By: Bengt Pettersson

Back in the late sixties Bernice had the most strong desire to own a sports car of a certain kind. It should be white and with red leather seats. At one time in Gothenburg, walking down the street, she spotted such a car parked, crossed to see if it had leather seats. It had, but there were also something else. On the backseat was something looking like a furry toy. Suddenly it moved!! "What is this? Well, it seems like a dog to me but I don't know." It was a dog, more precise, a Yorkshire Terrier. So, of course, Bernice wanted one a long with the car. As you understand she got the car and in 1969 her first Yorkie. "Love at first sight" applies. At the very first time Bernice saw a Yorkie she fell in love with the breed. It is now 32 years ago and the house is full of Yorkies and as for the future it will probably be so.

The first Yorkie, a  bitch  called Molly,, was bought from an add in  a newspaper which of course is no way to buy a dog. It still happened that way and Molly was supposed to be a pet dog. When Molly was about 2 years old (1971) Bernice one day on her way into the post office, Molly on her arm, met a lady. "What a beautiful Yorkshire Terrier. Have you shown her? "What did she mean, have I shown her?" "Well there are things such as show dogs." So Bernice started to visit dog shows to find out how it worked. Eventually Molly was shown and managed to become a Swedish and Norwegian Champion. She later had two litters and in the second one Bernice got her first homebred Champion, INT CH Debonaire's Brilliant, and she quickly learned about the breed and also found out that the material in Sweden didn't keep up the standard required.

She went to England. A newcomer as she was it was not easy but she managed to make contact with several leading breeders like the Listers and Osman Sameja. She had very good help from Hilda and Les Griffiths, kennel Beechrise, being introduced to people in England. From Joan Parkin she got Carmardy Benjamin. He became INT NORDIC CH and one of the greatest winners of the breed of all times in Sweden, Norway and Finland.  He was also Top Yorkie in 1977. His daughter INT NORDIC CH Marlene av Sano, owned by Bernice was Top Yorkie in 1978. She was as Benjamin a Toy group winner and Best In Show winner at the Kennel Club Shows. 1979 another daughter of  Benjamin, INT NORDIC CH Debonaire's Think Twice, owned by Anita Skoglund at Footprints kennels, took the title of Top Yorkie. By this time Bernice had founded a stock of dogs that she was pleased with.

On her first visit to England she met  a  famous dog. GB CH Ozmilion Jubilation. Two of his sons came to Bernice in Sweden, NORDIC CH Ozmilion Fortune Hunter and INT NORDIC CH Ozmilion Image Maker. Fortune Hunter is the father of 19 champions in Sweden and Image Maker sired 7 champions. A third dog from the Ozmilion kennels, CH Ozmilion Midnight Promise, became a Toy Group winner for Bernice and sired 9 champions. One of them, INT NORDIC CH Footprints Twice As Rare was Top Yorkie1982, owner and breeder is Anita Skoglund.

One very, very important Yorkie for Bernice was the bitch INT NORDIC CH Ozmilion Justaromance, mother of 5 champions and a Toy Group winner, grand dam of GB CH Ozmilion Dedication. Her daughter INT NORD CH Debonaire's Born To Be Alive also bred five champions for Bernice. A great addition to the breeding was INT NORD CH Parcvern Smuggler, arriving in Sweden 1980. He had a short but brilliant career, shown only 16 times giving him the title Top Dog all breeds in Sweden 1981. He produced 8 champions. I consider INT NORD CH Debonaire's Blue Carisma to be his  most important offspring. She was mated twice to INT CH Henrikville The Boss, Top Yorkie in Sweden 1988. The first litter gave INT CH Debonaire's Believe In Music "Strauss" Top Yorkie 1990, and the second litter gave INT CH Debonaire's This Is my Music "Poppe", Top Yorkie 1991. The Boss is son of INT CH Deebees Dynamic, Top Yorkie 1985 and owned by Henrik Johansson. The pedigree of Boss goes back to GB CH Ozmilion Jubilation and the Blairsville line. "Poppe" also won many Toy groups. "Strauss" is so far the top winning homebred Yorkie of all time in Sweden. He was Top Yorkie in 1990, Top Toy and third on the Top Dog list, all breeds. In 1991 he ended his show career by winning the glamorous title Champion of Champions as the first Yorkie ever in Sweden. He is the sire of 38 champions. One of them is INT FIN DK  EST CH Debonaire's Mini Snob, owned by Markku Kipină, Finland. Mini Snob has, thanks to Markku, had a great show career including Top Yorkie in Finland three times. Mini Snob has a full brother in Denmark DK S CH Debonaire's Up To Music, owned by Anne Lise and Ib Sřrensen of the Bi'enna kennels. The mother of these two brothers is a lovely bitch from kennel Minikin, bred by Ingrid Lindgren, her name is INT and Nordic Ch Minikin's Up To Date, line bred to Jubilation trough Fortune Hunter and Carmardy Benjamin. Bernice bought her as a puppy and campaigned her to the Top Yorkie in Sweden 1986. She is also the proud mother of a Toy Group winner for Bernice, INT CH Debonaire's Up To Tricks. Another Famous "Strauss" offspring is the bitch INT CH Debonaire's Wild N'Wise, nicely presented by her owner Ann-Katrin Ahlstedt, to TOP YORKIE 1995 and BEST IN SHOW at SYTS the same year. Her mother CH Debonaire's Favourite Waste Of Time was also a SYTS BIS winner in 1989. ”Strauss” has a full sister Debonaire´s Listen To The Music ”Hillevi”, kept for breeding, never shown. She became a great producer, a proud mother of many champions. Two of them are terrier group-winners. Hillevi is still strong close to 14 years of age.

1990 Bernice bought a dog from Maria and Ronny Engelen linebred to World CH Ever Trouble of Millmoor with GB CH Ozmilion Jubilation and GB CH Blairsville Royal Seal in his pedigree. His name is CH On Trouble of Millmoor. He came to Sweden as a puppy and eventually he grew up to be the most beautiful dog gaining the title TOP YORKIE 1993. To this day there are 10 champions sired by him.

  TOP YORKIE 1992, INT CH Ozmilion Revelation "Julius", came to Bernice as a grownup dog early spring 1992. He had at the time a res.CC in England, and thanks to his noisiness in Osmans house he did let him go to Sweden and we are grateful about that. Julius is a son of the famous GB CH Ozmilion Dedication and in his pedigree is also the earlier mentioned female INT CH Ozmilion Justaromance. Julius is so far the father of 8 champions.

1994 was a great year for the homebred bitch INT CH Debonaire's P.S. I Love You. She gained the  title TOP YORKIE-94 in a most superior way. But her career could have ended before it started. As a young bitch she was one evening sleeping on top of a armchair, fell to the floor and broke a front leg. First thought: Disaster! But the surgeons did a good job with her. In the house we call her Chrissie and her mother is a full sister to Strauss. Her father is CH Debonaire's Zany And Zestful going back to the Ozmilion blood. 1st of January in 1994, Sweden started to show by FCI rules, which meant that the Yorkshire Terrier moved from the Toy Group  to the Terrier Group. Chrissie made history here by being the first Yorkshire Terrier to win a terrier group. The judge was Hans v/d Berg. Another great day for Chrissie was of course to win BEST IN SHOW at the Swedish Yorkshire Terrier Specialty under breed specialist Brian Lister.

In August 1994 we all of a sudden had a new dog in the house, FIN S CH Gueule D'Amour de Majodian. He came from Finland where breeder Pascale Mark now lives. His parents are INT CH Djebel Amour de Majodian and the beautiful bitch INT CH Tendresse de Majodian. We all remember her well from her great win at the World Show in Dortmund 1991. "Gegel" as we call him, is the most charming personality and he is the father of  14 champions in Sweden. One of them in INT NORD CH Debonaire's French Connection who at only 18 months of age, managed to win BOS at SYTS in 1996 under breeder-judge Sonia Pagani. The year after she went all the way taking  BEST IN SHOW at SYTS club show. She  became a terrier group-winner at the Swedish Kennel Club same year.  "Gegel" is also the father of INT NORD CH H'Octopussy de Majodian, this beautiful bitch shared the TOP YORKIE title in Finland 1996 with a dog.  Another daughter,  INT CH Debonaire´s Sealed With A Kiss, owner Ann-Katrin Ahlstedt became TOY YORKIE in 1998. I also want to mention our little pretty,  happy male, CH Debonaire´s Love Edition ”Edwin” as he is a son of Gegel, Edwin is now producing champions for us. His mother is INT CH Debonaire´s P.S. I Love You, mentioned above.

In May 1996 the number of dogs in the house was extended by one more, Multi CH Illusion Master De Majodian. He came straight from Germany after winning the title VDH-Europasieger-96. He has added a few more titles since then, but more important is that Bernice is very proud of his studwork in our country. He was just right for our bitches. TOP STUD 1999 and 2000 and proud father of 11 champions so far. One of these champions is INT CH Pearlstring Wild Illusion ”Dolfen”, a fantastic dog bred by Ann-Katrin Ahlstedt. His mother is earlier mentioned Strauss-daughter INT CH Debonaire´s Wild N`Wise. Dolfen was promised to us before he was born. He is now retired from the show ring, except from occasional progeny groups, at the age of 4 years after being TOP YORKIE in Sweden 1999 and 2000. He has had a great showcareer and won the champion class and RES.WW in Milano 2000. And BEST IN SHOW at the big SYTS Club show 2000. Dofen has also shown his ability as a stud dog. He has sired some great champions already to this day, July-01, one of them is a terrier group-winner. Bernice is looking forward to follow his children in the future.

To sum up. The Debonaire kennels has made up 93 champions, including 28 INT CHs, 75 of which are homebred. Working with Yorkies is fascinating. It is a breed that needs perhaps more attention than any other. But these glamorous dogs gives you so much back to thank you for all effort you put in it. The dogs takes all the time and leaves no room left for activities apart from them. Bernice is most devoted to the breed and she will go on working for it, for as long as possible.

(Reprinted from the International Yorkshire Terrier 1997, updated 2001)






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