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Christine with our first Afghan - 'Harlextan
Tamara' - 1969
Harlextan Afghan Hounds - Breeding ( Brief Outline )
Top Breeders in the UK for the year of 1992 - Winners of over 55 CC's & Green Stars, over 60 Res CC's & Res Green Stars - Owned or bred 9 UK Champions - Numerous CC winning dogs - and more than 25 Kennel Club stud book entries, as well as many Crufts class winners.
Harlextan Afghan Hounds were established in 1969 when our first Afghan Hound was bought from the 'Davlen' kennels of Ford & Barnes. Born in February 1969, she was sired by 'Tartu of Davlen' out of a bitch bred by Monica Booth-Thomson, called 'Goldfinger of Sacheverell' - it was 'Harlextan Tamara' who produced our first litter of 17 afghan puppies! 'Tartu of Davlen' was a 'UK Ch Takabbor Tiaga' son whilst later on our Takabbor bitch was whelped out of Ch Takabbor Tiaga's sister ' Takabbor Tiamora' - thus creating the link lines for the Harlextan Hounds that followed.
It was a year later in 1970, when our foundation bitches were bought from the Takabbor kennels of Barbara Etheridge, that we seriously embarked on a breeding programme based on 'Carloway' and 'Horningsea' lines - famous throughout the world of Afghan Hounds. This foundation bitch called 'Takabbor Joao' was mated to Monica Booth-Thomson's 'UK Ch Sacheverell Zukwala' ( the breed CC record holder in his time ), and produced our first home bred champion called 'Ch Harlextan Dick Deadeye' - born December 1973. ( Named after the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta character - and not the other cowboy ! ).
LEFT : 'UK Ch Harlextan Dick Deadeye' ( UK Ch Sacheverell Zukwala x Takabbor Joao ). A Crufts Limit class winner, Ch Specialty Best in Show Winner, 3 CC's 9 Res CC's, NEAHS show photo Oct 1978 Ch Show.. Winning has second CC & B.I.S. under International Breed Specialist Daphne Gie and Referee Diana Bowdler-Townsend. Owned by G M & C Parsell.
The next significant litter was the mating of 'UK Ch Sacheverell Zukwala' to our 'Takabbor Abaddon' daughter 'Harlextan Mad Margaret' out of the red 'Takabbor Aquamist' - producing 'UK Ch Harlextan Mad Miranda' S.B.I.S. ( The trend of putting the word 'Mad' in the names of some of our afghans was reserved for those puppies that we thought of as future potential winners ). When Miranda was mated to 'UK Ch Karnak Shamrock' she produced the top winner 'UK & Ire. Ch Playfere Petticoat Wag at Harlextan' - 16 CC's, 5 Green Star Majors, 9 Res CC's, Multi Specialty Best in Show winner.
LEFT : 'UK Ch Harlextan Mad Miranda', 6 CC's, 2 Res CC's, Specialty Best in Show. ( UK Ch Sacheverell Zukwala x Harlextan Mad Margaret ). Owned by M & J Wilson. Photo M Wilson.
'Harlextan Mad Margaret' was mated in 1978 to 'UK Ch Amudarya Shalar' producing the typey 'UK Ch Harlextan the Mad Nun' below. Read up about UK Ch Amudarya Shalar - who is presently the UK Afghan Hound Stud Dog record holder - and the link is on our resources and links page.
LEFT : 'UK Ch Harlextan the Mad Nun', Specialty Best in Show Winner, 4 CC's, 5 Res CC's. ( UK Ch Amudarya Shalar x Harlextan Mad Margaret ). Owned by Jaqui Hough. Photo G Parsell.
At the height of her show career, 'UK & Ire. Ch Playfere Petticoat Wag at Harlextan' was retired for maternal duties and produced the most significant and record breaking litter so far produced by Harlextan Afghans. She was duly mated to 'UK Ch Saxonmill Black Currant' ( Top stud dog in 1991, 1992, & 1993 ) and gave birth to nine typey generic black & tans. One was sold as a pet and the remainder to show homes - all of them multi Championship show winners. Four went on to become UK Champions, an Irish/UK Champion and an Australian/UK Champion. ( At the current count there have only ever been three litters of Afghans in the UK producing four and five champions ). It was later on when Jackie Harnett emigrated to Australia that 'Delbert' became 'UK & Australian Ch Harlextan the mad Mullah'
LEFT : 'UK & Ire. Ch Playfere Petticoat Wag at Harlextan'. ( UK Ch Karnak Shamrock x UK Ch Harlextan Mad Miranda ). 16 CC's, 5 Green Star Majors, 9 Res CC's. Crufts class winner 1982 & 1983. Multi Specialty Ch Show Best in Show Winner. Top Afghan brood bitch in 1991 & 1992. Top winning Afghan bitch in 1983. Youngest Afghan bitch Champion in the history of the breed in the UK at 17 months. Dam of the runner up Top brood bitch in ALL BREEDS in the UK in 1998. Owned by G M & C Parsell. photo by G Parsell.
LEFT : 'UK & Aus Ch Harlextan Mad Mullah' - Best Veteran in Show, Specialty Best in Ch Show, Multi CC and Res CC winner. ( UK Ch Saxonmill Black Currant x UK & Ire Ch Playfere Petticoat Wag at Harlextan ). 'Delbert was owned By Jackie Harnett. Photo by J Harnett.
LEFT : 'UK & Ire Ch Harlextan Padishah' - Multi CC winner & Res CC winner, Multi Green Star majors, Best in Show at the Midland Afghan Specialty Ch show two years running. ( UK Ch Saxonmill Black Currant x UK & Ire Ch Playfere Petticoat Wag at Harlextan ). 'Padi' was owned by Dan & Lesley James. Photo J Hope.
LEFT : 'UK Ch Harlextan Mad Massala' ( UK Ch Saxonmill Black Currant x UK & Ire Ch Playfere Petticoat Wag at harlextan ).4 CC's and 1 Res CC. Owned by Clive & Susan Winters. Photo by C Winters.
LEFT : 'UK Ch Harlextan Piara at Saxonmill' ( UK Ch Saxonmill Black Currant x UK & Ire Ch Playfere Petticoat Wag at Harlextan ). 3 CC's and 3 Res CC's. Top Brood Bitch in Afghan Hounds for 1998 and 1999. Runner up Top Brood Bitch ALL BREEDS in the UK for 1998. Owned by Roberta Hall. Photo G Parsell.
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