Affix was registered in 1974, but we did not breed our first
litter until 1987. This came from our first Show Champion
- Fearnley Fireheather of Kirkavagh. Purchased
as an eight week old puppy from Pat and Barry Rhodes, she
won 6CC’s and 4 Res CC’s and her JW.
have now been 13 home bred Kirkavagh UK Show Champions and
one NZ Champion ( the only puppy we have ever exported) plus
2 other CC winners, all descending from Fireheather. Our Affix
has now been carried by the winners of 86 CC’s &
86 RCC’s and 40 KCSB entrants in the UK. We are very
proud to have been UK Top Breeders in 2001, 2002 & 2004.
Fireheather produced our first home bred
Show Champion - Kirkavagh Corejada (6CC’s,
7 RCC’s), and her brother, Kirkavagh Fireboy,
(winner of 1CC & 2 RCC’s). Subsequent litters contained
the dual RCC winner Kirkavagh Ragotsky and
Sh Ch Kirkavagh Musidora ( the only bitch
in a litter of six ) , winner of 4CC’s and 3 RCC’s.
Fireheather lived to be almost 15.
Ch Corejada produced our beautiful Sh Ch
Kirkavagh Zabara, (9CC’s, 10 ResCC’s)
and RCC winner K. Valoris.
Zabara produced just two litters, both by
Sh Ch Caspians Intrepid, in the first, came the four Sh Ch’s;
Kirkavagh Khaydara JW, Kirkavagh Kalaglow JW, Kirkavagh
Kooyonga 16CC’s, and Kirkavagh Kandy
(also a South African Ch, when her owner moved there.) Another
member of this litter, Karamita, was the
dam of Townsend’s Sh Ch Follidown Red Hot Poker JW .
Zabara’s second litter of three pups
contained just one bitch who became Sh Ch Kirkavagh
Sh Ch Kirkavagh Musidora had just one litter
and we kept the delightful dual RCC winner Kirkavagh
Gazala, who, when mated to Intrepid, produced Sh
Ch Kirkavagh Fidalgo JW ( 13 CC’s, 12 Res CC’s
Gundog Group SKC (Aug) 2004), and his sister Kirkavagh
Frivola 1CC & 2RCC’s. Gazala’s
second litter, by Sh Ch Kirkavagh Kalaglow,
produced KCSB entrants - K Neolanta and K
Nikellora, who was the dam of 2 CC winners.
Fidalgo JW and Lalibela JW
together produced the beautiful Sh Ch Kirkavagh Jumilla
JW, who became our fifth generation Sh Ch female,
in direct descent from Fireheather.
This was an important litter for the future as Jumilla’s
litter sister Jakomima was the dam of Sh
Ch Kirkavagh Ivanjica JW (by Clachnahar Ami Pierrot
JW) as well as Championship Show first prize winning litter
mates Iliona, Intermezzo, Istabraq and Ivoroski
and In The Groove (BPIS at the ISAE Centenary
October Open Show). A repeat of this mating contained RCC
winner Kirkavagh Hernando ShCM and Championship
Show first prize winners, Helissio and Hula
Jumilla had two litters of three puppies
by Clachnahar Ami Pierrot, her oldest daughter Sh
Ch Kirkavagh Ebadiyla JW recently gained her title
and becomes the sixth generation Sh Ch Female in
direct descent from Fireheather.
Litter sister Escena is a Championship first
prize winner. Jumilla’s second litter
contained Championship first prize winners Xakala
The late Sh Ch Kooyonga 16CC’s , 6
RCC’s, won her first two CC’s on consecutive days,
was twice BIS at the Setter & Pointer Championship Show
in 2001 & 2002 and was Top Irish Setter (Dog World) in
2001. She was the dam of Sh Ch Kirkavagh Bikala JW
and two other JW winners. Her daughter Kirkavagh Bayakoa
JW is the dam of Championship Show first Prize winners
Kirkavagh The Wizard JW, Wayward Lad, Wheel of Fortune
and our own Windmill Girl JW all by Clachnahar
Ami Pierrot JW.
Sh Ch Khaydara JW was dam of the RCC winner
Stravinsky and 5 other Championship Show
first prize winners here and of New Zealand Ch Kirkavagh
Priolo at Marindallas, who sired a number of Champions
in New Zealand, his litter sister Primera JW
won 2 RCC’s but unfortunately did not produce any live
Sh Ch Kirkavagh Kalaglow JW sired a Sh Ch
and a number of RCC winners.
Sh Ch Ivanjica JW, had one litter from which
we retained Kirkavagh Zenyatta JW, who has
just reached two years old and holds a lot of promise.
We breed only occasionally, from mature, winning bitches,
carefully selecting stud dogs to suit, both mentally and physically.
Our dogs all live in the house and our puppies are all reared
in the house, we would not expect our youngsters to move to
a kennel environment.
Unfortunately we could not consider export, unless to someone
personally known to us.
our breeding stock is hereditarily clear of PRA rcd1 and CLAD,
and tested for PRA rcd4.
has awarded CC’s in Irish Setters since 1994 and was
honoured to judge Irish Setter Bitches at Crufts in 2010.
She has also judged in Sweden ,Belgium and both Islands in
New Zealand. She is due to judge Irish Setters in Australia
in November 2015 and the British Gordon Setter Club and the
Irish Red & White Setter Club of GB’s Open Shows
is currently the Secretary of the South of England Gundog
Club and the Treasurer of The Irish Setter Association