The 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.

There 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.

Sh 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 Lalibela JW.

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 Dancer.

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 and Ximena.
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 progeny.

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 bi
tches, 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.

All our breeding stock is hereditarily clear of PRA rcd1 and CLAD, and tested for PRA rcd4.

Linda 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 in 2016.

She is currently the Secretary of the South of England Gundog Club and the Treasurer of The Irish Setter Association





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