We bought our first yorkie, Ch Vihoven Might Max ("Max") in 1994 as a pet. A friend, Ricky Gouws, encouraged us to start showing Max as she saw in him enough good qualities needed to become a champion. We started to show Max in 1996 and he achieved his champion title after his first 5 shows. He also qualified to take part in Dog of the Year. To our delight he was placed overall 6th which resulted in René being hooked on dogs shows.
This was the start of Xamner Yorkshire Terriers. We decided to eternalise Max by including his name in our kennel name for his contribution in introducing us to this fantastic sport. Max represents the first three letters in reverse order (xam) of Xamner. The next three letters in reverse order is derived from René.
Although we only breed on a small scale, our greatest passion is showing. We did an in depth study on which type of Yorkies we would like to show and breed.
The famous line "of Millmoor" of Ronny Engelen keep coming up. Our dream was to one day own a dog like Ch Ever Trouble of Millmoor.
We were very fortunate to be have been introduced, and met a wonderful person in Mrs Tilly Janse-Resoort from the Survival Yorkshire Terrier Kennel in the Netherlands. We imported several dogs from Survival Yorkshire Terriers. One of them was Ch Special Wish of Survival, a grandson of Ch Evertrouble of Millmoor, who has did very well in the South African show ring earning several BOBs and Group placings.
In 2001 I had the privilege and honour to meet Betty Anne Durrer from Canada, which was the start of a very good friendship. The first yorkie I imported from Betty Anne was Ch (USA, Can, Lux and SA) Durrer's Copyright at Barker ("Caeser"). What a fantastic dog to show - he trained me to show!. Caeser won many BOBs and Group placings while been shown in South Africa. He was also listed on the Animaltalk Top 100 ranking. Four of his progeny, Ch Xamner's Squirrel, Ch Xamner's Glamour Girl, Ch Xamner's Middle Girl and Ch Xamner's Africandream followed in their father's footsteps in the show ring.
In 2007 I was very fortunate to show Ch Durrer's Classical Masterpiece ("Classic") from Canada. He started with a "bang" winning the group at his first show in South Africa. Many more Best of Breeds and group placings followed and he was a South African champion after the first 5 shows. Classic was listed in the Animaltalk Top 100 at the end of 2007. He returned to Canada and was shown in Canada and New York at the beginning of 2008. Classic returned to South Africa in April 2008 to continue his successful show career by becoming the "Top Toy" in the Animaltalk Top 100 in 2008. Read more about this special boy's achievement on his page.
We are very honoured to have Durrer's Vibrant joining us in 2009.
The above is an indication of our commitment to promoting the Yorkshire Terrier breed in South Africa.