Cardigans in Austria.
The first Cardigan Corgis to be registered in the Austrian Kennel Club's Stud Book (ÖHZB) belonged to Andreas and Maria Sillaber who after many years in Germany returned to Austria in 1986 with their three bitches. Mr and Mrs Sillaber had bred two litters with the affix aus der Schwebebahnstadt (referring to the German town of Wupperthal) and planned to continue the breeding of Cardigans. The bitches were:
ÖHZB 1: Amsel aus der Schwebebahnstadt (Beckrow Best of All x Daisy zur Haskenau)
ÖHZB 2: Cindy zur Haskenau (Robgwen Something Special x Bianka-Rozavel zur Coermühle)
ÖHZB 3: Daisy zur
Haskenau (Robgwen Something Special x Ascha zur Haskenau).
Ch. Cindy zur Haskenau
The two Haskenau bitches came from Hans and Brigitte Schewior in Germany who ran a well known kennel at the time and particularly Cindy was very successful in the show ring. Cindy can still be seen on decal stickers the Sillabers had made and which as far as I know are the only decals in Central Europe portraying a Cardigan.
In 1990, another bitch was imported from England (ÖHZB 7). Mr & Mrs Luft in Leonding had for some time shown an interest in Welsh Corgis and through my intermediary they bought Willowglen Ice Crystal from Joy Tonkyn. The sire was Willowglen Secret Acclaim and the dam Willowglen Coral Ice. In 1991, Mr & Mrs Luft imported Torwen Austrian Filou (Abcar Prins van Griffelhof x Elka zur Emsfähre), a red and white dog from the first litter bred by Annette Davis, a young breeder in Germany who later left for the United States. He had a very successful show career and is still shown in Veteran Classes. One of his many titles is World Winner 1996.
Luft with Willowglen Ice Crystal .
In 1990, Josef and
Nada Egger (Egger-Mokronog) came to Austria
from Germany. They brought with them their tricolour bitch Elka vom Haus Fuchs (Alki aus
der Schwebebahnstadt x Britta vom Haus Fuchs) bred by Gabriele Müller in Ottweiler,
Germany, and a fluffy dog bred by Mr & Mrs Sillaber,
but he was never registered in Austria and later left the country again.
Elka vom Haus Fuchs
Elka, born 12.11.1986, had a litter of four blue puppies (of which one bitch puppy died) by Herkules van 't Ravenest (Holland) This litter (L), born 06.01.1989, was probably registered in Yugoslavia (Mrs Egger's home country) as there are no records in Germany. Laxis went to Maria La Bua in Munich, Laszlo to F. Sala in Italy and Lucy to Toni Bozidar in Ljubljana.
Josef Egger and Elka vom Haus Fuchs with her L-litter
Also the next
litter (M) of 6 puppies, born 03.09.90, by Dennis zur Emsfähre (Germany) must have been
registered in Yugoslavia. One bitch of this litter, Morenna Egger-Mokronog, was exported
to Austria (ÖHZB 8) and another, Maggie, to Germany (CfBrH 460). A third bitch, Morgan,
went to Ivana Jakubcova (z Neustejna) in Czechoslovakia. She became Czech Champion but was
never bred. A dog, Mythos, went to Franco
Guastalla in Italy where he was mated to the French bred bitch Ch. Fun Lady de la Caverne
des Anges owned by Alberto Tartari (Giorsal). There were two more bitches, Mabel and
Muriel, the latter went to Steiermark but was not registered in Austria.
Ch. Antoc Gregory and Elka vom Haus Fuchs
Shortly after their
move to Austria Mr & Mrs Egger imported Antoc Gregory (Baileswood Geraint x Antoc
Angel Delight) bred by Mrs Speding in England. Multi Ch. Antoc Gregory (ÖHZB 11) had a fantastic show career and was frequently used at
stud. In 1992 he produced the C-litter (2 dogs and 4
bitches) for Mr & Mrs Egger out of Elka vom Haus Fuchs (ÖHZB 10). One was exported to
Luxembourg, 3 to Germany and 2 remained in Austria. Not long after Mr & Mrs Egger
moved to Yugoslavia and the following year Mr Egger died and the breeding activities came
to an end. Gregory went to Finland to Mrs Doris Düwel (Faydom).
Elka vom Haus Fuchs with her C-litter
Also in 1992, Mrs
Luft bred the first litter by Torwen Austrian Filou out of Willowglen Ice Crystal. The 7
puppies were registered with the affix of Airhouse
(ÖHZB 19-25). This mating was repeated 5 more times: 1993: 6 puppies (ÖHZB 26-31; 1994:
7 puppies (ÖHZB 32-38; 1995: 5 puppies (ÖHZB 39-43; 1996: 6 puppies (ÖHZB 44-49); 1999:
3 puppies (ÖHZB 50-52) and finally 2 puppies (ÖHZB 53-54) in 2000 by which time the
bitch had reached the age limit for breeding.
Ch. Torwen Austrian-Filou with his daughter Fergie Coral of Airhouse
From these litters Mrs Luft kept the brindle bitch Fergie Coral, born 1992, which like her sire was shown very frequently, and, from the last litter, the red bitch Laureen Red Double with whom Mrs Luft hopes to continue her breeding line. From all these litters only a handful were occasionally shown but some competed in agility and Mrs Luft worked with her own dogs in obedience and at least one of them passed the trial of Companion Dog.