Glo­be­trot­ting dog makes a name in the US

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A glo­be­trot­ting dog from Ar­ran is caus­ing a stir across the At­lantic – not only for his fine breed­ing, but also be­cause of his unique pedi­gree not found in other Labrador re­triev­ers in the US.

In­nis Dubh, a one-yearold male black re­triever from Bougarie Ken­nels in Slid­dery, made the ar­du­ous jour­ney from Scot­land via Am­s­ter­dam, Ne­wark, Chicago and onto Min­neapo­lis, at only five months old.

The pedi­gree pup is owned by John Franke of Bemidji, Min­nesota, and is be­ing pro­fes­sion­ally trained by Ivy League Dog Train­ing in Wal­cott, North Dakota, where he is learn­ing ba­sic obe­di­ence and hunt­ing train­ing.


John said: ‘This dog I got as a buddy, if he took to hunt­ing train­ing, bird dog­ging, great, but first and fore­most, he is a house dog I hoped would turn into my hunt­ing buddy. He’s a mag­nif­i­cent dog – his tem­per­a­ment, he’s lov­able and en­er­getic.’

In­nis Dubh, who, like his broth­ers and sis­ters, are named af­ter places on Ar­ran, has set­tled into his new life in the States and has al­ready fea­tured in a lo­cal news­pa­per, the Daily News in Wah­peton, North Dakota, where his breed­ing and un­usual pedi­gree have been the sub­ject of dis­cus­sion.

Karl Bed­nar­chik, of Ivy League Dog Train­ing, said: ‘In­nis Dubh is a fine ex­am­ple of Bri­tish breed­ing. His body and head are more blocky than the Amer­i­can Labradors bred here.

‘They’re used so much dif­fer­ently in Europe than here. The Labradors here have be­come finer boned, nar­row heads, so they can run all day. They’re used for more up­land hunt­ing.

‘The Labradors we breed here in Amer­ica, in my opin­ion, are lighter and more ath­letic ver­sus the tra­di­tional English Labs. This is the first one I’ve ever seen that came from Scot­land.’

Bog­a­rie Ken­nels are Ken­nel Club-reg­is­tered breed­ers who se­lec­tively breed dogs with show cham­pion and work­ing trial win­ning lin­eage.

All of their dogs un­dergo var­i­ous health checks and rig­or­ous as­sess­ments and are keenly soughtafter, not only in Scot­land but through­out the world.

Photo cour­tesy Daily News

Karl Bed­nar­chik puts In­nis Dubh from Ar­ran through his paces in North Dakota.

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