Irina, A Breeder Devoted Body And Soul To The Metzgerhund
Text by Franck Haymann, www.aniwa.com

 


 
 

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Irina, A Breeder Devoted Body And Soul To The Metzgerhund
Where are the women?
A star is born
Vom Löwenherzritter… It’s the beginning of a great adventure

 

Irina, A Breeder Devoted Body And Soul To The Metzgerhund

A strong character, a clear idea of what a Rottweiler should be, a big, big heart, and above all dogs which would make many European breeders envious. This is an article about Irina Benitskaia.

In each country, the breeding of the Rottweiler met the path of passionate women, many of whom established their pedigree in the international selection: from Marion Brunns – Eulenspiegel Kennels – in Germany, to Kiene Zandbergen – Ter Waele – and Miss Huyskens – Van Het Brabanpark – in the Netherlands, Yvonne Richard – Del Cavaliere Nero – in Italy and Liz Dunhill – Fantasa Kennel – in England, without forgetting Elena Kholevina – Rus Rph Nekar – in Russia and several brilliant breeders on the other side of the Atlantic – Joan Foote, Grace Acosta, Muriel Freeman, etc.

Where are the women?

Women have always been less common than men in the selection of the Rottweilers, and those who distinguished themselves were even rarer. While several female breeders are now quite often in the news of the Rottweiler’s world, and produce dogs which are the pride of their selection and the joy of their owners, one of them has reached the top in the latest years. Her name’s Irina Benitskaia, who is – you might have guessed – Russian. In the beginning, she managed to choose first grade individuals. But very quickly, she felt the urge to breed. Today, Irina no longer simply is a talented handler: she started breeding, and works with lines, which allowed to discover the “true Rottweiler”.

She works with lines such as that of Ilco Vom Fusse Der Eiffel’s – a dog issued from the famous I brotherhood (picture on the right) – and especially that of Hasko Vom Hohegeiss’s, a dog born in 1989 at Siegfried Holland’s, who was the father of her first champion (picture below).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hasko belonged to Regina Mackowiak, a passionate German breeder who knows like the palm of her hand everything about the breed in its native country. Regina gave Irina the passion of the Rottweiler. She made her discover the interest of the selection tests – Körung – of the careful exam of the dog’s behaviour before showing them, and of the character of the dogs, which are above all utility dogs. For her, just like for Irina now, the background is more important than the shape, as long as the type is preserved.

     

A star is born

Irina has been living in France for about 15 years now. When she acquired her first Rottweiler, she was animated by passion. And for her first dog, she really had a lucky strike. This was in 1994. She chose him at the Amour Mechety Kennel, a puppy dog which she called James de la Pièce d’Assault. And as months went by, she realised that her first choice had been a very good one. One can say that this was indeed a master’s stroke.


James became the most titled French dog. Now he is retired and still live with Irina, jealously keeping watch over her. He is nine years old, and tens of his descendents have distinguished themselves in National Specialty Shows and Championships. James’ children, grandchildren and grand grandchildren clearly illustrate the importance oh this dog in French breeding in the last ten years.

James can only boast of top results. In 1997, he finished 1st at the French Championship in Longchamp. The year after, he finished 1st excellent RCACIB in the champion class, at the World Dog Show in Helsinki. Another great moment of his career was when he won the Best In Show at Mantes, near Paris. (Since that time, Mantes became an International Show). This was the first time in France that a Rottweiler won an All Breed show… and this was probably not the last.

 

 

 

 

Other major dogs followed James, especially Bjorn Vom Gustener Moor. Unlike James, he joined Irina while he was already an adult. This dog was very different from James, always on the watch and full of energy. He won several titles in 2001 and 2002 in Championship Shows, especially in the CACS at the Rottweiler Club French National Specialty Show. unfortunately, Bjorn died some time ago, but he left behind him many a great descendents in many kennels. Irina is now glad to have kept some of his children too. Here is the Irina’s description of her two champions:

“While living with James was based on reciprocal trust, living with Bjorn required more attention and tact. On a morphological level, James was also completely different from Bjorn. But their complementarities gave me very good surprises in my selection.”

Vom Löwenherzritter… It’s the beginning of a great adventure

Irina went to look for her breeding basis – that is the motherly line – in Germany. She found what she wanted at a small breeder’s, Zwinger Vom Amsbach. The bitch was called Dari, and she was born on March 28, 1996. this bitch had a very interesting pedigree for Irina, as on her father’s side – Kai Vom Kiefernwerg – on can find very famous dogs.

Especially the two following dogs: the KS Dingo Vom Schwaiger Wappen (here in picture), which all breed specialists consider as the best dog ever produced by Xaver Meixner, and Bill Vom Biefang, DM ADRK Working Champion.

Dari distinguished herself by finishing first from the junior class at the French Kennel Club Championship Show. But what mattered more to Irina was her character, which was similar to that of her ancestors, and the fact that she was a great brood bitch. In 1998, she gave birth to a litter in O, with James, among which she kept O’Bijou for herself.

O’Bijou – mated with Bjorn – gave birth to an excellent litter in R, among which was R’Emy, which won the CACIB and BIS at Pontoise Dog Show, in front of his brother R’Eros (here in picture), which finished best dog. Whether at Irina’s kennel, or with other breeders, James’s descendents proved worthy of their sire.

In the forthcoming years, Irina will keep on breeding and observing. She is working with lines she knows very well, and if James is unique – many breeders often say that they have had one “dog of their life” – Irina sure still has many surprises in store.