What some of the judges had to say
My lovely Velvet - Ch Taevas Black Velvet at Grafmax JW ShCM - gained a RCC (reserve best bitch at a top level show) in June at almost 9 years of age under breed specialist Viv Lucas. The only time I've been reduced to tears at a dog show!
"Almost 9 years old this lovely girl really knows her stuff. She is a super bitch with a good head and kind expression. Good reach of neck, firm topline, good tail set, tight feet. On the move she was elegant and powerful. Very happy to give her RCC and Best Veteran in Show."
Velvet's progeny by Ch Grafmax Roberto Alagna JW
The Fab Four litter
Grafmax Sergeant Pepper
Grafmax Lucy in the Sky
born 23 September 2019
Peppe (Grafmax Sergeant Pepper) at 2 years
Lucy (Grafmax Lucy in the Sky) at 2 years
The Shakespeare litter
Grafmax Oberon at Camperdown 2 RCC
Grafmax Titania 1 RCC (Tia)
born 25 August 2020
Obie with owner Susan Verrall
Tia with owner Patrick Merrett
From the Blog
Satchmo (Bel, Neth Ch Grafmax Louis Armstrong ShCM RL3Ex) - 1 CC, 4 RCC, 8 CAC, 7 CACIB, 2BIS, 1RBIS, Belgian Winner 2013, Amsterdam Winner 2013, Dobermann Club BIS Sept 13, Welsh Dobermann Club Top Dog Open Shows 2012 and 2013. Welsh Dobermann Club Top Veteran 2017. Qualified level 3 'excellent' in Rally.
Satchmo won DCC and BOB at CRUFTS 2013 under judges Stuart Mallard and Keith Baldwin and was SHORTLISTED FOR THE WORKING GROUP under judge Ferelith Somerfield. He has also won RCC at NEDC champ show 2013 under judge Anne Gibbons (beaten only by the legendary Ozzy Osbourne), RCC at Leeds 2013 under Carol Brown, RCC at Southern Counties 2015 under Kari Jarvinen and RCC at Midland Counties 2015 under Frank Kane. He won BIS at the Dobermann Club September 2013 and BIS at Chertsey open show in 2014 under Gavin Robertson. He was Best Dog and BOB Darlington 2011; Best Dog and Best Opposite Sex Darlington 2012.
In mainland Europe, Satchmo won his champion titles in the Netherlands (in only 6 shows) and in Belgium. He won Amsterdam Winner 2013 under Revaz Khomasuridze (RU) to add to Belgian Winner 2013 under Vladimir Piskay (SK).
Satchmo had 102 class wins, 41 BOB, 2 BIS and 1 RBIS. Satchmo was Best Veteran in Breed at NWPB 2016, Best Veteran in Show at SW Dobermann Club in 2017, BVIB at Blackpool 2018 and BVIB at Border Union in 2019, at 10 years of age.
Velvet (Ch Taevas Black Velvet at Grafmax JW ShCM) - 3 CC (2 with BIS/BOB), 3 RCC.
Velvet won CC and BIS at Scottish Dobermann Club 2015 under breed specialist Rade Vesic (SER), CC and BOB at NWPB 2016 under breed specialist Jay Horgan, and at Paignton under breed specialist Sue Mycroft; RCC at SWDC 2014 under breed specialist Chrstine Parker and RCC at NEDC 2016 under breed specialist Billy Henderson. She was also awarded RBB at Scottish Dobermann Club 2016 under breed specialist Lynne Jones, BB at Boston 2017 under breed specialist Richard Stracey, and BIS at the NECDS open show 2017, also under Richard Stracey. She now has 8 BVIS/B.
Velvet produced her first litter in 2019, to Ch Grafmax Roberto Alagna JW - the Fab Four litter, and her second in 2020 - the Shakespeare litter.
Kiki (Grafmax Ninette de Valois) - Kiki had her stud book number and won 3rd out of 18 in Open Bitch at Crufts in 2016. She was placed every year she was at Crufts. Kiki produced the '8 tenors' litter in May 2016.
Nina (Cosajoro Nina Simone at Grafmax) - 2004-2015. Nina competed until she was 11, winning VHC in Veteran Bitch at Crufts in 2014 and 2015, the latter at the age of almost 11.