WE ARE SHIRLEY AND JAMIE WATKISS
I had a Bull Terrier Cross hunting dog as a kid in New Zealand. After some years I convinced Shirley to let me have a Pedigree BT. We went to look at 2 bitches, one had a very typey head for the time.The other looked like a “ Normal Dog.“ Shirley chose her and she quickly won Shirley’s affection and became her bitch.We then bought a dog from Dabews kennels and were also founder members of the B.T. Club of W.A, in 1973.Our dog became a Champion without ever being beaten , so we got the showing bug and spent many years serving on the club committee and as president and secretary.
In the mid 70s we went to the Regent Trophy Show and visited many of the top UK breeders. We imported 3 dogs and 3 bitches and chose them carefully. Those animals were combined with other top imports and we quickly rose to the top in the show scene.
I became a judge and have judged many of the top Bull Terrier Shows in most of the Countries where the breed is strong. I also am licenced to judge all Terriers and Hounds.
I was one of the delegates who formed the National Bull Terrier Council of Australia here in Perth at the 1987 Trophy show weekend and have served as both WA delegate and Secretary of that body. I was also voted in as the Australasian delegate to the World Council Of Bull terriers in 1997 in New Jersey.
We bred more ROM animals than any other Australian kennel up until we sold the last kennel property in 1994. Our prefix dominated the specialty Bull Terrier scene for many years, winning a great number of best in show awards and especially the Aust. Bi-
Shirley is an acknowledged expert in health and whelping management and has helped innumerable new breeders to learn how to breed and raise their puppies. Many successful exhibitors owe a great deal to Shirley and the advice she gave them over the years. We have been published on various aspects of the breed in a number of countries and still get requests for articles on health, diet, mating, whelping, rearing etc.
We still breed very selectively and occasionally have quality pups available to good homes.