My interest in the breed is quite old but I start to bred with the import of two bitches from France, Aithi de l’Enclos des Jonquilles (year 1986) and Cooly de l’Enclos des Jonquilles (year 1987). Aithi has been shown very scarcely, but Cooly become very quickly Italian, International and World Champion (1992). These two bitches were very important because they both came from a "dual purpose" kennel, involved in both beauty and bird sense; from Aithi sired by Ch. Blackberry Jet-Black Shadow ( a son of Ch. Lourdace Bullion) I obtained my first Champion – Anaran – Italian and International Champion, also winner of many field-trials awards, a true complete Gordon that meant very much not only for my kennel but also in my life. Anaran died on June 2000 at only 11 years and ½ but he’s still alive in my heart and also through his offspings.
From a mating of Anaran and Cooly I obtained only 4 puppies, one was Cunag (Junior World Champion 1992) and Clabach, a very important bitch. In 1992 ENCI (the Italian Kennel Club) granted me the kennel prefix Camusfearna.
From another mating of Anaran with a french bitch (Happy du Grand Valy) Camusfearna Llaka was born, an exceptional hunting bitch, winner of the third place at the International Derby for Gordons in France (1998) and winner of more than 20 field-trials awards.
I imported Ch. Prairiedawn Double Exposure – "Maverick" - from England in 1995, a greatly typical dog that allows to improve my breeding plans. I’ll never stop to thank Sandi and Steve Sheppard for this wonderful big boy.
While not widely shown, Maverick went Italian, International and Slovenian Champion and European Champion (field-trial on partridges) with the Italian Team in France 1999.
From the first mating of Maverick with Clabach, I obtained two important Gordons, Camusfearna Nevis and Camusfearna Noble Maiden, both Italian Champion and Maiden Junior European Champion (1998).
Nevis won in June 2000 CAC-CACIB-BOB at the French Championship Show in Longchamp(Paris), first italian Gordon to get this title.
Year 2001 has been for me full of satisfactions, with 12 championships earned in Italy and in different european countries, in both show rings and field trials. During the year arrived a new boy, Brodruggan Sir Lancelot, imported from Australia; at his first show in junior class, "Lance" got the title of german "Bundessjugendsieger" or Young German Champion. Even if scarcely shown,Lancelot got the titles of Italian, International, Croatian Champion, together with the title reserved to those dogs producing at least 3 italian Champions.
All my Gordons are bred always keeping in mind the function the breed has been selected for and I am convinced that "professional" qualities (in this case hunting sense and bird sense) must never be separated from morphologic type. For this reason I am so proud when my boys and girls obtain wonderful results in both the show rings ad the fields. But a dog must be first of all an excellent companion. For this reason my puppies are born inside home, they can live as long as possible with their mothers and I try to offer them the maximum possible of positive experience with humans and with adult dogs.
Many people ask me about the origin of this kennel prefix which sounds a bit strange.
Some years ago I was fascinated by a wonderful book "The Ring of Bright Water" written by the scottish writer Gavin Maxwell. In the book Maxwell describes his life on the scottish Highlands, with some half-tame otters, in his house on the sea, the house of his dreams... it was Camusfearna. This book and the wonderful surroundings thrilled me so much that I thought Camusfearna was the only right name for my kennel, for the dogs of my dreams, my scottish dogs, Gordons of course.