Although the Ghyllbeck name is customarily
associated with Large Munsterlanders, the kennel has been
involved with HPR's since 1971, some years before the breed was introduced to Britian.
This association began
when husband and wife team Geoff and Barbara Hargreaves decided to acquire
a dog as
a family pet with the proviso that it had to be a breed which was out of the ordinary but it had to be a doggy dog.
After numerous suggestions and rejections, the decision was made when Jack Hargreaves (no relation) featured
his own dog Pip on his famous "How" television series, it was to be a German Shorthaired Pointer!
The problem was, where
to find one of these rarities. In those days GSP's were very thin on the ground,
there were only three HPR breeds in the country and since neither Geoff or Barbara had any previous experience
of pedigree dogs this made locatinga breeder all the more difficult. After approaching a number of kennels and
drawing a blank, they had the good fortune to find the address of the acclaimed Midlander kennel of Mic and
David Layton in a borrowed Dog World Annual. On contacting the kennel, they had the even greater fortune
to learn that the kennel had a litter available and in May 1971 Midlander Brown Velvet joined the household.
Although ignorant of the intricacies
of the world of dogs, both Geoff
Accordingly, in 1972, Lisa was
entered at Manchester Championship Show. Her new owners were overawed
at the size of the event and the number
As the fascinating
world of HPR's revealed itself to them,
Increasing success in all areas
of HPR competition and
Interest in the
breed began in the Ghyllbeck
Success in competition in the Ghyllbeck
kennel has been confined to German Shorthaired Pointers and
Large Munsterlanders whilst the other HPRs in the kennel have been devoted to the working team to extend
knowledge of the characteristics and idiosyncracies of the breeds and also simply because we love HPRs!
Ghyllbeck Large Munsterlanders
began to build a