Rutilus Gundogs

Show - Work - Pet

Show Dog Handling...



David is having a brilliant 2012:

Our own dogs - Pointer and Weimaraner, Face and Oliver as well as the Gordon Setter, James, are doing very well and constantly in the awards.

Welsh Springer Spaniel - Jen Williams' Bushwacker Bewitched at Boldon ShCM - won her first CC with BoB at Manchester, followed by her second CC and BoB at Bournemouth where she also won the gundog group, followed by her third and crowning CC at WKC.  She is now a Show Champion and consolidated this title with a fourth CC at LKA.

Large Munsterlander - Lynda Scott's Elscott Lake Lukka (AI) - picked up another RCC at SKC and is another who is proving hard to overlook, he was again BoB at GBAS.

In the Weimaraner ring David took on the handling of Karen Whitehead's Sh Ch Gunalt Deice at Stridview for the day of WKC, winning the CC, BoB and gundog group 2!

At the end of 2011, David had successfully piloted six different dogs across four different breeds in two groups to win CC's.


Sh Ch Gunalt Private Dancer at Caleydene(weimaraner) – CC, BoB & Group 3 in 2011, owned by Whitehead & Howarth.  Sh Ch Gunalt De-Ice at Stridview (weimaraner) – CC winner, owned by Whitehead.  Sh Ch Gamebourne Perdita (GSP) – third CC, BoB & Group 4 in 2011, owned by Brown & Harrison.  Gamebourne Bedazzled (GSP)- CC winner, owned by Brown & Harrison. Afterglow Seniorita Pitfour (Standard Poodle) – CC, BoB & Group 3 in 2011, owned by Elrick.

THANK YOU to all the judges concerned, and to these dogs wonderful owners!!!


Some highlights of 2011...

CC & BoB & Group Three at Manchester with Sh Ch Gunalt Private Dancer at Caleydene, owned by Howarth & Whitehead.

Also, CC & BoB at Manchester with Sh Ch Gamebourne Perdita, owned by Brown & Burns.


CC & BoB & Group Three at SKC with Afterglow Seniorita Pitfour (Standard Poodle), owned by Elrick.


Handler of

SEVEN different CC winners


FIVE different breeds

in 2010!!

David, handling Sh Ch Flaxheath Freelander, owned by Kate Futcher, to Best In Show at National Gundog Championship Show 2010.


Successful handler of breeds across all groups, David has handled dogs to win a group & BIS, group placings, CC's, BOB's, RCC's.

Handler of 2009 top CC winning male Gordon Setter.

Handler (& co-owner) of 2009 Top Gordon Setter Puppy (BGSC & GSA).

Handler of three different CC winners in Gordon Setters in 2009 alone.

Handler of 6 different CC winners in 5 different breeds between January & November 2010.

David's aim is to get the best from the dog in the show ring, with an aim to win - after all that is what we go to dog shows for! 

But most of all, we have lots of FUN!!!!

If you are interested in David handling your dogs,

please contact him via the Contact page.


Silvora Mastermind - Standard Poodle.  Pictured winning his class at the Poodle Club of Scotland 2008.

Sh Ch Berkenbar Carerra - English Springer Spaniel.  Pictured winning BIS at Cambuslang Canine Club 2002.

Other Breeds

David has enjoyed handling other breeds with much success in the past, some of which deserve a special mention:

Hungarian Vizslas:

Redfurs Prince Charming JW - handled to various BP wins including BP, the RDCC, and a class of the Pup Of The Year Stakes at Leeds 2005.

Sh Ch Saddleglade Contago of Zavis owned by Betty Smith.  David handled "Merkle" in Ireland in 2005 to win numerous green stars and a champ show group two!

David also handled Carol Henry and Tom Gorrian's young Golden Retriever to win a Reserve Green Star in Ireland.  'Logan' is an absolute star and David can't quite believe he enjoyed showing a "boring goldie" quite as much as he did!

Gail Hunter's Chinese Crested - Bryelis Bitwiz - Multiple Green Star & BOB winner in Ireland.

Brian & Janice McPhillip's Afghan Hound - Ch Tulak The Patriot At Dargai - winner of the Hound Group at Falkirk show 2005.