Claudia Berchtold

Claudia Berchtold

I grew up with dogs but the first dog I really owned (and who definitely owned me) came into my life in 1998 with my first Flat Coated Retriever. Soon the second dog followed and I made first experiences at dogshows and working trials. I passed my hunting license in 2007 and since then also use my dogs for practical hunting from time to time.

Since 2009 I have been breeding Flat Coated Retrievers under the kennel affix „Funstuff“. I was member of the committee of the Austrian Retriever Club from 2003 until 2016, first as a Show secretary and from 2006 until 2016 I was responsible for the breeding of Flat Coated-, Chesapeake Bay-, Curly Coated- and Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers.

In 2006 I became judge for character and abilities tests for Retrievers and in 2011 I became FCI Show judge. Starting with all Retriever- and Spaniel-breeds I am now entitled to judge the whole group VIII including Group judging in the Ring of honour at CACIB shows.

I was lucky to have many invitations for judging Retrievers (but also Spaniels) in various European countries as there are: Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Switzerland, France, Italy, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland.

I am fluent in German (my native language), English and French and I am also able to judge in all those languages.

My dogs – three Flatcoats and one rescued Labrador at the moment – live with me in the house and so do the puppies of all my litters. My other breeding bitches and home bred studdogs live with friends and I see them regularly. Since 2018 I own my kennel affix together with a friend in order to keep the high quality of our breeding without being forced to having many litters at home.

Before my daughters Nina (2006) and Emma (2010) were born, I worked as a software supporter and network administrator. Now I am CEO in our company – we own two bycicle shops in the area around Vienna. I am an active member in various breed- and hunting clubs in Austria and abroad.

I love showing and working my dogs, I love to live with them as my family pets, I love to travel, I love cooking and gardening and I love sports – especially skiing, riding horses and running. For me the most important thing in life is to be honest, fair, tolerant and to never stop learning.

I feel deeply honoured to be invited to judge my breed at this prestigeous event and I am very much looking forward to seeing many gorgeous dogs.