Messukeskus Helsinki 16–17 Dec 2023

Finland's biggest dog event

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Gruber Michael


Grown up with Dachshunds I got a Golden Retriever in 1986, from the famous Swiss Kennel "Vimy" of the late Mrs. Geo Wettstein. Nearly two years later I "discovered" the Flatcoat, a very unknown and rare breed in our country at that time. In August 1991 I got my first own Flatcoat puppy out of Mrs. Sarah Whittaker’s kennel Bramatha. With him the fascination of showing dogs started.

1994 I had my first own bred litter under the affix “Plainfire’s”. Today in 2023 we (my partner Antonio and I) are breeding in the 8th generation. We are proud to show our dogs in Switzerland and other European countries. 

There are more than 35 Plainfire’s champions so far, and several Plainfire’s Swiss Show Top and Opposite Sex winners in the past few years. Most of our dogs have Scottish and/or Scandinavian lines behind. The quality of these dogs improved the one in our country a lot.

I have been member of the Swiss Retriever Club over 20 years, I was chairman of the Swiss Retriever Club Show Commission from 1996 until 2000, and from 2016 to 2022 I have been Chairman of the Swiss Retriever Club.

Also since 2016 I am judge for all six Retriever breeds and since 2021 FCI Group 8 judge. The more I feel honoured to be invited to judge at the Helsinki Winnershow 2023

Judges following breeds

Voittaja 2023 - SU 17.12.

* Chesapeake Bay Retriever 4.12.2023
* Clumber Spaniel 4.12.2023
Flat Coated Retriever
Nederlandse Kooikerhondje

Helsinki Winner 2023 - LA 16.12.

Cocker Spaniel
Curly Coated Retriever
Field Spaniel