Katanga Kennels

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Nicky . . .


I was born 1st January 1966, I have 2 sisters Karen & Amanda and a brother Carl.

I have always been involved with dogs from a really early age, my parents had corgi's. I started in the show world in the mid 70's, when my parents bought me a Pembroke corgi, Candy 'Linkaway Princess Candy' from Ann Baker of Fritton. By this time we had Boxers which we all showed.

In the late 70's, me and my mum had our first Boston terrier, 'Toby' Glenfolly Mr Chips from the late Chris Coley. We done really well and we got another Boston called 'Maggie' Beendee Miss Margaret from Doreen & Bob Bruce.

Time went on, I met my first husband and my first son Brendan was born in 1985. My second son Karl was born in 1987.

I had my first Poodle ‘Winnie’ from Penny Evans and Dave Jenkins of the Bedingfield Poodles, and since had several others, doing very well with all of them. I carried on the Elfisk line with ‘Bernard’ Elfisk Here I Come and ‘Shirley’ Elfisk Somebody To Love. Later I bought in from Rosie Mott 'Emma' - Roseala Whispering Mist, who had numerous BOBs and her stud book number.

In 2003 I bought ‘Abbie’ Keithlin’s Kami Knickers from Keith Storey, who has done extremely well for me in the show ring but has now retired.

In 2004, I met Richard Gunn of the Katanga Affix who owned Afghans, we decided to marry in July 2005, in January 11th 2006 our baby Charlotte was born, weighing in at 9lbs 3oz. And what a shock it was. I had a little girl .

In July 2006 I decided I would like to go back into Boston Terriers again, so we bought our ‘Woody’ Manorcourt Matchmaker from Diane Stevenson, he is out of the Norwegian champion ‘Eclipse’ Man In Motion & Bonny Babes Rockahula Baby.

In 2008 Daizee was born. Katanga's Kauzin' Kaos. An Abbie daughter. Daizee was shown sparingly . She won several first prizes at championship shows and won RCC at Richmond championship show in 2010 under Mr Philip Langdon.

In 2014 we decided to breed Daizee to Dodger, Montana Seventh Heaven. We had a fantastic litter . We kept our Elliott, Katanga's Heaven Help Us.Elliott has done us proud winning several puppy classes and the RCC at 11 months at Bath Championship show under Mr Keith Storey. He is now in Junior and continuing his winning ways. Two of his sisters are also being shown Katangas Kiss De Angel 'Zara' owned by Janet Clare and Katangas Heaven Sent 'Gertie' owneed by Kat Watkins. We are so very pleased with all our breeding.

In 2014 I lost my best friend, my mum Mary. She will always be with me. Mum and Dad at our wedding in 2005.

In loving memory of my mum Mary 18.07.41-04.10.14. Always in my heart love you forever XXXXX.

That’s me, I hope you enjoy our website!


Sadly my lovely wife was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in August 2016 and she lost her battle with it in January 2017. I will leave this as a tribute to my darling Nicky and say that I love you very much and I will always remember you. You were my solemate and made me who I am today. I promise that I will raise our daughter in the way that you would have wanted me to and we will both make you proud of us. Rest in peace my darling, all my love forever Richard xxxxxx.

Nicky Zagdan-Gunn 01.01.66 - 04.01.17

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Richard . . .


I was born on the 1st October 1963. I have a sister Linda and a brother David who lives in Denmark.

I had my first Afghan in June 1991, called ‘Sophie’ Czhemara Madi Gina, but didn't start showing until 1992 when he acquired a red bitch ‘Sasha’ Zharook Sarakavahn Sashumada. She did reasonably well, winning her Stud Book No. and many best veterans in show awards.

Next came a black boy ‘Nanas’ - Zushkhans Ultimate Choice. ‘Nanas’ also gained his Stud Book No. and won two BIS awards at open show level within a fortnight of each one. Then I had his nephew ‘Tonka’ Bashanabad Swordsman, who also gained his Stud Book No.

My next Afghan was ‘Jasmine’ Allakari Wyandot - she had a litter of puppies of which we kept one - 'Zoe' Katanga's Candy Prefume Girl. Zoe was only shown lightly but was admired by many people. We them mated Zoe to Jake 'Andizhan Baal At Shirobana' and she had four puppies. We kept two Harry 'Katangas Kandy King' and Hope 'Katangas Kandy Kisses' and one is also being shown by Terri Borash and Ann Callard Senara 'Katangas Kandy Kreme' and she gained her stud book number under Clari Cross at LKA in 2014.

My life changed for the better as having been divorced for some 8 years I then met Nicky and we made plans then for our future together. We have so much in common in that we both enjoy all aspects of the dog show world from showing to judging. We had a daughter Charlotte in 2006 and it looks like she is ready to continue in our footsteps and show the dogs.

As for judging I was privileged to award my first set of CC's in Afghans in 2013 at LKA where I gave the bitch CC and BOB to Julie and Chris Amoo's Altside Majestic Nina To Sade and the dog CC to Mrs D Milligan-Bott, Mr J Bott & Ms J Noble's Guillaume Du Menuel Galopin JW.



Please click here for my judging critiques page.

Charlotte . . .

I was born in January 2006. My Mum and Dad have Afghan Hounds and Miniature poodle which they both show and breed with some success. I have grown up with them and have been to many shows around the country my first at only two weeks old. My mum and dad added my name to their affix of Katanga last year and I am in joint partnership on Daizee, Elliott and Hope. I am looking forward following in my mum and dad's footsteps when I start to show the dogs. Since my mum passed away in January 2017 I have started to show our Miniature Poodle Elliott. I have shown him several times now winning 3 post graduate classes at championship shows which has qualified him up into limit. I also had a second place at my first ever attempt at showing him at Crufts 2017. I will now be actively campaigning him with my dad supporting me. I have also started to judge Poodles and my first appointment was at the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural society open show on the 1st June 2017. I am looking forward to the future as I travel around the shows with my dad. I have also stewarded on several occasions for my dad whenn he judges and at the Miniature Poodle club shows which I have enjoyed.

Lottie grooming the poodles.

Lottie showing Elliott.

Lottie judging at her first show Stafford and Birmingham Agriculturtal Society 01.06.17.

As for the future - who knows?