SOTI, Mr Eric South Australia,
Eric is a licensed all breeds judge and has been involved in showing and breeding dogs for more than 25 years. He has judged extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the Philippines. His involvement has included Standard Long Haired, Standard Smooth Haired Dachshunds, Basset Hounds and English Springer Spaniels. For the last seventeen years Eric and partner Wolfgang Schnitzer (see at top of page) have concentrated on the breeding and exhibiting of Standard Long Haired Dachshunds under the "Keaton" prefix. They have been successful in breeding Royal Challenge winners in most States of Australia, including Runner-Up Best Hound at the Adelaide Royal Show and Best Hound and Best Puppy Hound at the Melbourne Royal Show. They have also been successful at Specialties with Best In Show winners, either bred or owned by them, including Best Exhibit In Show and Reserve In Show at five of the seven National Specialties held. They made history when two of their homebred champions (ownerhandled) became the first of the same breed to be Supreme Best and Reserve Best at the prestigious Battle of the Champions contest - achieved with a fatherson team. This winner repeated the win at the same contest the following year. 2005 saw them once again win this prestigious contest with another of their homebred champions. At this same event they have won "Dogtainers Puppy of the Year" on four occasions.