VALDÉS, Mr Gabriel Bogota,
Gabriel Valdez was born in Cuba but has lived many years in Colombia. In his native Cuba he was founder of the Federacion Cinologica de Cuba, (the FCI recognized club), president of the Collie Club and a member of many breed clubs, including Pointers and Sighthounds. As a breeder-owner-handler, Mr. Valdez has shown his dogs throughout most of Latin America, finishing multiple champions and winning many Groups and Best In Show awards under his kennel name DaVinci's. He has bred the only Best In Show winning Italian Greyhounds in Latin America. Mr. Valdez first litter of Azawakh has produced several champions and Group winners and a BIS winner. Mr. Valdez's goal with the Azawakh is to preserve breed type true to the country of origin together with lively show temperaments. A lover of Sighthounds for many years, he has owned, bred andor shown Afghan Hounds, Borzois, Whippets, Greyhounds, Saluki and Italian Greyhounds. Other breeds he has successfully shown as a breederownerhandler or ownerhandler include Basset Hound, Collie, Papillon and Yorkshire Terrier. Mr. Valdez is a member of the Colombian Kennel Club. He is an All Breed FCI judge who specializes in Sighthounds. He has judged in many countries in both North and South America.