FURBER, Mrs Helen New South Wales,
Main breeds owned and still being exhibited by Helen are Afghan Hounds, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Shih Tzu. She has judged at Specialist Shows in all three breeds overseas. First breed Helen was licensed to judge was Afghan Hounds, then working through all the groups she passed her final examinations in 1983 to qualify as an All Breeds judge. Besides judging in all territories and states in Australia (including three prestigious Australian Royal Shows, she has officiated in USA, Canada, Britain, Ireland, South Africa, Spain, France, Finland, India, Philippines, Kuala Lumpur and New Zealand. Highlights have included judging at the famous British Crufts Dog Show, and National Afghan Hound Club of America. To improve the standard of the three breeds, Helen and her late husband imported 8 dogs to Australia - 7 of whom wonandor produced Best Exhibits in Show for both Australian and overseas exhibitors. She was the first Life Member of the Afghan Hound Club of NSW, and has been Patron of the Shih Tzu Club of NSW besides positions in other clubs. On the administrative side of canine affairs, Helen has been an elected Director to the Royal NSW Canine Council Ltd. She was appointed as Chairman of committees such as the Judges Training Scheme, Breeds Standards Committee, Planning Committee, and set up a General Education programme. She also had considerable success in creating administrative changes which have benefited the NSW membership. Helen is the author of Furber's Concise Encyclopedia of Dogs. This book covered the breed standard requirements of those breeds in Australia in 1995, characteristics and care and history of the breeds, together with veterinary and health advice.