HOLTORF, Mr Walter Kassel,
FCI:Dachshunds, Companion and Toy Dogs
Walter grew up with a Fox Terrier (smooth) and a great white German Spitz, cat, chicken, ducks and pigs. All these animals were necessary to live a normal life after the war. But the dogs were his best friends for his from childhood. He started showing and breeding dogs with his partner when they went from Germany to Switzerland for work in 1968. The prefix "vom Paenbuch" was founded by Dieter Deppenmeier when he started with his English Cocker Spaniel breeding 1952 in Germany. Their new start with dog breeding and showing in Switzerland began with Yorkshire Terriers and Japanese Chin in 1969. In the time up to 1982, from their kennel came 17 International, 11 Swiss, 2 French, 2 Belgian, 1 Dutch, 4 German + VDH Champion, 5 World Champions, 3 Junior World Champions and many Group and BIS Winners. Since 1983 in Switzerland and since 1996 in Germany they had only Shih Tzu. 18 International Champions and also Swiss, Italian, Austrian, German +VDH Champions, 3 World and 4 Junior World Champions and also Group and BIS winners. Most of the show dogs they owned they bred. They sold many puppies to Austria, Italy, Germany, Holland, Poland, Hungary and France and lot of them made National and International Champions. 1974 -1978 Judge aspirant for all breeds by the Swiss Toy Dog Club - SZC and Judges education by the Swiss Kennel Klub - SKG. 1978 Special judge for Affenpinscher + Toy Pinscher, Bichon Frìsè, Boston Terriers, Tibetan Spaniels, Yorkshire Terriers, Bolognese, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, King Charles Spaniels, Tibetan Spaniels, Chihuahuas, Chinese Cresteds, Mexican Hairless, Peruvian Hairless, Cotton du Tulear, Toy Griffon, Havaneser, Japanese Chin, Löwchen, Lhasa Apso, Maltese, Pugs, Papillon, Shih Tzu, Schipperke. 1981 Special judge for German Spitz (all sizes), Vulpino Italiano, Japan Spitz. 1984 Group judge for the FCI. Group 9. 1985-89 Special judge for Pekingese, Shar Pei, English Bulldog, Dalmatian, Eurasier, Chow Chow and Kromfohrländer. 1997 taking over as Group 9 and Special judge from the Swiss Kennel Club SKG to the German Kennel Club VDH. Since 1978 Walter has judged 4 World CC Shows, CH Bern, A-Wien, D-Dortmund, Winner Amsterdam Green Star - St. Patrick Show Ireland, German and Austria Bundessieger and different FCI Eurodog, All Breed Show TaipeTaiwan, CC Show Sydney Kennel Club, 5 Open All breed Shows in UK and also 3 CC-Ticket Shows for Shih Tzu. Fluent in English and French, and of course, German. In 1996 Walter moved back home to Germany, and in 2002 after fifty years of very successful breeding and showing dogs around Europe, he and his partner retired from the show scene.