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KENNEL/BREEDER HISTORY
WYKE AFGHAN HOUNDS (UK)
Captain Waterlow Fox and Mrs A M Nicholson Page 2
(By Steve Tillotson with additional info from Lyall Payne, Bletchley Hall Afghan hounds NZ,
Mary Thompson (Chair) and Clare Simpson of the Sutton Courtenay Local History Society
and Bridgette Burrows - great granddaughter of Captain Fox)

http://www.afghanhoundtimes.com, PHOTO Capt T S Waterlow Fox Wyke Afghan hounds UK


7. BREEDING/OWNERSHIP RECORDS FOR WYKE AFGHAN HOUNDS

Table 1. Wyke bred by Mrs A M Nicholson
NAME OF HOUND SIRE DAM DOB BRS BREEDER FINAL OWNER OTHER OWNER(S) OFFSPRING
Ranee Of Wyke Buckmal x Sahira Of Kaf 10/3/1926 BRS 5/27 Mrs A M Nicholson Captain Fox none 5 via 2 litters
Caliph Of Wyke Buckmal x Zabana Of Kaf 5/6/1928 BRS 12/28 Mrs A M Nicholson Mrs F A Davidson #1Captain Fox 3 via 1 litter
Khorassan Of Wyke Buckmal x Zabana Of Kaf 5/6/1928 BRS 12/28 Mrs A M Nicholson Miss P Vernon #1 Captain Fox none
Kim Of Wyke Buckmal x Zabana Of Kaf 5/6/1928 BRS 12/28 Mrs A M Nicholson Mrs T S Couper #1 Captain Fox 7 via 2 litters
Sheba Of Wyke Buckmal x Zabana Of Kaf 5/6/1928 BRS 12/28 Mrs A M Nicholson Mrs E E Drinkwater #1 R M Davidson 29 via 5 litters
Shah Of Wyke Kim Of Wyke x Zabana Of Kaf 8/4/1929 BRS 12/29 Mrs A M Nicholson Captain Fox none none
White Ranee Kim Of Wyke x Zabana Of Kaf 8/4/1929 BRS 12/29 Mrs A M Nicholson Miss G M Powell none none
Sirdar of Wyke Kim Of Wyke x Ranee Of Wyke 7/21/1929 BRS 10/29 Mrs A M Nicholson Mr E G Rimmer none none
Wali of Wyke Kim Of Wyke x Ranee Of Wyke 7/21/1929 BRS 1/30 Mrs A M Nicholson Captain Fox none none
Waris of Wyke Kim Of Wyke x Ranee Of Wyke 7/21/1929 BRS 1/30 Mrs A M Nicholson Captain Fox none none
Dargha Of Wyke Kim Of Wyke x Ranee Of Wyke 2/21/1930 BRS 8/30 Mrs A M Nicholson Mrs A M Nicholson none none
Shalimar Of Wyke Kim Of Wyke x Ranee Of Wyke 2/21/1930 BRS 8/30 Mrs A M Nicholson Mrs B Rothwell Fielding none 7 via 2 litters


Table 2. Various owned or bred by Captain Fox
NAME OF HOUND SIRE DAM DOB BRS BREEDER FINAL OWNER OTHER OWNER(S) OFFSPRING
Taj Mahip of Kaf Khym x Daghai 17/4/1924BRS 10/24 Major Bell Murray Captain Fox #1Evelyn Denyer 11 via 2 litters
Pala of KAF Taj Mahip of Kaf x Sonee 2/1/1926 BRS 6/26 Evelyn DenyerCaptain Fox none 3 via 1 litter
Tabi of Kaf Bagheera of Kaf x Sonee 2/24/1929 BRS 7/30 Captain Fox Captain Fox none none
Sahira Caliph of Wyke x Pala of Kaf 4/7/1930 BRS 5/31 Captain Fox Captain Fox none none
Prema Caliph of Wyke x Pala of Kaf 4/7/1930 BRS 2/31 Captain Fox Miss M E Till none 10 via 1 litter
Kilah of Kaf Caliph of Wyke x Pala of Kaf 4/7/1930 BRS 2/31 Captain Fox Captain Fox none none


Table 3. Various owned or bred by Miss B Fox
NAME OF HOUND SIRE DAM DOB BRS BREEDER FINAL OWNER OTHER OWNER(S) OFFSPRING
Shad ParTaj Mahip Of Kaf x Sonee 2/9/1927 BRS 10/27 Evelyn Denyer Miss B Fox Mrs E C Green co-owner none


Ch Taj Mahip Of Kaf
http://www.afghanhoundtimes.com Various Wyke/Kaf Afghan hound photos


8. THE WYKE AFGHAN HOUNDS

Mrs Nicholson's first Afghan hound was Sahira Of Kaf (Baluch x Sonee, whelped 16 Feb 1925), who she obtained from Miss Denyer in 1926. Mrs Nicholson used Miss Mansons dog Ch Buckmul in a breeding with Sahira Of Kaf. (The stud dog Buckmal was the first Afghan hound to become a UK Champion in the breed in 1927). The resultant litter whelped on 3rd October 1926 and included the bitch Ranee Of Wyke, the first Afghan hound to carry the Wyke affix.. Ranee also became the first Afghan hound owned by Captain Fox.

Mrs Nicholson owned another pure bred Bell Murray bitch - Zabana Of Kaf, (Taj Mahip Of Kaf x Sonee whelped 1st Feb 1926, bred by Miss Denyer) Zabana produced a litter for Mrs Nicholson also sired by Buckmal on 6th May 1928 which included Kim of Wyke and Sheba of Wyke. Kim was at one time owned by Captain Fox and was later transferred to Mrs Couper (Garrymhor). Littermate Sheba was transferred to Mrs Drinkwater (Geufron) where she became a valuable brood bitch and produced two champions - Ch Wanawallari Of Geufron and Ch Malati Of Geufron. Mrs Drinkwater later acquired Zabana of Kaf and she proved even more successful than her daughter Sheba by producing a total of 5 UK Champions for the Geufrons (Ch Yakub Khan of Geufron, Ch Shah Shuja Of Geufron, Ch Mahaprajapati Of Geufron, Ch Agha Lala Of Geufron and Ch Firdausi Of Geufron), Sheba also produced American Champion Suryakanta Of Geufron who was exported to Mr Samson's 'Kuhsan' kennel in California USA

Sheba Of Wyke
http://www.afghanhoundtimes.com Various Wyke/Kaf Afghan hound photos


http://www.afghanhoundtimes.com PEDIGREE Am Ch  Suryakanta Of Geufron


The next Wyke litter was once again a breeding from Zabana of Kat, but this time the stud dog chosen was the homebred Kim of Wyke the litter whelped 4th August 1929, we only have two littermates on file, neither of which were bred from. The next Wyke litter is particularly interesting because the Dam was Ranee of Wyke (the first Afghan hound to carry the Wyke affix, bred by Mrs Nicholson, owned by Captain Fox) and the sire was Kim Of Wyke. The most well known offspring from the litter that whelped 21st February 1930 was a bitch - Shalimar Of Wyke who was sold to the Kuranda kennels owned by Mr. Mrs. Rothwell Fielding. Kuranda bred their homebred dog Kulli Khan of Kuranda to Shalimar of Wyke in 1932, see pedigree below

http://www.afghanhoundtimes.com PEDIGREE Sujata


The pedigree above is a bit special from a breed history viewpoint. Kulli Khan Of Kuranda, we believe was the last pure bred Bell Murray lineage Afghan hound stud dog. Shalimar of Wyke we believe to be the last pure bred Bell Murray lineage Afghan hound brood bitch. Thus, this breeding represents the end of the pure Bell Murray lineage. Considering that both Mrs Nicholson and Captain Fox were involved from the outset with the Bell Murray lines and, noting that Wyke only ever bred pure Bell Murray type, it seems most fitting and appropriate that a Wyke bred Afghan hound should have been part of the final breeding of the Bell Murray type.

Mrs Nicholdon exhibiting Kim of Wyke and Ranee of Wyke in 1930
http://www.afghanhoundtimes.com PEDIGREE Sujata


Captain Fox with Shah of Wyke 1930
http://www.afghanhoundtimes.com PEDIGREE Sujata


Captain Fox also bred livestock, sheep, pigs etc, here's
a mention in the local press of an award for pigs that he bred
http://www.afghanhoundtimes.com PEDIGREE Sujata


9. EVELYN DENYER ON THE BBC 1925

Miss Denyer gave a talk about the Afghan hound on BBC radio in 1925, see the news clipping below -

http://www.afghanhoundtimes.com BBC RADIO 1925 EVELYN DENYER TALKING ABOUT AFGHAN HOUNDS


10. EVELYN DENYER AT SUTTON COURTENAY

Evelyn Denyer and her husband John Barton had a residence in Putney, S W London, but for reasons unknown, Evelyn Denyer gave the Sutton Courtenay address on her Crufts entries. Perhaps Evelyn Denyer and Captain Fox had an agreement that her Kaf hounds would reside at Sutton Courtenay and that maybe Captain Fox staff helped take care of them?. Captain Fox had a large acerage at Sutton Courtenay and could easily accomodate a large pack of Afghan hounds.

The photo below is quite famous, it appears in Hutchinson's Dog Encyclopaedia, an invaluable work of international importance on every breed of dog. The encylopedia was published in 50 weekly parts in England in the early 1930's, edited by Walter Hutchinson. The photo below appears in the Afghan hound section. Because of Croxton Smith's article and photographs published in Country Life in 1926 we know that Evelyn Denyers hounds were based at Sutton Courtenay as early as 1926. This is consistent with the date/s given in the Crufts catalogues.

Miss Denyer's "Kaf" Afghan Hounds. Photo - "Country Life" June 26th 1926
(Outside the Norman Hall, on the other side of the road from Courtenay Lodge)
http://www.afghanhoundtimes.com Photo Denyer Hutchisons 1930's

Margaret Niblock (page 112) in her book "The Definitive Afghan Hound" states that upon her marriage to Mr Barton, that Evelyn Denyer gave all her Afghan hounds to Captain Fox in 1926. The reference to 1926 may cause some accidental confusion - it could be that Evelyn Denyer gave all her Afghan hounds to Captain Fox in 1926, but it appears that most of the Kaf hounds were not formerly transferred to Captain Fox until 1930. This perhaps suggests that after her marriage Evelyn Denyer aspired to maintain a breeding interest in Afghan hounds and left them in the charge of Captain Fox but not intially formerly transfering ownerhip of them.

http://www.afghanhoundtimes.com Various Wyke/Kaf Afghan hound photos


Just to add some confusion to the (use of affix) situation we mentioned on the previous page -, Captain Fox is listed as the breeder of Tabi of Kaf (1929) and we note that Mr J Barton (Evelyn Denyer's husband) is listed as breeder/owner of a littermate of Bagla of Kaf. It is interesting to note that after Evelyn Denyer (supposedly) gave all her Afghan hounds to Captain Fox, that a litter bred as late as 1929 should appear, bred by Evelyn Denyer's husband? Also, we find that Captain Fox bred a litter in 1930 containing Sahira , Prema and Kilah of Kaf - another oddity - Captain Fox bred the litter, no Wyke affix on any of them, but we have Kaf affix on Kilah of Kaf who was bred by and owned by Captain Fox. So now (1929 and 1930) we have two litters not bred by Evelyn Denyer but both carry her Kaf affix. We also noted that Evelyn Denyer bred the hound Shad Par, owned by Beryl Fox , and again it did not carry the of Kaf affix. .

Although we don't fully understand the relationship and arrangements between Evelyn Denyer and Captain Fox, they were clearly close friends and collaborated in the development of the breed over several years.

Related content:
Sutton Courtenay Local History Society
Mrs Couper (Garrymhor)
Miss Evelyn Denyer "Kaf" Afghan Hounds UK. (Author Lyall Payne
Bletchley Hall Afghan hounds New Zealand) October 2013

The Afghan Hound Is An Ancient Breed, by Evelyn Denyer 1925
The Dog Of The Mystic East, by Jean Manson, 1929
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