A bit of background .
The Winuwuk Boxers were founded back in 1953 by Marion and Ivor Ward-Davies, with the kennel taking its name from a café in the pretty German town of Bad Harzburg where Marion and Ivor spent many a happy hour on honeymoon. The café was actually a meeting place for rather bohemian local artists and it was somewhere they could display their art. The name ‘Winuwuk’ is actually an acronym, of sorts, for the German phrase the artists used to describe their approach to art: “Was Ist Neu Und Weg zUr Kunst.” We have had several native German speakers try and make sense of it over the years but it’s not immediately obvious. It’s something along the lines of “what is new and the way to art”, as we said, they were quite bohemian and they did pioneer new ways of working!
Since that time, the Winuwuk name has been associated with quality show Boxers throughout the world. In common with other top kennels this success has not been achieved easily and there has been a lot of hard work, commitment, fun, heartache and joy along the way.


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Left: The Winuwuk Kennels used to be located on the banks of the River Frome, in Gloucestershire.

Right from the start, Marion and Ivor always welcomed young helpers into their home, often sharing their dogs with them. Julie Brown and Tim Hutchings arrived at Winuwuk barely into their teens and for the last 40 years or so they have been an integral part of the kennel, as full partners in the affix. Sadly Ivor died in September 2000 and Marion died in May 2010, but the Winuwuk name goes on with Julie and Tim - just as Ivor and Marion wanted.

Right: Marion & Ivor Ward-Davies, Julie Brown & Tim Hutchings are pictured at the 1999 National Dog of the Year Finals picking up another Top Breeders award from well-known all breed judge Marian Spavin (centre). about
   





Although the Ward-Davies had several good winners early on and bred their first Champion as far back as 1962, it was not until they imported two great stud dogs from the United States that the success story really began. The American imports Kreyon's Back in Town of Winuwuk and Winuwuk Milray's Red Baron of Valvay were both very influential and, between them, they sired Boxers that won 70 CCs and 147 Reserve CCs. Baron was the British Boxer Club Sire of Merit in 1982.

Right: The incredibly influential American imported sire, Kreyon's Back in Town of Winuwuk pictured as an old man.

baron baron Left: American import Winuwuk Milray's Red Baron of Valvay, the British Boxer Club Sire of Merit 1982.
Marion and Ivor soon noticed that great results could be achieved by mating Back in Town daughters to Baron and this combination produced their first record breaker, Ch. Winuwuk Good Golly. Golly won 25 CCs and 22 Reserve CCs and she was a two-time winner of the prestigious Champion of Champions trophy. For many years she held the record as the Top Winning Brindle Bitch of all time.

Left: Ivor showing Ch. Winuwuk Good Golly in the 80s.

scottyAbove: We bought Ch. Wrencliff Flying Scotchman of Winuwuk as a baby puppy and he became a very influential dog in our breeding programme.

In the early 80s we purchased a handsome Baron grandson who quickly became Ch. Wrencliff Flying Scotchman of Winuwuk. Scotty was our first Championship Show Group Winner and he lies behind the many Champions that have done so well for us ever since. His most famous daughter was our Ch. Roamaro Scotch Mist of Winuwuk who was one of the world's greatest ever Boxers. Misty's outstanding breed type appealed to a very wide cross section of judges and she won 36 CCs over eight years, awarded by breed specialists and all-rounders both from the UK and overseas. She was a multiple Group winner and the highlight of her career was being awarded Reserve Best in Show from over 13,000 dogs at the LKA Championship Show under the world-renowned American judge, Anne Rogers Clark.


Above: The record-breaking Ch. Roamaro Scotch Mist of Winuwuk pictured after going Reserve Best in Show all-breeds from 13,000 entries at the Ladies' Kennel Assosiation under the famous American judge Anne Rogers Clark.

Misty won the Champion of Champions trophy twice and, thanks to her many winning children, she also won many Top Dam awards. She has Champion children in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. She took over Golly's record as the Top Winning Brindle Bitch of all time and then she became the Top Winning Brindle ever and the runner up to the Breed record holder, records she held until her death.

In 2003 the Winuwuk Boxers moved house and the Boxers now live at Winuwuk Cottage in Berkeley with Julie and Tim.

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Winuwuk Cottage in Berkeley, new home of the Winuwuk Boxers

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'Plenty of Room to Let Off Steam'

In 2004 Marion had her 80th birthday and the partners celebrated with a very successful night at the Annual Boxer Event where they collected an armful of the coveted British Boxer Club ‘Boscars’ awards.  Marion was also honoured with a prestigious ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’. 


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Misty really did lay the foundations for the large number of champions who then followed, culminating in marvellous Max, the breed record holder who set records in the breed and group rings which even we thought were impossible. His two group wins at Crufts are very special memories for us

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Max winning the first of his working groups at Crufts 2009

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Max collects his Champion of Champions award at the British Boxer Club along with the Sire of Merit for his father, Ch Winuwuk Lust in the Dust and Dam of Merit for his mother, Ch Winuwuk Storybook



Overall, the last few years have been phenomenally successful for the Winuwuk Boxers and in the last decade our Boxers have won all of the major awards in the UK, most of them on multiple occasions. We are also now the top winning Boxer kennel of all time in the UK, having owned/bred/campaigned more UK champions than anyone else.

  • Top Kennel
  • Top Boxer
  • Boxer of the Year
  • Top Bitch
  • Top Sire
  • Sire of Merit
  • Top Dam
  • Dam of Merit
  • Champion of Champions
  • Best in Show at the British Boxer Club Championship Show
  • Top Puppy
  • Top Breeders

 

 

Now in 2021 the Winuwuk Boxers are moving again to Winuwuk House near Chepstow where they have 7 acres of fields to call their own.

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We hope that you enjoy looking at our site, where we present Boxers that conform very closely to our interpretation of the Breed Standard. Our aim is to produce high quality, healthy Boxers of outstanding type and with excellent temperaments.

winuwukLeft: Five of our Champions, aged up to 12, photographed in 1999. they have won over 50 CCs between them.

If you would like to get in touch to discuss a show puppy, a companion puppy, or a stud dog for your bitch then please do not hesitate to call or e-mail us. Your enquiry would be our pleasure.

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Above: The Winuwuk Boxers relax at the end of a busy day.