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Ch Chardonee Galileo of Saxony HD00 YDT Apt Exl CGC (Zinzan) 06/09/97 - 23/01/04
Dam : Ch Xwatusi vom Schontal HD01 (Imp. Germany). Recommended for breeding Korung 1996 Herr. W Nouc Sire : Deonsdiamant Liberte HD11 (Imp. Germany). Passed for breeding Korung 1996 Herr. W Nouc Bred by : Janet Roussouw of Chardonee Great Danes, Cape Town, South Africa Zinzan's dam and sire were from the famous Liberte kennels in Germany and were bred by Barbara Rettig. Ironically we have never had the opportunity to show Zinzan under a German judge. He received his championship points from Canadian, American, Argentinean and South African judges. While Zinzan's unmistakable German type was perhaps not every local judge's cup of tea, and he was not helped by his handler’s inexperience, he fared very well and in addition to RCC's too numerous to list he also won:   2000 SALKA Open Show MG Reserve Best in Show 2000 Goldfields KC Ch Show CC 2000 Kimberley KC Ch Show CC & RBOB 2000 Bloemfontein KC Ch Show CC & RBOB 2000 SALKA Ch Show CC 2001 Working & Herding Ch Show CC & RBOB 2001 Goldfields KC Ch Show CC & RBOB 2001 Cape Working & Herding Ch Show BOB 2001 Hottentots Holland KC Ch Show RBOB 2001 Western Province KC Ch Show BOB 2002 Working & Herding Ch Show RBOB 2002 Goldfields KC Ch Show 3rd All Breeds Open Challenge 2002 SALKA Ch Show BOB 2002 SALKA Ch Show 1st June Pretorius Memorial Challenge 2003 Durban & Districts KC Ch Show RBOB 2003 PMB & Districts KC Ch Show First Champion dogs   At Zinzan's last official all breeds championship show he went out in a blaze of glory by winning Best of Breed in a very strong entry. He also took top honours in an all breeds challenge later that day. At the same show one of Zinzan's daughters won the bitch CC and gained her CGC title. What a way to finish a sterling ring career! Zinzan sired the Saxony A litter as well as litters for other breeders including Cheriton, Micnic, Carlu and Knighthaven. Zinzan remains the ONLY Great Dane dog in South African history to have achieved an Aptitude Excellent score. This test measures a dog's working ability and mental stability and Zinzan did the breed proud by not only passing, but by passing with an Excellent rating - there were many people at the test who scoffed at the idea of a Dane even passing this test and they all had to swallow their words.  Zinzan also passed the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test, which further illustrated his outstanding temperament and trainability. His remarkably calmness and inherent courage was legendary. I received so many message of condolences when Zinzan died - it was amazing to know how many people's lives he touched. I am eternally grateful to Janet for entrusting a newbie at the time with such a privilege. This special dog launched my passion for Great Danes. Zinny changed my life and words cannot begin to describe how much I miss him.  
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