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Michael Kunze
Michael Kunze is our judge for the Club Show 2013. The following information is taken from his website and is correct as of 01.07.13.

'We live in the small town of Tanna, in the Thuringian Slate Mountains, in the triangle of Thuringia, Saxony, Bavaria. My wife Gabi is a trained nurse and works as a medical assistant in a general medical practice. She is the ‘dog training athlete’ in our family and is responsible for the training of our dog Elli. Our oldest daughter Theresa works as a cook. She lives now with her husband in Switzerland. In her limited spare time she plays in a Schalmeienkapelle.
Our youngest daughter Magdalena attends the 13th Class of special music classes at the Goethe School Rutheneum, which was established in 1608 in Gera. She is usually only home at weekends. Her main hobby is playing the piano.
In addition to our Hovawart dog Elli, the 15-year-old cat Paula still lives in our family.
I, Michael work as a quality engineer in a company in the automotive industry. In addition to the almost full time hobby RZV, I dedicate myself to music. I play several instruments and am a member of an accordion orchestra and a choir. My main hobby is playing the piano.
It was quite late before I got into dogs, especially the Hovawart. My first wife brought a mixed breed dog into the marriage. After he died, we decided to get a pure bred dog. After reading a lot of books about all the available breeds, we chose the Hovawart, and our first Hovawart bitch "Cora Grünhöfchen" came into our house. From then on, I was infected by the Hovawartvirus. This was in 1985. Since then Hovawarts accompany and determine our lives.
Our breeding goal is to breed healthy, strong, joyful, eager to learn hovawarts of medium to coarse type and, as closely as possible to the standard appearance. So far we have reared nine litters, and our kennel name was protected in 1988. Since 1987 we have been actively involved in the club RZV, and have participated in the training of breeders in the RZV. Even in the years when we were not actively breeding, we still dealt intensively with the breeding history of the association.'
This article was posted on: 27-Jun-13