Betty Munt of the Pipersvale
Miniature Smooth Dachshunds passed away peacefully on the 9th
December 2017 age 90, she was one of the most famous names in
She bought her first Dachshund a
standard Smooth Haired in 1949 and started showing at local shows,
later buying another one & started showing at Championship shows,
and ran the coaches to the shows around the Country for many years,
meeting people in other breeds & enjoying the social side of the dog
world there was never a dull moment on these trips.
Later on Miniature smooth’s caught
Betty’s eye , she bought a dog & bitch from top breeder Joan
Littmoden of the famous Wendlitt’s the dog been called Peter Piper
Of Wendlitt from this name creating her affix of Pipersvale (Piper
from the name of the dog and vale from the area she lived, she went
on to produce a distinctive type in her homebred dogs & was a clever
handler & top breeder, nearly all her dogs were named after drink
Over the years there were a large
number of champions many of them multiple CC winners from the
fifty’s onwards , but Betty will forever be associated with one dog
in particular Champion Pina Colada who had amazing career following
on from winning quite a few CC as a puppy, he went on to win Best In
Show at Southern Counties the first miniature of any coat to achieve
this at a general Championship show under the well known Judge Terry
Thorn for a while he was the top Dachshund CC winner of all
varieties and a leading stud dog appearing in most of to days
miniature smooth pedigrees & still is the breed record holder in Min
Smooth’s having won 70cc.
Betty also established a line of
successful Chocolate & Tans in the ninety’s one winning the Dog
World /Spillers Puppy Stakes, another winning Best In Show at
Midland Counties Ch show.
Over the years Betty has Judged all
over this country & abroad, served on many of the Dachshund Club’s
committees and up to the time of her death was the President of The
Smooth Haired Dachshund Club.
In 2012 The Dachshund Club presented
the first ever Life Time Achievement award, Betty was the first
recipient of this award given in recognition of her many years
contribution to the Dachshund World.
Betty Loved all her dogs whether they
had won top awards or not and stayed with her until they passed on
in spite of having many offers of big money to send them abroad.
In later years when no longer showing
Betty would come to the shows and watch, give advice & welcome
newcomers, many like myself have learnt a lot from Betty over the
years & succeeded in the dog world with her help & knowledge.
Betty was quite a character, a very
forthright Yorkshire Lady who told it as it was, but was generous &
a good friend to many, We will all miss one of the greats of
Dachshunds and she will never be forgotten.