History of Saredon Terriers
Saredon Terriers was established in 1973 by Judith Averis, John’s mother and David Scawthorn, widely acknowledged as one of the best Terrier breeders of her era. However, the history of the family’s successful association with dog breeding and showing began with Les Atkinson, John’s grandfather. Les founded the highly acclaimed Beldon Kennels in Birmingham. Whilst his main breeds were Terriers Les also handled Champions in Bull Mastiffs, Welsh Corgi’s, Basenji’s and Standard and Miniature Schnauzers.
The pinnacle of Les’s showing career was winning Best In Show at Crufts 1963 with Lakeland Terrier Champion Rogerholme Recruit. After retiring from showing, Les went on to become a highly acclaimed international judge, continuing to impart his love, knowledge and years’ of experience to the Terrier dog world.
As a child, Judith Averis attended shows with her father and helped out at Beldon Kennels in her spare time, loving the dogs and all aspects of the business. Therefore, it was no surprise that after leaving school, Judith immediately started working full-time at Beldon, initially being designated the essential tasks of cleaning out, feeding, exercising and grooming, with the invaluable benefit of working alongside and learning directly from her father.
In 1968, the family, plus Judith’s son John, who was then one year old, established a kennels at their new home in Cannock where Judith took on the responsibility of running the kennels, boarding and grooming operations.
Following the retirement of Judith’s father from breeding and showing dogs, Judith then established the Saredon affix and started to breed and show her own dogs under the expert guidance of her father. Judith’s first Champion was an Airedale Terrier Champion Cilleine Penelope. Together with her husband, David Scawthorn, Judith went on to win numerous awards and accolades for Champion Airedales, Lakelands, Welsh, Wire Haired Fox, Norfolks, and West Highland Whites. Many of Judith’s dogs found their way overseas where the Saredon name has achieved success around the world. In 1998 Judith handled their home breed Welsh Terrier Supreme Champion Saredon Forever Young to Best In Show at Crufts, becoming the first daughter and father to have both achieved this prestigious award.
John Averis, the current custodian of the Saredon affix and 3rd generation of the family’s professional breeding and handling kennels started attending shows as a child and later served his ‘apprenticeship’ in America under the famous Terrier handler Wood Wornall. Here John continued to develop his grooming skills and now specialises in hand stripped long haired Terriers. John’s first success was handling an Airedale Terrier Champion Saredon Open Fire. Since then, John has trimmed and handled numerous champions including Airedales, Irish, Kerry Blue, Lakeland and Welsh Terriers, becoming a true multi-breed specialist. Awards include six Best of Breed at Crufts together with numerous Groups and Best In Shows at General Championship Shows, including three times at the National Terrier Club show – the biggest Terrier Show in the world!