Alncroft PRT's are owned by Kate and Matt Smith who have both worked and shown dogs for many years. Kate's mum, Michaela Moon is a fundamental partner in the dogs, helping at the shows. Kate and Matt have three young daughters, Jessica, Amélie and Ava who have been brought up surrounded by the family's four-legged members!
Kate was born into animals, she came from a farming background, her first home having been at a racing stables. Many years ago before the Parson Russells, Kate bred, worked and showed Working-type Lakeland and Fell Terriers. Her mum Michaela, based in Warwickshire, comes from an equine background having competed in all the disciplines throughout her life. She has always supported Kate's interest in showing and breeding and spends a good deal of time looking after the dogs and generally helping make it all possible.
Kate started showing in the 80's. Her
experience also includes showing her own German Shepherds, American Cocker
Spaniels and Welsh Terriers before she started with Parson Russell
Terriers. She competed to a high level in handling competitions as a
junior and has also handled Boxers, Smooth Fox Terriers and Grand Bleu de
Gascogne for other owners. Kate is well-known for the Alne PRT's, from
which Alncroft Kennel has descended.
Kate is on the PRTC & NPRTC A3 judging list and Matt on the club's B lists. Kate has judged Parson Russell Terriers and Working-type Lakelands and Fells in the UK, America and Germany. Kate was also the Parson Russell Terrier Breed Note Writer for Dog World Newspaper from 2004 until 2017. Both Kate & Matt are PRTC & NPRTC committee members.
We regard the health of the breed in general to be of upmost importance therefore all our dogs have been DNA tested (Kennel Club/AHT) for PLL, LOA and SCA.
Our daughters Jessica & Amelie have enjoyed wonderful success in the showring, Jessica having handled Sadie (Ch Alncroft I Spy) to the PRT CC record in 2016! She was also one of the youngest ever handlers at 6 years of age in the UK to be awarded a CC (Challenge Certificate) with her beloved Zara - Ch Alncroft in Gold! Amelie won her first CC aged 8 in 2017 with her Mini Wire Dachshund Ch Drakesleat Prim n'Proper for Alncroft and she has since gone onto making her up to champion! Jessica and Amélie are also both keen Junior Handling show and agility competitors both having qualified for the Young Kennel Club (YKC) handling finals at Crufts every year since they were old enough to compete at 6 years old! Jessica won the semi-finals of the JHA competition at National Gundog in 2018 with the beautiful Flat-coated Retriever; Ch Woodfynch Hydra! They both love handling other breeds and have enjoyed handling Flatcoated Retrievers, Soft-Coated Wheaton Terriers, Jack Russell Terriers, Pointers, Borzoi, Siberian Huskies amongst others!
We are members of the Parson Russell Terrier Club and the Northern PRTC.
18 CHAMPIONS OWNED OR BRED2017
Leaders Our Dogs Top Dog Competition (PRT)
Breeders of the leading Our Dogs Top Puppy (Mini Wire Dachs)
Top PRT Bitch
Winners Dog World/Lintbells Top Brood Bitch
WINNERS - Dog World/Arden Grange TOP PRT!
Our Dogs/Arden Grange Top Breeder Competition
Dog World/Royal Canin Top Stud Dog
& Dog World/Lintbells Top Brood Bitch in the whole Terrier Group!
WINNERS! - Dog World/Arden Grange & PRTC Top PRT in the UK 2013 & 2015
Dog World/Royal Canin Top Stud Dog 2013, 2014 & 2015
Dog World/Lintbells Top Brood Bitch 2013 & 2014 & 2015
Our Dogs/Arden Grange Top PRT Breeders UK 2013 & 2015
TOP BROOD BITCH & JOINT TOP STUD DOG - 2014
TOP PRT BREEDERS ~ TOP PRT ~ TOP STUD DOG ~ TOP BROOD BITCH - 2015 & 2013
TOP PRT PUPPY ~ 2011
TOP PRT BITCH ~ 2008
RUNNER UP TOP PRT ~ 2007
TOP BREEDERS ~ TOP DOG ~ TOP BITCH 2004
JOINT TOP PUPPY ALL BREEDS IN THE UK 2006
Parson Russell Terriers bred or owned by us have won over 100 Challenge Certificates
We've also enjoyed success in the Group at Championship level, winning more Group placements than any other Parson Russell Terrier Kennel in the UK with 4 different dogs