Back at Primley House the kennels were already geared to the needs of a country gentleman. Four gamekeepers and a team of spaniels and setters were already battling it out at field trials with Lord Devon´s champion and others of the quality, internationally famous judge, Dr Bird Wagner, having described Whitley´s blue roan as "The world´s best coloured spaniel".

In 1912, on the death of his head gamekeeper, Whitley bought the adjacent Roselands House, installing there his first designated Kennel Manager, north country expert Billy Dring. The versatile owner then designed the 150 foot long range of kennels, elegant, with half timbered facade - a fitting background for the future Primley champions. Herbert had no time for toy or non-working types, but possibly a preference for the dignified Great Dane, with 1908 born, Primley Prodigal as the forerunner of countless winners; all having to pass his stringent test of clearing a nine feet jump to eliminate faulty hindquarters.

The collie, when pictured with Queen Victoria, became famous overnight, and the astute Whitley was ready for the rush with champions Canute Administrator and Laund Lyun and their progeny. Greyhounds were another success story, and, typical of the whimsical names Whitley chose were two, topically called Primley Pirate and Primley Pinafore, inspired by Paignton´s first copyright: performance of The Pirates of Penzance.



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