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Zarni Kennels (UK) of Mr, Mrs Chesterfield-Cooke
( By Steve Tillotson and Lyall Payne, January 2015, Dec 2017)H

Zarni Kennels (UK) of  Ada Chesterfield-Cooke and Cyril Chesterfield-Cooke

Zarni is one of those interesting kennels, rarely mentioned by breed writers, but that oversight is to ignore the fact that this kennel was active in the early years following introduction of the breed to the UK, and as such, Zarni's breeding , showing and registrations all conributed to helping the breed gain publicity and support of new enthusiasts.

The Zarni kennel was owned by Ivy Ada Florence Chesterfield-Cooke who lived in Enfield St, Stourbridge in the Midlands (England). Her husband (Cyril Chesterfield-Cooke) was a medical doctor. Ivy died in September 1946 (they were living in Shalford, Surrey by that time). Her husband Cyril died in July the following year . (our thanks to Lyall Payne for the above bio snippet. More to follow soon as Lyall is still researching)

The kennel was active from 1927 through 1931 (last year they exhibited at Crufts was 1930), mainly breeding pure Bell Murray lineage hounds. Zarni Afghan hounds won the Dog Reserve Challenge Certificate at Crufts in 1929 with their Mal Deo of Zarni (date of birth, breeder unknown) under Judge Clara Bowring (Larkbeare).

Crufts 1930 HISTORY Zarni Afghan Hounds Crufts 1930

Rupmati Of Zarni - Birmingham Natl Dog Show Dec 1932 PHOTORupmati Of Zarni

Rupmati Of Zarni - His name is spelt Rapmali on the KC's Breed Record Supplement registration papers, so we're not sure whether it is Rapmati or Rapmali. We''s go with Rapmati for now just coz thats how most of know his name.

Rupmati Of Zarni (Tazi x Decka 7/3/1929)
Zarni Kennels (UK) of  Ada Chesterfield-Cooke and Cyril Chesterfield-Cooke

Parents Grandparents Great-Grandparents Great-Great-Grandparents
Tazi Baluch Taiza Parent Not Recorded
Parent Not Recorded
Nurm Parent Not Recorded
Parent Not Recorded
Moti Ooty Zorawar
Straker Rajah
Decka Balu Parent Not Recorded  
Parent Not Recorded  
Bulbul Parent Not Recorded  
Parent Not Recorded  

Research still in progress, more to follow soonest

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