The Record Breakers!
Father & Daughter Creating Breed History.2016 was a fantastic year for us at Optimus and the fact that we are only a small kennel made it even more remarkable.
Our dogs had done very well in the show ring during the year and we were overjoyed when "Mac" went Best In Show at Border Union - a full group Championship dog show with an entry of 5776 dogs; something a Bullmastiff hadn't done for a very long time. Apart from that, it was towards the end of the year that Mac & his daughter Rhondda made breed history together.
"Mac" - Ch Old Manila’s Whisky Mac For Optimus JW at Midland Counties won his 41st Challenge Certificate with BOB & second place in the working group, breaking the Breed’s CC record of 40 CCs previously held by Ch Jaynos Big Bopper JW.
A month earlier at Belfast Mac's daughter World It Ch Optimus Rhondda JW won her 23rd Challenge Certificate with Best of Breed & 3rd place in the Working Group, making her the Bullmastiff Bitch CC record holder.
The previous record of 22 CCs had remained unbeaten for many years and was held by another home bred Optimus girl, Rhondda's great grandmother Ch Optimus Holly.
Mac & Rhondda have become the UK's 2 top winning Bullmastiffs of all time.
Read about Mac hereRead about Rhondda here
After the great success we had in the show ring during 2016 we are very proud to announce the following:-
- Top Breeder 2016 is awarded to the Optimus Kennel.
- Mac - Ch Old Manila’s Whisky Mac For Optimus JW is the Top Bullmastiff 2016 & the breed CC record holder.
Top Bullmastiff Bitch
- Rhondda - WW15, It Ch, UK Ch Optimus Rhondda JW Is the Top Bullmastiff Bitch 2016 & the breeds Bitch CC record holder.
- Daffyd (Mac & Scarlet's Grandson) - Optimus Daffyd is the Top Puppy 2016
Top Brood Bitch
- Scarlet (Rhondda's mother) - Ch Optimus Scarlet is the Top Brood Bitch 2016
We would like to express our thanks to all our friends for their continued support and say a very big thank you to the judges that have made all this possible.
Welcome to the Optimus Bullmastiffs Website.....
We hope you enjoy our dogs and that you find what you are looking for. If we can be of any help please feel free to contact us.
Our aim is to breed quality Bullmastiffs that are both sound in movement and temperament and are a true representative of the Bullmastiff breed.
I first registered the "Optimus" Affix with the Kennel Club back in October 1996 before I bred my first litter in 1997, but I have owned Bullmastiffs for over 25 years. In 2011 I teamed up with my partner Deborah Morgan (who was a successful Bullmastiff breeder showing under the Jenmore Affix) and we bred our first litter together. In 2013 Deborah officially joined me on my Optimus Affix, combining our knowledge, ideas and plans for the future of the Optimus kennel.
We are very proud of our "Optimus" record to date having bred and / or owned the Top Bullmastiff 1999, 2004, 2013, 2014 & 2016. Top Bitch 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2013, 2015 & 2016. Top Puppy 2005, 2012 & 2016. Top Bullmastiff Brood Bitch 2006, 2015 & 2016.
I have also won Best of Breed at Crufts 2006 and Best Bitch at Crufts 2003 and 2009.
UK and Hungarian Champion Optimus Franklin is WW11 after taking Best of Breed at the World Dog Show 2011. Franklin's litter sister "Scarlet" - UK Champion Optimus Scarlet is the 3rd generation of bitches to gain her title.
2013 ended on a high for us with "Mac" - Ch Old Manila’s Whisky Mac For Optimus JW becoming Top Bullmastiff 2013, Ch Optimus Alicia JW was Top Bullmastiff Bitch and Mac's daughter Stoneglad Rumour Has It - Top Puppy (All breeds).
We had a great start to 2014 with "Mac" - January saw him winning Reserve Best In Show at Boston and on February 1st he was crowned UK Bullmastiff of the year 2014 at the B.O.T.Y. Later in the year he won BIS & 2 RBIS at 3 of the Championship dog shows he had attended.
At the end of 2014 Mac's success in the Show Ring put him top of the Working Group and overall #2 Top Dog - All Breeds.
At the World Dog Show 2015, Mac & Scarlet's daughter Ch Optimus Rhondda JW became an Italian Champion and followed in the footsteps of her uncle Franklin to become another Optimus World Winner; we are very proud to be the only UK Bullmastiff breeders to have bred 2 World Winners.
2016 saw Mac winning Best in Show at a multi group Championship dog show, something that hadn't been done by a Bullmastiff for over 19 years.
To top it all, two of our dogs hold the breed's Challenge Certificate record; my home bred bitch Ch Optimus Holly (pictured) was the Bullmastiff Bitch CC record holder with 22 CC's until her record was beaten in September 2016 by another home bred Optimus Champion - her great granddaughter Rhondda. In October 2016 our Ch Old Manila's Whisky Mac for Optimus JW bred by Hilde Kjeldby & Glenn Hall of the Old Manila kennel in Norway exceeded all our expectations by breaking the Bullmastiff CC record winning his 41st CC at Midland Counties.
We have based our breeding on the famous Oldwell lines and hope to do this historic kennel proud in maintaining the true type of Bullmastiff.
I hope you enjoy looking at our dogs and can appreciate what we are trying to achieve with the breed. We only breed when we are looking for something which we feel will improve the Bullmastiff.
I'm an approved Championship judge for the Bullmastiff and have undertaken appointments in the UK and Europe awarding CC’s and CAC’s respectively. During 2012 I also had the pleasure of judging in the USA. Deborah also awards CCs in Bullmastiffs and has also judged in Austria, Norway & Italy.