Updated: 31.12.21


Belgian Shepherds and Schipperkes

Revloch is owned by Paul and Jean Lawless and daughter Kelly.  

We are a small but successful kennel based in County Kildare, Republic of Ireland, showing our dogs in Ireland, the UK and Europe.  

Our main breed is Belgian Shepherds but we are also actively involved in Schipperkes and have also shown/bred Australian Silky Terriers

to great successes in the past. 

We breed only a couple of Groenendael litters per year, and the other varieties once every few years, Schipperkes more rarely, 

all puppies are reared in the house.

Paul is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Irish Kennel Club and also a member of the IKC Health & Welfare Committee.  

He is an FCI International Judge across Groups 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10

Jean is a member of the An Ard Comhairle of the Irish Kennel Club and an FCI International Judge across Groups 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 10

Kelly is an ex-Junior Handler having twice held the title of Irish Junior Handler of the Year and representing Ireland at the International event at Crufts.  

She is Secretary of the Belgian Shepherd Dog Club of Ireland.  Kelly judges all breeds in FCI Group 1 and is progressing in Group 2

Paul's family exhibited Cocker Spaniels for many years and following a brief stint in the late 1970?s and early 1980?s showing and breeding both Cocker Spaniels followed by Rottweilers (photos 1, 2 and 3) he decided to look for something different to show. In 1985 he made contact with Marcelle King (Belamba) having seen photos of Tervueren and appreciating their beauty and versatility. Marcelle became the first of many people who were to give their invaluable help and advice over the years.  With Marcelle's help he acquired a Tervueren bitch CH Foxpits Nothern Dancer (photo 2) who was the first Tervueren to appear in the show ring in Ireland and also the first Irish Champion.  A daughter of Ch Belamba Barley Wine'Dancer' was a sweet natured bitch of the old type, who was looking for a new home at 12 months as her owner was returning to the USA. 'Dancer' quickly made a huge impact on the family and all who came in contact with her and very quickly helped to establish this variety in the Irish show ring where she had much success being appreciated by the All Round Judges for her movement and ring presence.   'Dancer' was very quickly followed by two more Tervueren, a male Ch Belamba Harvey Wallbanger,CH & GB CH Belambe Irish Coffee (photo 4), a Bandol daughter. 
'Harvey Wallbanger', a wonderful Ambassador for the breed in the early days in Ireland, won numerous Working Groups, a Reserve Best in Show and also a Reserve CC in the UK before his sudden unexpected death while still in his prime.  'Irish Coffee' was a very feminine bitch born in 1987, she was to be the first Belgian Shepherd to gain her titles on both sides of the Irish Sea and gave us the enthusiasm and motivation to compete extensively in the UK.

In late 1988 Paul met Jean, who experienced her first dog show a few weeks later when she handled 'Harvey Wallbanger' (photo 1), winning the Major Green Star and Best of Breed with him at the Irish Kennel Club St. Patrick's Show.  From then on she was thoroughly hooked and so we decided to expand into variety.

We were married in September, 1989 and a few weeks later acquired our first Groenendael, a beautiful bitch puppy CH & GB CH Vanistica Georgio (photo 2), a daughter of CH Bergerac Love Kills, from Paul and Lorna England (Vanistica).  We decided to 'go for it' and campaign our dogs in the UK. Our first CC came at Scottish Kennel Club 1990 with 'Irish Coffee' and on the same day 'Giorgio' won the first day of the Puppy Stakes, finishing 2nd overall.  'Irish Coffee' and 'Giorgio' very quickly gained their Irish and UK Champion titles.  
The rest, as they say is history.....

We are thankful to those who have given us their knowledge, advice and friendship over the years. We have discovered that showing dogs is the easy part, breeding good dogs is more difficult,  but both need a large amount of luck, effort and perseverance. Each of the dogs we have imported have played an important part in where we are today and we know we are fortunate to have had the opportunity of owning and enjoying them, whether they have been top winners or not, we will always be grateful to those people who entrusted them to us.  

If we can maintain the same success and enjoyment of our dogs and also the friendships that we have made along the way, than the heartache, disappointments and hard work that showing and breeding dogs can sometimes bring, and which many people don’t realise or appreciate, will have been worth it......

Paul, Jean and Kelly Lawless

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