How It Started

A lifelong involvement with purebred dogs began in Sweden in 1959 with the acquisition of an Afghan Hound bitch puppy. She became a champion and produced the first pair of homebred Bohem champions in the mid-1960s. The first Whippet arrived from England in 1961. The rest is history.

 

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INT. CH. LAGUNA LOCOMITE

Born England 1961
By UK Ch. Laguna Limelight x UK Ch. Laguna Leading Lady
Best in Show at the FCI International show in Stockholm in 1963, owner-handled — the first and only time this show has been won by a Whippet.
Owned by Bohem

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INT. CH. LAGUNA LEADER

Born England 1963
By UK Ch. Laguna Ligonier x Laguna Lunette (sister to Am. Ch. Laguna Lucky Lad, Westminster Hound Group winner).
Best in Show winner. Sire of 25 Champions in Scandinavia, reportedly still a record by the 2000s.
Owned by Bohem

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INT. & UK CH. FLEETING FLAMBOYANT

Born England 1964
By Am. & UK Ch. Tantivvey Diver of Pennyworth x Fleeting Yamalle Aida
Winner of 11 CCs and 2 Hound Groups at British championship shows, Top 10 All Breeds in Sweden 1970. Specialty Best in Show winner. Imported as a six-year-old, Flamboyant was nevertheless a top stud dog and combined especially well with Leader daughters, siring numerous champions in Scandinavia.
Owned by Bohem

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Other successful stud dogs were also imported from the U.K. by Bohem, including Int. Ch. Badgewood Mark Twain (UK Ch. Laguna Limelight x Bromholm Badgewood Allegheny, by UK Ch. Laguna Ligonier), shown by Bo but co-owned with Seeberga Whippets, and Int. Ch. Shalfleet Starbuck (UK, Am., Can. Ch. Laguna Leisure x UK Ch. Shalfleet Starstruck, by UK Ch. Evening Star of Always), also shown by Bo but later transferred to the Bojars Whippets. Between them, these dogs raised the breed’s level of quality in Scandinavia in the 1960s and '70s to such a degree that it was often commented on by visiting international judges.

 Bo with Locomite at their first show, Sweden 1962.

Bo with Locomite at their first show, Sweden 1962.