There were no dogs in my family until 1985 when I blackmailed my parents to buy me a Spaniel. I was 12 when I got "Bell" and it took us 21 shows to get an “excellent” :-) Yes, as a child I was a very bad looser but this has motivated me to start breeding, first English Cocker Spaniels under St.Anne's affix and later Azawakhs. Since 2002 my official FCI affix is INSOLENS. Over 30 years, I’ve owned and bred European, International, German, Austrian, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish, Slovakian, Portuguese, Polish and Romanian champions.
In 1998, at 25, I started judging Spaniels and Sighthounds. At that time I wanted to influence the evolution of the breeds I liked in the way I thought is right. I wanted to put my type over other types. I had very strong beliefs which was good but obviously not enough. Thank God I was polished by time and experience. Meanwhile I was involved in Romanian Shepherds, traveling around the country measuring them and working on the first official breed standards. Later on I took Terriers, Retrievers, Dachshunds, Schnauzers and then, year by year, all the other breeds until I became an all-rounder. In the past two decades I have judged specialty shows, international all-breed shows and Best in Shows all over Europe. (photo album)
I wrote several articles about genetics, colour inheritance and morphology of the dog, Azawakh, English Cocker Spaniel and Carpatin Romanian Shepherd breed descriptions for various magazines and breed club seminars worldwide. I contributed to writing the first Carpatin FCI standard and the new Azawakh FCI standard. As Vice President of the Mures County Kennel Club from 1997 to 2009, I was one of the organisers of the first editions of the, now famous, “Dracula Dog Show”. In 2006, 2015 and 2017 I was awarded the Romanian Kennel Club medal for my contribution to the romanian breeds and to the development of the romanian cynology. In 2017, after 30 years, I was named a honorary member of the Mures County Kennel Club.
In my private life I am medical doctor working both in Romania and the UK but living with my wife and daughters right in the middle of my beloved Transylvania. Traveling extensively for my work I can't accept more than 6-7 judging appointments / year which I choose carefully.
Dr. Cristian VANTU
FCI all-breed international judge