Judge Portrait Pieter Burema:
I was born in 1952 in the Netherlands.
All my life I was surrounded by dogs. In the past my grandfather was breeding Newfoundland dogs under the kennel name „van Buruf“. This name was taken over by my mother and now I continue to use it. I think, that there are not many breeders, constantly using their kennel name in one family over 75 years. My mother bred too, first Newfoundland dogs and Samoyede (one of her last puppies belonged to Queen Wilhelmina) and after all Shih Tzu. We have had other races too, like Afghans and Whippet. My own first dog was a Whippet.
In 1969 my mother got her first Shih Tzu, “Jungfältet’s Pi-Tzé”, a daughter of a Swedish import, the first bitch of the famous Oranje-Manege-breed. My duty was to cope with the exhibitions, so I grew up more and more into the dog’s world and after all I became co-breeder of my mother. She died in 1977 very suddenly and I inherited the kennel.
In 1979 I got married and my wife loves dogs very much as well.
- In 1983 I became board member of the breed association, the Peek and Toy Club, which appointed me to a member of honour.
- In 1990 I initiated the foundation of a Shih Tzu breed club in the Netherlands and supported it during the first five years as a secretary.
- In 1981 I presented my wife a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. This bitch was such a beauty, that it simply had to be exhibited. At the age of 16 it died, but it was still the most awarded dog of the Netherlands. We had several litters from this breeding bitch; one of the sons became champion.
- In 1985 I was nominated judge for Japan Chin. Now I‘m judging all breeds of FCI group 9 and Samoyede. Beside the Netherlands, I judged in Germany, France, Belgium, Great Britain, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Ireland.
- 2005 the Dutch Kennel Club awarded me with the golden needle of honour.
Pieter Burema says, to accommodate judging with breeding and exhibitions is very difficult, but my wife and me still have Shih Tzu and we hope to keep them in the future, because we can't imagine to live without dogs.