Revaz Khomasuridze left us much too early aged just 58.
This leaves us speechless and very sad. What to say about a man, who was so world famous as a judge and breeder of French Bulldogs with his Kennel A'Vigdors? Who bred more then 400 CIB winning dogs in hardly 20 years as well so many WDS, EDS and Cruft-winners? Who judged so many dog shows, beeing an FCI Allround judge since 1995?
Maybe this photo says more than thousand words. Rezo with his two females WW CIB MCh A'Vigdors Troya (the fawn) and CIB MCh A'Vigdors Tortilla (the fawn-white). I think it expresses a lot of what he was like. A daughter of Tortilla, MCh A'Vigdors Amourette, later on has been the first A'Vigdors Frenchie in Austria. She shared our lives for twelve years. Her daughter CIB MCh Bérénice La Reigne d'Ovilava became the first Austrian bred Frenchie to win a titel at an EDS after decades (Wels 2019). So he left his mark here, just as he did all over the world.
Since we knew Revaz, he always was there, giving us advices, answering our questions when beeing asked. He was a great cynologist, not just breeder and judge. And even more... a good friend. He will be never forgotten, his heritage will live on in the breed. Our deepest condolences go to his family. (15.04.21)
As in Austria there is more care about multiplying dogs but not about the breed standard, it is not to be awaited that there will be a statement or declaration of support. The International French Bulldog Association IFBA feels the need to do so:
The decision of the Raad van Beheer to not deliver pedigrees to dogs of various brachycephalic breeds, the French Bulldog included, if they comply with the current FCI-Standard No. 101, is not to be accepted. The RvB did a change of the Frenchie-standard and even more, wants crossbreedings. The French Bulldog is a French Breed, so just France, represented by the CBF has the right to change or renew the FCI Standard No. 101. We completely share the position of the CBF. A very strong reaction of the FCI is desirable as well from all member Kennel-Clubs.