Karl Gawthorpe, Breeder Field Agent
As well as being Breeder Field Agent for Agria Pet Insurance, Karl is probably best known in the breeder world for showing and breeding under the Waterbrook Labrador affix. Here, he’s had multiple CC and Res CC winners, as well as a Champion. Karl also awards CCs in his breed as well as judging different breeds and the Gundog Group at Open Show level.
Karl’s additional responsibilities over the years have involved significant contributions to committees, including as Hon Secretary of Cotswold and Wyevern Labrador Club for 13 years, prior to taking over as Hon Secretary of the parent club: The Labrador Retriever Club and The Labrador Breed Council.
Karl first became involved with dogs at the age of just three. His first job was at a boarding kennels, where he worked up from kennel hand to assistant manager, before starting work at a grooming parlour – again working his way up from groomer to manager. Besides working for himself as a pet sitter and at breeding kennels, Karl also spent over 7 years working in the veterinary world, progressing from receptionist to Operations Manager at a referral practice.
This vast experience in the dog world gives Karl a tremendous insight which he uses every day within his role as Breeder Field Agent for Agria.