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Xoloitzcuintle claims ShCM at eleventh hour

Griffon Fauve among first winners of ShCEx

Two dogs have made history for their Imported Register breeds by claiming titles for the first time thanks to a recent change in show regulations which now allows such breeds to compete in group and BIS competitions.

The Swedish-bred Standard Xoloitzcuintle (Mexican Hairless), Xipilli Element Of Desire for Bondor ShCM, owned by Stuart Smith and Edward Wisniewski of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire has the distinction of being the only Imported Register winner of the recently discontinued Show Certificate of Merit (ShCM) title.

“It has not been easy as all of Oscar’s points had to be from group placings”, said Stuart. “We are absolutely gobsmacked at how far this boy has come”.

Oscar was the first of his breed to win a group at an open show, an award he has won twice. He has also had success at championships shows, handled by Edward, winning Best Imported Register at BUBA in 2017 as well as at Scottish Kennel Club (May) and Leeds in 2018. He is also the only dog of his breed to win the Kennel Club Good Citizen Gold Award.

With the ShCM award about to be discontinued, Stuart and Edward decided to use Oscar’s points to claim that title rather than go for the new Show Certificate of Excellence (ShCEx) award, which they hope to try for in future with Oscar.
The ShCM title was replaced at the beginning of 2019 by the ShCEx award and already an Imported Register breed has claimed this award – the French-bred Griffon Fauve de Bretagne, Melisent du Sentier des Caillottes ShCEx, owned by Paul Wyler of Northallerton, North Yorkshire.

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“We are, understandably, delighted and very proud. As an Imported Register breed, this is the only UK title Melisent has been eligible for”, said Paul. “We are passionate about promoting our breed, and the Imported Register breeds in general, so this is a real opportunity to fly the Imported Breed Register flag.”

Melisent gained her first open show group placing when she won fourth (coincidentally under Oscar’s owner Stuart) at Darlington Canine Society in February 2018 and her final points were won at Cleveland Dog Society under Mark Walshaw in February of this year where she was again group 4, handled by Paul’s wife Abbe. During this period, Melisent won ten group placings including three firsts. She also has her Kennel Club Good Citizen Bronze Award.

Paul and Abbe say Melisent has regularly won Best and BOS Imported Register at championship shows in the UK. She has also been graded Excellent at every European show she has attended and has won four CAC and CACIB. However, they feel that her greatest placings have been in the breed show in her native France, the Nationale d’Elevage where she was shortlisted in junior bitch in 2017 and won fourth in open bitch last year. The club’s motto is ‘hunting first’.

“As the breed at best in the UK is two generations down from working hounds, we believe it is important to acknowledge what they were bred to do,” said Paul. “We take part in scent tracking training days hosted by the Bavarian Mountain Hound Society, to allow our hounds the opportunity to use their noses. They really do love it.”

On the new ShCEx award itself, Stuart Smith said: “I am sure it will encourage more entries at open shows, especially for the Imported Register and rare breeds as it will get them more publicity and exposure.”

Paul Wyler added: “We are so pleased to have an award that the Imported Register breeds can aim for. It can only help towards achieving more open show entries. Anything that encourages people to support their local open shows can only be a good thing.”

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We are delighted to hear of Stuart and Edward’s success with Oscar and also Paul and Abbe’s wins with Melisent. These two dogs have created history for their own breeds at open shows, as well as for the Imported Register breeds more generally, and we look forward to hearing of many more successes for these breeds in the years to come. These new titles are a sure sign of more wins in store for these breeds.”

More information on the new Show Certificate of Excellence award, including a claim form which outlines the point system, is available at All enquiries should be directed to email


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    The transition from the old JW and ShCM to the new JW and ShCEx has left some dogs who qualified for the old JW at a distinct disadvantage. To gain a JW, ShCm and then a Sh CEx and NOT be able to use the OSW title (given the old JW was a more difficult award to gain, requiring 3, not 2 dogs present in qualifying classes) appears to be discriminatory. Due to when they were born, some dogs had no option but to apply for the old JW thereby excluding them from the OSW title. It's not their fault they were born when they were. I believe the KC should permit those caught in this position the OSW title for their dogs as although the numbers are not huge, it is very important to those affected.

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