Spanish Water Dog Breed Notes

Spanish Water Dog

Spanish Water Dog
27.11.2020

Once again, the news that I have to report from the SWD “show” scene is very limited. Many shows across Europe have been cancelled due to the implications of the COVID pandemic.

This week’s news is from Croatia, where Marta Mrduljas’ Rico (Canina Aqua Deep Sea Baby) took Best of Breed on both days of the National and International Dog Show of Medugorje. Rico also took a second place in the Group at the National Show.

Nino Seric’s Vuna (Canina Aqua Furiosa) took Best Puppy in Breed on both days.

A big well done to everyone involved in these shows.

There have been no shows in the UK since Crufts 2020 in March. Next year’s Crufts has been moved from March 2021 to July 2021. Gundog day is now on Saturday 17 July. Entry numbers will be restricted; each breed will have a maximum entry number and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. The entry will be online only and entries open at the end of March. The SWD judge is Mr Richard Bott.

The details of the entry criteria have been published on the Crufts website.

It is great to see Spanish Water Dog Rescue and the Spanish Water Club UK working together to improve and safeguard the breed.

Rescue currently have two fund raising initiatives to raise funds for their very worthwhile cause of helping SWDs in need of rescue or re-homing. Doreen Petchey is collected orders and payment for the SWD Rescue 2021 Calendar. This year’s calendar costs £14 including post and packaging.

Doreen can be contacted on dorpetchey@gmail.com.

There are further details of how to order the calendar on the SWD Rescue Facebook page.

For a few years now, Helen Cockshott has organised and sold the SWD Rescue Christmas Cards. Helen has stepped up again this year. The cards once again look fabulous; there is a new print this year. Helen is selling the cards in packs of 14, each pack containing 10 of the new print and 2 each of very popular prints from previous years.

Each pack of cards costs £10 including post and packaging.

Please contact Helen on helencockshott@btinternet.com to place your orders.

The Spanish Water Dog Club have asked me to remind you all about the 2020 Health Survey, which has been launched by the Club’s Health Co-ordinator, Rachel Cooper. It would absolutely fantastic if as many of you as possible (across the globe!) take the time to complete the survey for your dogs. The health survey is something that the Club carries out annually to gather information on the breed’s health to help shape future policy on health initiatives.

There are links to the survey on both the Club’s website and its Facebook Information page.

The survey is open until 31 December and as mentioned above is open to SWD owners across the world, not just the UK. Rachel will be reporting on the results at the 2021 Club AGM.

That’s all for this week.

If any of my readers have any news about their Spanish Water Dogs, could they please send it through to me. It doesn’t have to be competition related; any positive news about what you are doing with your dogs is most welcome.

Thank you very much for reading my notes.



04.11.2020

The only SWD “show” news that I have to report this week is from sunny Montenegro, where there were Championship Dog Shows on both days this last weekend.

On both days, Viktoria Kyselova’s Carlos (Key West Wavelet) won Best of Breed and her Nuti (Maxijane Dunkin Donut for Wavelet) won Best of Opposite Sex. In the process, both became Champions and Grand Champions of Montenegro.

A big well done to everyone involved in these shows.

Sue Nicholls-Ward also has some fabulous success to report with her Briar (Pabiaga Valerie Con Bumbleridge). Last week Briar passed her Kennel Club Gold Good Citizen Test after only returning to training a month or so ago following the last lockdown.

Huge congratulations to Sue and Briar. Well done also to Danesford Obedience Club for making the test possible in a COVID secure environment.

I don’t think I have previously had the pleasure to report on the progress of a SWD in Heelwork to music. It is now my absolute pleasure to report the recent success of Amanda Seddon in this discipline with her young boy, Pinto (Mourama Altea). On Saturday, Pinto just 20 months’ old scored a distinction (with a fabulous score of 28/30!) in his Level One progress award in Heelwork to music (freestyle) at Evolution Dog Training in Wigan, Lancashire.

Again massive congratulations to Amanda and Pinto. I am looking forward to following your progress as Pinto goes up through the levels.

The Spanish Water Dog Club’s fundraising initiative for Glaucoma DNA research continues to go from strength to strength. Currently, a total of £1,125 has been raised on the GoFundMe initiative to top up other funds raised by the Club for this cause through events like the water training weekends.

What is the background to all of this, I may hear my readers asking. Well there is a super blog on the Spanish Water Dog Club’s website that explains the background to Glaucoma and the breed’s apparent pre-disposition to suffer from this very unpleasant condition that can cause blindness. What the Club are trying to do is identify the DNA gene in Spanish Water Dogs responsible for this and to develop a DNA test for the condition. Once the test is available, breeders can then be accurately informed when making breeding decisions.

The article is excellent. I would urge you all to read it and to contribute to the research fund where you can.

There are links to the GoFundMe fund raiser on most of the Spanish Water Dog group pages on Facebook including the Club’s own Information page.

The Club have partnered with the Canine Genetics Team at the Animal Health Trust and with the Eye Veterinary Clinic at Leominster to carry out the research. The other way that SWD owners can help with the campaign is to take their dogs to be tested at the Clinic so they can collect samples to use in the research. When the COVID restrictions permit, the Club will be organising further sessions at the Clinic for SWDs and their owners to attend so the researchers can collect the samples. The details of these sessions will be published on the Club’s website and Facebook Information page.

Please help the Club with this process in any way you can. This research is really important to helping us all shape the future health of the breed.

Another really important health initiative for the breed is the 2020 Health Survey, which has just been launched by the Club’s Health Co-ordinator, Rachel Cooper. Again, please, please, please can as many of you as possible (across the globe!) take the time to complete the survey for your dogs. The health survey is something that the Club carries out annually to gather information on the breed’s health to help shape future policy on health initiatives.

There are links to the survey on both the Club’s website and Facebook Information page.

The survey is open until 31 December and as mentioned above is open to owners across the world, not just the UK. Rachel will be reporting on the results at the 2021 AGM, albeit probably remotely. Blasted COVID!

That’s all for this week.

If any of my readers have any news about their Spanish Water Dogs, could they please send it through to me. It doesn’t have to be competition related; any positive news about what you are doing with your dogs is most welcome.

Thank you very much for reading my notes.




26.10.2020

Sadly, there have been no shows in the UK for Spanish Water Dogs since Crufts 2020 in March. All remaining shows for 2020 have been cancelled and we are now starting to see most of January’s scheduled Championship and Open Shows being cancelled.

Shan Griffith is still flying the flag for the UK though. This weekend Shan and her partner, Ron Decio, competed with two of their SWDs at the International Dog Show of Poitiers in France. Shan and Ron’s Yurena (Yurena Del Tio Pedro) won the Champion Female Class and then took Best of Breed. Then on his show debut, Shan and Ron’s young male, Morante De Claderagua, won Junior Best of Breed.

Guernsey’s Jodie Trebert also has some success to report on debut; her “boys” Seve (Valentisimo’s Ballesteros) and Bob (Conbrio Bandito Bob At Fielamigo) taking Best Brace in Match the other weekend at the Guerney Kennel Club Match. This was the first time that Seve and Bob have competed together.

Congratulations to everyone involved in these successes.

The only other “show” news that I have to report this week is in the Baltic States, where there were National Dog Shows this weekend in both Latvia and Lithuania.

In Latvia, Ruta Skrastina’s Nuno (Jagermeister Wavelet) won Best of Breed on both days of the Talsi National Dog Show. Ruta and Nuno also won a Group Five placing on one of the two days.

In Lithuania, there were also SWDs competing on both days of the Panevezys National Dog Show. On Saturday, the Best of Breed was Saulius Okeanija’s young male, Horo (All About The Black Diamond of Okeanija), who also went on to take a Group Two placing. The Best of Opposite Sex was Julia Jershova’s Era (Fiastra Ambition).

The breed results were reversed on Sunday, with Julia’s Era taking Best of Breed and Saulius’s Horo taking Best of Opposite Sex. Julia and Era then won the Group.

A big well done to everyone involved in these shows.

We hope to be able to get back “out there” in shows in the UK sometime in 2021.

I am pleased to report that the Spanish Water Dog Club’s fundraising initiative for Glaucoma DNA research is going from strength to strength. Currently, a total of £1,090 has been raised on the GoFundMe initiative to top up other funds raised by the Club for this cause through events like the water training weekends.

The research that the Club wishes to promote is to identify the DNA gene in Spanish Water Dogs responsible for the breed’s apparent predisposition to Glaucoma and to develop a test for the condition.

I would urge you all to support the fund raising. Links to the GoFundMe fund raiser are available on most of the Spanish Water Dog group pages on Facebook.

That’s all for this week.

If any of my readers have any news about their Spanish Water Dogs, could they please send it through to me. It doesn’t have to be competition related; any positive news about what you are doing with your dogs is most welcome.

Thank you very much for reading my notes.



16.10.2020

It is with great sadness that I report the recent death of Margaret Mills, a longstanding Spanish Water Dog owner. Condolences to Margaret’s family and friends.

In some of my recent notes, I provided an update on UK dog show dates for Spanish Water Dogs. I am sorry to have to report that the World Dog Show, scheduled for December in Madrid, has been postponed again due to the implications of the COVID pandemic. The show was originally due to be held in April and was postponed to July and then December because of COVID. The FCI now plan to hold the Show in Madrid sometime in 2022. Further details and dates for 2022 to be confirmed.

The 2021 World Dog Show is scheduled to be held in Brno in the Czech Republic in late September/early October.

Sadly, there have been no shows in the UK for Spanish Water Dogs since Crufts 2020 in March and all remaining shows for 2020 have now been cancelled. I now have to report the cancellation of the first two Championship Shows for 2021; Boston and Manchester were both due to be held in January but both will not now be taking place.

The cancellation of Boston must now put the Spanish Water Dog Club’s Open Show in doubt as this was due to be held in conjunction with Boston.

Let us all hope for better luck as the rest of 2021 unfolds. After Boston and Manchester, the next scheduled UK Championship Show for Spanish Water Dogs is Crufts 2021.

Some other key 2021 dates for shows include the Club’s two Championship Shows; the first on Friday 7 May at the Staffordshire County Show Ground in conjunction with the Birmingham National Championship Show and the second on Sunday 5 September at Stoneleigh in conjunction with the City of Birmingham Championship Show.

I am keeping everything crossed that these Shows can go ahead.

On a brighter note, I am pleased to report that the Club’s fundraising initiative for Glaucoma DNA research is going well. Currently, a total of £675 has been raised on the GoFundMe initiative to top up other funds raised by the Club for this cause through events like the water training weekends. The research the Club wishes to promote is to identify the DNA gene in Spanish Water Dogs that is responsible for the breed’s apparent predisposition to Glaucoma and develop a test for it.

I would urge you all to support the fund raising. A link to the GoFundMe fund raiser is available on the Spanish Water Dog Club Information page on Facebook.

COVID permitting, the Club are planning a number of exciting events for your diary in 2021 in addition to the shows mentioned above. The events will include further water training events to follow the two hugely successful weekends in July and September. Pat, Gill and Kate are also planning a working weekend for the spring of 2021 to include a demonstration of the Spanish Breed Club’s working tests.

Watch out for further news on all these events on the Club’s website and Facebook pages.

In the meantime, I am able to report that Kate’s young dog, Booboo, passed his Silver Level Water Training Test the other day. Booboo, at just 6 months’ old, must be one of the youngest dogs to pass the Silver Level. Back in July, Kate’s Toro passed the test at 8 months of age.

One Show that has been held in recent times was in Norway last weekend. There, at the Forde National Dog Show, Almudena Zurita Moreno’s Champion Male, Kaleo (Ferrylands Go Kaleo To Aronagua) was Best of Breed, handled by his breeder, Irene Donne.

The Best of Opposite Sex was the Junior Female, Luna (Ferrylands Jolene). Congratulations to Luna as this was her show debut. Luna is owned by Heidi Haugsdal and was also handled on the day by Irene.

Due to the COVID pandemic, there were no Groups held at the show.

That’s all for this week.

If any of my readers have any news about their Spanish Water Dogs, could they please send it through to me. It doesn’t have to be competition related; any positive news about what you are doing with your dogs is most welcome.

Thank you very much for reading my notes.





05.10.2020

In my most recent notes, I provided an update on UK dog show dates for Spanish Water Dogs.

Sadly, since I wrote those notes the Scottish Kennel Club Championship Show which was scheduled for 27 to 29 November has been cancelled due to the COVID pandemic. That means that there are now no remaining scheduled shows for Spanish Water Dogs this year in the UK.

The last show for us was Crufts in March.

Let us all hope for better luck in 2021.

Some key 2021 dates for the show enthusiasts include the Spanish Water Dog Club’s Open Show on Friday 8 January 2021 in conjunction with the Boston and District Championship Show and two Championship Shows; one on Friday 7 May at the Staffordshire County Show Ground in conjunction with the Birmingham National Championship Show and the other on Sunday 5 September at Stoneleigh in conjunction with the City of Birmingham Championship Show.

I am keeping everything crossed that these Shows can go ahead.

COVID permitting, the Club are also planning a number of other exciting dates for your diary in 2021. This will certainly include further water training events after the two hugely successful weekends in July and last month. Pat, Gill and Kate are also planning a working weekend for the Spring including a demonstration of the Spanish Breed Club’s working tests.

Watch out for further news on all these events on the Club’s website and Facebook pages.

Things seem to be going backwards in Spain. A few weeks ago I brought you news of a weekend of Championship Shows in northern Spain. Sadly, shows have started to be cancelled again in Spain; I understand that the National and International Dog Shows of Badajoz which were scheduled for the weekend of 17/18 October have been cancelled.

One dog and owner who have been enjoying the shows is Janet Rahn and her Moo (Emmanuel Wavelet). Moo has been hugely successful on the US show scene for some time and this is continuing. Moo and his handler, Tabatha Buckley-Bettis, recently competed at the Fargo Moorhead Kennel Club Shows in North Dakota, winning a superb Group 2 one day and then Group 4 on the other day.

Moo was bred in Slovakia by Viktoria Kyselova.

Viktoria’s breeding has also shone in Lithuania recently. Giedre Vaitekuniene’s young female, Karli (Kiss of the Sun Wavelet) took Best of Breed on Sunday 27 September at the Compensa Cup in Palanga to become a Lithuanian Junior Champion. Best of Opposite Sex was Saulius Okeanija’s young male Horo (All About The Black Diamond of Okeanija).

At the same venue the previous day, Saulius’ Horo was again Best of Opposite Sex and the Best of Breed was Julia Jershova’s young female, Kaja (Fiastra Attention).

There was also a show there on the Friday. This time Saulius’s Mocha (Zorrazo All I Ever Wanted For Okeanija) was Best of Breed and his Horo was again Best of Opposite Sex. Mocha went on to win the Group.

This weekend there were shows in Poland, Germany and Finland.

In Poland, there were three National Dog Shows; the two day Zabrze National Dog Show and then also the Legionowo National Dog Show. Marek Grabowski’s Scootie (Scooter Bona Espero) won Best of Breed at Legionowo.

Scootie’s breeder, Malgorzata Jakubas also collected Best of Opposite Sex on both days of the Zabrze Shows with her young female, Noelka (Noelia Bona Espero). Best of Breed on both days was Tomek Kaczorek’s Sunny (Valentisimo’s Sunny).

Daniela Trompka was back on the show in Germany with a bang at the Rostock International Dog Show. Daniela won Best of Breed and also the Group with her top winning male, Chester (Zorrazo Newsflash). Best of Opposite Sex was Daniela’s young female, Maya (Zorrazo After Eight).

There were two shows that I am aware of in Finland the other weekend; the Hyvinkaa Nordic Show on 27 September and the Kotkan Puppy Show on the previous day.

Hyvinkaa attracted a SWD entry of 23. Best of Breed was Kamile Samaletdin’s Veteran Bitch, Dody (Santonja Billion Dollar Babe), who I think I am right in saying is the only SWD born outside of Spain to become a Spanish Champion.

The Best of Opposite Sex was Mariella Hakulinen’s Veteran Male, Rico (Santonja Es Por Ti).

The Kotkan show attracted an entry of 6; obviously all puppies. Best of Breed and then Group 3 was Jyrki Koiranen’s young male pup, Nasse (April Design Force Majeure).

That’s all for this week.

If any of my readers have any news about their Spanish Water Dogs, could they please send it through to me. It doesn’t have to be competition related; any positive news about what you are doing with your dogs is most welcome.

Thank you very much for reading my notes.



21.09.2020

It is really pleasing to be able to report the success of Spanish Water Dogs in whatever discipline owners and dogs take part in.

Fiona Franklin was back competing in agility this weekend at the SWAT KC Agility Show in Somerset with her lovely boy, Bosque (Glenturret Raphael). This was their first fully competitive outing for nearly a year, but they came back with a bang as Bosque stormed around the course to finish a very close second out of 20 in the Beginners’ Class. The only other event they have competed in was their own club agility show last month when Bosque had three clear rounds and finished in second place in two of them.

Congratulations to Fiona and Bosque for these successes and the progress they are making. Also for getting out there and doing things.

Talking of getting out there, the Spanish Water Dog Club UK held their water training weekend on Saturday and Sunday, again with much success following on from the previous weekend in July. I hope to publish more details on the successes of individual dogs in a later edition of these notes but I know from the initial feedback Kate has provided, the weekend went swimmingly well with a number of dogs passing their Silver or Bronze level awards.

Further club events currently in the diary include an Open Show on Friday 8 January 2021 in conjunction with the Boston and District Championship Show scheduled for the East of England Show Ground on that date and two Championship Shows; one on Friday 7 May at the Staffordshire County Show Ground in conjunction with the Birmingham National Championship Show and the other on Sunday 5 September at Stoneleigh in conjunction with the City of Birmingham Championship Show.

I am keeping everything crossed that these Shows can go ahead.

Sadly, the Bournemouth Championship Show which was scheduled for 5 October was cancelled last week. That leaves SKC in November as the only remaining scheduled Championship Show in the UK in 2020. Entries for that were due to open on Monday and did not open. It must be likely that this show will also be cancelled.

Let us all hope for better luck in 2021.

One dog and owner who have been making their own luck is Janet Rahn and her Moo (Emmanuel Wavelet). Moo has been hugely successful on the UD show scene for some time and this is continuing. Over the last two weekends Moo has competed with his handler, Tabatha Buckley-Bettis, at shows in Minnesota and Wisconsin, winning a superb Group 1 placing at the Anoka Kennel Club Championship Show in Minnesota on Sunday 13 September and then again at the Indianhead Kennel Club Championship Show in Wisconsin on Friday 18 September.

Moo was bred in Slovakia by Viktoria Kyselova.

Viktoria has some success of her own at the Ostrava National Dog Show in the Czech Republic on Saturday 12 September, taking Best of Breed with her Spanish import male, Sancho (Toboso Del Majaceite). Sancho, who became a Czech Junior Champion at the Show, was handled by Jana Najdekova.

Best of Opposite Sex at Ostrava was Malgorzata Jakubas’s young female, Noelka (Noelia Bona Espero), handled by Gosia Niedzwiedz.

In Norway this weekend, Sanna Ruska’s Champion Female Winner, Sanni (Aquagruaz Viva Deliciosa) won Best of Breed at Sunday’s Tromso International Dog Show. Best of Opposite Sex was Marit Hansen’s Intermediate Male Winner, Ludo (Zenon Del Corazoncito). Rita Ringjord’s Junior Female Winner, Luna (Ferrylands Imagine) was awarded the Reserve Best Female and Junior Best of Breed at just 12 months old.

There have been a number of Championship Shows in Finland over the past few weekends. Last weekend, Marita Tauriainen’s Junior Male Winner, Nuka (Kloop De Aronagua) was Best of Breed at the Sievi Group Show and Katariina Kahri’s Champion Male Winner, Haro (Aquacrest Tom of Finland) was Best of Breed at the Royal Canin Show in Helsinki. This weekend it was the Tuusniemi Group Show and the Lahti Group Show. Best of Breed at the first of these was Katariina Kahri’s Intermediate Male Winner, Hefe (Aquacrest Magic Maestro). Best of Breed at the other show was Tuulia Aherikko’s Open Female Winner, Rii (Zorrazo Resist If You Can).

That’s all for this week.

If any of my readers have any news about their Spanish Water Dogs, could they please send it through to me. It doesn’t have to be competition related; any positive news about what you are doing with your dogs is most welcome.

Thank you very much for reading my notes.


07.09.2020

News hot off the press from the Spanish Water Dog Club UK.

Covid pandemic permitting, the Club will be holding an Open Show on Friday 8 January in conjunction with the Boston and District Championship Show. This is great news for the SWD show enthusiasts who have been kicking their heels for many months now. Boston also has SWD classes, so everyone will get two bites of the cherry on the day.

The venue of the shows will be the East of England Show Ground, Oundle Road, Peterborough.

Judge details to be confirmed when the schedules are published. Look out for further information on the Club’s website and Facebook pages in due course.

The Club’s next water training weekend is also fast approaching. This will be held on the weekend of 19/20 September at the Swim 4 Paws water training facility near Dronfield in Derbyshire There will be water training and Bronze, Silver and Gold Level Award testing.

The previous event in July was a massive success. Demand is also expected to be high for the forthcoming event, so please book now if you wish to be involved. Bookings can be made through the Club Chair, Pat Booth at spanishwaterdogs@icloud.com.

Some of you will be holding gift certificates from Royal Canin. These were awarded as prizes at the Club’s Open Show in 2019. We are told that a number of these have not yet been redeemed and that Royal Canin have given us all until the end of this calendar year to use them.

If you have one of these vouchers, please remember to dust it down and use it. Use it or lose it!

Some great news. Dog showing is back in Spain! After a long, long break caused by the pandemic, the city of Vigo in Galicia was the venue for this weekend’s National and International Dog Shows of Silleda. The National Dog Show was on Saturday and the International Show was on Sunday.

Best of Breed on both days was the winner of the Champion Male class, Azor De Agua Salada, owned by Oscar Rodriguez Sanjurjo. Best of Opposite Sex on both days was the winner of the Intermediate Female Class, Mitana De Rubioalfaro, owned by Isaac Bermudez Vazquez.

There were also Championship Shows this weekend in Finland, France and the Czech Republic.

In Finland, it was the Joensuu Group Show on Sunday. Best of Breed there was Jatta Kaskinen’s Champion Male, Liisa (April Design Ululando A La Luna). Best of Opposite Sex was the Open Female Winner, Santran Alba Dulzura, who is co-owned by Johanna Tulonen-Tapio, Riika Papunen and Asmo Raimoaho.

Christophe Ressayre’s Mentos Del Rabadan was Best of Breed at Sorges National Dog Show in France.

Finally, in the Czech Republic, Best of Breed at Saturday’s National Dog Show of Olomouc was Klara Kunova’s young female Espartana De Azocarrem, also known as Elli. This win gives Elli the title of 2020 National Winner for the Breed.

Best of Opposite Sex was Hanus Sparlinek’s Ernesto Wavelet. Ernesto is the male SWD National Winner 2020.

That’s all for this week.

If any of my readers have any news about their Spanish Water Dogs, could they please send it through to me. It doesn’t have to be competition related; any positive news about what you are doing with your dogs is most welcome.

Thank you very much for reading my notes.




01.09.2020

It is really pleasing to be able to report the success of Spanish Water Dogs in whatever discipline owners and dogs take part in.

Ginette Evans and Michelle Thearle are two Spanish Water Dog owners who are busy putting the relatively new discipline of “Hoopers” on the breed map in the UK. I have reported on Ginette and Michelle’s successes on a number of occasions in recent editions of these notes.

Both were out and about again this weekend.

Michelle and her Benji (De Ubrique Atuncan) finished an excellent third in the Hoopers 1 event at yesterday’s UK HooperFest at Croxton Kerrial near Grantham. They also took fourth place in the Hoopers 2 event and second in the Parcours 2.

Michelle’s youngster Layla (Josalyn Road To Mandalay) made her debut in Hoopers at the show, claiming a clear round in the Parcours first time out!

Ginette achieved five clear rounds over the weekend with her Muffin (Lendever’s Fervent Love). Hoopers events are divided into small, large and veteran dog sections. Ginette and Muffin compete in the small category. Ginette is pleased that Muffin can hold her own against some of the really fast dogs in this section.

Michelle and Benji also competed in Agility at the weekend; at the Pure Agility Show in Tamworth where Benji won the Advanced Jumping competition.

Dog showing is back with a bang in Finland. It really is a dog crazy country. This weekend it was the Riihimaki Championship Show. Best of Breed there was Kia Laurila’s Champion Dog, Milow (Don’t Tell Mama De Sinkovic). Best of Opposite Sex was Marja-Liisa Koski’s Champion Female, Liisa (April Design Ever So Happy).

Norway went one better with three Championship Shows. There were two in Tromso, a National Dog Show on Saturday and then another on Sunday. Best of Breed on both days was the Rita Ringjord’s young female, Luna (Ferrylands Imagine). Rita and Luna also did amazingly well in the Group on both days; fourth place on Saturday and then a brilliant Group One finish on Sunday.

Meantime, Luna’s breeders, Johnny and Irene Donne on Bergen were storming to success at the International Dog Show in Stavanger. Best of Breed there went to their Kaleo (Ferrylands Go Kaleo To Aronagua), owned by Almudena Zurita Moreno of Spain. This result means that Kaleo will finish 2020 as Norway’s top winning Spanish Water Dog.

Best of Opposite Sex in Stavanger was Johnny and Irene’s Emma (Ferrylands Emma Golddigger).

Saulius Okeanija also had a Group Winner at the Birstonas National Dog Show in Lithuania. This time his Mocha (Zorrazo All I Ever Wanted For Okeanija) went on to also take second place in the overall Best in Show competition; a brilliant result for this exciting young female SWD. Mocha had been Best of Breed earlier in the day.

Viktoria Kyselova’s Wavelet kennel has been consistently producing excellent SWDs in Central Europe for some time now. Another Wavelet SWD is now making a name for himself. Youngster Kenneth (Kenneth Wavelet), owned by Patrik Rutkovsky and handled by Dominika Szaszova, went Best of Breed on debut on day two of the recent Bratislava International Dog Show in Slovakia.

Best of Breed on day one was Tomek Kaczorek’s Champion Male, Sunny (Valentisimo’s Sunny).

Best of Opposite Sex on both days was Klara Kunova’s Elli (Espartana De Azocarrem).

That’s all for this week.

If any of my readers have any news about their Spanish Water Dogs, could they please send it through to me. It doesn’t have to be competition related; any positive news about what you are doing with your dogs is most welcome.

Thank you very much for reading my notes.




24.08.2020

Following the great success of the weekend in July, the Spanish Water Dog Club UK have announced that there will be a further water training weekend in September. “Round two” of the water training and Bronze, Silver and Gold Level Award testing will be held on the weekend of 19/20 September and the venue will again be the Swim 4 Paws water training facility at Dronfield in Derbyshire.

Further details will be available soon on the Club’s website and Facebook pages.

Everyone who took part in July had a super time. A total of 5 dogs passed their Silver Level Awards last time out ; Ainsley Procter’s Opie and Raffa, Jane Appleton’s Cassie and Kate Hodgkinson-Rutherford’s Pickle and Toro. Six dogs also passed the Bronze Level Award. This included Cassie, Pickle and Toro as well as Jenny Abraham’s Ziggy, Sherree Bloom’s Rubi and Caroline Glaysher’s Jacsen.

I know this further event will also be a great success.

It is really pleasing to be able to report the success of Spanish Water Dogs in whatever discipline owners and dogs take part in.

This weekend there was news of the success of a Spanish Water Dog in passive narcotic detection. I understand that “Johnny” has been in training for this with Specialist Detector Dogs Limited for the past 3 months and that he recently passed his exam to become what is thought to be the first Spanish Water Dog currently living in the UK to qualify as a passive narcotic detection dog.

Massive congratulations to everyone involved. Keep up the good work. I noticed in the news recently that a team of Spanish Water Dogs travelled from Malaga to the Lebanon with their handlers to work in the detection od possible survivors buried in the rubble after the explosion in Beirut.

Ginette Evans is one of a growing number of Spanish Water Dog owners who is putting the relatively new discipline of “Hoopers” on the breed map in the UK. A few weeks ago, I reported on Michelle Thearle and her Spanish Water Dog, Benji (De Ubrique Atuncan), finishing an excellent second in the Parcours at the UK Hoopers event at Croxton Kerrial near Grantham.

Ginette has also been having great success in Hoopers with her Muffin (Lendevers Fervent Love). The other weekend Ginette and Muffin took part in the Calmer Dog Training Hoopers Event in North Lincolnshire, claiming three clear rounds, one a third place finish.

Ginette and Muffin moved into Hoopers two years or so ago from agility.

Dog showing is back with a bang in Finland. It really is a dog crazy country. There are Championship Shows most weekends. This weekend there was a Puppy Championship Show in Helsinki. Best of Breed was the young male, Freddie (April Design Frowned Upon) owned by Jatta Kaskinen and the breeder Elina Nuutinen. Best of Opposite Sex was another April Design puppy, Maisa (April Design Finders Keepers), owned by Elina, Jatta and Marja-Liisa Koski.

Riikka-Marja Ponkka also had great success at a Puppy Championship Show in Finland recently, winning the Puppy Group at the Reisjarvi Championship Show on 15 August with her young female, Saimi (Luces Delnorte Eliana).

That’s all for this week.

If any of my readers have any news about their Spanish Water Dogs, could they please send it through to me. It doesn’t have to be competition related; any positive news about what you are doing with your dogs is most welcome.

Thank you very much for reading my notes.

Mark Rutherford






The Spanish Water Dog Club UK have confirmed the results of the Water Tests undertaken at the recent water training weekend in Derbyshire.

A total of 5 dogs passed their Silver Level Awards; Ainsley Procter’s Opie and Raffa, Jane Appleton’s Cassie and Kate Hodgkinson-Rutherford’s Pickle and Toro. Toro may be one of the youngest to pass the Silver Level. He is still a puppy.

Six dogs also passed the Bronze Level Award. This included Cassie, Pickle and Toro as well as Jenny Abraham’s Ziggy, Sherree Bloom’s Rubi and Caroline Glaysher’s Jacsen.

In the show world, it feels like one step forward and two steps back at the moment.

As I mentioned in my last set of notes, entries are open for the Bournemouth Championship Show on 5 October. However, since those notes were published both Blackpool Championship Show on 26 September and the Gundog Breeds Association of Scotland Championship Show on 14 November have been cancelled due to the implications of the COVID pandemic.

UK Spanish Water Dog show enthusiasts now only have Bournemouth and SKC left to look forward to this year at Championship Show level.

Hopefully, we will be able to return to some level of normality in the UK show world during the course of next year.

Things already seem better in some parts of Central and Northern Europe.

Julia Jershova has been setting records with her Spanish Water Dogs in the Baltic States. This weekend a young SWD bred by Julia became a Latvian Junior Champion; Kaja (Fiastra Attention) took Best of Breed at the Liepaja Championship Show. Kaja is owned by Jurate Salve and was handled at the show by Meda Antanaityte.

In Estonia, Kia Laurila’s Intermediate Female Winner Bailey (Firizzo’s Had To Be You) won Best of Breed at Saturday’s Tallinn Winner Championship Show, out of an entry of 6. Best of Opposite Sex was Jatta Kaskinen’s Champion Male Winner Uuno (April Design Ululando A La Luna).

The results were reversed at Sunday’s Harju International Dog Show; this time Uuno took Best of Breed and Bailey won Best of Opposite Sex.

Katariina Kahri’s youngsters, Hefe (Aquacrest Magic Maestro) and his sister Kita (Aquacrest Maybe Baby) both became Estonian Junior Champions at the shows.

Young Freddie (April Design Frowned Upon) won Best Puppy in Breed on both days; on Saturday going on to be shortlisted in the final six for Best Baby Puppy in Show and then on Sunday taking Best Baby Puppy in Show 2. Big congratulations to the little fella. He is co-owned by Jatta and by his breeder Elina Nuutinen.

Saulius Okeanija was out in force at the three day Druskininkai series of Championship Shows in Lithuania. Saulius tells me the SWD entry was nine on each day. His star performer over the three days was the Intermediate Female Winner, Mocha (Zorrazo All I Ever Wanted For Okeanija) who took one Best of Breed and two Best of Opposite Sex awards, to become a Lithuanian Champion in the process. Saulius’ Ines (Zorrazo Be Dazzled By Me) also became a Lithuanian Champion at the shows.

Daniela Trompka’s Champion Male Winner, Chester (Zorrazo Newsflash) took Best of Breed on the other two days. Chester became a Lithuanian Champion at the shows and subject to FCI confirmation also became an FCI International Champion.

Our good friends, Johnny and Irene Donne took top honours in Norway at Sunday’s Lillehammer International Dog Show. Best of Breed was their Champion Male Winner, Kaleo (Ferrylands Go Kaleo To Aronagua), bred by Johnny and Irene, owned by Almudena Zurita Moreno of Spain.

Best of Opposite Sex was Johnny and Irene’s Intermediate Female Winner, Luca (Ferrylands Hello My Name is Luca).

The SWD entry was nine.

There were 12 SWDs entered in Finland at Sunday’s Kauhava Championship Show. Best of Breed there was Carina Svenblan-Timonen’s Champion Male Winner, Aston (Perro Cabo Abramis). Best of Opposite Sex was Carina’s Open Female Winner, Belone (Perro Cabo Belone). Belone became a Champion of Finland as a result of this success.

Across Finland, there were another 14 SWDs entered on the same day at the Kajaani Group Championship Show. There, the Best of Breed was the Open Female Winner, Puma (Aquacrest Emanuelle). Puma became a Champion of Finland in the process.

Best of Opposite Sex was the Open Male Winner, Haro (Aquacrest Tom of Finland).

Puma is owned by Katariina Kahri, Paivi Uurtola-Kahri and Noora Haapanen. Haro is owned by Katariina Kahri, Paivi Uurtola-Kahri and Sini Soikkeli.

Finally, in the Czech Republic, Hana Rihova won Best of Breed out of the Junior Male Class with her Jerezana of the Retranca at Saturday’s Interdog Bohemia National Dog Show. Hana’s young female, Winnie The Pooh La Pasion Turka, won Best of Opposite Sex out of the Intermediate Female Class and became a Czech Junior Champion.

That’s all for this week.

If any of my readers have any news about their Spanish Water Dogs, could they please send it through to me. It doesn’t have to be competition related; any positive news about what you are doing with your dogs is most welcome.

Thank you very much for reading my notes.




04.08.2020

The Spanish Water Dog Club UK is looking forward to a bright future following the 2020 AGM which concluded by postal vote last week.

Jenny Abrahams is the new Honorary Secretary; Pat Booth continues as Chair.

The Club are seeking a Treasurer, to replace Nigel Walker who has indicated that he wishes to step down once the Club have identified a replacement. There are also three other vacancies on the committee, including that of Breed Health Co-ordinator. A very important role for the future of the breed; healthy breeding should be at the forefront of all our minds.

If any of my readers are interested in joining the committee to fill any of these roles, could they please contact Pat at chair.swdc@gmail.com.

Entries are now open for the Bournemouth Championship Show on 5 October. Entries open on Monday for Blackpool on 26 September.

Unfortunately, news reached us this week that this year’s Ladies Kennel Association Championship Show (LKA) is cancelled due to the implications of the COVID pandemic. Normally one of the highlights of the UK show calendar, LKA was this year due to be judged by Nigel Egginton.

Some brilliant news from the world of hoopers. Michelle Thearle’s dog, Benji (De Ubrique Atuncan), who has had great success in agility over the last few years, is now turning his paws very successfully to hoopers, finishing an excellent second in the Parcours on Sunday at the UK Hoopers event at Croxton Kerrial near Grantham. This achievement for Michelle and Benji is ever more special as this was their competitive debut in hoopers.

Julia Jershova has been setting records with her Spanish Water Dogs in the Baltic States. Over the past few weeks, I have reported on her success in shows with Jake (Zorrazo Victorioso), who has won many Best of Breeds and one Reserve Best in Show at Championship Show level.

Jake’s achievements had set the record for the Baltics but Julia has now surpassed this with another Zorrazo in her care, Buzz (Zorrazo Buzz Lightyear), who went Best in Show the other weekend at the Summer of Alytus Championship Dog Show in Lithuania. This result made breed history in the Baltic States; the first Best in Show there for a Spanish Water Dog at Championship Show level.

Julia and Buzz were at it again this last weekend, taking Group 3 on Saturday and Group 4 on Sunday at the two day Reto Winners Championship Show in Latvia.

Slovakia’s Viktoria Kyselova and Martin Debnar also showed their Spanish Water Dogs with great success this weekend, in Hungary. Viktoria and Martin’s Carlos (Key West Wavelet) was Best of Breed at both the Debrecen National Dog Show on Saturday morning and then again at the International Show in the afternoon, becoming a Hungarian Junior Champion in the process. Viktoria and Martin’s Ibi (Ibiza Wavelet) became an FCI international Champion with her CACIB at the afternoon show.

Viktoria’s run of weekend success continued in Finland, when a young male bred by her, Winston (Lush Life Wavelet) won Best of Breed on his show debut at the Rovaniemi Group Show on Saturday. Winston, who is just 13 months old, is owned by Heidi Kurki, Sini Kursu and Sanna Ruuska.

I think this was the first Championship Show in Finland, involving Spanish Water Dogs, since the outbreak of COVID in March.

Finland’s second Championship Show since March, the Pori All Breeds Championship Show, followed on Sunday. Best of Breed at that was the Champion Male Winner, Haro (Aquacrest Tom of Finland), owned by Katariina Kahri, Paivi Uurtola-Kahri and Sini Soikkeli.

That’s all for this week.

If any of my readers have any news about their Spanish Water Dogs, could they please send it through to me. It doesn’t have to be competition related; any positive news about what you are doing with your dogs is most welcome.

Thank you very much for reading my notes.






0.07.2020

One of the highlights of the international show calendar each year is the four “day” Split Summer Night Dog Show in Croatia.

I say the four “day” show. Actually, as the official title of the shows indicates, the showing is all done at night.

Thankfully the event was able to go ahead this last weekend despite the complications of the COVID pandemic.

There is no doubt which dog was the Spanish Water Dog star of the shows. This was the British born dog, Yogi (Valentisimo’s Yogi). Yogi, who was the 2019 Crufts Best of Breed, won Best of Breed on three of the four nights in Split. He also won the Group twice (FCI Group 8).

Yogi is now owned by Nanta Tansacha of Thailand. He was handled in Split by Ivor Jelavic.

The other SWD Best of Breed in Split was this year’s Crufts Best Dog, Millow (Don’t Tell Mama De Sinkovic). Millow is co-owned by Marika Fredrikson and Kia Laurila.

The other big event this weekend was the Spanish Water Dog UK water training weekend at the Swim 4 Paws centre near Chesterfield.

This event was very well subscribed by Spanish Water Dog owners and their dogs, with a number of dogs passing their Bronze or Silver level tests. I am told that everyone had an amazing time.

Massive thanks to the organisers and those who helped over the weekend and in promoting the event – Pat Booth, Gill Frost, Ainsley Procter, Gill Jackson, Kate Wilden and Kate Hodgkinson-Rutherford. Thank you to all those who took part and well done to everyone for observing the social distancing guidelines.

That’s all for this week.

If any of my readers have any news about their Spanish Water Dogs, could they please send it through to me. It doesn’t have to be competition related; any positive news about what you are doing with your dogs is most welcome.

Thank you very much for reading my notes.





21.07.2020

Thankfully there is some further more positive Spanish Water Dog news to report.

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that Bournemouth Canine Association’s annual Championship Show is to go ahead in October, with the Spanish Water Dog day being Monday 5 October under judge Martyn Rees. Postal entries are open until 1 September and online entries until 8 September via Higham Press. The venue is Pikes Farm, near Poole in Dorset.

Blackpool have now also issued revised dates for their annual Championship Show. The new dates are Friday 25 September through Sunday 27 September and the venue is Blackpool’s usual spot at Redwood Park, Inskip near Preston. The Spanish Water Dog day is the Saturday, 26 September and the judge is Kathy Gorman. Entries will open online on Monday 10 August via Fosse Data.

These are the first two UK Championship Shows to go ahead since the pandemic struck. Hopefully, both can pull it off and the shows will proceed.

Spanish Water Dogs were back in the ring in Slovakia this last weekend for three days of showing at the Nitra International Dog Shows. Best of Breed on two of the days was Viktoria Kyselova’s lovely young female, Nuti (M&J Dunkin Donut For Wavelet). Best of Breed on the other day was Tomek Kaczorek’s Tonta (Zorrazo Twilight Sparkle).

Julia Jershova reports further news of big successes for her young male Jake (Zorrazo Victorioso) in recent shows. In Lithuania this weekend, Jake took Best of Breed on both days of the show to become a Lithuanian Champion. Jake has an amazing record, having won Best of Breed every time he has been shown.

A week or two ago, Jake also won a Reserve Best in Show accolade, this being the best ever placing for a Spanish Water Dog at Championship Show level in the Baltic States.

Well done to Julia and Jake. Jake is owned by Australia’s Sonya Petersen Greenfield and Judith Nolan.

Meanwhile in Latvia, Saulius Okeanija’s young female, Mocha (Zorrazo All I Ever Wanted For Okeanija) took Best of Breed at Saturday’s National Dog Show “Ogre Winner”. Mocha became a Latvian Junior Champion and a Baltic Junior Champion in the process. Saulius’s Champion Female, Ines (Zorrazo Be Dazzled By Me) became a Latvian Champion at the show.

At a Championship Show in early July, Mocha was selected for the final 15 dogs all breeds for Junior Best in Show.

Back to this weekend, there was also a two day show in Estonia on Saturday and Sunday. Best of Breed on Saturday was Marita and Janniina Tauriainen’s Champion Female, Diva (April Design Black Velvet), who then went on to also take fourth place in the Group (FCI Group 8). Best of Breed on the Sunday was Sinijarv Maiu’s Open Male, Raju (Zorrazo V For Victory).

The lovely young male Spanish Water Dog, Nuka (Kloop De Aronagua) became a Junior Champion of Estonia at these shows. Nuka is co-owned by Marita Tauriainen, Emilia Aalto and Lida Aalto.

That’s all for this week.

If any of my readers have any news about their Spanish Water Dogs, could they please send it through to me. It doesn’t have to be competition related; any positive news about what you are doing with your dogs is most welcome.

Thank you very much for reading my notes.



06.07.2020

Week two of my notes following the COVID outbreak.

Thankfully I have some further Spanish Water Dog news to report.

There is some better news on the dog showing front. Bournemouth Canine Association are reporting that their annual Championship Show will go ahead on its revised dates of 3, 4 and 5 October. Gundog day will be the Monday - 5 October.

The venue is Bournemouth Show’s usual home of Pikes Farm, near Poole in Dorset.

The schedule for the show came out this morning. The Spanish Water Dog judge is Mr Martyn Rees. Postal entries are open until 1 September and online entries until 8 September via Higham Press.

Presently, this will be the first UK Championship Show to go ahead since the pandemic struck. Hopefully, Bournemouth can pull this off and the show will proceed.

Unfortunately, two further major shows have been cancelled since this time last week; the European Dog Show in Slovenia has been postponed for this year and the UK’s Gundog Society of Wales Championship Show has been cancelled.

Julia Jershova reports news of big successes for her young male Jake (Zorrazo Victorioso) in recent shows. In Lithuania the other weekend, Jake took Best of Breed on both days of the show and also went on to win the Group on both days. He didn’t stop there though. On the Sunday, Jake also won the Reserve Best in Show accolade, this being the best ever placing for a Spanish Water Dog at Championship Show level in the Baltic States.

Julia has since shown Jake at a couple of other Championship Shows in Lithuania and Latvia, and he has won the Group or been Reserve Best in Group in each of them.

Well done to Julia and Jake. Jake is owned by Australia’s Sonya Petersen Greenfield and Judith Nolan.

A reminder that the Spanish Water Dog Club AGM is now to be held on 15 July by postal vote. Members are requested to cast their votes and support the event. Further details are available on the Club’s website, including details of the various agenda items.

Another upcoming event is the Club’s water training weekend at the Swim 4 Paws Canine Aqua Centre near Chesterfield in Derbyshire on 25 and 26 July. Activities will include all aspects of swimming skills, water retrieve work, boat work, diving and rescue. Members are assured that the event will comply with social distancing requirements but will still be fun packed. Further information on the event is available on the Spanish Water Dog Club Information Facebook page.

That’s all for this week.

If any of my readers have any news about their Spanish Water Dogs, could they please send it through to me. It doesn’t have to be competition related; any positive news about what you are doing with your dogs is most welcome.

Thank you very much for reading my notes.




29.06.2020

These are my first notes since March. Covid 19 has put paid to all canine activities since then.

Thankfully life may now be starting to get back to a level of normality. I now have some Spanish Water Dog news to report.

The Spanish Water Dog Club UK have teamed up with Spanish Water Dog Rescue to host a super online dog show. It is very much a fun event with many novelty classes, as well as a series of pedigree classes from minor puppy up to veteran.

Entries are £1 per dog per class or £10 for 14 entries, but entries must be in by 6 pm this coming Wednesday, 1 July. Further details on the available classes and on how to enter can be found on the Spanish Water Dog Club Information Facebook page and also on Rescue’s Facebook page.

All proceeds go to Rescue, to help them help SWDs in need.

Back in March, the outbreak of Covid led to the cancellation of the Spanish Water Dog Club AGM. The Club have recently announced to members that they plan to hold the AGM on 15 July by postal vote. Members are requested to cast their votes and support the event. Further details are available on the Club’s new website including details of the various agenda items.

Another Club event that is now going ahead is the water training weekend at the Swim 4 Paws Canine Aqua Centre near Chesterfield in Derbyshire on 25 and 26 July. Activities will include all aspects of swimming skills, water retrieve work, boat work, diving and rescue. Plans for the event have had to be adjusted to comply with social distancing requirements but you should still expect it to be a very much fun packed event.

Pre-booking is a must as the event has proved to very popular. Further information on the event is also available on the Spanish Water Dog Club Information Facebook page.

As we await news on whether or not October’s European Dog Show will go ahead in Slovenia, dog shows have started again in a number of European countries, including Norway, Croatia and Hungary. Sadly there is no sign of any shows being held anytime soon in the UK.

In Norway at this weekend’s Trondheim International Dog Show, Johnny and Irene Donne’s Emma (Ferrylands Emma Golddigger) was Best of Breed and Raul Pontes Rodriguez’s Kaleo (Ferrylands Go Kaleo To Aronagua) was Best Opposite Sex.

Then in Croatia this weekend, Best of Breed at the Varazdin Championship Show was the Best Opposite Sex from Crufts 2020, Milow (Don’t Tell Mama De Sinkovic). Milow who is co-owned by Marika Fredrikson and Kia Laurila, then went on to also win the Group (FCI Group 8).

Marika’s Fabio (Zorrazo Charmstrong) was Best Puppy in Breed and also went on to be shortlisted in the final 6 for Best Puppy in Show.

Fabio, who I believe was born in the UK, had actually taken Best Puppy in Show at the Group Championship Show in Croatia the previous weekend.

In Hungary, Viktoria Kyselova’s Nuti (Dunkin Donut for Wavelet) was Best of Breed the other week at the Papa International Dog Show, becoming a Junior Champion of Hungary in the process. Viktoria’s Carlos (Key West Wavelet) was Best Opposite Sex.

The new dates for this year’s World Dog Show in Spain are Thursday 17 December to Sunday 20 December. The WDS was due to be held in April and then July, but both dates had to be postponed due to Covid. The venue remains the same; IFEMA in Madrid. We must all hope that by December things are sufficiently OK virus-wise to allow the event to proceed.

That’s all for this week.

If any of my readers have any news about their Spanish Water Dogs, could they please send it through to me. It doesn’t have to be competition related; any positive news about what you are doing with your dogs is most welcome.

Thank you very much for reading my notes.



15.03.2020

Dog shows and other canine activities will now take a back seat for a while as the public health issues surrounding Covid 19 come to the fore, both here in the UK and across the globe.

This week the Spanish Kennel Club postponed the World Dog Show, and dog shows are being postponed or cancelled almost everywhere. We were due to show our dogs in Belgium this weekend, but the show was cancelled on Wednesday evening.

The new dates for the World Dog Show are Thursday 9 July to Sunday 12 July. It was due to be held in April. The venue remains the same; IFEMA in Madrid. We must all hope that the virus has waned sufficiently by July to allow the show to proceed.

Covid 19 also put paid to the Spanish Water Dog Club AGM. It was due to be held this morning in Wymeswold, but was postponed the other day. No new date has yet been set.

One SWD event that is still on is Rescue’s excellent Whitfun weekend. This is due to run from Friday, 23 May, through the Whitfun bank holiday weekend, wrapping up with a fun dog show on Monday, 25 May.

Bookings can be made through Kylee Noad who is pedrospromise@btinternet.com. There is also a booking form on the Rescue Facebook page. Camping is available on site.

It's a great weekend. The other events there will include agility, rally, gundog training and Pauline Jackson’s fabulous Crystal Maze Challenge.

If you can make the event, please book in. You won’t regret it; both you and your dog will have a super time and will be flaked out by the Tuesday morning. Importantly, all proceeds go to Rescue to help them help SWDs in need.

More detail to follow in forthcoming weeks.

A couple of weeks ago there was a two day Championship Show in the Netherlands, the Martini Dogshow in Groningen. Best of Breed on both days was Rolf Karsijns’ and Noemi Sas’s Junior Male Winner, Zeb. It is great to see Rolf and Noemi back at the shows. They have been missed.

That same weekend, Kate was out showing at Open Shows both days. On the Saturday there was an entry of 15 SWDs at the Mid-West Gundog Club Open Show at Malvern. Best of Breed was Kate’s Open Class Winner, Chanderhill Hecho En Espana (“Indi”). Best Puppy in Breed was Tim Harrison’s young dog pup, Chanderhill Talk O’The Town At Glenbrows (“Gordi”). Tim and Gordi were also shortlisted for Best Puppy in Show.

On the Sunday, Kate and Indi again got Best of Breed, this time at the Coventry Gundog Society Open Show. Kate’s young bitch pup, Chanderhill Top Totty was Best Puppy in Breed and Best Puppy in Show 4.

That same day there were a couple of SWD entries in the AVNSC Gundog classes at the Oxfordshire Canine Society Open Show. Lee Ladlow’s young bitch pup, Valentisimo’s Hello Kitty (“Maya”), went Best AVNSC Puppy, Gundog Puppy Group 1 and an amazing Reserve Best Puppy in Show.

This was Maya’s show debut. Well done to her.

That’s all for this week.

If any of my readers have any news of SWD successes in any disciplines, could they please send it through to me. It doesn’t have to be show related; in fact, please, please, please could people involved in other disciplines to send me news of their successes, whether it be in agility, rally, scent work, or whatever.

Thank you very much for reading my notes.





09.03.2020

Everyone had a super time at Crufts on Friday. Mr Jeff Horswell was our judge with an entry of 68 SWDs, making 87 entries.

Best of Breed and the Bitch Challenge Certificate was awarded to Marika Fredrikson’s Post Graduate Bitch Winner, Zorrazo Attitude Matters. Best Puppy in Breed was Fiona Donaldson’s Puppy Dog Winner, Zorrazo Alter Bridge.

A special mention for Lo Winchurch. Lo’s Veteran Bitch Winner, Josalyn Lola Lupita At Holamanola, won Best Veteran in Breed. This was a very popular win.

The Dog Challenge Certificate went to Kia Laurila’s Open Male Winner, Don’t Tell Mama De Sinkovic.

The two Reserve CCs were both awarded to Valentisimo dogs, the Walker family’s Valentisimo’s Tizi winning the Bitch Reserve CC and Jodie Trebert’s lovely Valentisimo’s Ballesteros winning the Reserve Dog CC. The second year running for both these dogs.

A reminder of some news from the Spanish Water Dog Club. The club’s Annual General Meeting will be held this coming Sunday, 15 March, starting at 11.30 am. The venue is Wymeswold Village Hall, 2-5 Clay Street, Wymeswold, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE12 6TY.

The Club will award its 2020 Ambassador Awards immediately following the AGM.

Spanish Water Dog Rescue are also taking bookings for their excellent Whitfun weekend. This is held annually in Wymeswold on the second May bank holiday weekend. This year the fun starts on Friday, 23 May, and goes on until the bank holiday Monday, 25 May.

It's a great weekend. The events will include agility, rally and gundog training, a fun dog show and Pauline Jackson’s fabulous Crystal Maze Challenge.

If you can make the event, please book in. You won’t regret it; both you and your dog will have a super time and will be flaked out by the Tuesday morning. Importantly, all proceeds go to Rescue to help them help SWDs in need.

Camping is available on site.

Bookings can be made through Kylee Noad who is pedrospromise@btinternet.com. There is also a booking form on the Rescue Facebook page.

More detail to follow in forthcoming weeks.

That’s all for this week.

If any of my readers have any news of SWD successes in any disciplines, could they please send it through to me. It doesn’t have to be show related; in fact, please, please, please could people involved in other disciplines to send me news of their successes, whether it be in agility, rally, scent work, or whatever.

Thank you very much for reading my notes.






28.02.2020

Crufts 2020 gets ever closer and we are all biting our finger nails! One week to go. We are anxious how well our dogs will do.

There is also now the concern on whether Crufts will still be held, given the current public health issues. At the moment, the Kennel Club advise that the show will go ahead.

As previously advised, Mr Jeff Horswell is our judge. The entry is 68 SWDs, making 87 entries. The venue is Hall 5, Ring 36 of Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre, starting at 10 am.

I have some UK open show results to report.

Last Saturday there was a SWD entry of 14 at the Newark & District Canine Society Open Show. Best of Breed was Kate Hodgkinson-Rutherford’s Open Class Winner, Chanderhill Hecho En Espana (“Indi”). Kate and Indi then went on to take a Gundog Group 4 placing.

Star of the day though was undoubtedly, Tim and Honor Harrison’s 7 month old male, Chanderhill Talk O’The Town At Glenbrows (“Gordi”), who was Best Puppy in Breed and then won the Gundog Puppy Group.

Gordi was again in the honours on Sunday at the Cheltenham & District Canine Society Open Show. There he was Best AVNSC Gundog Puppy and

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