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The Show Year kicked off with Boston Championship Show where we have no CCs
as yet. Judge was Shannon Roberts who had an entry of 26/38 with 7 absent
on the day. The show as always was well run with very friendly and present
committee who are super hands on, making it without a doubt one of the most
exhibitor focussed shows of the year. BOB who was also BPIB was Tina
Dixon's Glorious Yasmine Heybett Avec Debrita (Imp SVK) who was handled as
always by daughter Dawn, with BOS going to my own Estillinis The Huntsman At
Casacavallo JW (Imp SWE). RBD went to Nicola Quadling's Prefix Alfred
Nobel with Malenkhai (Imp SWE) with RBB to Janet Knowle's Jhanchi Let Me
Entertain You JW.
A busy weekend also for Open shows with Alan Mckenzie and Kevin Muldoon's
Scherzando Roxy's Dancer taking BOB, Group 3 and AV Puppy Group 3 at
Kilmarnock Show under judge Caroline Murray. Meanwhilst at Bon Accord Evelyn
Frames Elfallons Little Dragon went BOB, not sure of the judge im afraid,
and at Paisley DCS Elsie & Bruce Moyes & Gail Hunter's Bryelis Dancing
Queen got BOB, Group 4 and Special Toy Puppy Group 1 under judge Kirstie
McMurray in the breed and Sue Steel in the group. Carol Ousbey also had a
good day Heywood & Radcliffe show going BPIB and Puppy Group 3 with her
Birchvolgyi Indigo Malverne (Imp Hun), again not sure of the judge im
afraid. Well done all! Some great successes!
After extending entry closing date several times Manchester have now
released numbers and our judge Jeff Horswell has attracted 76 dogs making 85
entries. Once again a shame there is no Minor Puppy class at this the last
Cruft Qualifying show of the year so definitely worth people contacting the
show secretary to make the request, although I really am surprised they have
not caught on yet and added a Minor Puppy for all breeds, especially when
for us often Minor Puppy class at Crufts has no entries.
Enjoy your dogs and yourselves wherever you are showing and most importantly
Lots of shows between Christmas and New Year although it looks like despite
some good entries at some locations the entries on the day were very low
which is a shame. Bad weather and festive indulgence no doubt contributed
but well done to those who managed to get to compete and congratulations on
your results! At Ashbourne DCS Lee Cahill was awarded BOB & BPIB with his
Konishiki Blue Jeans At Valsharees under Judge Lizzie Morley, then on New
Years day at Coventry Ladies KA under Alison Walker Simone Masters got BOB
with her Esquimaux Skin Deep and BPIB with her and Nicky Shakeshaft's
Doucai's Show Boy, with RBOB going to Chris Piper's Anna Sky Kennel Fusion
Hot Man Of Zanjero JW. Sadly Luton removed our classes after one year of
low entries, despite many years of good support, and I have no other results
to share so looks like most of us stayed at home over the holidays and
enjoyed the family time.
Our Dogs annual winners have now been announced so big congratulations to
those that came out top for our breed - Top Dog was once again Dawn and Tina
Dixon's Ch Debrita Don't Stop Me Now JW so a great achievement, with Robert
Dunlop and Stuart Payne once again taking the Top Breeder Award adding to
their impressive record here, with Top Puppy went to Sandra Tatnell's Ch
Proud Pony Mustang For Spiritcrest (Imp) - well done all!
It was sad to read of Geoffrey Davies sudden retirement and to lose another
judge for our breed who was has great experience and understood well how to
approach and handle our quirky little dogs. One can only hope he will not be
the first of many and that the rapid fire changes afoot at the Kennel Club
see our quantity and quality of judges improve and not diminish. We do
however have two new judges approved via the JDP with Lorraine Gillhespy and
Rodney Oldman being in this months KC journal, so nice to see some new blood
Schedules are now out for the Chinese Crested Dog Club Open show which will
be held at UK Toy for the first time this year after the breed judging. We
will be judged by Stuart Smith (Rodridge/Bondor) and you can download
schedules and enter online at www.paw-print.org.uk
Boston Championship show kicks of the year this weekend with Shannon Roberts
judging our breed without CCs and gaining an entry of 26 Dogs making 38
Good luck wherever you are showing and have fun! Wishing you all the very
best happiness and Success for 2018!
A busy weekend for open shows with some good successes. In Scotland Gail
Hunter and Bruce and Elsie Moyes's Bryelis Private Dancer went RBIS under
Fran Kaye after taking BOB under Mr S French at Cambuslang Canine Club after
going BOB at Lanark the day before. Doreen Dowsett had a good day at Lincoln
CS with her Ch Doonbeg Bete Noir Via Tteswood ShCM going BOB under Carol
Dunford then Best Toy Veteran, Best AV Toy and Group 3 under Tanya Ireland
and also winning two stakes classes under Helen Reaney. Another good day
was had by Dawn Dixon who took Puppy Group 1 with her and her mum's new
Slovakian import bitch Glorious Yasmine Heybett at Darwen CS under Irene
Robb, whilst at Totnes CS Limit Show Lynn Swain's Candycresteds Send Me To
Hollywood ShCM won BOB and Group 3 under Bev Loader. At Birmingham Toy Dog
my Estillinis The Huntsman At Casacavallo JW (Imp SWE) was BOB under
Caroline Odd, with Brian Kirk's Ajatiaza's Squeeze Me Quick getting BPIB.
The Kennel Club have now announced the introduction of an optional Champions
Class at Breed Club Championship Shows and this has certainly split opinion.
Many have welcomed it and feel it will give exhibitors the chance to show
more dogs and see it as giving them more of a chance not having to compete
against champions in a class, whereas others say Champions are better to
stay anonymous in open and it actually gives the potential to make
competition harder by allowing for champions to be shown in Open and
Champion. Personally I am split and I think that whilst im most certainly
happy to be able to show another dog, it could have as many pitfalls as
benefits. Many still would love to see a champions class at all
Championship shows and Champions to not be able to compete for the CCs but I
am not personally a fan of this and would prefer the UK to retain its
reputation for its title being held in the highest esteem due to its level
of difficulty to obtain. It will be interesting to see if this new Kennel
club introduction will lead that way over time but personally I hope it does
not and would much rather see a certain number of RCCs count towards CCs as
long as one has been won outright. Time will only see how things develop
and if the current initiative proves to be a good or bad one.
In the meantime Id like to wish you all A Very Happy Festive Season and that
you enjoy your time with friends and family and of course at all those shows
that are coming up!
So the last Championship show of the year is now done and dusted and we most
definitely did well to be on the Saturday and only have had a light covering
of snow rather than the thick blanket Sunday exhibitors had to contend with.
Our judge was Ian Sidgwick who was awarding CCs for the first time and he
had an entry of 95 with 5 Dogs and 28 bitches absent on the day. His top
awards all went to the Habiba Kennel with BOB going to Sarah Dunlop and
Karen Mclellan's Ch Habiba Reign On handled by Robert Dunlop and DCC going
to Robert Dunlop and Stuart Payne's Ch Habiba Go Forth, with their dog
Habiba As You Were NAF taking BPIB. RDCC went to Chris Bridgwater's
Scherzando Twist and RBCC to Evelyn Frames Myvallo Inclined To Dance At
Elfallons. BVIB was taken by Kate and Wells Condren-Bryson's Ch Doucai's
Tasteful Tart At Myglee - well done all!
The Breed clubs annual league rankings have now been published by the
Chinese Crested Dog Club and can be found on their website and facebook
page. Top Dog was won for the second year running by Tina Dixon's Ch
Debrita Don't Stop Me Now JW, who is handled as always by daughter Dawn.
Top Puppy went to Ann and Tracey McGuigan and John Blackwell's Doucai Too
Cute To Scare At Annamanc, Top Veteran went to Kate and Wells
Condren-Bryson's Ch Doucai's Tasteful Tart At Myglee with Top Powderpuff
being taken again by Doreen Dowsett's Ch Doonbeg Reach For The Sky Tteswood
JW ShCM. Top Breed and Top Exhibitor went to the Bryelis Kennel and Top
Special Beginner went to Nick Higgs Touch Beauty Pride Of The Motherland
(Imp) who is handled by Susan Higgs. Big Well done to all winners. The
club is planning on making the Top Dog Event a live affair in 2019 for its
50th Anniversary year and as such next years points will be changed slightly
to ensure the rankings reflect the top winners. Full details can be seen on
their website but in short double points for club shows have now been
removed and points also only count from single classes entered not multi
ones. Puppies and Veterans will not feature in the Top Dog Competition
(unless not puppies or veterans for part year) but will gain points there if
win adult awards. The Top 10-20 per category will then be invited to the
live event in 2019 and also anyone from the Our Dogs Top 10 who do not
feature in the club leagues will also be invited to attend. All Rosettes
and certificates or this years winners will be given out at Manchester or
posted after to all paid up members.
The snow seems to be subsiding now so hopefully that will be it for a whilst
as lots of open shows coming up over the holiday period and would be a shame
for these to struggle due to weather. Good luck wherever you are showing
and stay warm!
No news from open shows this weekend so either we didn’t have any classes or our breed didn’t far well! News on change of judge for next year – Bath was originally published as Agneta Kappers but has since been announced as now being Dr Andreas Schemel – this can be seen in the schedule but was also in the KC Journal this month so is not a printing error.
LKA this weekend and snow is forecast! That walk in should be fun If icy! Don’t forget we are second in for some reason so no early starts unless you want close parking or have a dog who likes a “go” in the ring pre judging! Im certainly looking forward to the show now having been out for a couple of months now.
Good luck wherever you are showing and have fun!
A little quieter for open show news but the weekend still saw some good results for our breed. At Southport and Birkdale KA Carol Ouseby’s Birchvolgyi Indigo Maverne was BPIB under Ken Morgan Stanley and then Puppy Group 4 under Irene Horner and the following day at Stockport CS was BPIB and BOB and then Puppy Group 3 under Carolyn Odd. At Spire Toy Dog Sophie Farnsworth’s Pariansoez Tata For Now went BOB and RBIS under Robert Hitchcock and at Sedgley & Gornal Dianne Boden’s Ceffidax Guiding Spirit was BOB under Hannah Stallard and then also took BPIB with her Lunacrest Among The Shooting Stars (Imp FIN). Julie Hampson also brought me up to speed on some of her successes with Herbilicious winning BPIB and Puppy Group 4 at Rhyll show under Nicola Spencer, then BPIB and Puppy Group 2 at Wrexham Show under Sue Sanderson and then BPIN & Puppy Group 4 at Hyde show under Janice Bannister. She also got BOB and Group 3 at Wrexham with Khanor Raizen the Roof who also too BOB at Hyde. Very well done to you all!
Lots of champ show schedules now out for next year and the KC have announced their new Special Beginners classes which will also qualify for its own group at each show. The class specification is “For owner, handler or exhibit not having won a Challenge Certificate or Reserve Challenge Certificate, or for those breeds not allocated Championship Status, Best of Sex or Reserve Best of Sex at a Championship Show”. The Kennel Club will provide sponsorship in the form of prize money and rosettes for first to fourth place in each group. Prize money of £100 for each group is to be awarded as follows – first prize of £40, second prize of £30, third prize of £20 and fourth prize of £10 and have stipulated whilst pre judging can take place in other rings the final decision and presentation must be in the main ring. I will be interesting to see how much interest the classes and events get and hopefully what further improvements the KC will make to attract and more importantly retain people to our hobby.
Good luck to you all wherever you are competing and enjoy your day!
A busy weekend for open with some good successes to share even though it seems entry numbers are dropping which is a real shame as I expect we will be in danger of losing classes at some shows. At Jersey KC Members show Carla Mackays New In Town Of Angel’s Legacy For Tarabish won BPIB, PG1 and then 3rd BPIS under judge Jane Lilley. I believe Linda McFarlane went BOB at the same show but have no idea of the dog. At Ulster Toy of The Year under Marion Sloath, Paul and Julie Connely’s IrCh Omegaville Crest’d Label Press My Button won Reserve best toy and had 3 dogs in the final 5! At Edwinstowe DCS Nick Higgs’ Fairy Com Apfelland won BPIB and BOB under Adam Davidson and at Burnley DCS Carol Ouseby’s Birchvolgyi Indigo Malverne went BPIB under Karen Bacon and then RBPIS under Mr Smith. Walsall DCS saw Dianne Boden’s Ceffidax Guiding Spirit go BOB and Lunacrest Among The Shooting Stars (Imp FIN) go BPIB under John Purnell. Michelle and Lorraine Bartlett had a weekend of shows with Loraine getting BOB both days with her Michadaine Crazy For You, first at Crystal Palace under Yvonne Billows and then at Camberley DCS under Alan Dredge, with Michelle’s Parcauwen Crazy Secret Jem At Michadaine getting RBOB on the first day. I believe BPIB and PG1 at Camberley was taken my Brian Kirk’s Ajatiaza’s Squeeze Me Quick. Sandra Tatnell had a good day at Witney CS recently with her Ch Proud Pony Mustang (Imp SWE) going best AVNSC then Toy group 3 under Moira Cunningham and then BOB at East Kent CS under Mark Selby where she also got BPIB with her Etno Spirit Right Choice of Spiritcrest (Imp RUS) . Evelyn Frame went BOB at Dundee CS with her Elfallons Little Dragon and I believe Julie Hampson had a good couple of days showing at With a Puppy Group 4 one day and adult group 3 the other but im afraid no further details were sent. – Congratulations to you all!
Entries are in for LKA where Ian Sidgewick, giving his first set of CCs in the breed has attracted 95 dogs making 110 Entries. Having looked across the year we have had a total 2177 dogs entered at Champ shows which is actually 14 more than 2016. The last four years are seeing a fairly stable average of 72-75 dogs per show compared to an average over 5 years ago of 80-85 (with less shows having CCs also). Shows with the highest entries this year have been Crufts (191), Midland Counties (114), UK Toy & CCCGB (111), The National (109) and CCDC (104). Lowest Entries from CC shows came from Border Union (36), SKC2 (41), SKC1 (48), Richmond (49), Blackpool & SWKA (52), Bournemouth (53) and Paignton (55). Shows that saw the highest increases on the prior year were East of England +35, Midland Counties +32, The National +25, UK Toy +19 and Richmond +14 with City of Bham, Paignton, Bournemouth, Three Counties, Manchester and Leeds all seeing increased also and Blackpool being flat. Shows that saw the biggest drops on Last year were CCDC -24, Southern Counties -15, SWKA & Border Union -14, SKC1 & Crufts -13 with Darlington, CCCGB, Boston, Belfast (which was -47% on LY!), Driffield, Windsor, SKC2, WKC, Bath, LKA & WELKS also all being down. So overall the breed seems to be holding its own in numbers but lots of ups and downs based no doubt on choice of judge. Absentees seemed to have been up last year with some shows having a very high percentage which is interesting.
Good Luck wherever you are competing and have fun!
Lots of open shows this weekend but results are a bit thin on the ground again which is a shame as its nice for everyone to be able to read how our breed faired. Some good success’ from those that did send me details though so huge well done to Alan McKenzie who went BPIS at North Of Scotland Toy Dog with his and Kevin Muldoon’s Scherzando Roxy’s Dancer under Lynn Crane and also to Rose Dale who went RBVIS at Hereford Canine Open Show under Rob McLeod with her Zanjero Odyssey’s Shadow with Dalrosmic. Finally to Lynn Swain whose Candycresteds Send Me To Hollywood ShCM (Imp) went BOB and Group 2 at Plymouth and District KA under Elaine Williams and also BOB and Group 4 at Duchy Canine Limit Show a couple of weeks ago – well done!
The World Dog show is now over for another year and it was great to see exhibitors from the UK place BIS 2, 3 & 4 – what an accomplishment! No UK crested exhibitors were present but it was a strong international entry and thanks to several people posting videos or live streaming it was possible to watch most classes which was really interesting. The breed had 3 judges – Ann Ingram took the Powderpuffs which had an entry of 65, whilst Serghei Volinets judged hairless puppies and Veterans and Heiko Wagner did the remaining hairless who in total had an entry of 141. BOB was David Rayhelgauz’s Male Je’tain Lz Serebryanogo Raya from Belarus with BOS gong to Spain’s Chic to Chic Bonaventura Jeans owned by Maria Saldana Torras and Pere Parra Espape. BOB Junior went to Jaroslaw Pilaczyk’s Polish dog Elegancki Oliver Pretensja who was handled by his breeder on the day with BOB Puppy taken by Iris Schultz’s Russian boy Ashantal Marcus. BOB Veteran went to the Powderpuff from Sweden owned by Kristy Bello Herrera – Chinese Line Californication and best Breeder Group went to Latvian breeders Irinia Fedina’s Kraspamir Kennel. Full results can be seen at https://showsystem.wds2017.de.
As always tends to be the case after large shows there was a lot of backlash on social media – exhibitors unhappy about bad temperament dogs being awarded high honours, presentation problems, claims of corruption - you name it someone had something to say. It’s sad to see so much public defaming and disrespect for the judges and winners and certainly shows up the dark side of social media. Derogatory opinions and complaining surely really should remain for discussions in the car on the way home and not in public forums and certainly anyone who saw it play out should be reminded how important it is to respect the decision of the judge and leave it there. You don’t have to enter under that judge again if you didn’t like their opinion, but on the day that’s what you paid for and that’s what you got - right or wrong, everyone will have a slightly different perspective.
Good luck to you all wherever you are showing and remember to have fun and enjoy the day no matter what!
Lots of open shows this weekend but results are a little patchy I’m afraid. Please do remember to PM me details of your wins including dogs KC name, show name and judges names as im not on facebook enough to just pick these things up and also information is missing.
Gwenllian Rees had a good day at Amman Valley under judge Derfel Owen where she got BOB and Group 3 with her Parcauwen Secret Sapphire, whilst BPIB was Mrs Wards Starside Precious Princess who also got Puppy Group 4. At Conventry DCS Kerry Grange’s Harriett Take Me Away To Kojiki JW was BOB under Chris Hill, with BP going to Brian Kirk’s Ajaiazas Squeeze Me Quick who also got PG3 under Ken Bartlett. At Blackpool & Fylde I believe BOB and Group 4 went to Mrs Bakers Cheeswood Shimmering Moon with BPIB going to Chris Hinton’s Ajaiazas Lover Boy at Cheeswood. At Wigan BOB was, I am told, the veteran Pollypeck Ruby Star owned by the Marshalls, but im not sure was BPIB. Also at East Kent CS I believe BOB and BPIB went to Sandra Tatnell’s Etno Spirit Right Choice. Congratulations to all!
As I write this people are heading off to Leipzig for the World Dog Show so we will have an interesting weekend being able to watch some live streaming via facebook I hope. Also lots of open shows happening here so good luck to you all and hope the venues are nice and warm for you as the weather has certainly taken a chilly turn!
Midland Counties saw Sonya Saxby with an entry of 114 making 137 with 30 absent on the day. She gave her BOB to Karen McLellan and Sarah Dunlop’s Ch Habiba Reign On, handled by Robert Dunlop who also took DCC with his and Stuart Payne’s Ch Habiba Illuminati so a great day for them! RDCC went to Tina Dixon’s Ch Debrita Don’t Stop Me Now JW, handled as always by daughter Dawn and RBCC went to Evelyn Frame’s Elfallons Crazy Moon. BPIB went to Linda McFarlane’s dog Rum And Coke. – Well done all!
News from Lynn Ozanne that her Prajna Calling The Tune At Lyntonridge was awarded the prestigious Prix D’Honneur by Guernsey Kennel Club. This is achieved by amassing 60 points from their three Open shows where one point is awarded for BOB and then points for Group placings and Best In Show placings so reaching the required points is no easy task! Very well done Lynn great achievement!
No News from open shows but certainly many are now scheduled thick and fast with plenty for everyone to choose from.
Reminder that anyone wishing to book advertising space for the Chinese Crested Dog Club Yearbook should do so as soon as possible – more info can be found on their website www.chinesecresteddogclub.com.
Social media saw a big debate on light eyes rear its head again last week and it was interesting to see differences of opinion. Most breed standards state “Eye so dark as to appear black”, but the USA’s is worded “Dark-colored dogs have dark-colored eyes, and lighter-colored dogs may have lighter-colored eyes. Eye rims match the coloring of the dog” and so this is construed as making yellow or Blue eyes acceptable and they are bred from and shown commonly. Most European breeders felt this was incorrect and not only said Blue and Yellow eyes were not shown in their countries but also frowned upon was encouraging to read. However there does seem to be a prevalence of lighter hazel eyes creeping in as more dogs carrying the chocolate gene are featuring in pedigrees. The attitude of “its just one fault” and is not a disqualifying one, that a lot of the Americans stood behind to justify the Blue eye prevalence got me thinking though. Where does “its just one fault” lead the breed? 15” dog? - “its just one fault”, missing teeth on a powderfpuff ?– “its just one fault”, pig tail? – “its just one fault”, round eyes? – “its just one fault” – but is it? Surely the more “just one fault” is accepted and seen as acceptable, the quicker it becomes the norm? The more people see “just one fault” in the ring the more it seems to be ignored and soon that “just one fault” becomes a whole bunch of faults which changes the breed standard from forgiving “just one fault” to being presented with something entirely different. So who decides which “just one faults” are acceptable or not? Here in the UK you will never see Blue eyes shown and it is frowned upon to breed from them thankfully and that is something that has come down from the influential people in the breed for many years to the point its just an unwritten rule. Incidentally you also don’t see chocolate dogs shown here who will have light brown to yellow eyes, so its good to see this part of the breed standard is given a great deal of seriousness. But then round eyes – well they are more and more common, when the standard states “almond shape” so who decided lighter eyes were not ok but different shape ones are? We could go on point by point trying to fathom how these “just one faults” become a common part of our breed and why some are shunned whilst others seem now readily accepted, but I fear we will never find a definitive answer. All I will say is this though – if you see that “just one fault” or even a whole bunch of them, don’t be afraid to debate their presence with either the owner, your friends, one of the experienced people in our breed or indeed just yourself – it doesn’t matter who, just have the debate! Think about it, discuss it and contemplate it, do all of those things but don’t just shrug your shoulder and say well it must be ok as “they” are showing and winning with it! Don’t just accept that things are ok or the norm just because you see a lot of them and therefore contribute to the problem by joining the crowd. Make your own judgements on what you want to accept to do right by the breed and honor its breed standard which outlines the important points of breed type. I have been in the breed a decade now and am changing my views all the time as I learn from my mistakes and from discussions with those I look up to, but its never easy to settle on your own opinions and stick to them when you seem to be proven wrong with certain “just one thing” faults being crowned with the highest honors. Ultimately its your decision what you will and wont accept, but what I am saying here is accept it on your own terms not because of others and if you have to justify your decision do so by your own rationale and not by the ‘rule of sheep’ where its ok because “they” obviously think its ok. Maybe “they” don’t, but instead have a good reasoning for allowing that “just one thing”, so find out their why and then discover and conclude upon your own, so we never get to the point where serious faults are ok because they are “just one thing” which actually fast becomes many “just one things” that collectively change the perspective on the breed entirely.
Lots of open shows again this weekend and some good successes this week! At
the Isle of Wight CS show Linda McFarlane won BOB with Zerachiel Exotic
Dancer gaining the last point for her ShCM and also RBOB with her Rum & Coke
under judge V Palmer. At Fylde CS under Elaine Waddington Avryl Davis won
BPIB & Puppy Group 4 with her Fanta of the Opera for Aliped and then BOB and
Adult group 4 with her Aliped Just Miss Taken. At Northwich DCS under Andrew
Rhodes Carol Ouseby's Birchvolgyi Indigo Malverne (IMP) won BOB, BPIB and
then Topped both groups under Malcolm Gibson, whilst at the Isle of Man CS
Laura Merryweather won best toy and BIS3 under Nick Gourley with FINCH SWECH
Myrtans Top Notch. Well done All!
I attended the Kennel Club Junior Warrant Semi Finals at Discover Dogs on
Saturday with Sanna Wrisnig's and my Twice As Nice Seven Monkey Fury JW.
The 64 semi finalists where split into two groups drawn randomly and judged
simultaneously by Tony Allcock and Liz Stannard. It was a well run event
and lovely big rings which the dogs all appreciated. We were drawn under
Liz Stannard and delighted to be shortlisted and then selected amongst her
final 5 dogs to attend the Crufts 2018 final! - It hasn't quite sunk in yet!
Midland Counties this weekend has some roadworks announced so do allow extra
time to follow the diversion that are in place through Stafford. LKA have
also extended their entries to 30th to catch payday no doubt! November will
soon be upon us and we shall have to start thinking about entries for Boston
and Manchester and no doubt Crufts schedules will soon be out and entries
Entry numbers are also out for the World Dog Show In Leipzig with Chinese
Crested getting a great entry - 141 Hairless and 65 Powderpuff making a
total of 206! At the German winner show the entries are 44 Hairless and 18
Powderpuff. Entries are also now open for the World Dog Show 2018 in
Amsterdam and as always has stepped entries so the later you enter the more
it will cost. Hotels are also all pretty much booked in the vicinity so if
you are thinking of going I would advise to not hang about! WDS this year is
held on November 10th with the German Winner on 8th and WDS Next year is on
12th August, with the Benelux Winner on 9th August, a CAC Speciality on 10th
Good luck to all competing this weekend! Have fun and enjoy!
A busy weekend for shows but not much luck in the groups for our breed from
the feedback I've had which is a shame. Susan Higgs handled Nick Higg's
Fairy Von Apfelland to 1st in Junior, BPIB and Puppy Group 2 at Grantham DCS
under John Whitman with group judge being Bryan Claydon. Doreen Dowsetts Ch
Doonbeg Bete Noir Via Tteswood JW ShCM won BOB and Janet Knowle's
Pariansoez Innuendo gained the last point for his Junior Warrant subject to
KC verification. At Clitheroe DKA Carol Ouseby's Birchvolgyi Indigo
Malverne (Imp Hun) was BPIB under Adam Davidson and Julie Hampson's Khanor
Raizen the Roof was BOB, and at Gravesend & Medway Towns CS, Michelle
Bartlett's Michadaine Strike A Pose was BOB under Karen Murphey. Finally at
Hitchin DCS Nicola Quadling was delighted to gain BOB with her Prefix Alfred
Nobel With Malenkhai under Phillip Lovel - huge well done all!
The Kennel Club announced some big changes to their JW and ShCM titles last
week, with the addition of a two more to drive entries at open shows. The
Junior Warrant has now been made easier to attain, which personally I don't
think is a good idea when it comes with a Stud Book Number attached, and the
ShCM has been made harder with double the points being needed from its 2019
commencement and had a name change to Show Certificate of Excellence. There
has been two titles added - Veteran Warrant and Open Show Winners Title.
Again all awards will rely on trust which seems odd when a simple form to
ask the judge to sign to verify points at each show would surely be easy to
introduce and safeguard the authenticity of points claimed. It is nice to
see the KC try and address the decline in open show societies and certainly
some will be attracted by the introduction of new titles to aim for.
However my biggest question still remains that from 2019 when the judges
framework changes and numbers are no longer required for progressing, who
will be judging all the open shows? As it is we are see more and more open
shows schedule less and less judges and surely this will be exasperated.
Therefore we are more likely to get less judges who are on a breeds judging
list actually assessing the breeds they are contributing towards these
titles for. Personally it is judges that attract me to support open shows
not awards so I think it will be very interesting how that changes come
2019. More detail can be found at
eils-open-show-reforms/ including the other changes the working party have
planned to implement.
Good luck wherever you are competing! firstname.lastname@example.org
South Wales Kennel Association saw Mervyn Evans judge the breed and have an
entry of 52 dogs making 63 entries with 14 absent on the day so just 38
present. It was another good day for Powderpuffs with both dog and bitch CC
being awarded to the coated variety of our breed for the third time this
year. BOB and DCC went to Doreen Dowsett’s Doonbeg Dambuster Over Tteswood
JW, handled as always by daughter Raewyn and gaining his crown on the day.
He gained his first CC last year at Windsor last year under Ray Morland and
his second at East of England under Jill Peak and he is bred by Chris
Attwood out of Doonbeg Marco At Renedream x Leibwache Quiet Fantasy –
Congratulations! BCC, her second went to Jacqui Jones’ Bling it On
Hitmonchan, who was also placed 2nd in Special Beginners Stakes under Paul
Wilkinson and first in Adult Handling 17-30 under Luke Sampson so a good day
all round! RDCC went to Elsie Moyes Bryelis Privates on Parade, with RBCC to
Linda Biss’ Ridgecrest’s Princess Awesome For Ankors, BPIB to Alan McKenzie
& Kevin Muldoon’s Scherzando Roxy’s Dancer and BVIB to Anne and Tracey
Mcguigans Annamac FairyTail. – very well done all! Our breed also helped
Linda McFarlane gain a 2nd in the 31-45 Adult Handling – well done!
Low on the Open Show News but do have results from Scottish Toy Dog, where I
was very sadly unable to judge due to being ill and once again send
apologies to the society and exhibitors. Alan Carter kindly took on my
super entry and gave BOB to Alan McKenzie and Kevin Muldoon’s Garnox Flower
Power Von Queshian and BPIB to their Scherzando Roxy’s Dancer. Also at
Portsmouth & Southsea Open Show Jane Mearns got BOB under Raewyn Dowsett
with her Luncrest Hector’s Joy – well done!
Entries are in for Midland Counties where Sonya Saxby has attracted 114 dogs
making 137 entries which is the second highest entry of the year behind
Crufts! Im sure the £22 entry fee has a lot to do with it and would like to
hope other societies take not as overall the show has good numbers. Just
LKA left for the year but already entries are opening thick and fast for
next year. We have nearly all judges now announced with just Leeds, Belfast
and Richmond to come and so far the mix is nearly as many Breed Specialist
as All Rounders who are just a few ahead. There are also a few first time
ticket and foreign judges so something to appeal to everyone in the mix!
As Facebook turns more and more into a puppy selling site and news feeds
become cluttered with dogs as young as a week old for sale as show prospect,
one can but wonder where our breed is heading and fear deeply for it. It is
easy to see certain countries engineering extreme type through putting value
on certain faults and replicating it over and over again, and as fronts
become more upright and rears more overangulated, the long flowing gait and
elegance of our breeds movement when showing plenty of reach and drive will
soon as the norm become more like a pantomime prance one might see on a
fairground pony. Height in some countries looks to be 14” or more as
standard and in others bone becoming heavier and heavier and with it heads
the same. Most quality dogs bred from months of pedigree research and
careful planning are sold before even reaching a ‘For sale’ post so don’t
feature in the mix of puppies being peddled. Others however seem to be
posting a new litter every month, all show quality and some are randomly
asking for available studs on offer as the desire to outcross based on the
dogs in front of you grows ever stronger in popularity. As cute photos gain
like after like, the dogs which remain For Sale for weeks on end and get
posted on every group going appear more and more appealing to prospective
buyers and eventually get sold on the merit of others peoples glowing
comments and likes, often rather than on any the dog may possess. Quality
of parents is judged by the number of titles they have even though with a
bit of research one can see often these are obtained by only beating one or
two dogs. Then suddenly rings around the world become full of dogs which
resemble the breed standard less and less and typify faults more and more
making it harder for a judge to spot the dog with the best breed type and
characteristics as often it is the one that looks the most different to the
others. I cannot help thinking that Facebook has a lot to answer for when
it comes to the decline of the breed. Puppies and indeed older “castoffs”
or title collectors are sold, passed on and delivered as quickly and easily
as ordering a pizza takeaway. Its seems the days when you would spend hours
on the Registry researching dogs and pedigrees you liked and connecting with
owners in the hope at some point in the future they would breed a
combination that appealed and produce something you would be interested in
are in fast decline, and now puppies are bought, sold and delivered as
easily as buying something off Amazon. The registry continues to be used
less and less making it harder to research pedigrees, review health and
indeed see how dogs have matured, and happy to sound like a broken record, I
would once again urge everyone to ensure all dogs are added on there and
help contribute towards maintaining our breeds history. It really is a
fantastic resource we are very lucky to have!
Of course Facebook has its merits – I like to see photos of other people’s
dogs and I love to see videos, especially live streams of shows which are
always as educational as they are interesting. I like to see puppy pictures
also, it’s a great learning resource to watch how a litter develops and
comes on compared to what you think the pedigree will say it would, and all
these things help in honing your own views on what dogs and breeders you may
be interested in purchasing from in the future. My main bug bear really is
that right now it seems that more often than not litters are becoming mere
Merchandise and Facebook has created a cult of fastest to buy wins
regardless of how young or promising the puppy or pedigree is. I have heard
of breeders demanding deposits as early as a week old, pushing people to
commit as they have “many” people interested and yet being reticent to send
photos or video in order to help buyers see their prospective purchase in
all lights and from all angles. Many it seems fall for the grand claims
breeders make about their puppies, whereas personally I prefer the breeder
who will be honest and open enough to tell me what they think isn’t great
about it! Then of course we have the trend of people buying and finding
their puppy not turn out how they were promised it would be and the ensuing
pubic defaming and then too often the dog gets bred from anyway as the
owner wants to make their money back. And so the decline continues. Of
course it’s not all bad – there are still plenty of committed breeders
carefully researching and planning their influence on the breed and
producing quality puppies, but as I've said these usually are not pushed for
sale on Facebook, therefore once again if the top quality puppies are not
all over our newsfeeds, but instead it’s the lesser quality ones getting
pushed daily, it can reach a point where all the significant faults that are
becoming commonplace and which are inherently destroying the breed, look
absolutely normal. So what’s the answer? Well if Facebook enforced its No
sale Of animals policy that would certainly go a long way, but in the
meantime all I can say is buyer beware. If you buy a Gucci handbag off a
marketplace for £100 with cheap delivery that’s been listed for weeks on
end, it’s not going to be the quality product you expected. However if you
research authorised resellers and connect with them and they are happy to
answer your questions on the product you will most likely get the real deal
and find they have little use for marketplace selling as their business is
booming and their product in high demand. Let’s ensure puppy purchases are
even more well researched and considered – after all you are making a
commitment to a living creature which will hopefully be a lifetime family
Driffield Show should be highly commended for managing to continue in such
difficult weather conditions. Rings were in good shape with only walkways
being tough going, especially with trolleys but all officials were exemplary
and hats off to them all! Breed specialist Julie Hockold had an entry of 63
dogs making 70 entries with 13 absent on the day. Her BOB was Stuart Payne
& Robert Dunlop's Ch Habiba Go Forth, with RCC going to Habiba Veni Vidi
Vici owned by Jacqueline De Klerk and RBCC also to this Kennel in Sarah
Dunlop and Karen Mclellan's Ch Habiba Reign on, handled by Robert. BCC, her
crowning went to Janet Knowles' Jhanchi Play the Game JW who gained her
first in August 2015 at SKC under David Lodge and her 2nd in 2016 at The
National under Zola Rawson. She is out of Liddyleaze Perfect Kharma For
Jhanchi x Jhanchi The Day Of Our Lives -Congratulations! BPIB went to Chris
Hinton's Ajatiaza'a Lover Boy At Cheeswood - well done all!
Not a lot of open show news but Michelle Bartlett had a good day at Barking
CS with her Parcauwen Crazy Secret Jem Among Michadaine who went BOB under
Claire Bayne and then topped the toy group under Leila Tarabad, then at
Beckenham Open show her Michadaine Material Girl was BOB under Linda Lane -
well done! There was an interesting discussion on social media about Open
show breed classes v AVNSC and again seemed to be a lot of varying opinions
on what motivates people to support open shows and why AVNSC isn't appealing
to most. It's certainly a tough call for societies to please everyone but
with so many exhibitors citing cost as a reason they are choosing carefully
where to support its vital a happy medium be found or we will see more
deregistrations as we did the several in this months Kennel Club Journal.
One society smartly suggested people entered theirs dogs NFC at 50p each if
there were unable to attend their show this year but would like to ensure
classes were maintained for their breed. This allowed the society in
question to at least know what support was out there and will help them
choose what breeds to schedule. Certainly we have seen open show breed
numbers decline over the year with the going from the high teens at most
shows to some being as low as 2 now. It will certainly be interesting to
see how the winter season shapes up but hopefully the open shows will gain
some momentum again very soon.
Apologies for the brevity of this weeks news but with the weather turning
every wetter and colder my business is keeping me busy, but I will endeavor
to bring you some wider news and info next week!
Have fun wherever you are competing!
Belfast, which has had no CCs for a number of years saw an all-time low
entry of just 9 dogs. Scheduled judge was German judge Mrs T Engel who on
the day oddly chose to only judge her CC breeds and pass the others off to
Bill Brown-Cole. BOB was Kate Condren-Bryson's Ch Doucais Tasteful Tart at
Myglee who also won the Veteran Stakes under Ernie Patterson, with BPIB
going to Linda McFarlane's dog Rum & Coke who also got BD. RBD went to Mrs J
Connolly's Ir Ch Omegaville Crest'd Label Press My Button and RBB to Linda
McFarlane's Zerachiel Exotic Dancer - well done all!
Lots of open show news but sadly a lot of details missing so I will only be
able to post those that sent me or listed all information - please don't
forget to do this and don't rely on my trawling Facebook looking for
results. Nonetheless some well dones in order to Bryony Parker who went
Best AVNSC and then Toy Group 1 with her Pinot Grigio Gattaca at Great
Yarmouth, Gorleston & District CS under Mea Kendall. At Ashford & Faversham
CS Michelle Barlett's Parcauwen Crazy Secret Jem Among Michadaine went Best
AVNSC and Group 2 under Julie Cook, and her Michadaine Material Girl got BOB
& Group 3 at Worthing and District CA. Jean Morton's Constanze Crystal Ice
won BOB at Perth Show under Edith Lynch and at Lancaster Limited Show Avryl
Davies Aliped Miss Taken went BOB under Colin Troth. At Stafford Open Show
Julie Hampsons Zerachiel Talk Of The Town when BOB and Diane Boden's
Lunacrest Among the Shooting Stars (Imp FIN) won BPIB under Fiona
Valentine. Finally at Merseyside Toy Dog Jane Oliver's Ynchreenoo Boayl
Fahrane At Sarelidan JW won BOB and BIS, Carol Ouseby's Birchvolgyi Indigo
Malverne (Imp Hun) went RBPIS and Julie Hampons Zerachiel Ready to Rumble
went BVIS, all under Yvonne Billows. Well done all!
Also news from Iris Smolkovic that her giver Loesje (Have It Your Way Of
Angel's Legacy) was among the first 5 dogs in the UK to pass the "Do As I
Do" exam. DAID is a new training method based on social learning and
imitation and it really is incredible watching Loesje working and shows how
super smart our breed really is! Well done great profile and accomplishment
for our breed!
Good luck to all showing this weekend!
Twenty One Exhibitors braved the Friday M25 traffic and wet weather to compete at Richmond under breed specialist Jenny Gorwill, who had an entry of 38 dogs on the day to asses.
Her BOB and a new champion crowned was Kristy Bello’s Brooklyn Boogie. He gained his first CC at Crufts this year under Julie Guvercin and his second at Paignton under Tom Isherwood and is out of Clezel’s D’Wildgold x Landkris Vaal Petra Oldmark. Kristy also won BPIB with her homebred Ensidias Star On The Boulevard so a great day all round and well worth the trip from Sweden. BCC, her first went to Jacqui Jones’ Kelsion Bling It On Hitmonchan, with the RBCC going to the Veteran Annamac Fairy Tail – shown by Tracey McGuigain and owned by her, mum Ann and John Blackwell, who also took Best Veteran In Breed. RDCC also taken by a veteran, this time Doreen Dowsett’s Ch Doonbeg Bete Noir Via Tteswood JW ShCM, so a great day for the oldies and also for powderpuffs with all principle winners other than Annamac Fairy Tail being the coated variety of our breed! That’s something you don’t see very often! Well done to all winners!
Naomi Cowley made the trip to Romania for the Dracula dog show weekend which consists of 6 shows, 4 CAC and 2 CACIB across two days so three shows each of the days and a crested entry at each show of 3-4 dogs. Day one saw her, Sylwia Maroney-Cowley and Anne and Stephen Hellmuth’s powderpuff Shumllea Stop Press Im Back To Kiristan take one CAC and on day two 3x CAC and a RCACIB and BOS, so these awards made him a Romanian Champion – Congratulations!
Not a lot of news from open shows but Heidi Bartlett took BOB and RBOB & BPIB at Llanelli DCS with Roger Skivington’s Ajatiaza Madam Maybe ShCM and Ajatiaza Cherish Me respectively, under judge Mr M Sturmey. Carol Ousbey also took BPIB and BOB with her Birchvolgyi Indigo Malvern at Burnley DCS – sorry no judge details given. Finally at Manin CS Sam Fletcher and Laura Merryweathers Myrtans Topnotch won AV AV Open and BIS3 under Chris Toynton. Well done all!
In agility Janet Sheldrake had a good day with her Tenterden Magic show who won her class putting up into Grade 4 now so congratulations!
The Chinese Crested Dog Club are taking bookings for their yearbook and have also announced that their open show will be moving to March and be held in conjunction with UK Toy Championship dog show. Details of both can be found on their website http://www.chinesecresteddogclub.com/
Good luck wherever you are showing, we have a couple of outside shows left yet but the weather certainly is feeling very wintery so we can but hope for a bit of respite. Best of luck wherever you are competing and have fun!
Such sad news from Donna: 20.09.17
My heart is breaking and Paul Jardine and I are beyond devastated. At 5.30 this morning Kami decided to run off on his run, we assume after some wild thing and after frantically searching for him we got a call at 6.15 from the police to say he was no longer with us and had found his way onto a main road and been killed. I really can’t quite come to terms with the fact that he's gone and we never got to say goodbye, it’s the hardest thing ever.
The house seems empty - Kami was a BIG personality and royal pain in the bum demanding attention all the time to the point we always said he must have doggy ADHD.
Named Kamikaze by his breeder he had no fear, climbed like a monkey and loved water even from an early age when he jumped in her pond. He was a dog who loved life with all his heart and was the happiest most full on soul you could ever meet. Tears are going to be flowing for a long time as it’s so hard to lose them so young (he was 5) and in this way, we really can't believe it’s happened and that he's gone, he was always such a good boy. Run Free our special Love, you taught us what happiness was and to always carry it in your heart always and we will miss you more than words can say xxx
I'm sure you will join all of us at DogFocus in sending our sincere condolences to Donna and Paul
City of Birmingham saw a beautiful sunny day, which is typical when the show is held wholly inside. Our judge was Luis Pinto Teixeira from Portugal, who had attracted and entry of 87 dogs making 94 entries, with 15 absent on the day – 11 bitches and 4 dogs. His BOB was the BCC who gained her second – Doreen Dowsetts’s Doonbeg Reach For The Sky Tteswood JW ShCM, with the DCC, is third going to Sandra Tatnell’s Proud Pony Mustang Of Spiritcrest (Imp SWE). He gained his first at Bath under Finnish Judge Johan Juslin and his second at Southern Counties under Howard Ogden and is out of Veseliy Gremlin Winning Smile x Proud Pony Zatellite. RBCC went to the Veteran powderpuff Pollypeck Rooby Star owned by the Marshall’s and RDCC went to my own and Sanna Wrisnig’s Twice as Nice Seven Monkey Fury JW (Imp SWE). BPIB was awarded to Irene Cooper’s Renedream’s Seraphina with BVIB to Doreen Dowsett’s Ch Doonbeg Bete Noir Via Tteswood JW ShCM. This show also added a Best Junior In show competition following on from Blackpool’s introduction a couple of years ago so it will be interesting to see how many societies take this on and if it also helps to attract more entries. Today this was won by the DCC winner but no crested were placed in the groups. Big well done to all for their results and on a new champion crowned in our breed.
Not much news from opens shows, but I heard Lynn Ozanne’s Prajna Calling The Tune At Lyntonridge won the Toy Group at Guernsey Kennel Club Open Show, with her Prajna Moment In Time At Lyntonridge topping the Puppy group so super day for her and our breed! Well done!
There seems to be a lot of schedules out now for open shows but several seem to have dropped classes which is a shame and many have judges which are not on any of our judging lists, specialist or non. Whilst I appreciate open shows are often struggling to make ends meet and tend to go for less judges doing more breeds in order to facilitate cost reduction, I do feel this produces a bit of a catch 22. Surely the more judges with some breed knowledge or interest that are scheduled the higher the entries will be across all breeds? I know personally I tend to always try and support shows who have a judge who is on a judging list for our breed, whereas I am less inclined if it is someone who has just had our breed lumped on to a bunch of other ones. I would hope anyone with an interest in the breed would apply to go on breed clubs C lists and attend breed club seminars, as it’s a sure fire way to get better supported when judging in my opinion. It was also interesting to see a real mix of how many societies have added classes to scheduled breeds with the new ruling in place, and surprisingly few seem to have chosen to even add a puppy class – again surely a sure fire way to increase entries overall? One would especially expect to see this at toy group shows but so far I have seen few increase the scheduled classes which is interesting. Either way and whatever your preferences, do try and support your open shows with classes or it seems we are at risk of losing them all too quickly.
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SKC saw Alex Cole giving her first set of tickets over the bank holiday weekend and attract an entry of 41 dogs with 6 absent on the day. Her Best of Breed was Sophie Farnworth’s Pariansoez Tata For Now who took the BCC from Junior, with the DCC going to Tina Dixon’s Debrita Don’t Stop Me Now JW, handled by daughter Dawn. RDCC went to Irene Gee’s Zucci Snow Boots, with RBCC taken by Stephen and Anne Hellmuth’s Shumllea See My Butt Wiggle. Puppies were very thin on the ground with just one dog and one bitch placed, with the bitch Happy Dancing Fabulous Gorgeous taking BPIB handled by Wendy Van Oosten and owned by Patrik Van Oosten. In veterans just one was placed with the others being withheld from so by default BVIB when to the Marshall’s Pollypeck Ruby Star.
Lots of open shows across the extended weekend, with the breed not faring so well in the groups. Nonetheless Jane Mearns took a super Toy Group 2 at Salisbury and South Wilts Open Show with her Lunacrest Hector’s Joy under Judge Denise Pye. Well done and to all those who won BOBs and BPIBs across the weekend! Feel free to send my details of any show win to firstname.lastname@example.org, with show, dog and judges name so I can include.
Entries are in for Richmond where Jenny Gorwill has attracted 49 dogs making 50 entries and im sure Darlington numbers will be out very soon.
Following on from my comments last week on overall entries for our breed it has been interesting to dig a little further and notice the steady decline of puppies that are coming out each year. 7 years ago you rarely saw less than 20-25 puppies present at a Championship show and it was not at all unusual for 40+ to be present across the Minor puppy and puppy classes whereas the last couple of years have seen this fall off considerably especially across the second half of each year where often even reaching double figures across both sexes has been unusual. With an influx of puppies being imported I was surprised to see this in evidence, but perhaps the lack of being able to view the puppy or parents in the flash or have an in depth knowledge of the pedigree has contributed to the decline in less being shown consistently? Certainly there seem to be a lot less UK bred puppies in evidence which is a real shame as I strongly believe we still have some of the best kennels line breeding for type in the world. I’d be interested to hear people’s views on why they think puppy entries are in decline? Is it that there are more Pet homes showing right now where their dogs are for life and so there is less room to bring on new additions, over show kennels which will move older dogs on to make way for new stock? Perhaps it is because there is a lack of quality UK puppies available that new people are not encouraged to enter the breed as lack the experience to import? I would certainly be happy to share any views anyone has on this page as think it’s an interesting subject and important one to ensure the future of our breed is prolific.
Good luck to you all wherever you are competing and have fun and enjoy the day first and foremost!
WKC saw a very mixed day weather wise which meant judging was again inside.
Stuart Mallard gained an entry of 70 dogs making 72 entries with 11 absent on the day.
His BOB was the DCC winner and also BVIB, Doreen Dowsett’s powderpuff CH Doonbeg Bete Noir Via Tteswood JW ShCM with the BCC, her first going to Anne and Stephen Hellmuth’s Shumllea Press Release JW.
RDCC went to Tina Dixon’s Ch Debrita Don’t Stop Me Now JW with RBCC to Doreen Dowsett’s Doonbeg Reach For The Sky Tteswood JW ShCM and BPIB to Linda Biss’ Ridgecrest’s Princess Awesome For Ankors who was also shortlisted in the group – well done all!
Seemed to be a bit quiet for open shows with no news forthcoming but I see quite a few coming up this weekend with a bank holiday looming so best of luck to anyone who is competing.
There has been lots of discussions on social media this week about General Championship shows and their declining entries, which prompted me to look at our breed and see how we were fairing.
I took a look at the last 5 years up until Richmond as are comparable in terms of CC allocations and was surprised to see that if you total up YTD entries we have only actually dropped around 50 dogs since 2013.
2015 was the lowest year with a decline on the 2013 high point of nearly 200 dogs but the last two years have seen some recovery. Again I stress this is up to and including Richmond and is based on the number of dogs entered and not the number of entries but I have to say I was expecting to see more of a decline than I did.
I took a look back further from when I began showing and certainly we do see more of a decline – for example in 2010/2011 there was nearly 4000 dogs entered to this point whereas now we see 200 less despite having two more sets of CCs allocated and breed classes at Boston which we did not have then.
Looking at individual shows and their average entries it is harder to see any patterns forming which would suggest that entries are very much driven by choice of judge. This can be seen in extreme in the last 5 years with shows like Blackpool varying to the tune of a massive 40 dogs down on its golden years, whilst East of England has made some good gains of around 30 dogs.
Manchester undoubtedly has benefited from being the last Crufts Qualifier (although it still baffles me why all breeds don’t have a Minor Puppy class being that Crufts now does!) and Southern Counties has also seen a general increase of around 20 dogs also.
Crufts aside which obviously tops the charts, the Club shows come in 2nd and 3rd for average entries over the past 5 years, followed by UK Toy Manchester and the National, ranging from 85 – 186 dogs. Shows still struggling for support tend to remain those geographically more isolated with SKC August, Paignton, Bournemouth Border Union and Richmond being the exception all averaging under 50 entries over the last 5 years.
I will endeavour to give you a more detailed summary year end so we can get the complete picture but through it was worth sharing where we are at so far year on year and see what is perhaps good news that we do not seem to be following the same trend of a steep decline in entry numbers – over the last 5 years at least!
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Angela Draper Andrews judged the breed at Bournemouth on Friday and had 45 dogs present on the day. Her BOB was the Dog CC; Stuart Payne & Robert Dunlop’s CH Habiba Illuminati, with her BCC - her third and crowning one going to Gunilla Agronious’ SWE LUX DAN Ch Prefix Flicka I Frack. This is Prefix’s 8th UK champion but their first Powderpuff one. Flicka gained her first CC at Blackpool under Sue Dykes in 2016 then her second earlier last week at Paignton under Tom Isherwood and she was born in 2013 out of Prefix Singapore Sling x Moonswift Fragrant Orchid. – Congratulations! RDCC at Bournemouth, his first, was Chris Piper’s Russian import Anna Sky Kennel Fusion Hot Man of Zanjero with RBCC going to Karen McLellan and Sarah Dunlop’s Ch Habiba Reign On handled by Robert. BPIB was taken by Linda Lane’s Konishiki Rebel Rebel with BVIB going to the standalone veteran on the day, Doreen Dowsett’s Ch Doonbeg Bete Noir Via Tteswood JW ShCM. Well done to all!
Several bits of good news from open shows with several being held over the weekend. At Chesterfield & Pixton KA, Christine Brooks’ Oolagha Theme In Cream at Toytales won BOB and then Toy Group 2, whilst Chris Godfrey and Ian Peacock’s Zerachiel Strictly Salsa won BPIB & PG2 - breed judge was Steve Maskell and Group judge Karen Maskell. Up in Scotland Evelyn Frame had a good day with her Elfallons Crazy Moon, winning BOB and G2 at Tayside & Lochee DCS under judge Dawn Hunter. At Scarborough CS my own Estillinis The Huntsman At Casacavallo JW (Imp SWE) won BOB and Group 1 under Wendy Waters and then RBIS under Mrs S Booth, RBOB in the breed was Barbara Baucutt’s Despinia Poetry and Prose ShCM and BPIB my own Estillinis Silver Surfer At Casacavallo (Imp SWE). At the same show in the Junior Warrant Competition under Stephen Bardwell, Sanna Wrisnig and my Twice As Nice Seven Monkey Fury JW (Imp SWE) also qualified for the October Semi Finals. Well done all!
The Chinese Crested Club of GB have asked me to share that letters have been sent out to all judges on the B & C Lists for their updated CV's. Anyone wishing to be added to the list for 2017/18 please send your CV to Margaret Kempster 30th August please - either via fb or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your full Crested CV, proof of examinations passed, full address and telephone number and email address.
Please do send me your results in any discipline or any news you may have to share – all is welcome! Email email@example.com
The Chinese Crested Dog Club held its championship show at the Kennel Club building on Sunday and were blessed with a lovely sunny day, albeit a bit blustery at times.
The judge was Annette Oliver (Dairylane) and she had an entry of 104 dogs making 148 entries with 18 absent. She chose her BIS from the DCC winner Tina Dixon’s Ch Debrita Don’t Stop Me Now JW, handled as always by daughter Dawn.
RBIS went to the BOS & BCC winner, Robert Dunlop and Stuart Payne’s Ch Habiba Fake It Til You Make It, with BPIS going to Julie Hampson’s Puff Boy Herbilicious who also took RBPIS with her Zerachiel Ceasarina.
BVIS and RBCC went to Tracey and Ann McGuigan and R Blackwell’s Annamac FairyTail and RDCC went to my and Sanna Wrisnig’s Twice As Nice Seven Monkey Fury JW (Imp SWE).
The overall handling was won by Gwenllian Rees
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