Kennel Club Insight
Your monthly guide to what the Kennel Club is doing for you and your dogs
By the Kennel Club marketing & communications team
Record numbers visit Discover Dogs
A record number of dog lovers visited the Kennel Club’s Discover Dogs event in October, breaking all previous records in the show’s 23-year history.
A total of 34,850 people attended the two-day event at the ExCeL London. This exceeds previous years’ visitor numbers at both ExCeL and the event’s previous location at the Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre.
Visitors were able to meet more than 200 breeds of dog, shop for products at hundreds of trade stands, as well as get advice on buying a dog responsibly from a reputable breeder, such as a Kennel Club Assured Breeder.
New for 2018 was the Cuddle Corner pop up, which proved extremely popular with children and adults as they got to cuddle their favourite breeds and destress on beanbags, highlighting the psychological and physiological benefits of owning a dog.
The Black and Tan Coonhound appeared at the show for the first time since it became the 221st breed recognised by the Kennel Club in July, allowing members of the public to meet the breed and chat to owners and breeders.
The Kennel Club’s marketing and communications team led a strong promotional campaign which resulted in the rise in ticket sales. Among the marketing activity undertaken was the production of a video of Cuddle Corner in the lead-up to the show, which was shared widely across the Kennel Club’s social media channels. The event was also promoted beforehand through press material in the Daily Mail, Metro, Evening Standard and Time Out as well as via segments aired on ITV News and BBC Radio 1, among other news outlets.
For further details, please visit https://bit.ly/2DnkK03.
Junior Warrant finalists head to Crufts
The Kennel Club Junior Warrant Winner of the Year competition semi-finals took place at Discover Dogs, with 62 top young dogs competing for just ten places in the final, which will be held at Crufts 2019. The judges were Peter Young and Steven Seymour.
The finalists selected were:
• English Toy Terrier, Witchstone Tommy Hawk at Richpin JW, owned by Messrs R Forsythe & C Milkins.
• Pomeranian, Kamis Tin Tin at Altina JW, Mrs T Berrington.
• Basset Hound, Nelgus Thyme Bomb JW, Mrs C Allchorne.
• Australian Shepherd, Allmark The Sequel JW, Mrs A & Mr A Winfrow.
• Pointer, Pytchley Chasing The Dream for Hookwood JW, Mrs S Welch & Miss C Hazeltine.
• Italian Greyhound, Newill Good As Gold JW, Mr D Willcock.
• Cocker Spaniel, Kerriglow Honesty JW, Miss L Davies.
• Bearded Collie, Debbeacol Rhythm Is A Dancer JW, Mrs D Weightman.
• English Setter, Hawklawn Khamsin at Balvenie JW, Mr P Schoneville & Mrs A Derry.
• Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Macdreams Trent from Cashel Vale JW, Mrs Y Titovets & Mr S Eremin.
The Kennel Club Junior Warrant Winner of the Year competition is held annually and is for dogs which have gained the title of Junior Warrant during the previous year. The final will be just one of the fascinating activities taking place at Crufts from 7th - 10th March 2019 at the NEC, Birmingham.
To find out more about the Kennel Club Junior Warrant Winner of the Year competition, please visit https://bit.ly/2zaMnGS.
Changes to Kennel Club Board
The Board of the Kennel Club Limited elected Steve Croxford as Chairman and Tony Allcock MBE as Vice Chairman at its meeting of November 7 and wishes them every success in these positions.
With the deepest regret the Board announces the resignations of Simon Luxmoore and Mark Cocozza from their positions as Directors of the Kennel Club. Both Directors announced their resignations as they felt this would be in the best interests of the Kennel Club. The extensive contribution of the two Directors in all their roles over the years is fully recognised and appreciated by the Board.
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The Board wishes to make clear its continued endorsement and support of Jeff Horswell as a Director of the Kennel Club and of Mark Cocozza as a member of the Finance Committee.
Following the discussion at the Special General Meeting the Board wishes to confirm that it will be reviewing aspects of the Judges Competency Framework. A number of other issues were discussed at the SGM which the Board will be giving due consideration.
Kennel Club Working Trials Championships
Alan Bexon and WT Ch Fly By Night Lad, a nine-year-old Working Sheepdog, have won the Patrol Dog Stake for the third time in four years at the Kennel Club Working Trials Championships. The Tracking Dog Stake was won by Margaret Robinson and WT Ch Just Arran over Trentvalley, a six-year-old Working Sheepdog.
North West Working Trials Society hosted the Championships, sponsored by the Kennel Club and Arden Grange, at Lower Withington Village Hall, near Knutsford, Cheshire.
The Championships saw highly talented working trial dogs put through their paces via a series of activities to determine the top dogs for both Tracking Dogs (TD) and Patrol Dogs (PD).
Patrol Dog judge, Tracey Park, selected the following winners:
• 1st Alan Bexon with WT Ch Fly By Night Lad CDex-TDex, PDex, 295 points
• 2nd Lauren Marlow with WT Ch Jotunheim Eli CDex-TDex, PDex, 244.5
Tracking Dog judge, Richard Musgrave, selected the following winners:
• 1st Margaret Robinson with WT Ch Just Arran over Trentvalley CDex-TDex, 208 points
• 2nd Pat Herbert with WT Ch Glenalpine Fen CDex-TDex, 206.5
• 3rd Jill Carruthers with Helaka Adella CDex-TDex, 204.5
• 4th Sheila Margreaves with Khamysker Rocket CDex-TDex, 203
For further details, please visit https://bit.ly/2RxQ2oW.
Third-party puppy sales ban in Wales?
The Kennel Club has welcomed the announcement by the Welsh Assembly Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, of a consultation about a ban on the practice of selling puppies via third parties.
The Kennel Club, whose own regulations explicitly ban the sale of puppies to third parties, has long called for an end to the sale of puppies in pet shops and by other third party retailers, as puppy farmers often use such outlets to sell their pups to unsuspecting members of the public who never see the terrible conditions that the pups were raised in.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “We welcome this consultation by the Welsh Assembly to ban the third party sale of puppies, which is simply an underhand practice designed to protect puppy farmers, with terrible consequences for dog welfare. Puppy buyers unknowingly purchase a puppy from a seemingly nice dealer in pleasant surroundings, who would in fact have purchased the puppy from a backstreet dealer who has given no thought to the health and welfare of the pup or its mother.”
The Kennel Club is involved in similar lobbying work in Scotland following an announcement in September by the Scottish Government that there will be a consultation about modernising the licensing regime for dog breeders. It is hoped that a ban on third-party puppy sales will be considered in this part of the UK too.
For further details on these issues, please visit https://bit.ly/2RW3Olo.
Breed Rescue calendar goes on sale
A Beagle called Ralph who ended up in rescue due to his behaviour towards other dogs has been helped to overcome his issues and now won a competition to become the cover star of the Kennel Club Breed Rescue calendar 2019.
Ralph, who came into Beagle Welfare in March 2017 due to being very reactive to other dogs was slowly introduced to the resident dogs and over time he began to interact in a positive manner.
Karen Purdon from Beagle Welfare said: “One of our volunteer dog walkers started taking Ralph out on more and more walks and found that he started to respond amazingly to other dogs and became much better at meeting and greeting different dogs. We were delighted that he improved so much that we could rehome him.”
Proud owners Susan and John Maher from Dorset, said: “Ralph is amazing, we could not be happier with him. He is such a happy little dog and everyone who meets Ralph falls in love with him, and if they don’t, he soon makes sure they do!”
The calendar features images of rescue dogs that were submitted by Kennel Club Breed Rescue organisations for a competition run by the Kennel Club to find worthy models to illustrate each month of the year. The 2019 calendar also features the following breeds: Chinese Crested, Bedlington Terrier, Bearded Collie, Whippet, Golden Retriever, French Bulldog, Irish Setter, West Highland White Terrier, Greyhound, Akita and Brittany.
All proceeds from the sale of the calendar go towards helping the rescue and re-homing of pedigree dogs in the UK through Kennel Club Breed Rescue. To order your copy, at £5, please visit https://bit.ly/2yJd19c.