Maintaining the Standard by Sheila Atter


Two sides of the puppy-buying coin by Sheila Atter It’s always difficult if you have puppies ready to go to their new homes at this time of year. Obviously no reputable breeder is going to let a vulnerable baby pup go as a surprise Christmas present to a family with young children and it’s often a...
Subsidised scanning for Cavaliers? By Sheila Atter It does seem ironic that just as I was, last week, praising the responsible breeders of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels for their commitment and dedication to their breed in raising a huge sum of money – in the end nearly $500,000 – in order to...
Bidding to save the Cavaliers By Sheila Atter In the years since the infamous Pedigree Dogs Exposed TV programme the breeders of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have come in for a fair bit of stick.
Giving the vulnerable breeds their due by Sheila Atter The sensible thing to do, if you are planning any sort of new initiative, is to think it all through, maybe sound out opinion from those who have knowledge of the subject...
Starting with the open shows by Sheila Atter At last we are seeing some positive proposals coming out of the Dog Show Promotion Working Party, which was set up to investigate ways of making the exhibition of dogs more attractive to newcomers and to halt the loss of present day exhibitors.
Another one size fits all regulation? By Sheila Atter I don’t think any responsible breeder or owner would argue with the idea that all dogs should be permanently identified. Whether the method used is the tattoo or the microchip has long been the subject of much debate...
ABS must put quality dogs first by Sheila Atter THE KENNEL Club recently issued guidelines on the subject of the social media. There was sensible advice reminding people that anything they post is in a public forum – even if included in a closed group...
Are ‘rare’ claims attracting thefts? By Sheila Atter The theft of dogs seems to be a crime that is becoming almost commonplace. It affects all of us in one way or another – if we haven’t had a dog stolen ourselves we know someone who has.
How will the new initiatives fare? By Sheila Atter I have to admit to being under-whelmed by the first announcement from the working party set up to make suggestions as to how to re-invigorate our shows.
How two people inspired a generation by Sheila Atter There is a quiet sadness around the dog world at the moment. The terrier show that I attended last weekend began with a minute’s silence for the late Judy Averis and I’m sure that Carl Johnson has also been in many...
Judging: too soon and too late by Sheila Atter Many people are exercised by the problem of how to get onto the various club judging lists. It seems that copious amounts of both time and money are needed in order to climb even halfway up the ladder...
Still waiting for positive changes By Sheila Atter I had hoped that by now there would be some sort of interim report from the Working Party set up to investigate the show scene and hopefully stem the tide of falling entries. The longer the delay in formulating recommendations about the future...
Pug folk are bucking the trend by Sheila Atter Making my way back to the car park at Darlington the other week, I bumped into a friend who I haven’t spoken to for a little while and, as dog people always do, we spent a few minutes discussing the show world...
Not in the ‘business’ of breeding by Sheila Atter It seems that the inevitable reaction to any new announcement about changes to the Assured Breeder Scheme is a prolonged debate via the social media about the alleged shortcomings of the scheme.
Keeping photographic records by Sheila Atter It’s coming up to that time of year again – when keen exhibitors are rushing round trying to get good photographs for the Dog World annual, as well as for club yearbooks and calendars.
Change may be a good thing by Sheila Atter Did you read the very interesting letter from Pihla Haukatsalo-Irving in last week’s Dog World? She raised some extremely valid questions with regard to the Scottish Kennel Club’s situation in the event of a ‘yes’ vote in the forthcoming referendum.
ANYONE who was at the recent World Dog Show in Finland could not help but notice just how many of those involved in all aspects of the show were comparatively young. It is a subject I have touched on before, and I make no apology for returning, as...
Why can’t a breeders’ competition work? By Sheila Atter It may come as quite a surprise to some in Clarges Street, but I am always prepared to do my very best to support the Kennel Club in its initiatives so, despite being disappointed that the breeders’ ...
Health must remain the gold standard by Sheila Atter ‘THERE is a need for well-reared puppies, but the general public cannot buy these puppies if they do not exist! In this respect the Kennel Club in an ideal situation needs decent breeders to breed more puppies than they do already...
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