Maintaining the Standard by Sheila Atter


I HAVE spent the last two weeks analysing the changes to the Assured Breeder Scheme and the ways in which these changes will impact upon me, and others in my situation, with regard to breeding dogs.
“I am a dog breeder. “I spend a lifetime looking at pedigrees, going over dogs, talking and learning from those in my breed and those outside it. I raise each litter as if I gave birth to them myself and spend an equal amount of time finding...
Oh dear, oh dearie me! After feel-good Friday last week, it’s back to normal for the start of 2014. The recent letter sent out from the Kennel Club to all Assured Breeders certainly caused a commotion in the usually quiet lull between Christmas...
THE NEW YEAR is a time when traditionally we look back over the previous 12 months, and forward to what might lie in the future.
FERDI pushed his favourite ball disconsolately around his bed with his nose. He just couldn’t understand what was happening...
It really is very worrying that not once, but twice recently DEFRA seems to have shown itself to be completely out of touch with what is actually happening out here in the real world.
Unfortunately I was unable to attend the recent members’ meeting of the Canine Alliance, but from the reports in DOG WORLD it seems to have been a very positive affair.
THE NEWS that Kennel Club members are going to be asked to approve a proposal to buy one or more sites, up to a maximum cost of £4.5m in different locations of the country in order to provide activity centres, for use for a variety of disciplines...
PSST… wannabuy a Pug puppy? The Kennel Club’s advice would be to find an Assured Breeder. They will have a super litter, from healthy parents. The pups will almost certainly have been lavishly reared, fed well to ensure that as adults they will...
DISCOVER Dogs is, without doubt, one of the jewels in the Kennel Club’s crown. The idea that a venue as large as Earl’s Court One can be filled with casual visitors over a weekend, all intent on spending a day looking at, talking about and...
The working party set up to examine ways in which dog showing can be made more popular in this country has already met and drawn up its remit.
SOMETIMES it seems that we take one step forwards and two back. I’m referring of course to the ever-ongoing question of veterinary checks on the high profile breeds.