Maintaining the Standard by Sheila Atter


IN SOME countries strict measures are in place to ensure that all is above board when puppies are registered. A breed warden is appointed to visit all litters shortly after birth, microchips or tattoos are checked and all puppies are permanently...
Crufts! For anyone with a love of dogs Crufts is a must. As well as the competitive events, every breed recognised in the UK will be present in Discover Dogs and for those who are considering the purchase of a new puppy this is the place to go...
As I write this I am preparing to travel over to Belgium for the FCI international show in Ghent. If my bitch is lucky, she will win her fourth Belgian CAC – which will qualify her for the title of Belgian champion.
Have you seen the new registration certificates? The old ones were bad enough, with so much advertising blurb on them that the actual details of the dog were squashed into two thirds of a page...
Much has been written on the subject of encouraging people to attend shows more regularly. The question of judges, too, has generated plenty of discussion...
We all like to have a good whinge, and this year the KC has given us plenty of reasons to have a moan – and I haven’t even touched on the new registration documents yet!
Did you read Mike Tempest’s excellent article in last week’s Dog World? If not, do go and rescue it from underneath the puppies, then sit down with a cup of coffee and take a few minutes to digest his comments.
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.
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