Maintaining the Standard by Sheila Atter


CAN YOU afford to breed dogs any more? One of the veterinary practices in my area has recently sent a letter to breeder clients with details of their new charges for caesarean sections.
Kevin Colwill’s column in last week’s Dog World raised some interesting ideas – it would be well worth going back for a read if you skipped through the paper in a hurry.
FROM TIME to time there are calls for the introduction of a champions class. The last time I wrote on the subject I started out as one who felt that it was a good idea – but after 1,200 words had convinced myself that it really wouldn’t solve any...
Frank Kane is not only a highly respected judge, but also a very effective communicator – both as a speaker and a writer. His two-part article, recently reprinted in DOG WORLD, on the psychological pressures that can be applied to judges should...
IS IT THOUGHTLESSNESS, arrogance or just plain greed? I’m referring to the seemingly increasing habit of some judges to accept invitations for the same breed without any thought as to when they last officiated and in what part of the country.
LAST WEEK we considered both the vulnerable breeds as well as others that are numerically challenged. Sometimes the lack of numbers is a deliberate choice...
SURELY all dog people will have applauded the presentation of a lifetime achievement award to Professor Peter Bedford during Crufts 2014.
Now that Boston and Manchester are qualifiers for the upcoming Crufts, rather than for the following year, the problem of whether the greatest dog show in the world is the start of the new season or finishes the old one is surely solved for good.
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.
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