Opinion


This week's Dog World Comment IN THE latest Kennel Club Journal, chairman Steve Dean attempts an overview of exhibitors’ moans about judges and the judging system in the UK. As anyone who has seriously thought about this subject will know, there are no simple answers...
Engaging the new and keeping the old by Steven Seymour Most of the readers of this column are well established long time breeders and exhibitors, but just pause for a moment and take a view from that of a newcomer. Even more importantly, take the view of a newcomer who is aged less than 40 years old...
This week's Dog World Comment WE ARE sure that readers will want to congratulate the team behind the UK’s new all-breeds best in show record holder, Ch Travella Striking Steel.
Little touches make a big difference by Geraldine Cove-Print I’ve read with great interest various commentators views on the declining entries at dog shows and wonder if it hasn’t all been said. I’m always up for a challenge so I thought I’d put in my three pence worth too!
DAC never really had the clout by Kevin Colwill The announcement of the imminent demise of the Dog Advisory Council should come as no surprise. Ignore the face saving spin that its remit had run its course.
This week's Dog World Comment WE ARE quite sure that all our readers will share the same feelings following the fire at Manchester Dogs’ Home last week which took the lives of more than 50 dogs.
Will Parliament act on puppy farms? by Jessica Holm I have to confess, any mention of dog related issues catching the radar in Westminster sends shivers down my spine. I’m of an age to carry the memories of the dreaded Dangerous Dogs Act (1991) heavy in my heart.
This week's Dog World Comment OFTEN we have found that the transcripts of debates in the House of Commons concerning canine matters have been frightening in the extreme, revealing little more than the ignorance and prejudice of many of our elected representatives.
Saving our shows from within by Lee Connor Like most of the writers for Dog World, I write because I have a passion for pedigree dogs and nothing thrills me more than having an article engender debate and argument.
Pets Welfare Alliance Union has its say by Eileen Geeson What happens to our dogs is important to all of us. We know we are conditioned to a point to ‘go with the flow’ but it is not all that. We really want to do the very best for our dogs and so therefore we believe, or the majority of us believe...
This week's Dog World Comment OBVIOUSLY, the dog world and the way it is organised and governed is in the grand scheme of things a rather small part of life in general. Nevertheless for those seriously involved in it, it often becomes a very important part of their lives...
Are we being corn fed by the KC? by Steven Seymour Steve Dean’s speech at the Welsh Kennel Club made some very good points. It is indeed true that we all have a much more health focused view and attitude to breeding and showing now.
THE SWEDISH Kennel Club, as has been reported previously in DOG WORLD, runs an ambitious programme called BSI (breed-specific instructions regarding exaggerations in pedigree dogs).
This week's Dog World Comment IT MAY seem a strange thing to say but the worst enemy in the fight towards an end to ‘puppy farming’ is the general public itself! The problem could be solved at a stroke – if the public didn’t buy puppies from such places, or pups who...
You may think I’m quite tragic, but each week I do read the dog paper from cover to cover. This includes every set of breed notes since I like to see what the ‘competition’ is up to and almost all of the critiques – certainly from championship...
Bullies and trolls the latest threat to dogdom by Geraldine Cove-Print SOCIAL media sites such as Facebook and Twitter certainly have some great advantages in bringing likeminded people together and offering closer contact for those who are geographically apart but the darker side of social media has seen the rise of...
This week's Dog World Comment THE GRADUAL demise of the (to give it its formal title) Advisory Council on the Welfare Issues of Dog Breeding will cause few to shed any tears.
Regeneration with health in mind by Kevin Colwill Last month I touched on the widespread misreporting of the recent VetCompass paper on the relative health of purebred and crossbred dogs. I’ve had a few people contact me to complain that I’m the one guilty of misreporting – and deliberate...
This week's Dog World Comment AS EXPECTED, the Finnish Kennel Club's World Show was a masterpiece of organisation, with over 21,000 dogs judged comfortably within three days without hassle and with reasonable start and finish times each day.
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