A FEW weeks ago we included a tribute to the diplomat Sir John Fretwell. He had a distinguished career, including a five-year spell as ambassador to France, but his connection to the dog world was that he supported strongly the campaign founded by...
I HAVE written before about the amazing efforts made by some of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier people to increase interest in their globally vulnerable breed through commemorating its unique history and heritage, culminating in the commissioning of a...
I TOOK a few hours off from the Saturday of Crufts to attend the first part of the newly formed Jack Russell Terrier Clubís first seminar where that very clever breeder, Kao Miichi from Japan, was talking on the breed Standard.
ALTHOUGH the general championship shows donít seem to have any difficulty in recruiting workers and committee members the same canít always be said of the open show societies and over the past few years we have often written about the sad demise...
A COUPLE of weeks ago I mentioned how we seem to be losing so many of our breed specialist stalwarts, the people who have been the mainstay of the British dog world.
QUITE A coincidence that a couple of weeks ago I featured the first ever American Cocker Spaniel to win the group at Crufts, the particolour Sh Ch/Am Ch Dreamridge Delegate, back in 1972, and the publicity that resulted about whether the breed...
IT IS FASCINATING to look back on the last time a Kennel Club member was expelled Ė or at least the last time it took place in the full glare of publicity. At the time it was stated that this was the first time this had happened.
A BIT of dog show history was made last Sunday evening when Jason Lynn became the first person ever to breed, own and handle two Crufts best in show winners Ė and even more remarkably, from two different breeds.
ABOUT TIME we had a round-up of recent polls on the DOG WORLD website.
I HOPE you enjoy Adrian Marettís profile of Crufts best in show winner Devon in our Crufts Special supplement out this week. Here are a few more photos of Ch Burneze Geordie Girl and Marie Burns Ė havenít they been great ambssadors for the...
I WAS sad to hear of the death of Max the Boxer, Ch/Ir Ch Winuwuk Lust At First Sight. You will all have known him as a great winner, an excellent ambassador for his breed...
I REALLY donít have a crystal ball Ė but no sooner had my last weekís column been composed, we heard that the Kennel Club has demoted the Hungarian Kuvasz to the imported breeds register.
NO ONE has yet come up with a definitive explanation for how the Frenchie explosion started but one reader points out that the timing of the breedís rise in popularity almost exactly mirrors the boom in the use of Facebook, Twitter and other social m
I DO HOPE that the new order at the Kennel Club, which many dog people felt started rather promisingly, isnít going to degenerate into attempts to exclude those who happen to disagree with certain individuals or policies.
EACH YEAR when we get the annual Kennel Club registration figures we lament the fate of the poor old French Bulldog as it tries to deal with the effects of a population explosion the likes of which can seldom have been seen in the British dog world.
IíM ALWAYS interested to read about the success stories of the dog world, especially when breeders or exhibitors achieve great things while keeping only a small number of dogs.
IíM ALWAYS rather wary about mentioning working gundog topics as there are so many experts in the field and no doubt all my errors will be all too obvious to themÖ
MY SECOND gundog topic concerns the Ďminor breedsí spaniels Ė that is those other than Cockers and English Springers (and Irish Waters, but thatís a whole different story!).
At the Finnish Winner Show the trophies for Breeder of the Year were presented, a good excuse for the various dogs and owners who supported their breeder in the breedersí groups during the year to have a bit of a celebration.
LOOKING at the minutes of the Kennel Clubís Breeds Liaison Councilís November meeting, I see the delegates once again discussed a proposal from the British Gordon Setter Club.