In the Dog House

Preserving the Otterhound - 21/06/2017

MY THANKS go to Judith Ashworth for letting me know of another semen bank for the numerically challenged Otterhound breed, this time in this country.

Dandie Dinmont Festival in Selkirk - 14/06/2017

My thanks to those who have let me use some more photographs from the Dandie Dinmont Festival in Selkirk and the surrounding areas. It sounds like an amazing occasion – congratulations must go to organisers Paul Keevil and Mike Macbeth and all...

In the Dog House by Simon Parsons - 07/06/2017

YOU MAY recall that a couple of years ago there was a plan to set up a semen bank for the vulnerable British and Irish native breeds, so that if the breeds got themselves into an even more difficult situation in decades to come, there would be...

In the Dog House - 31/05/2017

FOR ANYONE of my generation there will surely have been a pang of regret on hearing of the death of John Noakes, for 12 years from 1965 a presenter of the BBC’s Blue Peter.

In the Dog House - 24/05/2017

AS USUAL when money is involved there has been plenty of ‘outrage’ after Crufts’ first £30 entry fee was announced, just as the £26 annual Academy fee for all judges caused more muttering than any other aspect of the Framework.

In the Dog House - 17/05/2017

LAST WEEK I mentioned the question of whether in the case of ‘partnership shows’ (those held in conjunction with another show at the same venue) you could judge at one and exhibit at the other. The answer turns out to be no...

In the Dog House - 10/05/2017

SEVERAL PEOPLE have raised the question about ‘partnership’ shows and whether you can show at one and judge at the other one held at the same venue.

In the Dog House - 03/05/2017

IT’S BEEN fascinating to see the reaction on the social media to the announcement regarding the Kennel Club’s new Judges Competency Framework.

In the Dog House - 26/04/2017

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...

In the Dog House - 19/04/2017

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...

In the Dog House - 12/04/2017

I TOOK a few hours off from the Saturday of Crufts to attend the first part of the newly formed Jack Russell Terrier Club’s first seminar where that very clever breeder, Kao Miichi from Japan, was talking on the breed Standard.

In the Dog House - 05/04/2017

ALTHOUGH the general championship shows don’t seem to have any difficulty in recruiting workers and committee members the same can’t always be said of the open show societies and over the past few years we have often written about the sad demise...

In the Dog House - 28/03/2017

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.

Fit for function - 22/03/2017

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...

Kicked out of the KC - 22/03/2017

IT IS FASCINATING to look back on the last time a Kennel Club member was expelled – 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.

Jason and Mike make dog show history - 15/03/2017

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 – and even more remarkably, from two different breeds.

In the Dog House - 08/03/2017

ABOUT TIME we had a round-up of recent polls on the DOG WORLD website.

In the Dog House by Simon Parsons - 01/03/2017

I HOPE you enjoy Adrian Marett’s 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 – haven’t they been great ambssadors for the...

In the Dog House by Simon Parsons - 22/02/2017

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...

BOB checks in place - 15/02/2017

I REALLY don’t have a crystal ball – but no sooner had my last week’s column been composed, we heard that the Kennel Club has demoted the Hungarian Kuvasz to the imported breeds register.

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