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German Spitz - week 17Updated : 19/04/2017

I HEARD from Pam Rolleston who told me that she missed off the name of her Mittel BOB in her published critique from the recent Newark show. She apologised profusely and wanted to mention in the notes that her BOB was the junior class winner, Paul Conway and Anthony Oakden’s Fisherbloom Moon River.    &...

German Spitz - week 16Updated : 12/04/2017

NEWS IN from Kevin O’Leary who tells me that his Cadasaro team had a great start to the recent double weekend of championship shows in Northern Ireland. At Banbridge under Colette Muldoon, Ch/Ir/Int Ch Amoyalois Rufus for Cadasaro, bred by Pat and Ann Clarke, won the green star and RBOB. Not to be outdone was Rufus&rsq...

German Spitz - week 15Updated : 05/04/2017

THE GSC of GB held its open show once again at the Sky Blue Connexion in Ryton-on-Dunsmore. I was told there was a very good, friendly atmosphere around both rings. Chris Serman ran the raffle table and there was also eye testing available at the show, with specialist Lorna Newman conducting the examinations.   &n...

German Spitz - week 14Updated : 29/03/2017

SOME very good news from Glenys Banbury on behalf of the GSC of GB. She writes: “The committee is proud to be able to confirm that the affix Wyndlee has been protected as one of historical significance. As members will be aware Pat Beard was instrumental in the development of the breed from the beginning, and so many k...

German Spitz - week 13Updated : 22/03/2017

SAD NEWS has come in from Shirley Hill, she tells me that Connie Harrop died at home on March 20 aged 94. As a young woman Connie kept Elkhounds and Keeshonds and used to travel by train to the championship shows with several dogs.      She had her first German Spitz Klein from Gloria Morgen in 1985, fol...

German Spitz - week 12Updated : 15/03/2017

WELL, that’s Crufts done and dusted for another year. It’s a show that is great for many reasons, but the best reason in my view is all the friendly faces, chat and smiles you encounter ringside from those who come from all over the world, celebrating our wonderful breed.      The judge for K...

German Spitz - week 11Updated : 07/03/2017

RECENTLY I decided to switch both of my Mittel boys to a raw diet. This came about as although one of them will eat anything, the other wasn’t as fussy with some of the more popular dog food brands. Quite a few of my doggy friends extoll the virtues of a raw diet, so it was easy to get swept into their enthusiasm for i...

German Spitz - week 10Updated : 02/03/2017

I THOUGHT with Crufts, the world’s biggest dog show just around the corner, it would be a good time to visit the breed archives and travel back to 20 years ago.      The Crufts’ results of 1997 make for an interesting read as the pedigree of some exhibits includes dogs from the GS development...

German Spitz - week 9Updated : 23/02/2017

FANTASTIC news for Charlotte Van Widmark who has been reunited with her stolen Spitz ‘Leon’. Charlotte recalled the moment of Leon’s return and said she “Popped outside for some fresh air. Suddenly a police van turned up and someone shouted ‘Is this who you’ve been looking for?’ Leon...

German Spitz - week 8Updated : 15/02/2017

DISTRESSING news from Charlotte Van Widmark whose German Spitz Klein ‘Leon’ was the victim of a snatch and grab on Feb 14 in Shepherds Bush, London W12. He is an orange sable with strong sable markings and will be very distraught to be away from his devoted owner. He has an exceptionally sweet disposition and is ...

German Spitz - week 7Updated : 09/02/2017

NOTES are a bit thin on the ground this week, with not much to share, although it’s fair to say the Crufts countdown is well and truly on as the entry figures have now been released.      Lynne Smith (Alkola) is judging Kleins, her sixth such appointment, her last being in 2010 at the GS club show,...

German Spitz - week 6Updated : 02/02/2017

FOLLOWING up on a previous breed note observation about the comparative rarity of German Spitz dogs in the UK thought it might be interesting to share some statistics with you based on the Kennel Club’s comparative tables of registrations for the years  2006 – 2016 and the KC’s quarterly registration s...

German Spitz - week 5Updated : 25/01/2017

I’VE HAD some very sad news from Rosemary Leadbetter who tells me that Linda Holmes has died. Linda had been in ill health for a while, but still used to enjoy travelling to shows with her Kleins and Mittels, who were shown by her husband Patrick. Linda had Spitz from Rosemary and also the late Pat Beard. She really en...

German Spitz - week 4Updated : 20/01/2017

ONE OF the highlights of my walks in our local park is when someone tries to guess the breed of my two Mittels. German Spitz are after all, a rather rare sight in the UK, and just how rare, I will cover in a future notes.      Bearing this in mind, I see it as a wonderful opportunity to tell them all abo...

German Spitz - week 3Updated : 11/01/2017

SOME OF our British exhibitors were inspired to make the journey and compete at the Paris Dog Show and had some super results. Claire Hulll won the CAC, CACIB with her Klein It Ch Clarmers Diamond Mischief. Her Mittel Ch Clarmers Best Buds with Gibbcree won BCAC, CACIB and RBOB.      Clare Andrew won B...

German Spitz - week 2Updated : 05/01/2017

THE NEW year has begun with the terrific news that our very own Lisa Moir (Jansanleis) has been named as one of the three nominees for The Pawscars ‘Columnist of the Year award’. It is great to see that Lisa’s hard work and dedication to her Dog World column ‘Handle with Care’ has been recognise...

German Spitz - week 1Updated : 29/12/2016

WITH THE extra catch-up time the holidays allow, I noticed Nicky Garbutt has added another excellent feature to German Spitz World and it now shows the ages the dogs were at the time of eye and patella tests. This is very helpful as in the event of deterioration being reported, it shows the age it occurred.   &n...

German Spitz - week 52Updated : 20/12/2016

PROVISIONAL final results are in for the Dog World/Arden Grange top dog competition for 2016. This year the honour for Kleins goes to Dale Francis and Gary Pearce’s homebred Ch Longsdale Jen You Win, who throughout the year has won six CCs, all with BOB, one RCC, G1 at Crufts, G2, G4 and G1 with RBIS at East of England...

German Spitz - week 51Updated : 15/12/2016

I WAS REALLY sad to miss LKA this year, it’s one of my favourite shows as I love to see everyone before Christmas and celebrate the end of the show year. There seems to have been the usual party atmosphere and there were a number of dogs winning first CCs, so I’ll get straight to the results.    ...

German Spitz - week 50Updated : 07/12/2016

AT THE recent Guildford open show Jan and Adi Chambers’ Mittel Druitz By Design for Musique won BOB and PG3 under Caron Bell (Allforus).      The spitz held their own in the stakes classes at BUBA with Lucy Barnes and Lynda Hewett’s Mittel team consisting of Spellcast Speaks For Itself and ...

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