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Shar Pei - week 17Updated : 20/04/2017

AS SOME may have already seen the Kennel Club has issued a press release on its approval of a ‘new official’ DNA testing scheme for primary open angle glaucoma/primary lens luxation (POAG/PLL) in Shar Pei. Not sure exactly what ‘new official’ means in this context, except presumably that the KC will r...

Shar-Pei - week 14Updated : 31/03/2017

A LENGTHY day at the SPCGB double-header at Bugbrooke, with 24 entered for Val Poole to judge at the morning show, and for Andy Stephenson in the afternoon. The numbers seemed to be larger than this in the hall, with an encouraging parade of 12 new puppies gracing the ring at the lunchtime puppy walk, and a few more even you...

Shar-Pei - week 12Updated : 16/03/2017

SADLY I couldn’t make either Crufts or the joint club’s health seminar in recent weeks, but by all accounts both were notable in their own right. Obviously disappointing to miss Crufts, but promise I’ll make sure I make it next year! I am sure judge Jenny Baker will have enjoyed her day and will have made t...

Shar-Pei - week 7Updated : 10/02/2017

MANY THANKS to the kind folk who got in touch after reading my previous notes about the infamous vet checks at championship shows, and all agreeing that this scheme is unfair, unkind, achieves absolutely nothing and needs to be scrapped. One made an interesting point about wanting to find out who in the Kennel Club actually ...

Shar Pei - week 5Updated : 30/01/2017

IF EVER there was an example of the extremes of emotions that can be experienced in the unpredictable world of dog showing, it was at Manchester for our breed, when the elation of achieving a deserved BOB was quickly shattered by the opinion of a vet, who clearly got it wrong. The disappointment for the owner simply cannot b...

Shar-Pei - week 3Updated : 13/01/2017

THE NEW season kicked off in a slightly downbeat way at Boston, with a large number of absentees reducing the entry of 17 to a meagre nine. This resulted in an unusual pattern in the classes, with just a single standing in seven out of the eight classes and only OB presenting judge Alan Dredge with a choice of two. No CCs he...

Shar-Pei - week 52Updated : 19/12/2016

SO THE last two championship shows of the season have been and gone, and we can head for the holiday season and pause for breath before we all convene again for Manchester.      At BUBA, the entry of 35 was reduced to a turnout of 27 by the absentees for breed specialist judge Jane Dawson, officiating ...

Shar-Pei - week 47Updated : 18/11/2016

ITS GOOD to be back! All been a little fraught since returning from our long holiday, so apologies again for the lack of notes over the past few weeks. A most amazing holiday was swiftly followed by an equally perverse infection which eventually landed me in hospital for a few days. Happily on the mend, but not a recommended...

Shar Pei - week 42Updated : 14/10/2016

NO CCs for us at South Wales, so a predictably low entry for new judge Robert Hitchcock, whose main breeds are Pugs and Min Pins, and who had made the trip from Derbyshire. An entry of 12, and a turnout of five dogs and five bitches, from which Robert pulled the Morrises’ boy Ch Ashowei Ready To Rock for BOB over Sue B...

Shar-Pei - week 41Updated : 06/10/2016

WITH HIS experience of our breed over the years, judge Lee Cox must have been surprised and disappointed at the entry of just 13 at Driffield, with an even spread of six dogs and six bitches pitching up on the day, this with CCs on offer. While this is now a familiar scenario for us, it must inevitably raise questions about ...

Shar-Pei - week 39Updated : 22/09/2016

HAVING lost our CCs, a predictably low entry at Darlington, and an unusual situation for judge Chris Bexon, with just one in all the classes with entries, so no real judging to be done until the two challenges. So the increasingly familiar awards, with the Morris’ taking BOB with their boy Ch Ashowei Ready To Rock and ...

Shar Pei - week 38Updated : 16/09/2016

AN ENTRY of just 15 at Richmond reduced to only five dogs and six bitches by the absentees, and this for one of the premier champ shows offering CCs for the breed. Five classes of the 12 completely bare, and only three classes where judge Martin Freeman had a choice to make.      Just two adult dogs an...

Shar-Pei - week 35Updated : 26/08/2016

A BUSY weekend for those doughty souls who doubled up with the MSPC open show on the Saturday and then travelled to the Welsh on the Sunday. Perhaps entries for each were affected a little by the other, but ironic that the 28 at the MSPC outnumbered the 19 who turned up at the Welsh.      The usual rel...

Shar-Pei - week 33Updated : 11/08/2016

HOT OFF the press as I write are the results from Paignton, where the entry of seven was the lowest for the breed at this pleasant venue, and must have been a particular disappointment for judge Alan Carter, officiating for our breed for the first time at this level. No CCs here, and a weekday show, but perhaps more evidence...

Shar-Pei - week 31Updated : 29/07/2016

LEEDS has traditionally been one of the best for entries, convenient as it is for many in the Midlands and North, but sadly no longer it would appear where many head for an enjoyable weekend in the beautiful surroundings of Harewood House. Those who did appear were the usual small band of devotees, making an entry of 23 and ...

Shar Pei - week 27Updated : 30/06/2016

JUST HEARD the sad news, as I write, of the death of Maggie Allen, one of the stalwarts of our breed over the years, and one of the real characters of the dog world. Maggie has endured failing health for some time now, and it’s been a while since we last saw her ringside, armed with her pithy observations and often hil...

Shar Pei - week 25Updated : 15/06/2016

USUALLY a pleasant day at Three Counties in the shadow of the Malvern Hills, but an average entry of 31 for Stuart Mallard was cut down to just 20 with a high level of absentees, some perhaps put off by the forecasts of satanic storms and torrential rain, which had peppered the weather forecasts for much of the week. Thankfu...

Shar-Pei - week 23Updated : 02/06/2016

OUR USUAL bank holiday Monday slot at Bath, which has always been a relaxed and enjoyable show, and innovative too, was pioneering as they did the idea of tapes on the ground to mark the rings instead of the traditional stakes and tapes. It works particularly well when the winds blow, as they often do here, with no flapping ...

Shar-Pei - week 21Updated : 20/05/2016

I’M SURE many will know by now of the major breakthrough in the long-running quest for a test for the major health problem which has inflicted our breed for ever, the curse of inherited Shar Pei fever and amyloidosis. It is a measure of the general understanding of the health issues in Shar Pei, that many (including th...

Shar-Pei - week 19Updated : 05/05/2016

A NOTE from secretary Cath Jenkins of the MSPC to say that the club has changed the date of its open show from July 23 to Saturday Aug 20. This to avoid a clash on the original date with utility day at Leeds. The original schedules can still be used for entries, and the club will be notifying the change through their website...

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