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Italian Greyhounds - week 26Updated : 22/06/2017

IT IS A well-known stereotype that the British people love talking about the weather so I am going to start this week’s notes on that topic. I do not think I have experienced such intense heat for quite some time. Even when one stepped into the shade, the temperatures did not abate and, with no breeze or winds, seeking...

Italian Greyhounds - week 25Updated : 15/06/2017

FOR THE fourth Friday in a row, Italian Greyhound exhibitors were attending another general championship show, this time Three Counties set among the splendid Malvern Hills. Once again, the breed was scheduled fourth in the ring making for a long day. Italian Greyhound classes at Three Counties are not scheduled with CCs but...

Italian Greyhounds - week 24Updated : 08/06/2017

DESPITE the forecast looking rather unpromising, the weather at Southern Counties on the first day for toys and hounds remained dry with the sun also making an appearance. For the first time that I can remember, the Italian Greyhound judging got underway at 9.30am. IGs usually find themselves second in the ring at Southern C...

Italian Greyhounds - week 23Updated : 02/06/2017

WHAT A beautiful setting awaited exhibitors on the first day at Bath. The grounds were impeccable, displaying the incredibly high standard of maintenance that the society has now sustained at their showground for several years. To complement the flawless greens, the skies were blue with no cloud to be seen – simply per...

Italian Greyhounds - week 22Updated : 26/05/2017

THE PENULTIMATE weekend in May saw exhibitors heading north to the Royal Highland Showground where the first SKC show of the year took place. As some of you know, I made the rather ludicrous decision to travel up over night before the show! The principal benefit of this plan was enjoying a relatively clear run up with minima...

Italian Greyhounds - week 21Updated : 18/05/2017

TO BEGIN this week’s breed notes, there is an open show result to report on. At Westmorland Helen Lister attended with Revillo Aria where, under Stephen Harrison, Whizz was awarded BOB and G2.      The Kennel Club’s Breed Records Supplement for January to March this year is now available. Dur...

Italian Greyhounds - week 20Updated : 11/05/2017

HOT ON the heels of WELKS was the National where this world renowned society welcomes all breeds to its set-up at Staffordshire Showground. Filling the halls and outdoor arenas, the National is a popular show among exhibitors and judges alike. This year, Italian Greyhounds were judged by Stephen Goodwin who was awarding CCs ...

Italian Greyhounds - week 19Updated : 04/05/2017

THE FIRST outdoor championship show of the year was WELKS which is set with the beautiful backdrop of the Malvern Hills. When I arrived and entered the brown car park, I was rather taken aback by the state of the car park. For a showground which is so frequently used, this parking area left a lot to be desired. The lumpy gro...

Italian Greyhounds - week 18Updated : 27/04/2017

A TOPIC of discussion was recently raised on social media regarding the baiting of dogs in the ring. The original post asked for opinions about how baiting can affect a dog’s outline, both negatively and positively, and whether it has a rightful place inside the show ring. In brief, if used correctly, baiting can give ...

Italian Greyhounds - week 17Updated : 21/04/2017

SADLY I must begin this week’s notes with the news of the death of two people who were known in the Italian Greyhound world. At the end of last month, Eric Gray, husband of the late Ann Gray, died, six years since the death of his wife. And on the April 9, Margrit Penny died after her battle with cancer.   &...

Italian Greyhounds - week 16Updated : 13/04/2017

THE WEEKEND before Easter, the British Isles welcomed some beautiful weather. What a difference it makes being greeted by glorious sunshine against a clear blue backdrop. One could step outside without layering up, the dogs could go out without coats and get some sun on their backs, and the worrying about mucky paws goes out...

Italian Greyhounds - week 15Updated : 06/04/2017

I KNOW I say it every year, but time does seem to be flying by. Here we are already in April and with four 2017 championship shows under our belt and completed for another 12 months. With this year in its fourth month, it is rather timely that the latest issue of the Kennel Club Journal should look forward to forthcoming yea...

Italian Greyhounds - week 14Updated : 30/03/2017

NEXT STOP on the show circuit was UK Toydog. A favourite among many toydog fanciers, this show has earned its position as a renowned group show both at home and overseas. This year saw the UKTDS celebrate its 45th anniversary and no doubt the ringside decorations around the main ring caught the eye of exhibitors and visitors...

Italian Greyhounds - week 13Updated : 23/03/2017

AT THE last couple of shows that I have been to, I have been rather surprised to see some very young puppies in attendance. Exhibitors have brought their usual show team as well as bringing the ‘next generation’ at tender ages. The Kennel Club rules permit societies to accept ‘Not For Competition’ ent...

Italian Greyhounds - week 12Updated : 16/03/2017

CRUFTS is over for another year. The weeks of excitement leading up to the greatest show in the world culminated with four days of canine heaven, and then all is over. No doubt there are plenty of sore feet, achy backs and post-Crufts colds among the human exhibitors. The four-legged visitors to Crufts are usually exhausted ...

Italian Greyhounds - week 11Updated : 08/03/2017

THE IGC’s spring open show took place the weekend before Crufts. A beautiful sunny day provided the backdrop for Baginton Village Hall, so exhibitors did not have to battle the elements when bringing their dogs and bags into the hall.      The day began with the club’s AGM, which was swiftly ...

Italian Greyhounds - week 10Updated : 03/03/2017

HERE WE are, the week of Crufts. The greatest dog show in the world is upon us again and the excitement surrounding Crufts only seems to increase year on year. The Crufts build up used to solely unfold in the canine press, culminating in special issues such as Dog World’s Crufts supplement printed the week before the s...

Italian Greyhounds - week 9Updated : 24/02/2017

THE WEEKEND before Crufts sees the IGC host its first event of the year. The club’s first open show of 2017 takes place at Baginton Village Hall where Mary Knight will be judging the breed after the completion of the AGM. Awaiting Mary is an entry of 54 dogs making 69 entries which is a lovely number for this breed spe...

Italian Greyhounds - week 8Updated : 17/02/2017

THE REGISTRATION figures for the last quarter of 2016 have been released by The Kennel Club. Between October through to December last year, 74 Italian Greyhound puppies were registered from 19 litters. Two IGs were imported during this quarter, one from America and one from France, so the total number of IGs registered in qu...

Italian Greyhounds - week 7Updated : 09/02/2017

BY THE time you read these notes, Crufts will only be three weeks away. I am sure this phrase is said every year but I will say it again – where has the time gone? It really does not feel like 12 months have passed since we were all leaving the NEC after Crufts 2016. The entries for Crufts seemed to be upon us before w...

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