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French Bulldogs - week 18Updated : 26/04/2017

I HAD A catch up at our AGM with Irene Stansfield and we had a chat about the Welfare and she said they have quite a large vet bill at the moment, so if anyone has anything they would like to auction off to raise money, or any ideas please get in touch. At our show recently I had some fun scratch cards where money was shared...

French Bulldogs - week 17Updated : 19/04/2017

TONS OF show news to bring, but I will start this week by letting you know the final tally of French Bulldogs registered for 2016. I had a catch up with Linda McCulloch over the weekend and she has worked tirelessly for us getting all this information. We owe her a massive thank you; it has been a really arduous task.  ...

French Bulldogs - week 16Updated : 12/04/2017

HOPE YOU are all enjoying the sunshine and that the dogs are all out having fun but keeping cool at the same time. We’ve had the paddling pool out already, well it’s really a cement mixing tray, but it’s great as a giant water bowl come foot dip. The dogs have certainly had a blast rolling in the water and ...

French Bulldogs - week 15Updated : 05/04/2017

I AM WRITING these notes while I sit in the sunshine in my back garden watching the gang hurtle around, absolute bliss.      A few shows to bring news from and some events that are coming up.      Andrea Small was out and about all weekend with Primarius Phantom Major (Louis). First ...

French Bulldogs - week 14Updated : 30/03/2017

QUITE A few bits of news to bring you this week, starting with a tiny bit of good news in that quite a prolific breeder of not registered colour Frenchies has been fined £4,000 after being found guilty of exceeding the number of dogs she was allowed. It was found that there were 83 dogs, not all Frenchies I add, in her...

French Bulldogs - week 14Updated : 29/03/2017

I AM ALWAYS pleased to read my co-writer Jane Morgan’s detailed breed notes as I do not get to many shows as I once did, so it’s a great way of staying in touch with people’s successes, I’m sure that many others feel the same way. The remit for my section of the breed notes, however, is to keep people...

French Bulldogs - week 13Updated : 22/03/2017

I FORGOT to mention last week that the French Bulldog Annual 2016 was distributed to everyone who was at Crufts and it is another well put together, enjoyable book. Well done to all involved in its publication.      Again thanks go to Linda McCulloch for all her hard work inputting data and researching f...

French Bulldogs - week 12Updated : 16/03/2017

CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners at Crufts and to everyone who proudly showed their Frenchies. Our judge Chris Thomas did a great job and it was easy to follow his overall judging from the ringside with obvious breed type winning through. An excellent and detailed critique followed quickly which was very much appreciated. ...

French Bulldogs - week 12Updated : 15/03/2017

WELL, THAT’S another Crufts over for a year and what a fantastic one we had.      It started a little squiffy when early morning TV had their Crufts run down and they featured the secretary of the Kennel Club on to speak about French Bulldogs and health. What a shame that the breed wasn’t res...

French Bulldogs - week 11Updated : 08/03/2017

I RECEIVED my copy of the French Bulldog Club of New South Wales magazine last week. It is a very interesting club magazine and well put together. Featured was an article on BOAS and to illustrate the whole-body barometric plethysmography test (WBBP) developed at Cambridge, were pictures of Belinda Neil and some of her Frenc...

French Bulldogs - week 11Updated : 07/03/2017

BAT EARS will be posted out to members if they couldn’t make Crufts to pick their copy up and I hope you enjoy reading this latest edition.      The West Lancs FBC hold its AGM at Whiston Town Hall, Merseyside L35 3QX starting at 7pm. Any items for the agenda need to be sent in to secretary Anne Wi...

French Bulldogs - week 10Updated : 01/03/2017

A LITTLE bit of Frenchie history was made when the West Lancs FBC hosted the first ever French Bulldog Dog of the Year event and lots of celebrations were had in Stafford.      The event took place at Tillington Hall and started with the announcement of the judges and then followed by Puppy of the Year c...

French Bulldogs - week 10Updated : 01/03/2017

I READ in the March edition of the Kennel Gazette that Angela Pleasance’s homebred Katakia One And Only has gained its JW.      Sharon Pearce was able to video the majority of the West Lancs FBC Potty Dotty event and kindly posted it on her Facebook page, enabling those of us who were unable to att...

French Bulldogs - week 9Updated : 22/02/2017

THIS HAS been a very busy week news-wise for the French Bulldog. We’ve had two of our Frenchie ladies, Jackie Mavro-Michaelis and Penny Rankine-Parsons, appear on TV programmes to highlight the problem we have here now with the fact that the French Bulldog is now the most popular breed of dog. We have to thank these tw...

French Bulldogs - week 8Updated : 16/02/2017

FRENCHIES have certainly hit the headlines in the newspapers, being tipped to take over the number one spot as the nation’s favourite dog breed. I sincerely hope that will not happen.      I was asked for my views by a number of daily newspapers and all in all, they did report what I had said fairl...

French Bulldogs - week 8Updated : 15/02/2017

I HAVE to thank Penny for mentioning the show I am judging in March, but need to point out I am a breed specialist, having judged the breed since I passed the breed specific seminar back in 2013 and have judged over 90 dogs to date entitling me to be on the club’s B lists, hence being offered the breed club show and al...

French Bulldogs - week 7Updated : 08/02/2017

IT WAS another busy week for Frenchies at the open shows with a few placing well in the groups.      Denise Maxwell and Rosie were out on both days, even suffering with a flat tyre on the Sunday, thankfully making it safely to the show though. At Darlington Eastonite Maxwell’s News was BP and then ...

French Bulldogs - week 6Updated : 02/02/2017

I FINALLY have a some spare minutes to write a few notes so that you do not forget that I exist, just joking, but life has been so hectic and demanding this past month, that one has to prioritise. Judging the breed at Manchester was quite thought provoking and a very tiring day. I finally reached home at about 9.30pm that ev...

French Bulldogs - week 6Updated : 01/02/2017

WHAT A lovely weekend that was for the French Bulldog and the open shows on both Saturday and Sunday. Starting down south at the Newton, Abbot and Devon open show with Phillip Langdon judging the breed and group, BOB went to Hayley Smith’s homebred Lacoral Pukka Pie and BP to Alison James’ Tytorro Hot Love at Bam...

French Bulldogs - week 5Updated : 25/01/2017

I’D ALREADY sent my notes for last week’s paper when I heard from Carole Ash with news of young Kooba’s return to the show ring, and a fabulous return he had. Zandaplatz Uzi Umberto went to the Concurso in Ricote, Murcia. He attended this very same show exactly 12 months before as a baby puppy and then won ...

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