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Entlebucher Mountain Dogs - week 16Updated : 12/04/2017

A FEW WEEKS ago I told you that there would be five imports arriving in the next few weeks, but that number has increased to seven.      Once again our colleagues in Switzerland have found that there are more male puppies available than there is demand. Interestingly, in the UK we generally find the situ...

Entlebucher Mountain Dogs - week 14Updated : 30/03/2017

NO SOONER have we got Crufts behind us than we are starting to look ahead to more shows. We are delighted to see Geoff Duffield judging the import register working group at the National as he is one of only a relatively few people qualified in the breed. We are endeavouring to drum up as much support for the show as possible...

Entlebucher Mountain Dogs - week 12Updated : 15/03/2017

WHAT A great day to be writing breed notes. Yesterday I had the pleasure of seeing more Entlebuchers in the show ring at Crufts than ever before. Sadly, not all the dogs entered were able to make it on the day, but it was still a wonderful turnout for the breed with dogs from Germany, Russia and France as well as from the UK...

Entlebucher Mountain Dogs - week 10Updated : 01/03/2017

IT TURNS out that good imports are much like proverbial busses. You search and search for good ones and then suddenly they all come along at once. I said we were hoping for two girls from Tosca vom Rickental if they were both suitable for breeding, however they weren’t. Only one is suitable and will come to the UK as a...

Entlebucher Mountain Dogs - week 8Updated : 14/02/2017

TODAY we received the news of the birth of a litter in Switzerland that we have been waiting for. Tosca vom Rickental has given birth to seven puppies – five boys and two girls.      As long as they appear to be suitable for breeding, one or possibly both the girls will be coming to the UK. The cha...

Entlebucher Mountain Dogs - week 6Updated : 01/02/2017

UNFORTUNATELY, Annie from Norfolkfields is not pregnant. Sadly, neither is one of the dogs in Switzerland from whom we were hoping to import two puppies.      On a brighter note, we are waiting for news of an arrival from Italy yesterday and are talking to other breeders about possible imports. It is a l...

Entlebucher Mountain Dogs - week 4Updated : 18/01/2017

CAN WE urge all breed clubs to take action on the following please? You may be aware that there is an EFRA report to parliament which, amongst other things, proposes that the minimum age at which a puppy can enter the UK under the PETS travel scheme is raised to six months. Whilst of course I support them in reducing the tra...

Entlebucher Mountain Dogs - week 2Updated : 05/01/2017

A HAPPY new year to all our supporters. As a small breed, in terms of numbers, we are always grateful for the help and encouragement we receive from other breeds. We’ve come a long way in the last nine years, but could not have achieved as much without the consideration, advice and support from other breeds who have be...

Entlebucher Mountain Dogs - week 52Updated : 19/12/2016

SUDDENLY we have the opportunity of some more good imported puppies. This is very exciting for us to help fill the gap we’ve had in breeding. Just as the last of the arranged imports has arrived from Switzerland, bringing our total to 77. We have managed to arrange another that will come from Italy at the end of Januar...

Entlebucher Mountain Dogs - week 50Updated : 07/12/2016

I’M SORRY, I’m going to rant. I said before the Brexit vote that one of the risks would be changes to the import rules around dogs, back to the old ways, and it’s already on the table. This is the wrong approach. If there are illegal imports of young puppies then clamp down on those, don’t penalise al...

Entlebucher Mountain Dogs - week 48Updated : 22/11/2016

HEIDI the Entlebucher puppy who has ectopic ureter and is being looked after by our rescue coordinator has to have major surgery this week at the Animal Health Trust in Cambridge. We began raising the £6,000 needed just over a week ago with an appeal to both breed supporters and the public in general. The response has ...

Entlebucher Mountain Dogs - week 46Updated : 09/11/2016

EVERY step forward seems to be followed by one back again. Wilma, my wonderful, sweet natured girl, imported to be my next one for breeding, has a heart murmur. We don’t breed from dogs with heart murmurs and so we are back to square one. She’s still the best dog in the world, which makes it even more sad as she ...

Entlebucher Mountain Dogs - week 44Updated : 26/10/2016

WHAT A remarkable change Discover Dogs was for us this year. Normally we have struggled to get enough dogs to cover each of the sessions. Over the years it has become a little easier as numbers have increased, but never easy. When we arrived on Saturday there were a total of seven dogs and all happy to see each other. A deli...

Entlebucher Mountain Dogs - week 42Updated : 12/10/2016

I WAS CONCERNED to hear that only two dogs were entered for their breeding test in Switzerland for the autumn test. Given that Switzerland is the home of the breed, it is a worrying situation.      With such a small breed, numerically, it is important to have as many dogs breeding as possible, but the ...

Entlebucher Mountain Dogs - week 40Updated : 28/09/2016

OUR SOUTHERN fun day was a huge success with close to our highest number of attendees. As the club has grown we are also now able to start planning in a programme of informal get togethers to fill in the gaps between our three annual fun days.      This week our numbers will increase with the arrival o...

Entlebucher Mountain Dogs - week 38Updated : 14/09/2016

IT IS INCREDIBLE that after such a good run of healthy litters, two of the last litter have serious, but completely unrelated health conditions. Heidi, with her ectopic ureter is making progress, despite a setback due to a hard to track infection. However, having seen the specialist it turns out that her brother’s hear...

Entlebucher Mountain Dogs - week 36Updated : 31/08/2016

WE ARE starting to plan for the breeding test for next year and things are looking exciting. So far we have at least six dogs wanting to go through their tests and some yet to hear from. The dogs have to undertake health testing, a character test and a test of conformation to the FCI Standard before they receive permission t...

Entlebucher Mountain Dogs - week 34Updated : 16/08/2016

IT HAS been an exciting couple of weeks for us. It is always frustrating when we are between litters in the breed and there is little hope of increasing our numbers. Then out of the blue we were given the opportunity to import some puppies from Switzerland, from two different breeding lines, one of which is quite different t...

Entlebucher Mountain Dogs - week 32Updated : 02/08/2016

AN APPEAL to judges and the Kennel Club: Those of you familiar with our breed will be aware that we are on the ‘import register’. It is, to my inexperienced mind, a pointless stage in the process of breed recognition. I understand the need for a breed Standard to be approved, although why this has to be different...

Entlebucher Mountain Dogs - week 30Updated : 20/07/2016

HEIDI, the pup with ectopic ureter, is now being looked after by our rescue co-ordinator and an appeal to members for funds to pay for her ongoing treatment has been made. The responses from club members, so grateful to own one of this wonderful breed have been overwhelming and many of the accompanying phone calls and emails...

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