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Entlebucher Mountain Dogs - week 26Updated : 21/06/2017

WHEN I wrote two weeks ago we had 89 in the UK, I am now delighted to say we are at 93. All of the arranged imports have arrived safely and are settling well in their new homes.      Now we await news of whether Annie is pregnant as well as confirmation that another import is going ahead. A new year&rsqu...

Entlebucher Mountain Dogs - week 24Updated : 07/06/2017

I DON’T often get to write my breed notes while in the homeland of our breed, but that is where I am as I write these. So much has happened in the last two weeks since I last wrote.      Dickens (Torfheide Bumble at Dolliesgang) and Buddy (Alfie Bangwood) achieved their Crufts qualification at Bath...

Entlebucher Mountain Dogs - week 22Updated : 23/05/2017

WITH ANOTHER puppy import arriving from Switzerland and hearing of a Czech dog who has moved to the UK with her family, I am delighted to announce we are up to 81 dogs. With a litter due in a little over a week and more imports on the way, these are exciting times for us.      As if that were not enough,...

Entlebucher Mountain Dogs - week 20Updated : 09/05/2017

FINDING another of the breed in the country is always a cause for celebration in such a small breed, so it was with great delight that we heard about Otto who came in from Eastern Europe last year. He has a pedigree that is a little different to most of the lines already in the UK and we are hoping that his owner will consid...

Entlebucher Mountain Dogs - week 18Updated : 25/04/2017

WE ARE well underway in preparing for our breeding test in May. We are one of the few breeds in the UK that insists on a range of tests before a dog can enter the breeding programme. Obviously, at this stage, being a smaller breed in terms of numbers that is relatively easy to achieve.      There are thr...

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...

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