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Great Swiss Mountian Dogs - week 17Updated : 24/04/2017

W/PB of Wales saw BOB awarded to Springhaze Ice Cool at Pendower, owned by me. BB went to Lexy Dite Bliss De La Maison De Tell of Bynton, owned by Julia Swinburn.      RBD went to Lion King Baltic Story at Springhaze, owned by Libby D’Arcy and Sue Brailey. RBB went to Springhaze Just Dreaming, owne...

Great Swiss Mountain Dogs - week 16Updated : 13/04/2017

APRIL 1 saw the GSMDC hold its first open show.      Attracting 23 entries and starting at 1pm to follow the club AGM. Although most fortunate with the weather given the time of year, a few April showers caused the decision to hold judging inside so I understand. A pity as the hall could only accommodate...

Great Swiss Mountain Dogs - week 14Updated : 31/03/2017

W/PA OF Wales has announced its entries for its forthcoming show. Our judge, Mr K Young has attracted an entry of ten dogs making 11 entries for the GSMD. A somewhat disappointing number but, greater than five other full working breeds on the day.      The ever efficient secretary of NW&P Breeds Soci...

Great Swiss Mountain Dogs - week 12Updated : 17/03/2017

FOR CRUFTS 2016, our judge Mark Cocozza, selected all his main awards from among our overseas exhibitors.      BOB from OD was Rus/Nor Ch Gran Vencedor Festus, owned by Mr A Klishas (handled by Mr N Pineiro). RBD, also from OD, was Norw/Sw/Dan/Nordic Festina Lente Ermak, owned Ms L Aarum. BB was Rus Ch E...

Great Swiss Mountain Dogs - week 10Updated : 03/03/2017

WITH THE latest breed seminar having just been and gone, I do hope there were successful candidates in the assessment. Knowledge, particularly ‘hands on’ is critical to understanding a breed’s correct development. Commitment too, from an aspiring judge in the giving of their time to attend. All matters note...

Great Swiss Mountain Dogs - week 9Updated : 23/02/2017

JUST IN case anyone was in any doubt of just how close we are to Crufts 2017, these will be the last set of notes ahead of the Crufts weekend.      Crufts stands apart from any other UK show. Not least of all, there is a pressured atmosphere within the halls and on the benches with rules stating that dog...

Great Swiss Mountain Dogs - week 8Updated : 17/02/2017

NO SOONER had I predicted a probable noon start for our classes at Crufts than an announcement of possibly an 11.30am start was issued. As I said last week, keep a watch on the official Crufts information updates.      Another piece of information issued surrounds the BOB winners before their entrance in...

Great Swiss Mountain Dogs - week 7Updated : 10/02/2017

JUST THIS and three further weeks of notes lie between now and Crufts. The big day draws nearer and nearer. Crufts entry figures for our breed have been announced with a total of 40 dogs entered overall.      This information brings confirmation that we shall be joined again by overseas competitors, many...

Great Swiss Mountain Dogs - week 5Updated : 26/01/2017

MANCHESTER, the last ‘qualifying’ show for Crufts 2017, has been and gone.      Three Swissy exhibits entered, one in the rare breed category, the other two in NSC. Although none featured in the top spot, all were well placed.      Crufts entries have now closed. Generall...

Great Swiss Mountain Dogs - week 3Updated : 13/01/2017

FOR SOME reason, I omitted to find the Swissy top puppy 2016 listing to include last week. To correct this, the award went to Lexy Dite De La Maison De Tell of Bynton, owned by Julia Swinburn. My apologies to Julia.      In a nutshell, the 2016 awards were, on the points system, Springhaze Just Dreamin...

Great Swiss Mountain Dogs - week 2Updated : 05/01/2017

THE DEADLINE for online Crufts entries closes soon, so be sure to get your entries in. This will be first time the Swissy will have their own set of classes with the guarantee, therefore, of our BOB being in the working group. Certainly this will all seem to make more sense to our overseas exhibitors than the previous restri...

Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs - week 52Updated : 20/12/2016

I DO HOPE everyone has had a truly wonderful Christmas, particularly those who have had the pleasure of sharing it with a Swissy companion.      Subscription alert. Subs are due as of Jan 1. Last year some of us (me, included) were ‘late’ sending ours in and this called for a little unrest ...

Great Swiss Mountain Dogs - week 51Updated : 15/12/2016

I AM SO grateful to Sue Parkin-Russell for sending her report below on the LKA events. Possibly best entitled, 24 hours in the life of a Swissy owner: “‘It was not too early a start for the 100-mile journey to the NEC for the last big show of 2016.      “We were making good progress w...

Great Swiss Mountain Dogs - week 50Updated : 09/12/2016

APOLOGIES for the current one week of notes, one week of none. It is such a quiet time of year for news.      Sandwiched between these notes being sent off and then published will be LKA. AVNSC classes here with a published entry of 37 dogs making 40 entries. I am hopeful of Swissy success in the award...

Great Swiss Mountain Dogs - week 48Updated : 25/11/2016

THE SWISSMAS party event was another successful get together enjoyed by all who attended, both human and canine. Although located too far north for me to attend on the day, I am grateful to Julia Swinburn for giving me some details.      The catering, including hot dogs, mince pies and other festive tr...

Great Swiss Mountain Dogs - week 46Updated : 10/11/2016

I SEE THAT there has been a time alteration for the Swissmass party event on the 19th. The club website now reads 11am to 3pm. All are welcome to join in, including other breeds to join in the fun or for spectators an opportunity to meet the Swissies.      W/PB of Scotland saw Mrs M Muchollad judge the...

Great Swiss Mountain Dogs - week 45Updated : 04/11/2016

NOV 19 sees the club Swissmass Party being held at Shenstone Village Hall, Barnes Road, Shenstone, Lichfield WS14 OLT. It starts at 10am until 4pm. An event that was enjoyed by all who attended last year’s, both humans and dogs.      Oct 30 saw a Swissy Walk take place on a beautiful and dry autu...

Great Swiss Mountain Dogs - week 44Updated : 31/10/2016

Discover Dogs 2016 was again represented by teams of volunteers from the Club.  As last year when Sue Parkin-Russell reported on the day, this year Jan Buckingham has kindly submitted her report on the day.      Jan writes: “We rocked up with Monty and Elsie to the ExCel Centre in London&rsq...

Great Swiss Mountain Dog - week 42Updated : 14/10/2016

AT SOUTH Wales Kennel in AV classes, under Paul Wilkinson, three Swissies were in attendance. RBB was Swisshaven Isabeau owned by Kimberley Barton. The two other Swissies were puppies, also Swisshaven and both qualified for Crufts at this showing.      Further to the announcement last week of the name ...

Great Swiss Mountain Dogs - week 41Updated : 07/10/2016

I HAVE just been informed that the Kennel Club has agreed, following application by the club, to the breed name being officially corrected to the ‘Great Swiss Mountain Dog’ ie not ‘Greater’ with effect from the Jan 1, 2017. With my ‘deadline’ being just minutes away now from receiving this...

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