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Great Swiss Mountain Dogs - week 24Updated : 09/06/2017

SOUTHERN Counties saw Swissy entries only available through the NSC class. Of the 19 exhibits present on the day for judge Pirjo Aatonen (Finland), just one Swissy representative. On winning his class the Swissy then took his place in the class winners line up.      Unfortunately, under the terms of the ...

Great Swiss Mountain Dogs - week 23Updated : 02/06/2017

BATH, UNDER judge Mrs S Hewart-Chambers, saw BOB awarded to my own Springhaze Ice Cool at Pendower. BB was Lexy Dite Bliss de la Maison de Tell at Bynton owned by Julia Swinburn. RBD was London de a Maison de Tell Pour Sparclere owned by Sue and Ian Parkin-Russell. RBB was Springhaze Just Dreaming owned by Sue and Steve Brai...

Great Swiss Mountain Dogs - week 22Updated : 26/05/2017

SKC SAW BOB being awarded to Springhaze Charisma, owned by Jean McGlashan and Robert Fleming who also own, BP being Aaron from Swiss Mountains. BB was Springhaze Ice Maiden at Mullacaboo, owned by Sandra Dunn who also owns, RBD being Karhunkieros Courtney Sir at M.      The same weekend saw Steve and Sue...

Great Swiss Mountain Dogs - week 21Updated : 18/05/2017

I AM EXTREMELY grateful to Sue Brailey for the following report of the club’s recent character assessment and carting day:      She writes: “The GSMD Club held its annual Character Assessment and Carting Day at Roade, near Northampton. Six dogs underwent their CA under the careful eye of exam...

Great Swiss Mountain Dogs - week 20Updated : 12/05/2017

THE NATIONAL saw our judge Ben Reynolds-Frost award BD and BOB to my own Springhaze Ice Cool at Pendower. RBD and BP was Matterhorn’s Mr Moonlight to Funflash owned by Ewa Highland.      BB was Tamedelis Hemera of Bynton owned by Julia Swinburn as was, RBB Lexy Dite de la Maison de Tell of B. &nbs...

Great Swiss Mountain Dogs - week 19Updated : 05/05/2017

MY APOLOGIES for the lack of notes for last week.      Unfortunately, one of the side issues to arise from our change from import to rare breed status is the avoidance of entry into AV classes when our own breed classes are not on offer. Previously, near weekly attendance and, therefore, show reports wou...

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...

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