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This week's Dog World Comment NO SOONER has the Kennel Club announced the decision to suspend the regulations concerning stakes classes, than a further raft of proposals is listed which the Show Promotion Working Party has under consideration and which it has discussed with...
In the Dog House by Simon Parsons I SUSPECT most showgoers apart from Ronnie Irving will be pleased at the Kennel Club committee’s decision to suspend the ‘unbeaten dog’ regulation and to allow dogs to bypass the breed classes if they wish to compete only in the stakes classes.
Breed divergence by Simon Parsons WE HAVE often talked in this and other columns in DOG WORLD about breeds where the type varies from country to country, most frequently about those that have over the years developed on different lines on either side of the Atlantic.
Champion line by Simon Parsons WHAT breed has the longest continuous line of UK champions? Entering the latest Miniature Smooth Dachshund champion, Siouxline Flynn Rider, onto my database, I wonder whether this breed may be the one, as there exists a chain of champions going...
Thirst for Knowledge in Estonia by Andrew Brace At dinner in Tallinn last year after I had judged one of the superbly organised shows in Estonia, in conversation with Marko Lepasaar we were discussing how the Estonian Kennel Club trains its stewards and judges.
Starting with the open shows by Sheila Atter At last we are seeing some positive proposals coming out of the Dog Show Promotion Working Party, which was set up to investigate ways of making the exhibition of dogs more attractive to newcomers and to halt the loss of present day exhibitors.
Inspiring best practice in young handlers by Jessica Holm THE IMPORTANCE of encouraging the juniors involved with this sport of ours has been much in the media in recent weeks. There was a big spread in DOG WORLD (November 14) after the judging of the Junior Handling Association finals for 2014 and the...
Making retired dogs feel special by Becca Middleton Having two older dogs that used to compete in agility, one in particular that lives for the chance to run through a tunnel to a toy and have a game of tug or to jump over even one small jump and celebrate with me and feel nothing in the world...
Success doesn’t come easy in Iceni by Wendy Beasley Over the years that I have been going to the Iceni TD championship trial in Essex I have known the ground to be anything from lush winter wheat to almost bare earth, and the weather to vary between cold and frosty and wild and windy, but this year...
Tackling persistent coat chewers by Jane Lilley A few weeks ago I received a somewhat panic-stricken note from Chris Wyatt of the Bobander Bichon Frisé to say that she had a problem that she had never encountered before and for which she had tried every remedy she could think of without any...
Dogs waking you up at night? by Nick Honor If you have a dog that rises in those obscene hours of the morning (when you should be tucked up in bed), or a puppy or dog that drags you from the warmth of your bed in the middle of the night, you will sympathise with many of my clients who...
George Vernon Stokes’ dogs of War by Nick Waters At this time with the world remembering the start of the first world war it is perhaps timely to also remember the role dogs have played in wars since early times.
Disease outbreaks: is the UK protected? by Steve Dean Before letting distemper fade back into the history of dog illnesses, a few more words in relation to handling outbreaks of disease may be worthwhile.
The influx of underage pups continues by Geraldine Cove-Print No sooner have the fireworks and Halloween masks been packed away in the shops for another year than we are snowballed into a red and white spending extravaganza as the Christmas countdown begins.
This week's Dog World Comment WE ARE delighted that, as widely forecast, the Kennel Club is to suspend the ‘unbeaten dog’ rule so that dogs can compete in variety/stakes classes without their owners worrying that if they are beaten in these classes, they will not be able to...
In the Dog House by Simon Parsons AS YOU know the Scandinavians yield to no one when it comes to running dog shows. This summer saw the great Finnish World Show and now the traditional end-of-year events have begun with the Danish show at Herning, which I gather also had a...
Zardin in pictures by Simon Parsons IF YOU are the slightest bit interested in Afghan Hounds and their history I’m sure you will have heard of Zardin, the dog who created a sensation when he appeared in and won the ‘foreign dog’ classes at Crufts in 1909, ’10 and ’11.
In direct line by Simon Parsons HAVING recently mentioned a West Highland White Terrier kennel which has produced six champions in direct female line, now I have the opportunity to do the same in the other half of the ‘black and white’ breeds, the Scottish Terrier...
The frustration of the ‘high profile’ breeds by Andrew Brace Although I was only judging on the Saturday and Sunday I decided to book myself into the Dog & Doublet, one of my favourite hotels which is so near the Stafford showground, for the four days of Midland Counties.

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