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This week's Dog World Comment IF IT IS proved that the Australian Shepherd Ch Allmark Indecent Proposal (Sunny) was poisoned while on his bench at National Working and Pastoral Breeds Society ch show, then words cannot express the contempt we feel for whoever committed the act...
In the Dog House by Simon Parsons I SEE Sheila Atter has raised the subject of the Kennel Club’s reaction to the Dutch governing body’s new rules regarding the breeding of Bulldogs.
529 Lapphunds by Simon Parsons YOU MAY have seen in last week’s paper that the Finnish Kennel Club’s initiative in giving free entry at the World Show to the country’s five native breeds has paid dividends, with an amazing total of 529 Finnish Lapphunds on show, plus over 200...
Judge or exhibitor? by Simon Parsons LAST WEEK I mentioned Hilda and Jean Lanning’s Clausentum kennel of Great Danes, which prompted Jean to reminisce.
Club mementos by Simon Parsons THANKS TO Beryl Rostron for an interesting thought about prizes on offer at breed club shows. She says...
Show honours by Simon Parsons YOU MAY have noticed that the Australian judge of best in show at East of England signed his judge’s report ‘Hugh Gent OAM’.
Handling attire by Simon Parsons I SEE that there has been a debate on the social media on what one should wear to show a dog. Fashion isn’t normally a subject I’d dare to enter into, you may well not be surprised to learn! But it does seem to me that some of the comments miss...
A Pumi Standard by Simon Parsons YOU MAY have read that at Windsor a Hungarian Pumi competed in the imported register classes and was awarded best IR and best IR puppy of his day.
Guardian homes and breeding terms by Geraldine Cove-Print One of my first ponies came to me ‘meat for manners’, this meant that our family had the use of the pony but also undertook the care and needs of the pony for as long as we needed it, when the pony outlived his usefulness...
Top dogs and precocious puppies at Torino by Andrew Brace It is always a pleasure to visit Italy. Not only are the shows these days efficiently organised, the quality of dogs is usually high and the hospitality, with wonderful food and wine, can always be relied upon.
Societies and clubs take heed by Sheila Atter There are times when it seems that the whole dog world is run via social media. Sometimes this is for the good. Lost or stolen dogs are publicised widely since their details can be circulated nationwide in seconds and they thus stand a better...
Is healthy diversity being impeded? by Kevin Colwill The recent controversy over Sheltie judging has re-ignited discussion about variation within breeds. We’re used to most breeds having little or no variation except, perhaps, in colour.
Teaching the working trial jumps by Wendy Beasley Not surprisingly, when we did our recent demonstration on working trials at the village fête one of the exercises that prompted the biggest reaction, and the one that resulted in a burst of spontaneous applause, was the agility section.
Summer shows at NATS and Chadkirk by Bronwyn Bartley The Northern Alsatian and All Breeds Training Society held its championship show on Saturday June 28 coupled with an open show on the Sunday.
Getting your dog fit for freestyle by Richard Curtis With the competition season in full swing it is important to keep your dog happy and healthy so that it can work at peak performance in the ring.
Don’t be a ‘Tick Boxer’, send in your critique by Jane Lilley More and more comments continue to pour in about the continually and seemingly increasing lack of critiques, particularly following general open shows.
A moment in the spotlight for Tao Mu by Nick Waters When featuring a picture of a winning dog I always enjoy researching that dog’s history and without exception the big winners of yesteryear don’t have the enviable record that some of today’s breed winners do.
Qualifying for YKC Groomer of Year is not to be missed by Eileen Geeson A highlight of the year for Young Kennel Club members comes in the shape of the competition for Young Groomer of the Year held at Crufts. YKC Grooming classes which can qualify members to take part at Crufts are held throughout the year.
Don’t take antibiotics for granted by Steve Dean The Prime Minister made a statement a few weeks ago about the proper use of antibiotics in humans and animals. Not earth shattering news really and it probably went largely unnoticed even though it was reported on the inner pages of several major...

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