Maintaining the Standard by Sheila Atter


  PSST… wannabuy a Pug puppy? The Kennel Club’s advice would be to find an Assured Breeder. They will have a super litter, from healthy parents. The pups will almost certainly have been lavishly reared, fed well to ensure that as adults they will...
  DISCOVER Dogs is, without doubt, one of the jewels in the Kennel Club’s crown. The idea that a venue as large as Earl’s Court One can be filled with casual visitors over a weekend, all intent on spending a day looking at, talking about and...
  The working party set up to examine ways in which dog showing can be made more popular in this country has already met and drawn up its remit.
  SOMETIMES it seems that we take one step forwards and two back. I’m referring of course to the ever-ongoing question of veterinary checks on the high profile breeds.
  The fantastic news that Jilly’s Jolly Jaunt raised almost £50,000 for charity has to bring a smile to the face of the most jaundiced dog show exhibitor. Almost at the same time as this was announced we learned that Michaella Dunhill-Hall is...
  Most of us who breed and show dogs register a kennel name and are proud to have the identity of our puppies recognised in that way. Occasionally there are instances when one kennel name is too much like another and causes confusion, but ideally...
  Last week I wrote about the perception, on the part of ordinary dog folk, that there is an elite within the Kennel Club that has a disproportionate amount of control over the show scene.
  OH DEAR, I do seem to have ruffled a few feathers, and the writer formerly known as Trumpeter seems determined to continue his bullying tactics – which aren’t apparently bullying at all, merely putting people straight with regard to the facts as...
  When the Kennel Club first introduced its affiliate membership scheme I was very impressed. Here at last was a positive way in which the ordinary dog folk could get involved with the KC. For 20 quid, we were offered a subscription to the Kennel...
  The things that concern the ordinary dog folk seem to be irrelevant to the hierarchy in Clarges Street, and although they don’t come out and tell us directly that our views will be completely ignored...
  The question of falling entries continues to vex a good many people. Show societies obviously need a decent entry to be maintained in order to at least break even, if not make a profit, while for most exhibitors the pot of money is not bottomless...
  It seems that it’s almost an unwritten rule of KC policy that when someone comes up with a potentially good idea it is embraced without further ado, only to come a cropper because no one has really considered what effect it will have in the long...