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THE BARNUM AND BAILEY OF THE DOG WORLD By Lee Connor At this time of year it only seems right to celebrate the life of one of the most important characters in Dogdom… Mr Charles Cruft.
THE EARLIEST TOY SPANIELS By Lee Connor IT IS QUITE incredible the role ‘coincidence’ plays in the work of the canine journalist. Last week I stumbled upon an old Victorian plate that depicted three King Charles Spaniels, two of the ‘new’ type and one of the old.
MY BORZOI SAVIOUR! By Lee Connor I SUPPOSE it takes all kinds of people to make a world but one thing I could never understand (and still can’t) are those folk who buy a static caravan on a holiday camp… especially one sited next to a windswept tidal mudflat!
THE BADGER OF HYDE PARK by Lee Connor AS MANY of us, who love our pedigree dogs know, there is an awful lot of nonsense written about them in the press and on social media. One of the recurring arguments that regularly pops up is that breeding for the show ring dulls the dogs’ ‘senses...
THE WIRE FOX TERRIER by Lee Connor MY LAST blog dealt with Mr Robert Vicary and his famous kennel of Smooth Fox terriers so in the balance of fairness it only seems right that this week I cover his whiskered brother.
ROBERT VICARY by Lee Connor I’m sure many of us have been following the recent recognition of the Jack Russell by the Kennel Club with interest. It’s certainly been fascinating reading the passionate arguments for and against by all the interested parties.
LINE BREEDING MYTHS AND ITALIAN GREYHOUNDS by Lee Connor As anyone who has researched their symptoms of an illness online would tell you the internet isn’t always the best place to obtain information! And the same is true when it comes to pedigree dogs; the net is a veritable minefield of inaccuracies...
DAILY MAIL EXPOSE 1897 by Lee Connor I’m sure we all remember the journalist from the Daily Mail who went ‘undercover’ to expose the show scene several months ago...
DIVISION IN THE SHELTIE CAMP by Lee Connor I’M SURE many of us having been following what has been going on within the Shetland Sheepdog camp with interest. Although I can fully understand that lovers of this beautiful breed have genuine concerns about exaggeration and the evolving of an...
HAIRLESS DOGS by Lee Connor As many of you know I’m fascinated by a wide number of dog breeds and one group that I find truly intriguing are the ‘hairless breeds’. In fact it was the Chinese Crested that was to blame for me skipping important lectures and heading off to the...
MRS H HANDLEY-SPICER by Lee Connor There are a whole host of great names and personalities in the history of pedigree dogs that I would have loved to have met.
PICTURE COLLECTORS by Lee Connor In my last Crossing the Headlines column I wrote about my recent litter of Boston terriers. We were hoping for (and were lucky enough to get) one beautifully marked bitch puppy, which we are going to keep but of course, we have to sell her three...
MEMORIES OF KIM by Lee Connor Last week’s blog was about the Phu Quoc (Thai Ridgeback) an undoubtedly striking and beautiful breed but in my opinion the most stunning ‘ridgeback’ still has to be the Rhodesian.
IT’S ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE! by Lee Connor Caught an interesting segment on This Morning yesterday – and it’s not often one can say that! It was a feature on the country’s most expensive puppies and it saw the programme’s resident pup, Clover, joined by four Phu Quoc Ridgebacks...
A ROMANTIC MYTH by Lee Connor It was my birthday last Tuesday and one of the presents I received was a hard to find book on the Boston Terrier, Boston Terriers – The Early Years...
THE ELKHOUND by Lee Connor I ABSOLUTELY loved the fascinating breed feature in DOG WORLD the other week spotlighting the Breeds from the Northern Lands… the Scandinavian Breeds.
THE GREAT DANE by Lee Connor I have several good friends who keep, breed and show Great Danes… and it is one of those breeds (alongside the Borzoi, Irish Wolfhound and Afghan Hound) that, if I were lucky enough to win the lottery, and were able to have the land and a suitable...
FASHION IN DOGS by Lee Connor A NUMBER of magazines have recently published articles about several of our native breeds, writing of their crash in numbers and slide in popularity and their impending extinction.
A 'CHAMPION' DINGO by Lee Connor I’ve been lucky enough to have travelled all over the world; New Zealand, China, Mexico, Africa, America and India but one of the favourite places I’ve visited has to be Australia.
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