In the Dog House by Simon Parsons


In the Dog House by Simon Parsons I’M SURE that all of you will have made sure that all your dogs are microchipped, now that it has become compulsory.
Club colours by Simon Parsons I SEE dog people’s obsession with colour continues. Latest symptom is that the Large Munsterlander Club apparently refused membership to someone who dared to register with the Kennel Club puppies of a non-Standard colour which do turn up in...
Sad losses by Simon Parsons IT HAS been a particularly sad week or so for the world of dogs, starting with the tragic end to Anthony Rees’ long battle. Some very eloquent tributes have been paid to him and I am sure he will never be forgotten by any who witnessed his and his...
Shows Council agenda by Simon Parsons LATER this month there will be a meeting of the Kennel Club’s Shows Liaison Council and I thought you might be interested in some of the items which will be discussed. I look forward to hearing the outcomes.
Opinions count by Simon Parsons HERE’S AN update on recent polls on the DOG WORLD website. I do hope you will continue to support them and to let us know what you feel about topical issues.
In the Dog House by Simon Parsons IT MAY not have been quite such a good Crufts for the overseas visitors in the big ring as in some previous years including 2015, but they certainly made their mark at breed level...
Multi-awards at Crufts by Simon Parsons CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who achieved what they hoped to, or more, at Crufts. As usual I’d like to feature all those who were connected with two or more CC winners or the equivalent...
Crufts then and now by Simon Parsons MUCH WAS made about this being the 125th anniversary of Crufts so I wondered how many of the winners at the centenary show also scored at this one...
Another Frenchie by Simon Parsons A RESPONSE to a recent column came from the family of Audrey and Dick Gibson of the Elmsleigh Frenchies. They tell me that the Frenchie handler featured in that wonderful photograph from the TV coverage Crufts 1956 wasn’t in fact Audrey...
In the Dog House by Simon Parsons WE MENTIONED a while back that the Kennel Club was setting up an online Academy with the aim of providing in one place education resources for breeders, judges, trainers and others. I believe it was previewed to a select few last year but only now...
Crufts-winning pedigrees by Simon Parsons WHAT AN extraordinary coincidence that the last time a West Highland White Terrier won best in show at Crufts, a Whippet was reserve.
GSD changes by Simon Parsons THERE IS so much that can be, will be and has been said about German Shepherds and Crufts that in some ways I’m reluctant to wade in, but here for what they are worth are some random thoughts.
In the Dog House by Simon Parsons I SEE that there is a move to try to persuade the Kennel Club to reinstate the breeders’ competition, which came to an end at Crufts last year and has been replaced by a big ring final for a representative of each of the ‘vulnerable’ British and...
Colour conundrum by Simon Parsons THE SUBJECT of dogs of non-Standard colours isn’t going to go away.
Kerry co-operation by Simon Parsons WHEN writing about the idea of breed clubs holding their show with general societies I mentioned Windsor last year as the first time this had happened with two championship shows, the Southern Bichons holding their ch show after the breed judging...
Mollie’s Charlies by Simon Parsons KING CHARLES Spaniels and their heads have been topical recently and I’m grateful to Geoffrey Davies for sending me these fascinating photographs to mark the tenth anniversary of the death of one of the breed’s most outstanding figures, Mollie...
False memories by Simon Parsons AS YOU can’t fail to have noticed, in this column I enjoy looking back at the great dogs and dog people of past years, and I feel strongly that you cannot fully understand the world of dogs as a whole, and the individual breeds, without looking at...
Memories of the Crufts centenary by Simon Parsons It’s impossible to believe that it’s a quarter of a century since the world’s biggest ever dog show, the Crufts centenary event, the first time it had been held...
More judges ‘fit for function’ by Simon Parsons FURTHER to my piece about ‘fit for function’ judges, Crufts gundog group judge Di Arrowsmith, the only current gundog group judge who is also an A panel field trial judge...
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