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This week's Dog World Comment THE KENNEL Club chairmanís latest letter to the members contains news of several positive developments. All will welcome the fact that the land for the new offices in Aylesbury has now been bought.
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 Iím reluctant to wade in, but here for what they are worth are some random thoughts.
Ian the Maltese celebrates his 21st by Andrew Brace A busy Sunday started in Valladolid for me with a Bulldog specialty show, held within the international show where the quality was high. First came the puppies and having watched Clear Hope de Oro Graso winning best puppy all breeds...
Remember the good not the bad by Sheila Atter Well itís all over bar the shouting, and Iím sure that there are quite a lot of us that are heaving a bit of a sigh of relief that we can just get on with the normal round of training, feeding, exercising, grooming, mating, rearing puppies...
The fault is not in our stars by Kevin Colwill Iím afraid I couldnít muster much enthusiasm for last yearís Crufts Supreme Champion. He was, without doubt, a consummate showman but his presence in the BIS ring reminded me of the days when big American stars were flown over to headline the...
GSDs: one breed or two? by Dr Mike Tempest This article has been in the pipeline for some time, to try to bring some science to some breedersí demands for splitting breeds into two on the basis of variations in type, for example the debate about British and American Shetland Sheepdogs.
Juryís still out on microchipping by Lee Connor I recently saw a story in the Daily Mirror that certainly gave me food for thought. It concerned microchipping, which, as many of you know is a particular interest of mine.
Donít discount a working drive by Wendy Beasley A few weeks ago a friend drew my attention to the Boxer Notes in DW, where Tim Hutchings had written some comments about Boxers doing man work.
Two bright stars, Holly and Belle by Becca Middleton Two of agilityís young stars, Holly Ryan and Belle Howlett both had a very successful Crufts and they have kindly agreed to tell us about themselves and their super dogs.
Just as magic, just as frustrating by Jane Lilley Was the unique magic that is Crufts still the same as it ever was? The answer from everyone I have spoken to since was an immediate and emphatic YES!
A good show of rescues at Crufts by Geraldine Cove-Print Well, thatís Crufts done and dusted for another year! The rescues who were invited to attend at the Kennel Club stand had plenty of interest, Iím quite sure they all slept very well after a long, long day of smiling and chatting!
This week's Dog World Comment ANOTHER smooth running Crufts is over. Sadly it is inevitable that all that was good about it tends to be swamped by the less comfortable aspects of the four dayís events, so while we have to consider these here we would like to start by...
In the Dog House by Simon Parsons I SEE that there is a move to try to persuade the Kennel Club to reinstate the breedersí 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 Ďvulnerableí British and...
Colour conundrum by Simon Parsons THE SUBJECT of dogs of non-Standard colours isnít 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...
Mollieís Charlies by Simon Parsons KING CHARLES Spaniels and their heads have been topical recently and Iím grateful to Geoffrey Davies for sending me these fascinating photographs to mark the tenth anniversary of the death of one of the breedís most outstanding figures, Mollie...
False memories by Simon Parsons AS YOU canít 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...

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