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About: Simon Parsons

Simon Parsons

Dog World’s Simon Parson is one of the most well respected canine journalist in the UK. Simon his been with DW since 1979 and edited the newspaper for 17 years.

Recent Posts by Simon Parsons

Knopa’s Heritage

The Background to the Crufts winners I always find fascinating, especially when they are dogs from overseas whose breeding we are not so familiar with. It had been 86 years since a Scottish Terrier last won best in show at Crufts, but the two animals are directly connected in the tail male line. ‘Knopa’, multi-titled Continue Reading

Double Success at Crufts

TRADITIONALLY, in this week’s issue I like to celebrate those of you, or your dogs, who were involved, as breeder, owner or handler, with more than one Crufts CC winner or the equivalent. My apologies in advance if I haven’t mentioned any of you; please let me know so we can rectify this. The Vizslas Continue Reading

Let’s Get Back to the Positive

I’D LIKE, if I may, to concentrate on the positive. Whether that will be altogether possible is another story. There was so much positive about Crufts 2015. It ran like clockwork, over 20,000 dogs were scheduled to compete, there were some dramatic battles in the ring, we saw huge numbers of stunning dogs we had Continue Reading

In the Dog House – Crufts 1939

DID YOU see a fascinating piece in the Guardian’s From the Archive section? It reported on an incident I must admit I’d never heard about. It came from February 1939, the time of the last post-war Cruft’s show, the only one run by Emma Cruft following the death of her husband Charles, the show’s founder. Continue Reading

British connections at Westminster KC

HOW TIMES change. It may be an exaggeration to say that in days gone by the American dog world depended, in many breeds, on regular additions of British stock, but in the terriers in particular it wasn’t all that far from the truth. Today, however, with a few prominent exceptions, that is far from the Continue Reading

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