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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

New Breeds To The UK

SOME MAY feel that we have enough pedigree breeds in the UK to be going on with – though nothing like as many as exist on the Continent of Europe. Nevertheless there is still plenty of enthusiasm for something a little different, and I’ve heard of two breeds which have recently arrived. One is the Continue Reading

Classy But Cheap…

LAST WEEK I asked for your thoughts about whether providing rosettes for the class places is money well spent. This time I’d appreciate your input on a subject which I’m sure many breed clubs would like to know how exhibitors feel. The annual championship show for a breed club should be a really special occasion, Continue Reading

Grading Dogs Motivating or a Spoiler

I DON’T often take issue with Sheila Atter’s brilliant columns but I can’t bring myself to agree with her concluding remarks in her article from two weeks ago. I’ve often wondered whether adopting a grading system might help make our shows more interesting, especially in the breeds where entries are regularly huge and you can Continue Reading

Combining Types Without Prejudice

I HADN’T intended to write any more on Shelties which breed seems to have occupied plenty of pages in DOG WORLD of late, as most of the relevant aspects I and others have talked about before. But Dick Thornley last week mentioned, in response to our leader, the excellent world congress the English Shetland Sheepdog Continue Reading

To Clap Or Not To Clap

IT WAS a pleasant sunny day at a dog show. I was in a cheerful frame of mind. Our breed judging had finished so off I trotted and bought myself a baked potato with lots of cheese. That consumed, I started to saunter slowly towards the exit. Quite a few breeds were still going and Continue Reading

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