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Crufts’ Toy and Utility Breeds, plus an Interview with Ronnie Irving, Part II

Best In Show Daily delivers a pair of reports on Day Two judging at Crufts. Senior Editor Bo Bengtson reports from the floor with news of the winners from the Toy and Utility Groups, and Senior Editor Christi McDonald delivers her “Fancy That” highlighting the dogs that made the cut. Meet the King Charles Spaniel (English Toy Spaniel) and Tibetan Terrier that will advance towards Best in Show.

Bo continues his conversation with Ronnie Irving, former chairman of the Kennel Club in England, to talk about the veterinary examinations that took place at shows last year in the U.K. The results among the fourteen high profile breeds under scrutiny seem to suggest that health tests could have a positive effect on the welfare of purebred dogs and the public perception of them. Find out the pass rate of more than 300 vet checks conducted in 2012.

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The Health Tests at Crufts: Part II
By Bo Bengtson

Bo Bengtson continues his conversation with Ronnie Irving, former chairman of the Kennel Club in England and the man behind the controversial “Health Test” concept.

Bo Bengtson: I understand that health tests were performed at other shows during 2012. How many were there, how many dogs have been tested, and what percentage passed-failed? more

Crufts 2013: Toy and Utility Breeds on Day Two
By Christi McDonald

One thing I did not mention in my report from the first day of Crufts yesterday was the controversial health testing which the Kennel Club imposed on a few of the Best of Breed winners before they were allowed to compete in the Group last year. Six BOB winners were in fact prohibited from participating in their respective Groups at that show. more

Fancy That: Friday at Crufts
By Christi McDonald

I completely understand, as Bo Bengtson said in his Crufts report yesterday, not being “into” the activities and presentations that happen in the big ring before the Groups are judged, but I have to say again that I sincerely love that fact that the British put, in my view, as much emphasis on the fun things people do with their dogs as on how closely the dogs conform to their breed standards. more


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