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Tricky Ricky Wins World Challenge
THE AFFENPINSCHER from Indonesia who won the Fédération Cynologique Internationale World Show at Helsinki topped the eighth Eukanuba World Challenge last Saturday evening. Ch Tricky Ricky from Yarrow-Hi-Tech was the choice of Jorgen Hindse, FCI Europe president and president of the Danish...
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A Generous Spirit From Dog Folk
Moving home should be a time full of happiness and excitement but our recent experience of it has been severely lacking in these particular elements; instead it has been a time filled with complications, delays and unforeseen problems Many of which could have...
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DAC Releases Dog Breeding Standard as APGAW Launches Canine Strategy
The Dog Advisory Council (DAC) held its last meeting before making known the contents of its Standard for Breeding Dogs, the Welsh Government launched its new breeding regulations which lower the licensing threshold from five to three litters and the Associate Parliamentary...
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Cavalier Breeders Petition KC to Require Health Tests for Registration
CAVALIER King Charles Spaniels are making the headlines here in the UK again as owners are urged by the Kennel Club to get their dogs MRI scanned for syringomyelia and the chiari malformation (SM/CM) and screened for heart problems. The reminder follows...
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Pugs Are Here To Stay
We are on the cusp of a house move and we’ve been spending our last few weekends in Dorset revisiting our favourite places… one last time. One of these special places is Swanage – a little coastal town known as ‘Knollsea’ in...
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Gazette Relaunch – Still Some Way to Go, Says KC
THE REMAINING members of the Kennel Gazette working party are to continue their work in a bid to resurrect the Kennel Club’s former magazine. Confirmation of this was made by the KC today following the sudden resignations of four members of the...
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Judges, Get Your Homework In
It is a very long time since I used the excuse of “the dog ate my homework”, I’m not entirely sure it worked all those years ago although I do think I earned a teacher’s smirk or two with my more inventive...
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R-e-s-p-e-c-t Open Shows
LAST WEEK I highlighted the work of the working party which has been set up to look at ways of revitalising championship dog showing and at getting more people to enter more dogs. I touched briefly on the issue of open shows...
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Breed Divergence
WE HAVE often talked in this and other columns in DOG WORLD about breeds where the type varies from country to country, most frequently about those that have over the years developed on different lines on either side of the Atlantic. Often...
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Zardin in Pictures
IF YOU are the slightest bit interested in Afghan Hounds and their history I’m sure you will have heard of Zardin, the dog who created a sensation when he appeared in and won the ‘foreign dog’ classes at Crufts in 1909, ’10...
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KC Making Strides: Dogs Life Manifesto
THERE was a time in the not too distant past where the Kennel Club appeared to be on the verge of assuming pariah status and those in power did not appear to be listening to what the KC had to say. That...
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The Problem with the System Is There Is No System
THERE IS a Kennel Club working group currently looking at ways to encourage fresh interest in the championship show scene in the UK. In common with the US entries at shows have been falling here in the UK and a working party...
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If At First You Don't Succeed
It’s quite incredible, when reading back over old articles, the amount of breeds now thought of as being relatively recent introductions to our canine landscape were actually very well known to our Victorian dog showing forebears. The Leonberger, Tibetan Mastiff, Dobermann, Rottweiler,...
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Double Murder Tragedy Shakes the Dog World, & KC Legacy Fund Ignored
THERE is a desperately sad case making the news this week with the conviction of a dog breeder for the murder of his partner and her daughter. John Lowe, who had run a dog breeding business in Surrey was found guilty of...
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Something In Return
I THINK it’s always worth shouting about when dog people work or donate to ‘human’ good causes. As we have seen from the response to the Manchester Dog’s Home disaster, the public in general has an enormous well of goodwill towards dogs...
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Have ‘Doodles’ Had Their Day?
One of the joys of living in this country is being able to walk into a store like WH Smith or any one of our large supermarkets and being able to flick through the vast array of glossy magazines on offer on...
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Residents Stage Public Meeting After Second American Bulldog Attack
POLICE, local councillors and residents have staged a public meeting after two people and a dog were attacked by American Bulldogs. One of the people, a 63-year-old man, was seriously injured in the incident, as was his Staffordshire Bull Terrier. The man...
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Shih Tzu Club Supports Judge In Topknot Row
The Shih Tzu Club is ‘fully supporting’ the judge who at its championship show refused to judge an exhibit who had a bow in her topknot rather than an elastic band. Darja Skok Lamut asked Michaela Hall to remove the bow from...
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Withholding CCs by Simon Parsons
LOOKING on Higham Press to see who had won in one of my favourite breeds at a recent show, I got a mild shock to see that the reserve CC had been withheld in the males. Thinking there must have been a...
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KC Policy Changes Allows for Two CCs; Shih Tzu Bow Incident
THE KENNEL Club has announced the first policy change to result from the work of its Dog Show Promotion Working Party, which is looking into ways to improve and increase the popularity of shows. The new policy will allow breed clubs to...
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Born To Breed Dogs
For my birthday last week I received an excellent but scarce book from 1902, Dog Shows And Doggy-People by Charles Henry Lane. Unlike most dog books, in this one the dogs take second place to their celebrated owners from the renowned doggy...
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Breeders Should Report Caesarean Sections, BVA Says
Best In Show Daily would like our community’s feedback on this form of oversight into breeding programs. Please comment freely on webpages or facebook, and take our poll. VETS and breeders need to work together to ensure that the health and welfare...
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Poole and The Labrador
I live very close to Poole, which features heavily in the very popular ‘Harbour Lives’ series presented by Ben Fogle and, predictably, we once again get to hear about the “beautiful unspoilt beaches, stunning landscape, the (often rare) wildlife that abounds and...
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A Salute to Top Dog WFT "Oliver"
THE RECORD for best in show wins at UK all-breeds championship shows was broken at Driffield last weekend when the Wire Fox Terrier Ch Travella Striking Steel won his 19th such award. Previously, the record was held by the Hungarian Vizsla Sh...
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The Psychological Fallout From a Fire
I can hardly see my keyboard through the veil of tears; the terrible loss of life at Manchester Dogs Home last night (Thursday) which now stands at 60 dogs and is likely to rise is so appalling and tragic. A 15-year-old boy...
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The Blue Paul
It’s strange how coincidence often plays a huge part in the world of dogs. I’m just back from my brief sojourn in a surprisingly sunny Scotland. While I was there I managed to indulge in a favourite pastime of mine…visiting old-fashioned bookshops....
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Thorny Challenges the World Over: Newbies, Outliers, Is 90 the Right Age to Begin Judging
WRITING a column like this is an interesting process. I am conscious that I am writing for an audience that is predominantly from outside the UK and I am selecting stories or information that I think will be of interest. What often...
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Club Responds To Clumber’s Removal From High-Profile List
THE CLUMBER Spaniel has been taken off the high profile breed list, which means that bests of breed at championship shows will no longer have to pass a veterinary check. The Kennel Club says the Clumber has been removed from category three...
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KC Issues Advice For People Using Facebook and Other Social Media
THE KENNEL Club has issued advice to people using Facebook and other social media platforms to discuss issues concerning KC-based activities such as breeding, competing with and judging dogs. Anyone judging at KC licensed events is warned that in certain circumstances the...
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In The Dog House
WHAT DO you think of Blackpool’s idea of asking exhibitors or anyone else to suggest judges for a good number of both CC and non-CC breeds at its 2017 championship show? You have to give them full marks anyway for thinking of...
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Fixing Up The Mess
WHEN Steve Seymour arrived in the UK from his native Australia more than a decade ago he took a keen interest in the UK Kennel Club and as is always the way someone looking in from the outside asked ‘why do you...
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The Siberian Husky Fit for Function or Not?
I was very pleased to read in Krystyan Greenland’s breed notes in Our Dogs that he has expressed grave concerns about the way our breed is being taken in the show ring these past few years, and especially the last couple of...
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An Irish Terrier Argument
One of the greatest pleasures of reading the canine press (and often the most informative) was often to be found within the ‘letters pages’. Sadly, with the advent of ‘social media’ the letters page is becoming an increasing irrelevance as people now...
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Dog Breeding During the War Years
Following on from my last post, I’m going to continue with the wartime theme. I’d always assumed that pedigree dog breeding and showing had been forbidden during war. So many times I’d read in various breed books of the tight rationing of...
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National Working and Pastoral Breeds Best In Show Video 2014
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Dog Advisory Council To Wind Down
THE DOG Advisory Council is to wind down at the end of the year or the beginning of 2015. The gradual demise of the (to give it its formal title) Advisory Council on the Welfare Issues of Dog Breeding will cause few...
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The growing problem of canine dementia
WE MOVED to Dorset five years ago and our neighbours were a wonderfully youthful and incredibly sprightly married couple of octogenarians. They would often put us to shame as they were always on the go and the husband would pedal a five-mile...
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White Swiss Shepherds
WITH ALL the discussion about longcoat German Shepherds, it’s easy to forget that there is another breed which is effectively just that, though only in the white colour, another recessive trait that sometimes turns up in ‘normal’ GSD lines. This is the...
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Helsinki Highlights - Another Ricky Rocks the World
ANYONE who thinks the Finns are a reserved or undemonstrative nation should have been there on the final night of the 2014 World Dog Show, hosted by the Finnish Kennel Club in Helsinki. Sunday’s finale was amazing, camp, extravagant, over the top...
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When Expediency Backfires
ONE of the things I love about the age of social media is the immediacy you can gauge views and opinions relatively quickly. We’ve had one such example this week all based around a letter we published from Mike Gadsby of the...
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In the Dog House
I’M SURE none of us who watched the (otherwise in many ways rather naff) opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games were expecting to see all those Scotties! Most of them seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves, as one would expect from the...
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The Truth about Sunny’s Death Will Never Be Known
IT WILL never be known exactly what killed the Australian Shepherd Ch Allmark Indecent Proposal (Sunny) who died after attending National Working and Pastoral Breeds Society ch show. Co-owner Robert Harlow told DOG WORLD this week that although some toxicology tests had...
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What It’s Really Like for Newcomers
There has been some interesting material in Dog World recently about what attracts people to dog showing and perhaps more significantly what puts people off not just going to dog shows but getting involved in dog showing altogether. This week Lee Connor,...
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The Pluses & Minuses of Instant Communication Should a Judge Be Penalized for Private Comments
WE’RE still learning when it comes to the deployment of what was once described as ‘new technology’. The technology might not be new anymore but the ways in which we use the new tools and resources that the online and digital world...
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Launching Dog World Sunday Supplement
WE’RE trying something a little different this weekend, we’re launching the Dog World Sunday Supplement. Ten years ago that would have meant that we were printing anadditional newspaper, we would have had to ship those to shops all across the UK and...
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Broadcasting Cruelty:Is A Dog Fighting Documentary Informative Or Exploitative?
SOMETHING very odd happened in the UK this week, one of our principal national TV stations ran a documentary on dog fighting. Nothing surprising you might think, especially if the documentary wholly condemned the activity but it didn’t and has already received...
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A Sheltie Record and Keeping Shows Exciting
SHELTIES featured on the front page of DOG WORLD for the second week in a row this week, but this time for the most positive of reasons. In a remarkable double, the Shetland Sheepdog Ch Edglonian Singin The Blues not only took...
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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...
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Controversy at the Sheltie Ring
I HAD a couple of subjects in mind to write about this week then something happened at Southern Counties at the weekend that reminded me of that famous quotation by Shaw, or was it Wilde? That Britain and America are two nations...
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Fury, Insult & Heartache – High Profile Breeds and Vet Checks
WHEN THE Kennel Club introduced the mandatory vet checks on 15 so-called high profile breeds at Crufts in 2012 it’s pretty fair to say the UK dog show scene went in to virtual meltdown. It wasn’t just the tests themselves that got...
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The KC Gazette – A Possible Reincarnation
ONE OF Dog World’s regular columnists, Steven Seymour, regularly writes about what he sees as the autocratic actions of the UK Kennel Club and he equally regularly calls for the KC to become more democratic and to listen and take notice not...
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Dangerous Dog Legislation When Is It Overkill?
NEW LAWS came into force in the UK this week that will mean that owners of dogs who attack on private property – not just public spaces – can now be prosecuted. And owners of dogs who kill will face up to 14...
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Confidential Negotiations Taking Place Over Eukanuba’s Sponsorship of Crufts
CRUFTS chairman Gerald King was asked at the Kennel Club’s annual meeting how P&G’s decision to exit the pet care business, which began with Mars’ acquisition of Eukanuba, would affect the show. Eukanuba is principal sponsor of the show, and the US...
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Dispelling the Myth of Mixed Breed Vigor
SOME SAY that ours is an aging hobby, at Dog World we try to prove that is not the case we sponsor the Junior Handing Association, actively recruit and employ youthful canine enthusiasts and we have people like Lee Connor writing for...
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Risky Business – Rabies and Improperly Imported Dogs
IT SEEMS ironic that just when AMERICA’S national association of state vets wants all imported dogs to go into quarantine for 30 days, over here we’ve been relaxing regulations surrounding importation of dogs. According to the association the data shows that of...
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‘It’s Business As Usual’ Promises Eukanuba After P&G Announces Departure From Pet Care Industry
EUKANUBA says it is ‘business as usual’ for its UK dog-showing interests despite the announcement that its owner, Procter & Gamble (P&G), is to quit the pet care business. Its exit has begun with Mars’ acquisition of Eukanuba, Iams and Natura brands...
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Crufts Hound Group Winner Dies
THE IRISH Wolfhound from Belgium who won the hound group at Crufts this year has died. Gary Janssens’ Ger/Bel/Dutch/Lux Ch Just In Time of First Avenue (James) was found collapsed in the garden and died the same day. He was three years...
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An Undeniable Fear To Speak Up
I have shared some of Steven Seymour’s writing with you before but that was before he won the accolade of Canine Journalist of the Year at the PAWSCARS just before Crufts. Famed for his Beagriff Griffon Bruxellois Steven is a native of...
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Dogworld.TV Celebrates Third Anniversary
BY THE time you read this we will have passed a significant milestone, our dogworld.tv YouTube channel will have notched up two million views and while it took us almost three years to amass the first million the second million has come...
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Two More Shows May Review Their Policies on Docked Dogs
THE CAMPAIGNING group Docked and Denied has reignited its crusade to persuade two more championship shows to drop their admission charges. Doing so would allow legally docked dogs to be shown, as the law states that doing so is outlawed at events...
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Rabies ‘In UK By September’
THERE will be a case of rabies in the UK by September, according to a dog transporter who witnesses puppy smuggling and breaches of the pet travel scheme on a daily basis. Paul Anderson of Pets2go2 travels to the Continent three times...
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Innovation Brings Success & Perils Of Puppy Trafficking
A COUPLE of very interesting things happened over here at the weekend as the year’s championship show circuit really started to move in to gear. One show saw its entry climb steeply – by almost ten per cent – over last year...
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Spring Forward – Brighter Days
OVER here it’s quite a significant weekend coming up. Our clocks go forward on Sunday morning giving us an extra hour of daylight in the evenings and we also see the first single group championship show of the year in the form...
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A Final Gloss on the Show Year - Crufts
ONE OF the things I love about Sheila Atter’s writing is that she writes from the heart and with great passion. And she is entitled to because Sheila has been there and done that. She is an exhibitor with an enviable track...
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Ryan Ross Named Outstanding Young Person of the Year at Crufts
ELEVEN-year-old Ryan Ross was named the Shaun McAlpine ‘Outstanding Young Person of the Year’ at Crufts. A total of 15 Young Kennel Club (YKC) members were nominated for the award which celebrates the hard-working, inspirational and selfless actions of young dog lovers....
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A Phenomenal Year for the Afterglow Team - Part 3
It began at the 2012 Pup of the Year final, held in February last year, when top spot was awarded to the American Cocker Spaniel Sh Ch Afterglow Dragon Quest, shown by Mike Gadsby. Ricky was also competing, handled on this occasion...
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The Afterglow Saga - Part 2 by Simon Parsons
Following their triumph at Crufts on Sunday night we thought it would be interesting to dig out this feature originally printed in the Dog World Annual in 2012 and written by Simon Parsons which charts the development and success of the Afterglow...
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Reflections of Crufts 2014
MY COLLEAGUE Simon Parsons has a passion and enthusiasm for Crufts which is unequalled. Each year, on the first day of the show, he is in the hotel reception barely able to contain his excitement and determined to be at the NEC...
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Crufts Day Four - Gundogs, Police Demonstration and Freestyle
By far, the biggest group was the Gundog Group with 28 breeds to judge and a total of 5025 dogs. Some breeds are split up in dogs and bitches as there are just too many of them. This group holds some of...
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The Afterglow Saga - Part 1
Following their triumph at Crufts on Sunday night we thought it would be interesting to dig out this feature originally printed in the Dog World Annual in 2012 which charts the development and success of the Afterglow kennel. FOR THOSE who have...
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Mike Gadsby - 'Humble but Proud' Winners Speak to Dog World
Speaking to DOG WORLD less than two hours after his big win at Crufts Mike Gadsby said the success they have achieved this weekend was “humbling” but also made him very proud. The fourth day of Crufts 2014 was a day when...
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The Story of the Crufts 2014 Group Winners and Junior Handlers
What an amazing line-up will greet Crufts best in show judge Jack Bispham this evening – and there is still one more finalist yet to be decided, today’s gundog group winner. From the first day we have Frank Kane’s choice to head...
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Crufts The Biggest and Most Expensive Dog show
Things are getting more and more expensive to attend the (still) biggest dog show on earth. Hotel prices go up to triple or sometimes even four times the regular price. All for Crufts, the Mecca of the Canine believers. At least once...
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Professors Receive Awards for Revolutionary Work
FOR the second year the Kennel Club International Canine Health Awards have highlighted individuals who have gone a step further towards promoting the health and wellbeing of dogs through their revolutionary work in the world of veterinary science. By rewarding and encouraging...
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Scottish gamekeepers Renew Calls to Reverse Docking Ban on Working Dogs
A PETITION calling on the Scottish Government to reverse the ban on tail docking for working dogs has been submitted by the Scottish Gamekeepers Association. The group said many dogs are having to suffer agonising tail injuries while working in thick undergrowth...
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Crufts 'Biggest Dog Event in the World', Says KC Chairman on Opening Day
THE PRESENTATION of a £1.6 million cheque, six new breeds and a new competition are all promised for Crufts this year, said Kennel Club chairman Steve Dean in his opening speech today (Thursday). An ‘enormous amount of hard work’ by the Crufts...
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First Pawscars Award Ceremony a Triumph
AS I start to type this column its less than 12 hours since the first Pawscars award ceremony came to a close – and what a close it was, the event was a triumph. But that triumph was not just one for...
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High-profile BOBs pass vet checks on first day of Crufts
ALL the high-profile bests of breed passed their veterinary checks on the first day of Crufts. They were the Mastiff, Dogue de Bordeaux, German Shepherd, St Bernard and Neapolitan Mastiff. They were checked by the Crufts veterinary team led by Dr Andreas...
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Friends for Life finalist star at Crufts launch
FIVE hero dogs took centre stage at the Kennel Club’s official Crufts launch in London on Tuesday. They are the finalists of the show’s heart-warming Friends for Life competition, which is judged on the last evening of the show and celebrates uplifting...
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Crufts 2014 Live Streaming and Events Information
Crufts 2014 will be streamed live on March 6-9 2014 Courtesy of Eukanuba. Watch here Schedule of Events Day 1- Thursday 6 March 2014 Working & Pastoral Day 2 – Friday 7 March 2014 Terrier & Hound Day 3 – Saturday 8...
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Crufts - Highest Entry For Three Years
THERE is no way we can talk about anything other than Crufts this week because this time next we’ll all be there, and you will hopefully be sharing the experience because if you are not able to get there then your favourite...
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Goodwill and Enthusiasm Bring Together Pawscars Awards
WHAT to write about this week? There really is only one subject and that is the forthcoming Pawscars awards ceremony now less than two weeks away. I’m staggered that the whole thing has come together in quite the way it has. The...
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Entries Up, Pup of the Year & Flash Floods Force Relocation
IT HAS sure been a week and canine enthusiasts this side of the ‘pond’ have had a lot to savour and enjoy. As I mentioned last week the entry numbers for Crufts were announced and they are up. This follows on from...
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Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show 2014: Best in show
US’ Top Dog 2013 Gr Ch Afterall Painting The Sky wins Westminster Westminster Kennel Club show in New York finished at around 11pm on Tuesday evening when Betty Regina Leininger awarded best in show to the US’ Top Dog of 2013, the...
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Fast Judges Earn Incomplete Grade
THIS WEEK I’d like to introduce you to another of our columnists, this time Geraldine Cove-Print. Geraldine writes a weekly column usually focussing on issues surrounding rescue but every so often she looks more widely at the show scene and gives us...
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The State of the Union - Radical Ideas for Modernizing the UK Fancy
I’VE MENTIONED it before but when I was in the US last year one of the things that surprised me most was how the dog scene in the US and the dog scene in the UK are facing very similar problems. And...
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Exhibitors and their dogs in crisis due to high flood waters
A RHODESIAN Ridgeback breeder and exhibitor is one of the many people stricken by the unprecedented flooding of the Somerset Levels. Janet Nolan, her husband and ten dogs have been marooned for six weeks in their bungalow, surrounded by water. The only...
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Canine Alliance Discusses ABS Changes And Draws Up Ten-Point Action Plan
THE CANINE Alliance met on Wednesday last week to discuss the Assured Breeder Scheme and the furore caused by recent changes. As a result it has come up with a ‘ten-point action plan’ for the Kennel Club to consider.Many concerns were raised...
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Think Positive: ABS Breeders Scheme
FOR THE first week of January 2014 we decided to have a theme running through our weekly newspaper, it was to be good news week, think positive week, look at the pluses and remember why we all enjoy this hobby. The problem...
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ABS manager answers DW’s queries on changes to scheme
DOG WORLD’s associate editor Simon Parsons asked the Kennel Club’s health and breeder services manager Bill Lambert for his response to comments which have been made about the recent announced changes to the Assured Breeder Scheme (ABS). SP: Over the holiday period...
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ABS Members Outraged By Rising Fees
DURING the festive period the Kennel Club sent out letters to all members of its Assured Breeder Scheme outlining changes which caused outrage among some of its members. The KC wrote to explain new procedures and fees following the bestowal of UKAS...
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Tragedy Strikes Dog Community
Tragedy has again struck the dog world as we recoil in horror at the photos of Lisa Croft-Ellliot & Carrie Russell-Smith’s destroyed rig.  Parked on the shoulder due to a break-down, they were hit by a large truck.  Unbelievably, Carrie, Lisa &...
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Our Next Generation,Jilly's Jaunt and Pedigree Dogs - A Look at 2013
SO here we are celebrating Christmas 2013 when traditionally we look back at all that has happened in the year just gone and assess what has happened and what impact those events have had. For this week we have encouraged all of...
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The Pawscars – Get Voting. Ready? Go!
The Pawscars – Get Voting. Ready? Go! VOTING for the first set of Pawscar awards starts today. You can have your say by going to www.dogworld.co.uk and click on the Pawscars button. The awards themselves will be handed out at a gala...
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DAC Discusses Outcrossing and Breeding Standard
THE PRACTICE of outcrossing being used to help breed away from extremes of conformation was discussed at a recent meeting of the Dog Advisory Council (DAC). The council discussed problems caused by selection for extremes and DAC member Dr Cathryn Mellersh said...
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Harrods' of London to Close Pet Department, Kennel Gazette to Cease Publication
IT HAS long been an issue with many in the animal welfare world in the UK that the world-famous Harrods department store had a pet department, well Dog World readers were overjoyed last week when the company announced it is to close...
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Members of the UK Parliament Will Discuss Puppy Farming
YOU CALL them puppy mills and we call them puppy farms but whatever we choose to call them they are places to be despised. Looking back through our archive we have been writing on the issues for years but for some reason...
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Responding Real-Time to Tragedy
THIS might make me sound sad but most mornings, when I wake up, I reach for my phone and have a look at what has been going on overnight, I look at emails, at Facebook and I usually check the website statistics...
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Carrie Russell-Smith speaks to DOG WORLD after the horrific accident
Listen to Carrie Russell-Smith speak to DOG WORLD in a heart wrenching podcast describe the unimaginable events of the crash on November 23. Please Click the PLAY button Below to Hear the Podcast...
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Exhibitors 'fragile' after Motorway Horror Crash; Cardigan Corgi Found Unhurt
Due to the enormous concern for Lisa Croft-Elliot, Carrie Russell-Smith and Anastasia Egorova, we will continue to provide updates as they develop. Anastasia “Twinkie” suffered severe injury and remains in ICU with a broken back, collapsed lung and other injuries. If you...
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Breaking News -KC plans canine centres worth £4.5m paid for by £12m property deal
THE KENNEL Club is considering buying sites to the value of £4.5m to be used for ‘multiple canine activities’. The money will come from the £12m the club will receive from the sale of its property in Clarges Street, London, to British...
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Is There a Way Forward for Dog Shows?
Is there a way forward for dog shows? WHEN I was over in the US earlier in the year I was surprised, when chatting with Best In Show Daily editors, that despite the physical distance that separates us, the differing groups and...
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Study Highlights Concerns Over Need To Test Drugs On Dogs
Study Highlights Concerns Over Need To Test Drugs On Dogs Dogs around the world are being needlessly tested in preclinical trials for human drugs, claims a study that has found that the predictive success of testing on dogs is often little better...
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Newfoundland art at the Kennel Club by Nick Waters
Few breeds of dog have such a fascinating and romantic background as the Newfoundland. Even its size commands attention. Immortalised in literature by Lord Byron and J M Barrie, in art by Sir Edwin Landseer, companion and work horse for man as...
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Commemorating Dogs in War at Ypres
This time of year I find really evocative leading up to Armistice day. It is a day that is so humbling and one I feel we should never forget. Conflict past and present is graphically documented but I feel that the animal...
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Optimism Returns to UK Dog Show Scene
THERE has been a lot of talk over here about the signs of an economic recovery. Growth has returned to the UK economy and people, it is said, are feeling more optimistic than they have for a few years. In the last...
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PAWSCARS Are Coming
LAST WEEK I promised a column that was bit more upbeat, that focused on something positive going on in the world of dogs here in the UK and I’m pleased to say it’s a project that I am very closely involved with....
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21st Annual Westminster Dog of the Year competition
WHILE politicians in the US were wrangling over – well to be honest over here in the UK we’re not sure what they were wrangling about – national politicians here were grooming their pet dogs to take part in the other Westminster,...
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Jilly's Jolly Jaunt
SINCE I started writing this weekly column for Best In Show Daily I feel that my contributions have tended to look at the less positive side of our hobby but this week I am able to write about an event which has...
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Streamlining the show world by Steven Seymour
THE WORDS in the column this week are not mine, they were written for the newspaper last week by one of our regular columnists, Steven Seymour. Steven is Austalian but settled in the UK a few years ago and is well known...
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The Kennel Club Clarifies Position on Registering Mixed Breeds
SINCE the annual general meeting of the UK Kennel Club back in May there has been growing speculation about whether the KC was about to recognize some of the more popular crossbreeds, like the Labradoodle.. Therefore when its readers received their copy...
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Dog World-UK Survey: What would make you exhibit more often?
Back in July Dog World launched a survey of its readers.   We asked them a simple question “what would make you exhibit more often?” The decision to run the survey was an easy one, every weekend our team is out at shows and...
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UK Dog Advisory Council Envisions Orwellian Future
A truly Orwellian vision of dog breeding in the U.K. in the 21st century has just been outlined by the Dog Advisory Council. Last week it issued its latest recommendations to the government and suggests that anyone who breeds a dog should...
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The Guisachan Gathering 2013
A sea of 222 Golden Retrievers, their owners and enthusiasts descended on a derelict old building in a remote part of the Highlands of Scotland. But it was not just any old building, it is the remains of Guisachan House, the iconic...
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Crufts Best In Show and Top Dog Philippe Dies
One of Britain’s greatest and most popular show dogs of the ’00s, the Giant Schnauzer Ch Jafrak Philippe Olivier, has died at the age of 12. His wins made history for the breed and his final total of 14 all-breeds best in...
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Sleepwalking into a ‘Dog Welfare and Consumer Crisis’
The issue of how you go about buying a puppy and where you should buy it from is a contentious one. Those of us who are part of the world of dogs – often described as dogdom here in the U.K. –...
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On Registering ‘Doodles in the U.K.
For some years now the U.K. Kennel Club has been running a series of “question times” for which senior members and officers of the KC tour the country meeting the grassroots exhibitors and breeders, answering their questions and addressing their concerns –...
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Whippet Safe After Quarry Fall During U.K. Welsh Kennel Club
A Whippet is recovering at home after escaping from a caravan at Welsh Kennel Club Ch show and falling into a 90ft deep quarry filled with water and silt. Clive and Barbara Pugh’s Rearsbylea Starlite at Ishkamun (Mab) managed to get out of...
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United Kingdom KC Chair Gives Annual ‘State of Nation’ Address
Every year at the Welsh Kennel Club championship show in August, the chairman of the United Kingdom Kennel Club  gives what is styled as a “state of the nation” address. At a dinner on the Friday night of the show weekend, the KC...
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Dog World U.K. Provides British ‘Flavour’
Hello, my name is Stuart Baillie, and I am the managing director of Dog World, the U.K.’s leading weekly canine newspaper. In the coming weeks we hope to bring you a flavour of the dog show scene in the U.K. You’ll hear...
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