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The End of a 70 Year Love Affair?
The Queen has had rather a rough time of it in the press recently, what with the publication of ‘those pictures’ in one of the tabloids the other week. Sadly the furore caused by that completely overshadowed a rather touching and sad...
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Taking a Big Cat to a Dog Show
Tuesday 21st, July And so to ay four, the final sprint down to Split, well not actually to Split but to the village of Omis about 20kms south of Split where the Villa Dvor will be home for the next week and...
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UK Breed Clubs Ask for KC Support to Stop FCI Meddling with Tibetan Breeds’ Status
CLUBS representing the Tibetan breeds have jointly written to the Kennel Club about the decision of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) to change their breeds country of origin from Tibet to China. The decision by the FCI, announced last week, sparked a...
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Tomu from Tibet
Recently, it seems like there’s never a dull day in the world of dogs. Just as one storm subsides there seems to be another one waiting in the wings, barrelling in to take its place. The latest uproar seems to be the...
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China’s Kennel Club Speak Out in WDS Row
CHINA’S Kennel Club has condemned the Yulin Dog Meat Festival and announced that the motto for the 2019 World Dog Show will be “Respect for Life in A World of Love”. The CKU was awarded the right to hold the 2019 WDS...
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Blackpool 2015 - Best in Show
The biggest rosettes of the weekend were being handed out by a Lancashire local, Michael Gadsby. His winner of Best in Show at Blackpool Championship Dog Show was a young Bouvier des Flandres Liskport Lord Of The Rings followed by a Tibetan...
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An Opportunity for Crufts to Upscale
Considering how badly it started, with the tragic deaths of the Russian handlers and their dogs, the escaped Sheltie at Calais, and the road accident involving the young German Shorthaired Pointer, the World Dog Show in Milan turned out to be very...
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China Row Rumbles On, Finland and Canada add Voices to Protest
NORWAY’s Kennel Club says its call for a boycott of the 2019 World Dog Show in China is a response to a ‘serious and general lack of respect and welfare for dogs in China,’ rather than an attack on Chinese Kennel Union....
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UK Kennel Club ‘Will Not be Attending’ World Show in China
THE KENNEL Club will not be attending the 2019 World Dog Show in China KC secretary Caroline Kisko said today. In the latest twist in the story surrounding the FCI decision to award the 2019 WDS to China Mrs Kisko said the...
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Southern Counties 2015 - Hound Group Video
One of the groups Sigurd Wilberg was judging at Southern Counties Championship Dog Show was the Hound group. In the final four he had the Sakuki, Basenji, Basset Hound and Miniature Wirehaired Dachshund (a breed he is famous for). But from the...
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FCI Changes Tibetan Breeds’ Country of Origin to China
ENTHUSIASTS of the Tibetan breeds say they are outraged that the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) has changed their country of origin from Tibet to China. And more trouble is brewing after it became known that a proposal is on the table to...
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New KC Chairman Greeted with Hopes for ‘Fresh Wind of Change’ and ‘Positive Times’
DOG WORLD asked members, championship show secretaries, commentators and columnists for their views on the departure of Kennel Club chairman Steve Dean and election of Simon Luxmoore to the post. Mr Luxmoore was voted in at the General Committee meeting last week,...
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World Show 2015: Best in show
Best in show at the World Show in Milan, run by the Italian Kennel Club (ENCI) for the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), was the Bearded Collie Int Ch Ops I Did It Again del Cuore Impavido, owned by Olga Klimova, a Russian...
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Another Hurdle for Exhibitors
“It’s the thing most guaranteed to cause comment among exhibitors. No, not the judge, the benching, the cost of entries, or the traffic on the journey down – what will really get exhibitors going is the call to say that there are...
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Handlers and Dogs Killed on Way to World Show – Names of Those Believed to Have Died
SIX PEOPLE and between 11 and 19 dogs have been killed in a head-on collision in Russia involving exhibitors, breeders and handlers on their way to the World Show in Milan. Reports suggest that the deceased are four women handlers and the...
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Members Decide KC’s Acceptance of Crossbreeds Must be Reviewed
FIRST of three proposals to the Kennel Club’s annual meeting to set up working parties to look at aspects of the club’s work and make-up was made by all-round judge and former General Committee member Jean Lanning, concerning the registration system. Miss...
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New KC Chairman Elected
SIMON Luxmoore is the new chairman of the Kennel Club. In an unprecedented move he was voted in at the General Committee meeting on Tuesday, replacing Steve Dean. Steve Croxford was elected vice-chairman, replacing Mike Townsend. It is understood Prof Dean and...
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Southern Counties 2015 - Best in Show
Having judged a handful of groups over the course of the weekend Sigurd Wilberg’s last task at Southern Counties Championship Dog Show 2015 was to choose the overall Best in Show winner from the seven group winning finalists. Correction: Best in Show...
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KC Tightens ‘Dogs in Cars’ Rule – but is That Fair, Asks Exhibitor
THE KENNEL Club’s directive on leaving dogs in cars at shows and other events has been extended to cover all vehicles. Organisers of KC-licensed shows and events have struggled to enforce the rule on people who have their dogs in larger vehicles....
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Bull Terrier Puppy Dies From Rabies in France
A BULL Terrier puppy has died of rabies in France after biting a family member and a neighbour’s dog. The seven-month-old dog died during the night of May 18 while under quarantine at a veterinary practice. Tests at the Pasteur Institute confirmed...
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GSD Standard Changed to Incorporate Longcoats
THE GERMAN Shepherd Dog Standard has been altered to create two separate varieties of coat. The KC’s General Committee has approved the addition of words covering long-coated dogs, which are underlined here: ‘Outer coat consisting of straight, hard, close-lying hair as dense...
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Scottish Kennel Club (May): Irish Conquers the Scots
WITH THE year flying by, it seems hard to believe that we are at the middle of May and the first of the Scottish Kennel Club’s shows of 2015 has been successfully completed. Taking place at Ingliston, adjacent to Edinburgh Airport, last...
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KC Announces Change to Qualifications for Crufts
The Kennel Club has announced that breeds which have challenge certificate status will also be able to qualify for Crufts 2016 through class placings at shows where they are scheduled without CCs on offer. Previously, only the best of breed and best...
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What Makes a Breed Specialist?
It has long been regarded as one of the positives of the British show system that we give so much weight to the opinions of our breed specialist judges. Not for us the generic show dog that is almost universal in the...
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Birmingham National Championship Show: Wish Comes True at National
WHILE the nation was going to the polls for the general election and the 70th anniversary of VE Day took place, Birmingham National’s representative show was in full swing at Stafford County Showground. It is five years since I last reported on...
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The Daisy Dog – a Mongrel With a Pedigree
Have you got some bunting gathering dust at the back of your cupboard? Well get ready to dust it off and hang it out in the streets. Why? Well haven’t you heard? There’s some great news. The Daisy dog has finally reached...
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Birmingham National 2015 - Best in Show - Video
At the National Dog Show 2015 Robin Newhouse was the judge of one of the strongest Best in Show line-ups in recent memory. His Best in Show winner was the Utility group winner Ch Vanitonia As You Wish the Toy Poodle who...
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Breeders and Puppy Sellers to be Registered Under New EU Law
ALL BREEDERS and puppy sellers would have to be registered from 2020 under a new European animal health law to be voted on in the autumn. The Eurogroup for Animals put forward the proposal in a bid to tackle back-street breeding, and...
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Embracing Change with Social Media
In his column in the May edition of the Kennel Club Journal, chairman Steve Dean comments on some of the proposals that will be discussed at the forthcoming AGM. He writes:   “A proposal is made for another working party to discuss...
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WELKS 2015 - Gundog Group
Janet Richards was the West of England Ladies Kennel Society judge of the Gundog group in 2015 and her winner was a new face to top honours, the Welsh Springer Ferndel Justin Time. Second was the German SHorthaired Pointer Vulgar Odette, third...
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New DNA Test Available for Border Collie SN
THE GENETIC mutation responsible for sensory neuropathy (SN) has been identified by the scientists at the Animal Health Trust’s Genetics Centre. SN is a severe neurological disease affecting young Border Collies for which there is no treatment. Affected dogs lose the sensation...
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WELKS Championship Show: Western Ladies say 'Thank you Sheila'
AT THE START of the week the forecast was not too promising, but they do say that the sun shines on the righteous, so the ladies of the West of England Ladies’ Kennel Society committee must be a very well behaved bunch,...
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A Rethink On Microchipping?
ONE OF the perils of writing in the modern age is being confronted with your work years down the line. Long gone are the good ol’ days when today’s headline news was tomorrow’s chip paper… screwed up and forgotten. Everyone changes and...
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KC Loses Bid to Buy Equestrian Centre as Dog Activities Site
THE KENNEL Club’s quest for a canine activities centre has suffered a blow with the loss of a bid to buy The Hand Equestrian Centre in Clevedon, Somerset. The KC said it had pitched an unsuccessful offer but refused to comment further...
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FCI and AKC Lift Blacklist on Judges
THE FÉDÉRATION Cynologique Internationale (FCI) and the American Kennel Club (AKC) have temporarily lifted their blacklists on judges. Earlier this year the FCI’s Asia Pacific section decided it would bar judges who had officiated at shows in its area which it does...
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The Changing Face of the RSPCA and PETA
I recently wrote a blog on how our thoughts and ideas change over the years. Things we were passionate about as teens are probably not as relevant when we are in our 40s and 50s (which is probably no bad thing if...
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Outcrossing Could Be Key to Better Breed Health
BREED health could be improved through outcrossing, and the registration of those dogs, and kennel clubs imposing a limit on the use of stud dogs. According to a new article in the online journal Canine Genetics and Epidemiology, public awareness, education, and...
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Dogs in the Media 2015 - Time to Fight Back
Years ago, when still at college, I briefly toyed with the idea of becoming a journalist. Then, in the autumn of 1991, by a series of strange coincidences, I met a lady that would completely turn that idea on its head. She...
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Judges Have Their Say On KC/FCI Mutual Agreement
TWO international judges have responded to the agreement of mutual recognition which has been reached between Kennel Club and Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) judges. DOG WORLD reported last week that the FCI has allowed the KC’s top 16 judges to judge all...
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Judges Held in Esteem?
I DON’T know how many of you take the trouble to read the minutes of the Kennel Club liaison council for whatever aspect of the dog world you are involved in. It’s worth doing so to see what the delegates are putting...
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Jagger’s Death Prompts KC to Issue Poison Advice
THE DEATH from poisoning of the Irish Setter after Crufts has led the Kennel Club to carry out research into substances toxic to dogs. Thendara Satisfaction (Jagger) died at home in Belgium the day following the show after ingesting two pesticides –...
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Exhibitor Dies in Road Accident
A WEIMARANER exhibitor and judge has been killed in a road accident. Charles Rayner, 62, died when his BMW motorcycle was in collision with a Toyota Hilux on the A66 in County Durham on Easter Monday morning. It was the second fatal...
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AKC and FCI Stalemate
I AM disappointed to see that the American Kennel Club and the Fédération Cynologique Internationale, in particular the latter’s Asia and Pacific Section, are still in a stalemate over this ridiculous blacklisting of judges. One really would have thought better of the...
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UK Toy Dog Championship Show: Best In Show
THIS WAS the first time I had been to the UK Toy show, and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of my day. Stafford Showground is one of my favourites with a great central location, easy parking and a warm venue. There was...
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KC and FCI Reach Mutual Agreement on Judges
AN AGREEMENT of mutual recognition between Kennel Club and Federation Cynologique Internationale judges has been reached. For a number of years the FCI has allowed the KC’s top 16 judges to judge all KC CC breeds at shows in countries affiliated with...
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International Champion Ridgeback Shot Dead
THE RHODESIAN Ridgeback who won the dog CC at Crufts has been shot dead in woods near his home in Belgium. Three-year-old Int/Dutch/Bel/Dan/Pol/Swiss Ch Villagedogs Ka Makana was being walked on am extending lead when the first bullet clipped his lip. He...
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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...
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Late Entries Boost Hoogstraten’s Total
A FEW weeks ago I received a letter from the committee of Belgium’s Hoogstraten show; with much pride they announced an impressive entry. In 2013 the show had 1,619 entries, two years later 2,377 dogs were in competition – amazing! Last year...
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Woman Prosecuted for Docking Tails of Two Boxer Litters
A BOXER breeder has become the first person in Northern Ireland to be prosecuted for docking dogs’ tails. Edith Burton, 36, was sentenced at Coleraine Magistrates’ Court and ordered to carry out 160 hours’ community service as well as pay £216 costs....
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KC Says No Evidence of Mistreatment by Crufts Obedience Competitor
ALLEGATIONS that an obedience competitor harshly handled his Border Collie in the car park of the National Exhibition Centre at Crufts have been refuted. David Holzman, who competes regularly for Canada in the Obedience World Cup at the show, said his bitch...
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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...
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We’re Critical Because We Care
The news that the current Kennel Club chairman, Prof Steve Dean, has decided to leave Dog World and join Our Dogs is perhaps not surprising. Indeed what is surprising is that it has taken him so long to make this move. Let’s...
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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...
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Life Has Been a Nightmare, Says Breeder of ‘Poisoned’ Irish Setter
THE BREEDER and co-owner of the Irish Setter who died the day after competing at Crufts says she still believes poison was ingested at the show. Speculation has been rife in the press about what happened and when, and results of the...
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Crufts Best in Show 2015
With titles from across the world adding Best in Show at Crufts to a long list of achievements was the Scottish Terrier GCh Mcvan’s To Russia With Love. In the past two days the Scottie, owned by Mariana Khenkina and handled by...
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Exclusive: Irish Setter was Poisoned in ‘Random Act’, Co-Owner Says
THE BREEDER and co-owner of the Irish Setter who died after apparently being poisoned at Crufts today thanked everyone who had sent messages of support over the past three days. And Dee Milligan-Bott said that because of it she no longer believed...
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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...
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Irish Setter Dies after Being Poisoned at Crufts, Owners Say
AN Irish Setter has died after being poisoned at Crufts, his co-owner believes. Three-year-old Thendara Satisfaction (Jagger), bred by Dee Milligan-Bott and co-owned by her and Alexandra Lauwers, collapsed after returning to Belgium the following day. An post-mortem examination has revealed various...
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Breeder Battles for Cavaliers after US Auction Fiasco
WHEN a Cavalier breeder discovered that one of her dogs was being auctioned in America she raised enough money to buy him so he could go to a new home with a friend in that country. But Maggie Dawson’s plans for her...
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KC Chairman Welcomes Overseas Competitors to Crufts
DURING his traditional speech to open the first day of Crufts, Kennel Club chairman Steve Dean told those gathered in the press room that overseas competitors were ‘extremely welcome – ‘contrary to what you may have read’. He was referring to articles...
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AKC and FCI In Stand-Off Over Judges’ Blacklist
THE AMERICAN Kennel Club (AKC) and the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) are at loggerheads over the decision by one of the latter’s sections to blacklist certain judges. A few weeks ago the FCI’s Asia Pacific section decided it would bar judges who...
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Science and Health to Be Crufts’ Focus
THROUGHOUT Crufts, the Kennel Club will be highlighting the importance of responsible breeding and the science behind the creation of the health tests and resources needed to breed healthier dogs. Responsible breeding is the backbone of the KC’s Assured Breeder Scheme (ABS),...
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DogWorld - UK Crufts 2015 Live Blog
Welcome to the Crufts 2015 Live Blog pages. No need to look around, this is the only place you need to go to get all the latest news from the biggest dog show in the world. Dog World has reporters around the...
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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...
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Gazette to Return in the Spring, KC Confirms
THE KENNEL Gazette is to return ‘sometime in the spring’, it was confirmed this week. It will still carry some of the popular items such as Judges’ Choice, the Kennel Club said, and it is hoped that two breeds will be featured...
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A Dappled Delay on the Continent
For most people, New Year’s Eve is now a dim and distant (and for some a distinctly hazy) memory but, for me, that night is still very, very fresh in the mind! It found me shivering in the cold outside Pet Control...
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Canadians Triumph at Westminster
WESTMINSTER dog show in New York was a triumph for the Canadians with best in show from what was generally agreed to be one of the strongest line-ups in recent years going to the 15inch Beagle bitch Gr Ch Tashtins Lookin For...
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Winners at Pup of the Year
Runner-up was the Bouvier des Flandres Liskport Lord Of The Rings, owned by Fiona Lambert and handled by Michael Craig. Di Johnson received the Dog World Award of Excellence, presented to someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the sport over...
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Top Dog 2014 - Annual leaders
LISTED HERE are the provisional annual breed leaders in the Dog World/Arden Grange Top Dog competition 2014. The group leaders and others in the top ten are featured on our news pages this week. Congratulations to all the dogs mentioned here; to...
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The Rise and Fall of Breeds
AS YOU can imagine the breed registration list for 2014 left me feeling thoroughly miserable at the contrasting but equally depressing fate of two of my favourite breeds. Until about ten years ago the French Bulldog was a specialist breed hovering just...
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Around the Dog World - Best of 2014 Trailer
As we are well and truly into 2015, with many dogs going to Crufts next month as their last show; Around the Dog World takes a look back at the best of the best from the last 12 months. Andrew Brace and...
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Crufts 2015 Entry Figures
The breed entry figures are as follows: Show Figures for CRUFTS 2015  Breed                                        Numbers of                ...
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Docked Dogs Allowed to Exhibit at Leeds
LEEDS championship show is dropping its admission charge at this year’s show allowing legally docked dogs to be shown. Owners of docked breeds will now be able to enter and exhibit at the all-breed championship show on July 24-26 at Harewood House,...
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Manchester Championship Dog Show 2015 - Best Puppy in Show
Best Puppy in Show at Manchester Dog Show 2015 was judged by Tom Mather, Primariesen Schwarze Prinz at Philoma the Giant Schnauzer came out on top of the seven puppies with Reserve going to a breed which does not often frequent the...
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Breeder Calls for KC/BVA Enquiry After Large Discrepancy in Hip Score Between UK and Australia
A CALL for a thorough investigation of procedures has been made by a top UK breeder after the same dog recorded a huge variation in hip score when its x-rays were examined in the UK and then in Australia. Ken Sinclair of...
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What Constitutes a ‘Head’ Breed?
I think I am very good on Facebook. In fact I think I am so good that I occasionally find myself sending little private tutorials to other people when I see them getting entangled in public slanging matches they are never going...
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A Princess' Love For The Pedigree Dog
A good friend of mine recently arrived back from a Christmas trip spent with her family in India and, as we had our usual ‘catch up’ over coffee, she asked how her favourite, Alfie, was doing and then added, ‘Did you know...
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Dandie Dinmont Enthusiasts to Celebrate 200th Anniversary of Guy Mannering Novel
SIR WALTER Scott’s book Guy Mannering, which was responsible for the naming of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier, celebrates its 200th anniversary in February. To mark this, Dandie Dinmont enthusiasts will be holding a three-day event in Scotland on February 22-24 for owners...
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Manchester 2015 - Best in Show
Tom Mather took centre stage in the Manchester 2015 Best in Show ring. From his seven group winners the Akita Ch Redwitch Will I Am went home a Best in Show winner, with the reserve spot going to Longcoat Chihuahua Ch Hollyel...
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Breeders Infuriated by TV Show About Six New Puppy Owners
YET another programme on dogs graced TV screens last week. Six Puppies and Us was a two-parter on BBC2 and followed their fortunes – or misfortunes – for a year after leaving their breeder. The six comprised one purebred dog – a...
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Eukanuba Champion Stakes Final 2014 - Video
At the Chesford Grange Hotel in Kenilworth, 29 of the UK’s top champion dogs gather to go under the eyes of two secret judges. The winner of the Eukanuba Champion Stakes Final will represent the UK at the Eukanuba World Challenge in...
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In the Dog House
AFTER writing about whether agility might one day become an official ‘sport’ I was delighted to hear from the man himself, agility pioneer Peter Lewis. He says: “I had already noted that the Agility Council was to debate again a possible approach...
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Tazy Dogs – Pride of Kazakhstan
FOR CENTURIES, Kazakhs have treated animals as unique gifts from God and considered them to be a symbol of happiness and wealth. Living in Kazakhstan, I have been lucky enough to witness a very special breed illustrate that dogs are indeed a...
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Last Chance to Complete Online Entries For Crufts 2015
THE KENNEL Club would like to remind exhibitors of dogs qualified for Crufts 2015 that the deadline for online entries is midnight on Monday, 19th January 2015. Crufts take place from 5-8 March 2015 at the NEC, Birmingham. The breed competitions are...
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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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