Posts with tag Stuart Baillie

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 couple of weeks I have found myself wondering if something similar is happening… read more


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. You have all heard of Jilly’s Jolly Jaunt, and hopefully you’ll have seen… read more

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 been truly inspiring and which I feel a genuine sense of pride at… read more

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 for his Beagriff Griffons. He became a columnist during my time as editor… read more

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 of the KC’s official magazine, The Kennel Gazette, this week I suspect many… read more

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 every weekend we hear the frustrations of exhibitors who believe no one has… read more

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 be registered with their local authority, be given a registration number and give… read more

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. – know the correct steps to follow; research your chosen breed, speak to reputable… read more

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 – or that’s the general idea. Recently the idea that the KC could start… read more

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 chairman addresses the issues at hand and sums up how the KC sees… read more

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