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Breed Notes (Our Dogs - Craig Hosie) 06 Mar 2017
Well it’s that time of year again when crufts is approaching and that level of excitement arrives when you know you will be competing with the best dogs from around the world. Our breed attracts dogs from many countries in Europe and allows us to share news with each other and learn , make new friends as well as catching up with old friends. Our judge Mrs Chapman has drawn an entry of 39 and we are on the Sunday the last day which is always busy with BIS . Our ring is number 28 and is in hall 5 and we have 50 Tibetan Mastiff’s and 40 Greater Swiss Mountain dogs before us. This will make the day long for the dogs but hopefully you will get in the ring at a reasonable time. I am staying at home again this year and will be watching from the comfort of the sofa probably surrounded by content dogs getting to see aspects of the show that I would not normally see if I was there showing my dog but you cent help but say I wish I was there. Anyway I wish all hovawart owners and their dogs as well as friends in other breeds every success and an enjoyable show. Whilst on the subject of shows l would like to mention the results of the Working & Pastoral breeds open show which was held in February and Hovawarts were judged by Gina Challoner who found her BOB in Gill Stockton’s Annvad Lady Hazel , another success for this team , Gill and Lottie are doing very well. BD and RBOB went to Kate Allen’s Kanukalos Allegro and BP went to Janice and Dave Robinson and Zwartbos Moonshine Whiskey. Gina was thankful for the five exhibitors who attended with their quality dogs and the other Hovie owners who came along to support her. The breed was also well supported in the rare breed classes where the judge Lynne Salt gave Zwartbos Moet Beg ex , owned by Dave and Janice Best Rare breed with Kate Allen and her Cosmo winning the post Grad class. Lynne ‘s critique was published last week and it was lovely to read.
Wasn’t It nice to see John & Elaine ‘s recent litter going to their new homes with lovely pictures of very happy owners on hovawarts UK Facebook who feel privileged that they were chosen and they have these gorgeous puppies who they will share a new journey in life with. We had a lovely couple who came to visit my dogs and see the Hovawart in their own home, they were smitten by the breed and just loved our young bitch Holly who was very well behaved . Sadly we don’t have enough pups bred in the UK with some good owners missing out which means they have to look further afield to Europe for puppies . Still on the subject of puppies Heather Payne went over to the south of France to collect her puppy taking her older Hovawart with them for company and to introduce to her new companion, what a lovely addition to our Hovawart community and I believe they had a good journey.
The Hovawart club of Great Britain has sent out there notification to all members of the AGM to be held on Sunday 9th April 2017 commencing at 11am at Comstock village hall , main street , Comstock, Loughborough LE12 6XD , with nominations and resolutions for the agenda to be with the Secretary Liz Whitmore by post by 11/03/17. Sadly my weekend on working so have sent in my apologies . The last three months of the Breed records supplement for 2016 has been published with a total of 37 Hovawarts registered in 2016 compared to 15 the year before. We had two imports , Haloumi Hendrix seahawk imported from Czech Republic a blonde dog by Mr Charap, and the second import from Slovakia , Lucky Aldeon, a B&G dog by Mrs Simpson . We had one litter with four puppies registered , 3 dogs, 1 bitch all B&G by Junior Jester at Pines x Pines Hettywainthropp. We had one elbow score Dexi Z Nerudovky , 0 score , with three dogs hip scored Dexi Z Nerudovky 3-4 total 7, Zwartbos Arreton 18-19 total 37, and Zwartbos Shanklin 3-3 total 6. On talking about Registrations for Hovawarts the yearly registrations are 2007 – 41, 2008-18, 2009-45, 2010-4, 2011-34, 2012-11, 2013-17, 2014-35. We have the same amount of breeders , a dedicated handful and considering the breed came into the UK in 1980 the registrations have been low but steady . Next week I will report on the crufts results and good luck to all and the breeds who are getting CC’s for the first time , do you think Hovawärts will ever get CC’s here in the UK ?
Craig Hosie
This article was posted on: 06-Mar-17