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Breed Notes (Dog World - Elaine Sharpe) 18 Apr 2017
The Best Bitch at Crufts, Gina Challoner’s Isalynn v Elderens’ Hof, represented the breed at the annual Contest of Champions event at the beginning of the month. This competition is for the top dogs in each breed, and limited to 64, so it is a real achievement to be in it. It is a glittering occasion with 3 international judges, everyone in their smartest gear, and the well-known Peter Purves as compere. Quite something for the memory book.

Karen Kennedy was our judge at the Working & Pastoral Breeds Association of Wales Show on Saturday at Builth Wells, and Best of Breed was Mark Harrison’s dog Pines Wiggins (Milo), shown by daughter Becky, with Julie Condron’s Zwartbos Carisbroke (Gunner) reserve best dog. Our P.Acorn was Best Bitch, with Caron & John McLure taking reserve with her Kanukalos Burletta. Best Puppy was Janice Robinson & Dave Brown’s blond Z.Moonshine Whiskey, so all three colours were well represented in the awards. As usual, there was a bit of anxiety over the timing of the judging, as quite a number of dogs went in for the Rare Breeds but everyone made it in time, with Gill Stockton’s Annvad Lady Hazel winning Best Rare Breed. There was an exceptional entry of 16, a far cry from last year’s 4, even accounting for 5 absentees. Let’s hope that this trend carries on throughout the year.

I have had an email from Hester Oxborrow, now resident in Scotland after several years in Belgium, about the thorny question of DM and the genetic tests associated with it. It seems that there is only a test for the aptly named SOD1 gene, and that this may only be half the story. Advances in science are to be most welcomed, but it is always necessary to keep things in proportion, so that breeding can move forward in the best way, looking at the whole picture. The complete ability to predict and eliminate all hereditary problems by DNA testing is still a long way off.

Entries close very shortly for the Redditch & District CS open show at the Sports Connexion on May 20th. They schedule all the rare breeds, and we have 3 classes under judge Jay Horgan. I think the next show coming up is Birmingham National in a couple of weeks. With the new Tobias Trophy in mind, do let John know if you have competed in hovawart classes at any open shows. The championship shows are easy to monitor, but it’s more difficult to learn about open shows in different parts of the country. You can contact him at the same numbers as mine.

Elaine Sharpe
01 544 318705
This article was posted on: 19-Apr-17