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Breed Notes (Our Dogs - Craig Hosie) - 4 Sep 2017
Catching up with show results this week and we start with Paignton CH show where the breed had 6 classes with an entry of four with one absentee for our judge Mrs J Strudwick, who picked Janice Robinson and Dave Brown’s Zwartbos Moet Beg.Ex for Best Bitch and Best of Breed and they also took Best Dog with their blonde boy Zwartbos Moonshine Whiskey. Reserve Best Dog went to Kate Allen’s B&G boy Kanukalos Allegro . Working day was on the Monday, so I do wonder if this affected the entries . The next show which scheduled classes and with a better entry was The Welsh Kennel Club where our judge Mr K S Wilberg who is no stranger to judging us had an entry of eight with one absentee which was spread over five classes . He found his Best Bitch and Best of Breed in John & Elaine Sharpe’s Quincebois Tulipwood by Pines and this kennel also took the Reserve Best Bitch and Best Veteran with their Pines Acorn CDEX, UDEX, not only that they took first place with their new girl Pines Flash Bang Wallop in the junior dog/bitch class, lifting first place in the three classes that had entries in them. It was nice to see that Maggie Spencer was there with two of her girls. Best Dog went to Janice and Dave’s Zwartbos Moonshine Whiskey who really has helped promote the breed as they have supported shows with breed classes up and down the country. A very well done to you all.

We had no classes at SKC, however I did steward for the two days and was hoping to see some Hovawart’s in rare breeds but there was none entered however I did see Mark Tyerman with Ted , Fasskoleys Mahan in the AVNSC who picked up a Reserve in the open dog class. Had a quick chat with Mark and managed a cuddle from Ted , what a great dog he is. I was fortunate to steward for a great judge who was more than happy to pass on her experience which to me was educational and I look forward to stewarding for her in the future.

Onto health news now and the committee of the Hovawart club of Great Britain have issued a statement with regards to Degenerative Myelopathy in Hovawarts . They advise that all breeding stock should be tested for DM before breeding with the aim to avoid producing dogs with a double copy of the mutated gene (DM/DM), it’s a simple mouth buccal swab or a blood test , I found doing the buccal swab was easy and non invasive and both my girls were fine with me doing that. The club advise that we shouldn’t just breed with clear dogs as this would reduce our gene pool even further and increase the chance of other genetic diseases. It is therefore acceptable to use carriers and dogs who have the double copy of the affected gene only if mated to dogs with clear results. The committee will put this forward to the AGM in 2018 for approval by the members to add to the Code of Ethics. I think this is a sensible approach to help protect our rather small gene pool and this article is backed up by references to medical journals by vets on this condition. This allows for members to read the evidence for themselves and see that the club is taking advice from the veterinary profession.

Any further news, please get in touch this is your breed notes for information to be shared and to help each other. My critique for Border Union has now been forwarded to the dog press.

Craig Hosie

01505 702165

hosarvarhovawarts@outlook.com
This article was posted on: 05-Sep-17
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