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Breed Notes - 18 Mar 2016
Well Crufts is over for another year and all I could do when watching it on the Television was wishing I was there. Our Judge was Breed Specialist Julie Condron who had a wonderful entry and she found her BOB in the Dog who looked fantastic on the TV, not putting a foot wrong. His pet name is Guinness and his posh name is IR/L CH Castlemary Druid, a B&G who is owned by Mick Murphy and handled by Yuliya and what a team they are. Guinness has many titles in front of his name including the world title he won in Milan last year and the European Junior title which he won in Geneva in 2013 to name just a few. He was Bred in Ireland by Denise Hallahan from Damirazin Aavesoturi x Glenbower Delightful Poppy. The reserve dog also went to Mick Murphy & S. Devane in IR CH Glenbower Chieftain from the veteran class. A very well done to Mick and the Irish team. Julie found her BB in the blonde girl who came down from Scotland owned by Mr & Mrs E & T Gutjahr from the open class with Zwartbos Arreton who is also not new to top awards as she went BIS at the Hovawart club show in 2014 under a German breed specialist, she was bred by Val & Steve Shone and is out of INT/VDH CH Igor vd Hofreite x Ursine vd Rommerweide at Zwartbos. RBB went to Mrs R Dall’Olio with H-Invisible Sun Del Mare D’Inverno who was second in open. Best Puppy went to Maggie Spencers, B&G Kanukalos Harmony at Hightimbers which is out of Dutch CH Pines Saxophone at Hightimbers x Hightimbers Penny. Judging started at 2pm approx as the ring was a late start with the first breed starting at 10.30 am. A very well done to the owners and breeders and to those Hovawarts who manned discover dogs for the four days and helped put our wonderful breed in a positive light. Last week I spoke about whether getting your bitch in season hip xrayed would alter the score you got from the BVA , as some breeders and on line chat sites gave different opinions and one wasn’t sure or had thought about it, but online veterinary advice would indicate that a bitch in her heat cycle would not alter the outcome of the radiographic diagnosis as there is not enough scientific evidence that oestrus affects laxity of the joints however on another veterinary site it confirms that it would only be during the birth process where circulating hormones can have an effect on the pubic symphysis by slackening it, the pubic symphysis is where each half of the pelvis is joined together , this would alter the angulation of the pelvis for puppies to be born and thus the likely hip score. They do agree with what is said above that hormone changes around oestrus have no effect on these bones. I also mentioned last week about microchips and how the law is changing and had asked if anyone had experienced their dogs chip migrating to other body regions and last year I reported on how a chip failed in one of Ann Travis girls, well Julie got back to me to say both her and Ann had a dog who’s chips also migrated to the elbow region, so my dogs is not just an isolated case, thanks Julie for sharing this information. Next week I am off to Lancashire to see Ann Travis and her litter of puppies and I must admit I can’t wait, so will report back to you. I would love to hear your news, whether showing, obedience, walking the dog on interesting walks or just how wonderful your dog is.

Craig Hosie
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This article was posted on: 18-Mar-16