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Breed Notes - 21 Jun 2020

There have been so many puppy enquiries during the last few weeks, almost certainly something to do with the lock-down, I suppose people finding that there is a gap in their lives that they hadn’t previously had time to notice. I do hope that when things get back to any sort of what we used to call “normal” there won’t be a call on the club rescue service to re-home misplaced dogs. We are fortunate in so far as there are very few litters even in the planning stage at the moment, so breeders can be very careful about selecting their new owners. One thing that is of great help is the proactive initiative being shown by Paula Foakes, the club puppy liaison person, with a step-by-step information system for interested potential new owners, and also her arranging “meet and greet” days for them, suitably distanced, of course. Ours is not a breed for the “casual” owner, and we must hope that this approach will allow those people to fall by the wayside before any puppies suffer from unsuitable owners.

I do hope I haven’t put the mockers on our gorgeous spell of weather (apart from this last week, which brought much needed rain to the garden and fields) by having our Acorn , 11, stripped of her “old lady/spayed bitch” extremely thick coat. Bless her, she is cooler and more comfortable now, but could be mistaken for a Dobermann. Thank goodness we don’t have any full-length mirrors around.

We will learn soon, I believe, what the Kennel Club plan to do about Crufts 2021. I did hear a rumour that the NEC might need to be retained s a “Nightingale” hospital for up to 18 months, which would t the very least cause a change of venue for the show. Perhaps we will get group a day at somewhere like the Staffordshire showground, much used as a dog venue already, but which would be overwhelmed by a normal Crufts weekend crowd….and then there is the question of qualification. It is hard enough to see how the UK exhibitors can be sorted out It is not just puppies that will have no track record, all those that were puppies and juniors last year will need careful consideration, let alone those people wanting to exhibit from abroad. I wouldn’t want to be making those judgements, someone is bound to be unhappy, whatever decision is made.

I have just this week been able to make an appointment at our vets for booster injections and a thyroid test. The boosters will be technically overdue, but I gather that a point will be stretched, and they won’t insist on starting again from the beginning, which does make me wonder why they have to in normal times ! I really don’t like leaving the lead (and dog !) attached to the towbar, and then being out of the way, with the same procedure in reverse afterwards, so maybe, if I mask up, I might be allowed in. I’ll report back next time on how it went.

Talking of things veterinarian, I was disturbed and somewhat perplexed to learn that the KC are not scoring hips under the KC/BVA scheme at present, and have no plans to start again until after the New Year. This is very worrying for breeds that have spent years making every effort to get hips better, with some outstanding success, as I understand that compulsory scores are to be waived in the interim, at least for the KC Assured Breeders Scheme. As we can organise virtual meetings, on-line shows and so on, it doesn’t seem beyond reason for us to expect the KC to organise x-ray scrutiny at a safe distance, and if it is a question of several people seeing the plates, well the postal service has been operational non-stop.

Keep safe and carry on

Elaine Sharpe
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This article was posted on: 26-Jun-20
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