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Breed Notes - 18 Sep 2021
I have just returned home from the Darlington Show, where I had the privilege of judging the hovawarts. It helps greatly that the weather was kind, warm but not too much sun, and no high winds, but it was a really enjoyable experience, there was a feeling of camaraderie amongst the Hovawart folk there. We had a good journey both ways, with some lovely countryside, especially in Yorkshire, and even the pub we stayed at had river views, a pretty good chef and a brand new mattress for us . I can’t finish without the highest praise for both my stewards and the lunch provided by the Darlington Show people, and I just hope the exhibitors enjoyed the show too.

It is only two weeks to go before the event of the year as far as Hovawart aficianados are concerned, with the club show at Oswestry on October 3rd. This year will feel a little strange, as the events have been pared down due to the risks of Covid, but that won’t stop it being a real opportunity to get together with other owners, breeders and would-be owners for good conversations about all things Hovawart. Details of times etc are on the club website. The calendars have now arrived, so will be available for sale on the day, and if you can bring a raffle prize, you will be doubly welcomed.

It looks as though we won’t be represented at the IHF conference this year in Denmark. This is a pity, because it is the forum for discussion on the breed, as well as a chance to catch up with old friends and all the latest news from the Continent. Next year, as it is the centenary of the breed, we are going to make a real effort to get over to Germany for it. If the event at Hohenrode for the 75th anniversary is any guide, it should be a weekend to remember.

The consultation period for the new legislation that, amongst other things, would ban the import of puppies below the age of 6 months , continues until I think October 16th. If you want to comment or put your point of view, I have the details you need. I have written because I am concerned about the impact of such a law on a rare breed, based in Europe, like ours. Whilst the current situation, whereby you can get a puppy from Europe at 15 weeks , is far from ideal, a further delay of 9 weeks is little short of catastrophic. Personally, I see no reason why the normal 8 weeks shouldn’t operate, provided that the puppy’s mother is fully covered, as she will be passing on her immunity for a week or two at that point, which could give a short window, say of 4-5 days, when single puppies, needed for the benefit of a rare breed’s gene pool, might be imported.

See you at Oswestry

Elaine Sharpe
01743 891310
This article was posted on: 20-Sep-21
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