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Breed Notes - 10 Jun 2012
Over the last few weeks it has been a busy time for me as my dog club was organising a companion dog show in the village and I was also judging at SKC ch show. The weather at skc was dry and our breed was outside, third in the ring. I was judging dogs and Mr Bruggenburg-Rothschild was judging bitches. A total entry of only ten, giving a split of three dogs and seven bitches with 2 absentees, one in each sex. Best of Breed went to the bitch, Driftingsky Mist, which is owned and bred by Liz Whitmore and Lynn White, this bitch having recieved top honours before when she took BIS at the club show in 2010 under finnish breed specialist Tapio Eerola. Best Dog went to Gill Stocktons Berkenbos Chinook with reserve dog and best puppy going to Zwartbos Brighstone of Driftingsky, reserve best bitch going to Anne Travis Annvad Carefree Princess. It was lovely to see two new hovie owners with their dogs out showing, the Bartram family with their black puppy from Ann Travis last litter and the McManus family with their black & gold girl from the fasskoleys kennel. At SKC it was lovely to meet Sandy and June Frame who are waiting patiently for a hovie puppy. I met with them last year when I arranged for them to meet me at Maureen Watson’s home so they could see adult hovies in their home environment, Maureen has a handsome big Black male called clyde, and I took cuillin my B/G male and at that time my 16 week old blonde puppy called millie to see them, it gave them a chance to meet all three colours. Hopefully this year they will be able to get a puppy. I believe a recent mating has taken place, so fingers crossed that all goes well.

More show news in that two further societies providing classes , National Working and Pastoral Breeds Socitey Ch show to be held on 14th July at three counties showground, Malvern with onlines entries closing 13th June, more info at . Our scheduled judge is breed specialist Mrs G Stockton ( Berkenbos ) with seven classes available and the other show being Fife Kennel Association open show to be held in Kirkcaldy Ice arena, Rosslyn street Kirkcaldy on Sunday 15th July, with one class for hovawart’s, for entry forms contact Mrs E Drummond on 01383 515021 or down load a schedule from printmatters. A recent journey to Belguim for Ann Travis and Gill Stockton proved a success as they attended the Belgium hovawart club show with Ann taking her homebred baby, Annvad Lady Farica with her getting the highest placing that a pup can get on the continent with Gills boy Berkenbos Chinook winning his class and receiving a RCACIB. Well done to both. Best in Show at the Belgium club show was Armani who is the sire to Ann’s last litter. On the subject of awards I was thrilled to hear that another two hovawarts have received kennel club good citizen’s certificates, both pups, the bronze award going to Zwartbos Brighstone of Driftingsky owned by Liz and Lynn and Zwartbos Arreton receiving the Silver, who is owned by Mr & Mrs Gutjahr, this girl has also taken to tracking and there is a lovely picture of her doing this and of her siblings on a disc that their breeder sent out to me this week. So well done to both handlers. Speaking to Val who bred the Zwartbos litter said it was nice to receive pictures of all the pups and to follow their progress and to put all the pictures on a disc and send it to all the owners. A nice keep sake. Val also reported that she took her Zwartbos Chale to Southern Counties CH show where she entered into rare breeds and got a second under a Finnish judge, and I believe the conditions in which she had to show her weren’t good with alot of water and heavy rain. Managed to have an interesting chat to Liz Whitmore re vaccinations and she reports that her vet after initial puppy vaccinations only requires to have a booster for canine distemper, canine adenovirus and canine parvovirus every 3 years and only requires an annual booster for canine parainfluenza and canine leptospirosis as immunity doesn’t last as long for these two diseases. It would be interesting to hear what other vets in other areas recommend to their dog owners. I know of several people who have vaccinated their dogs annually in different breeds who have went on and had a severe reaction to the booster. A black & gold male puppy aged 6 months is available, if anyone is interested then contact me and I will pass on the breeders details.
Craig Hosie
01505 702165
This article was posted on: 10-Jun-12