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Breed Notes - 31 Aug 2013
Welsh kennel club has been and gone and with an entry of 5 with 3 absentees for judge Derek Smith who found his BOB in the dog Zwartbos Carisbrooke owned by Julie Condron and best bitch went to Ann Travis Annvad Lady Farica. Julie also informed me that her boy also gained his good citizens Gold the other night at their local dog training club. A well done for this team.
Show entries are very worrying at the moment with entries being very low and I wouldn’t be surprised if next year we lose classes and end up back in rare breeds and AVNSC. It will be such a step back for the breed and sad for all the other owners who have tried hard over the years since the breed arrived in 1980 to get our own classes travelling up and down the country. Even if people could support their local show with classes that would help, as I know financially, today is far from the past where one could afford to travel whereas now we have to think before making a commitment to show. Not only does this affect the classes but also the judges who take on these appointments getting minimal numbers which will take them forever to meet the minimal requirements for to progress through the judging list taking many years to get from the C list to the B list for example and With judging contacts made between judge and the society holding the show, a minimum period of time is set that won’t allow a judge to accept another appointment. It is this information re numbers at shows , judging lists and enough breed specialists that are taken into account along with other information that the KC then consider when giving CC’s to a breed and it wasn’t long ago people did wonder if our breed was ready for this step. I have had judges asking me why the breed did not take off ? as they thought it was a lovely breed, and they can’t understand it. In saying that I went along to SkC last week and we are not the only breed with little numbers , they were breeds with CC’S on offer and had an entry of seventeen, and in May at SKC, breeds with cc’s with an enty of eight. Every breed seems to be suffering and I don’t know the answer. I know our committee must be worried about the show scene and how to help judges progress and get their numbers and if things progress in the same way with entries of two maybe our judging criteria might need to be looked at. Richmond CH show is the next show with classes and with an entry of eight for judge Mr Kevin Young ( Sunkap ), I will report on the results when available. The next show I will be going to is Darlington who is being judged by Mrs C Chapman and I am hoping to catch up with some friends at this show, it will be an early start as we are in the ring at 9.30 am.
It is nearly eight weeks since we lost our boy cuillin to cancer and as a family we really miss him even having the two girls they all would lay down in their favourite place in the house. He was a wonderful dog who was devoted to his family and was so kind to the kids. As a breed we have lost a few of the oldies this year. I remember my first Hovawart who was a male and he was very loving and faithful as well, There is something about the male hovawart and in the future when it is time to get another I will need to think hard to whether it is a male or female. This year is the 25th anniversary of the dog club which I help to run and can’t believe I am the only founder member left. We teach responsible dog ownership and we do it on a voluntary basis giving up our time to help others with their dogs, with the nightly fee going to pay for our hall rent and insurance. We have had many successes over the years with many happy owners and dogs, there is a sense of happiness within when helping people to train their dogs and you see the work these owners put in to have a well trained and happy dog which is part of the family who can go any where.
Schedules are out for Working & Pastoral Breeds of Scotland CH show, we have three classes and our judge is Mr T Richards ( Sheridel ) Entries close 30th September or online 7th October, schedules online from fossedata or from the secretary Mrs S Harkins 07804 433226. Please all hovie owners in Scotland if you can please support this show.
Craig Hosie
01505 702165
Craig.sarah1@ntlworld.com

This article was posted on: 03-Sep-13