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Breed Notes - 03 Mar 2014
Great news this week with the safe arrival of six puppies who are now one week old and are doing well, Liz and Lynn are exhausted but delighted and Mist who is a first time mum is doing a great job. The litter consists of three dogs and three bitches with both sexes being B/G and Blonde in colour. Mist is B/G in colour and dad is a blonde and lives in Ireland , so a well worth while trip has paid off. This being the first litter for our breed this year and I hope there will be more, I do remember the disappointment whilst waiting for news of puppies being born , when I was waiting for my first hovie the litter I was going to get a puppy from only produced a singleton whom the breeder kept and then another wait which was along time , but when the club sent through a post card to say puppies had been born was a feeling of excitement and certainly was well worth the wait.
Thanks to Jennifer Barnett and Ann Marriott who replied to my breed notes a couple of weeks ago re help with Addisons disease and exocrine pancreatic insufficiency , our dog is now going into Glasgow veterinary Hospital tomorrow ( Monday 3rd ) for investigations, so I will let you know how he gets on but depending on the outcome I might not get to crufts. Talking about health matters, I was on the kennel club website and looking at breed watch and was looking at the Hovawart and the necessary health screening that the club and KC recommend to Assured breeders and I seen there was a DNA test available for the hovawart for DM, Degenerative Myelopathy and on speaking to Gill who I believe is our breed health representative , the test is a general one which is used by other breeds and is not specific to the Hovawart. I do believe that two Laboratories in England carry out the test and there is a difference in price between the two. This test is not compulsory by the club or under the assured breeders scheme.
Two further schedules have came out with hovie classes, and the judges are at National working and pastoral ch show held on the 12th July where seven classes are on offer and Mrs M Bryant is doing the honours and who judged us last year at Border Union and only had One dog who had appeared , so lets give an excellent entry this time and the other Ch show is Paigton on the 4th August who is giving us three classes and the judge is Mr R Searle. The time you read these notes crufts will have started and I do wish all Hovawart exhibitors the very best of luck and a successful show and especially our team hovie in the Obreedience on Saturday with team leader Maggie Spencer and her team who consists of Elaine Betts, Paula Foakes, Janet Pearce and reserve Georgie Wilkins, GOOD LUCK .
Craig Hosie
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This article was posted on: 03-Mar-14
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