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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Issue: 14/12/2018

Found at BUBA

I wonder if you would be able to put a notice in Our Dogs about lost property found at our BUBA Ch show on Saturday December 1st. 
I have some jewellery, also an item of clothing. If the owners could contact me by telephone 07836212375 or 01275832489
I can arrange to return the items.
Yours etc
Meg Purnell-Carpenter
What is a 'hobby breeder'?

Many pedigree dog breeders will need to be licensed, although there is a great deal of confusion among local authority licensing officers as to who requires a license and who remains a 'hobby breeder'.   
If you are a genuine 'hobby breeder' then you do not need to be licensed and I have been asked to provide a definition which I am happy for breeders to use in any discussions with their local authority. It is as follows:
A 'hobby breeder' is someone who breeds from a bitch because they want to have another puppy to take part in the canine activities with which they are involved: whether that be to show, to train for agility, obedience, Cani-cross or any other non-professional activity. That reason could be extended to include that they have another companion when one of their current dogs dies. 
The important issue is that they are not breeding specifically to sell dogs as a regular part of their annual income. Such hobby breeders are likely to have surplus puppies for which they will want to find good homes and they are entitled to sell them. A reasonable 'test' that they are hobby breeders is that they will  usually be retaining one or more of any litter to pursue their hobby. 
There are those who breed less than three litters a year who sell dogs as part of their regular income (someone keeping three or four German Shepherd Dog, Labrador or Golden Retriever bitches for instance) and if they are not involved in any other canine activities and if their 'profit' exceeds 1,000 a year after all expenses then they should apply for a breeding license.   
I administer the National Register of Pedigree Dog Breeders (www.ibreedpedigreedogs.uk) and in the last few months I find I am having to answer many queries every week on licensing matters from members  of the Register and others.  I am always  pleased to help and on several occasions I have discussed anomalies and difficulties with local authority officers.   
So far,  we have always been able to come to an accommodation which satisfies everybody.  These questions have included  whether or not a license is required, the extent to which officers may demand extra facilities and unnecessary paperwork before issuing a license.   As you can imagine this is extraordinarily time-consuming and the workload is such that  if I am  to continue to provide this advisory service I can only do  so for people who are subscribers to  the Register.   Although membership remains free (those searching online for pedigree puppies find I Breed Pedigree Dogs on the first page of most search engines) and provides much useful information for the public and for breeders (including a template puppy pack) I will only be able to answer questions from subscribing members in the future - full membership is a very reasonable 15 per year. 
Yours etc  
David Cavill FRSA
  

Selfish

This is a letter to the thoughtless person(s) who took an infected dog to an Open show in the Greater Manchester area on November 25.
Just 24 hours later my two-year-old Sheltie came down with a very severe case of sickness and diarrhoea. Starving her did very little to help and she was fading fast. An antibiotic jab from the vet and more tablets and thankfully we seemed to have it under control.
However, my other three Shelties have all caught the bug, two of them relatively mildly, but my 'grandma' is very poorly. So, more starvation, more antibiotics and a lot of misery all round. 
I cannot say I would like a return to the days when all dogs had to be vetted in to the shows, but considering a, the fact that far less people are having dogs vaccinated and b, that some exhibitors are clearly less than honest when filling in schedule, I do wonder. 
If I knew who the perpetrators were I would definitely have named and shamed them.
The show organisers are in no way to be blamed, just the selfish and inconsiderate owners who put everyone's dogs at risk.
Yours sincerely,
Helen Fitz-Harris



Policy judges

I was most interested to read last week's letter regarding 'Policy judges', a term neither I nor anyone else i know had ever heard of.
A quick look on the KC website gave the following: 'A Policy judge is an individual who has previously been approved to award Challenge Certificates to 70% of the breeds in any particular group.'
So, this makes some sort of sense, indeed a 'policy judge' would seem to be more than capable of judging breeds within a group, but I must say I understand the writer's frustration.
If a judge already has a 70% coverage of their group(s), then surely it would behove any breed club or general champ show to look at giving someone else a chance, perhaps someone who only has that one breed at heart and is trying to progress their judging career as best they can. It's hard enough as it is.
Yes, there is most certainly a need for these kinds of judges, but with the amount of judges now almost at the point of giving up because of the JCF, when you read things like this it could quite easily put you off, next thing we will turn round and wonder where all the judges went!
So come on KC, let's start looking after our up-and-coming judges, they are the ones that will take us into the future, after all.
Yours etc
Susan Robinson

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