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Junior Bulldog Club first under new standard

The Junior Bulldog Club (founded 1912) had the dubious honour of hosting the first set of challenge certificates on offer to Bulldogs since the new KC breed standard was placed in situ on October 1st 2009, writes Hon Sec Malcolm Presland.

With an entry of 151 dogs making 163 total entries would any meet the new criteria? As the new standard is all about lack of exaggeration and fit for function we were indeed fortunate to have as the judge elect Alison Gunson (Wyecaple).

DCC & BIS went to Diddy and Floor Iking-Huber’s Multi Ch Jabberwocky’s Cloudless.

Although a breed specialist Alison is a ‘gundog gal’ at heart with many Wyecaple Vizslas to be found working on shoots up and down the country, so she is well aware of the need for fit for purpose. Indeed her own strain of bulldogs have been noted for both their muscularity and longevity, with most reaching teenage years with ease.

Having been off the show scene for a couple of years whilst concentrating on horses and not even reading the dog press, Alison had a completely fresh view of the entry and the fact the KC had the new standard on their website from 1st October meant that she could brush up on the changes, although Alison has always been one of those judges to shun exaggeration.

Same kennel

The outcome was interesting to say the least! DCC & BIS went to Diddy and Floor Iking-Huber’s Multi Ch Jabberwocky’s Cloudless (Douglas VT Patdana Home x Seabright Silver Smile) bred in Germany by Constanze Schmidtmann and resident in The Netherlands with his owners. BCC and BOS was Ewa Larsson’s Jabberwocky’s Enjoy Me For Britisher (Jabberwocky’s Brentano x Glyndee Sherrily) again German bred by Constanze, living in England with Ewa who is Swedish!

Alison had absolutely no clue until after judging that her choices were bred at the same kennel! The VDH having implemented their less exaggerated bulldog standard a few years ago, after the initial extremes of pit bull heads on whippet bodies the clever German breeders seem to have nailed it, the pedigrees of both CC winners containing German, Dutch, English and Welsh bloodlines.

Alison will be submitting a full critique in due course but her other winners were RDCC and RBIS Sue Garside’s well known Ch Iceglint I’m Harry. RBCC Paul and Maria Harding’s Pringhams Eclair Glace, BPIS Mrs Hornby’s Annessbull Dark N Dashing. BVIS Michelle Fridlington’s Theoben Toffee Plum At Albertwood.

The show itself ran very well with a good atmosphere all day. The judge donated a huge ornamental bulldog to be auctioned for Bulldog Rescue which raised £350!
OUR DOGS was sorry to learn that this was Malcolm’s last championship show as Hon Secretary and he will be standing down at the next AGM.