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FCI and KC sign new agreement

Following on from the high profile vote on the FCI/Kennel Club judge's agreement which caused such controversy at the time, the KC and the FCI signed a new Reciprocal Agreement on judges at Crufts in March, to replace the previous arrangement signed in 2013.
The old arrangement had......

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Magic win for Magic Mike!

Sara Robertson relaxing with Ch Soletrader Magic Mike after winning Best in Show at the Hound Association of Scotland championship show. More on Hound Association in here.

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Majority of RSPCA prosecutions involve dogs

The RSPCA has released its latest prosecution statistics, which have dropped slightly over recent years. 
In 2016 they investigated just under 150,000 complaints of animal cruelty in England and Wales and secured 1,477 convictions. The vast majority of these offences were committed......

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New tax on dogs

Tax will now be charged for dogs that enter the UK from outside the EU.
From April 1st Valued Added Tax (VAT) is now due for pets entering the UK from outside the European Union (EU). If a dog is entering as a visitor the VAT will be refunded on leaving the UK.
However,......

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Social media judging contract dispute

Last week we published a report stating that well known UK judge, Andrew Brace, had taken to social media to criticise the organisers of the FCI European Dog Show in the Ukraine in 2017. In his letter published in judges' forums on Facebook, Mr Brace had remonstrated with the organisers for apparently......

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Kennel Club announces new dates for art tours

The Kennel Club has announced two new dates for tours of its London building; Wednesday 26th April and Wednesday 19th July.
One of the key stops on the tour is the Kennel Club Art Gallery, where the current exhibition, Magnificent Molossers, showcases a wide selection of art mediums......

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Border Terrier health meeting calls for unity

The planned meeting between the Border Terrier Breed Health Group (BHG) and representatives of those who had organised the meeting of Border Terrier  enthusiasts on February 19th, took place in York last weekend on the afternoon of Sunday 9th April. 
The meeting had been......

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Almost 40 percent don’t have insurance

New research has revealed that almost 40 percent of dog owners do not have pet insurance.
M&S Bank has found that most people do not take out insurance because they say it is, 'not worth the money.'
This is despite the fact that the same percentage of people admitted......

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Owner of out of control dogs denies allegations

An owner of five dogs that were allegedly 'dangerously out of control' in Bolton, Lancashire has denied the allegations.
Daniel Hennessey, 38, was charged with two counts of allowing dogs to be out of control, one count of affray and possession of cannabis.
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Girl attacked by dog in toddler park

A little girl was left fighting for her life last week after being attacked by a dog in Kent, and two people remain in police custody over the incident.
The attack happened in a toddler's park in Chatham, following which police shot the animal dead after it bit the youngster, during......

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Hot cars ‘acceptable’ say over 40 percent

New research has revealed that over 40 percent of people feel it is acceptable to leave a dog in a hot car.
A survey commissioned by the RSPCA found that only 55 percent of people agreed that it is never acceptable to leave a dog in a hot car.
The Kennel Club alongside......

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Psychologist comes to dog’s rescue

A dog psychologist has come to the rescue of a dog that was going to be put down.
Pippa Hutchinson came to the rescue after she said that Marcus the dog was not a danger to the public.
Marcus, and his owner Andrew Paterson, had been convicted under the Dangerous Dogs......

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Second puppy farmer sentenced

A woman who was involved in the breeding and selling of sick and dying puppies in Solihull has been given a suspended prison sentence and disqualified from keeping dogs for life.
Louise St John Poulton from Highgrove, in St Albans, appeared at Birmingham Magistrates' Court earlier......

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Hundreds of calls about dogs in hot cars

Calls about more than 330 dogs in hot environments over hot weekend

The RSPCA has urged dog owners never to leave their pets in vehicles during warm weather after receiving calls about hundreds of dogs in hot cars over the weekend when temperatures......

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Obituary - Ann Merry

I received the sad news that a dear friend Ann Merry had passed away on the 27th March at Broomfield Hospital, writes Dorothy A. Cullum
Ann and Bonny, her first husband, were a popular team in the Obedience world and were both generous with their knowledge to both newcomers and established......

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News in brief - 14th April 2017

Birmingham National has a change of judge. Schipperke will now be judged by Mr. Mike Vincent (subject to Kennel Club approval).

The Kennel Club has approved three new official DNA testing schemes for gangliosidosis (GM1) in the Portuguese Water Dog, juvenile laryngeal......

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Aptly named McDuff is top yearling dog at Ingliston

A credible entry of 29 awaiting B the Buddies Yearling stakes judge Hound Association of Scotland. Nick said he was delighted with the quality of youngsters, he was spoilt for choice especially from the Dog class.
Winner of the dogs was Mrs Christine Russell's 22-month-old Mini Wire......

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Beagles have a nose for lost dogs

Two Beagles have helped to track down over 150 lost and stolen dogs.
Tiga and Yogi have a success rate of 85 percent and their tracking instincts have helped not just to reunite owners with their lost dogs but they have also brought dog thieves to justice.
Jenny Brown,......

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Great entry for French Bulldog show


The West Lancs French Bulldog Club held another hugely successful Limit show last Saturday. 
The judge elect was Andrew Stewart of Ingerdorm fame, who had a fabulous entry of 58, with very few absentees.
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Microchipping concerns raised

A year since the government introduced compulsory microchipping for dogs in England, Scotland and Wales concerns have been raised that not enough dogs are microchipped and that owners are failing to update the microchip databases.
Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has claimed that not enough......

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A great future ahead

The first Jack Russell Terrier Club UK breed show held at Market Drayton, April 2 2017

The Jack Russell Terrier Club's first breed show was a Limited show and was held on Sunday April 2, at Ashley Memorial Hall, Gravelley Hill, near Market Drayton in Shropshire,......

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Almonds, genes and discs - a Dachshund education day!

Around 70 people attended a seminar run by Eastern Counties Dachshund Association and the Miniature Dachshund Club at Roade on 2nd April. The three topics covered were the  Breed Standard (Mandy Dance), screening for back disease (Ian Seath) and the genetics of coat and colour (Helen Geeson).
Mandy......

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Off the lead - Our Dogs Special

Last week we asked for pictures of your dogs being dogs: muddy, wet, chasing 
a ball, anything they do with you when they're not in the showring winning tickets and rosettes. We were inundated with some amazing 'fit for function' pics, sadly way too many to fit into this week's......

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Petplan Awards winners 2017

The winners of the 2017 Petplan Veterinary Awards were announced on the 6th April in a glittering ceremony at the iconic Town Hall in Birmingham. The Awards, now in their 18th year, celebrated the nation's most outstanding vets, vet nurses, practices, practice managers and support staff who had......

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BSAVA Congress Exhibition 2017

Chris Packham delivers Congress keynote address

TV presenter and respected naturalist, Chris Packham, gave a keynote address on the first day of Congress, inspiring and entertaining delegates by sharing his enduring passion for wildlife and conservation, his concerns about extinction......

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