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KC encourages best judging practice

THE KC has updated its judging regulations and code of best practice to encourage impartiality and integrity.
The KC says that its Judges Committee and the Board: “Consider there is value in bringing forward a number of new show regulations and a range of additional supporting statements......

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Boxer best at Leeds 2019


Photo by Ruth Dalrymple
Mark Cocozza judged Best in Show at Leeds Championship Show and from a line up of seven quality dogs his choice......

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Game Fair success

The  2019 Game Fair, Europe’s biggest annual countryside festival, underlined its status as one of the premier long-standing events in the UK calendar as it came to a close at Hatfield House on Sunday, with visitors, exhibitors......

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KC announces all-in-one testing product


The Kennel Club and Weatherbys announced at the Hatfield House Game Fair last week that they have partnered to provide a simplified process for canine genetic health testing which will benefit both dog breeders and owners. 
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Fen makes history at leeds


Tracey  PITTOCK’S Japanese Spitz Itoshi Toto Kijutsu At Cheechako (Fen) made breed history last weekend as she won two CCs, one at Leeds and one at the Northern Japanese Spitz Club championship show on  the same day!  
Rosemary......

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JCF review panel members confirmed


All 14 people invited to serve on the panel formed to carry out a review of the JCF have accepted their invitation.  
The panel members, the community they represent and their contact details are as follows:
Those......

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New PM hints at Number 10 dog

It has been reported widely that the new Prime Minister Boris Johnson is planning to get a dog to live with him and his partner Carrie Symonds in Downing Street.
Downing Street sources indicated that it will have to get on with Larry the cat who has lived in Number 10 since 2011 and......

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Judging during JCF review

The way in which judging appointments are dealt with for breed shows as of 2020 has had to be modified in view of the Judges Competency Framework (JCF) having been put on hold while a review is carried out, the Kennel Club has announced.
The Kennel Club has removed the requirement......

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Missing dogs confirmed dead

It has been confirmed that the five dogs that went missing after being looked after by a professional dog walker have died.
There are no further details as we go to press as this is a live investigation.
The dogs were being walked in Hopwas Woods, Tamworth by dog walker......

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Exhibitors urged to check class eligibility

Following a series of recent disqualifications from awards, which are disappointing for everyone concerned, the Kennel Club would like to remind exhibitors of the importance of checking their dog’s eligibility for classes before submitting an entry for a show.
The Kennel Club would......

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NGA releases travel update

THE COMMITTEE of the National Gundog have issued a travel warning for anyone travelling to the show using the Worcester bypass if leaving the M5 J7: 
Closure on A4440 (between Whittington and Norton roundabouts) - 7pm on Saturday 3 August to 7pm on Sunday 4 August – Full closure......

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KC Chairman updates members

Tony Allcock, the recently-elected KC Chairman, says that he plans to write to KC Members  from time to time on matters which he feels are of interest to them.
His first such communication, which was not marked confidential and which was sent to members last week,  covered......

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Obituary - Bessie Wilkinson

I write to say that sadly, my mother died on 20th July 2019 peacefully in the Lodge, Heslington, York aged 95. 
She will be best known and remembered for her Pugs, especially black ones. As a youngster she had a black Pug called Tony and vowed that once she was able to, she......

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Obituary - Jim Nixon

It is with great sadness that I have to report the death of a good friend and colleague Mr. James Nixon, of Paignton & District Fanciers’ Assoc.
Jim was involved with Paignton for over 40 years and was dedicated to the Club, starting out as a committee member back when Arthur......

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Obituary - Ada West (Starvon)

I am sad to report the passing of Ada West from cancer. Ada had a liking for Swedish Vallhunds but I, like many others, will remember Ada for having GSDs. Many of the current breeders and exhibitors who are well established will remember her beginning with German Shepherds and, of course, later......

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Obituary - Peter Mann

It is with deep regret that OUR DOGS reports the passing of Peter Mann, who died peacefully on July 14, comforted by his adoring wife, Joyce. 
Peter will be remembered for his charming personality, the sterling work that he did for both the Scottish Kennel Club and the English......

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Best Clumberfest ever!

All Clumberfests have been good, but this was great!  This was  our fifth  year of holding a Clumberfest in Wiltshire and the first when the camping was open from Monday to Monday, writes Peter Sheppard

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Great weekend for GB Retriever team


The Great Britain Gundog Retriever Team has hinted that this might the time to stand down after winning the Euro Challenge title for the second time in three years at The Game Fair.
Captain Phil Wagland was a proud man......

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British Flyball Association Outdoor Championships 2019

Flyball is the fastest growing and most exciting dog sport in the UK, and the sport’s biggest event the British Flyball Associations Outdoor Championships is coming to Driffield Showground this August.
Held on 16th – 18th of August the Championship is not only the climax of the......

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Brave police dog wins Gold Medal award

A Police Dog who refused to let an assailant escape despite being stabbed with a knife has been given the canine equivalent of the George Cross.
In a ceremony last week he received the PDSA Gold Medal, which the charity regards as the animal equivalent of the George Cross.
In......

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Pupscan Seminar huge success

Prof Alan Fahey (Head Geneticist UCD), Jim Stephens (Chairman Health & Welfare Committe IKC), Prof Vivian Gath (School of Veterinary Sciences, UCD), Paul Kelly (Orthopaedic Specialist Veterinary Surgeon), Bodo Backmo (Swedish Kennel......

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Dogs should be covered by domestic abuse laws

The Dogs Trust has called on the government to include pet abuse in the new Domestic Abuse Bill when it returns to parliament.
In April, Scotland agreed that threatening a pet is domestic abuse as part of new Domestic Abuse legislation north of the border.
Detective Superintendent......

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