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Crufts entry stable

Rise in overseas entries again

Almost 22,000 qualified dogs will be heading for the NEC in Birmingham from 9th-12th March to compete at Crufts 2017.They will make a total of 24,311 class entries. Last year was of course the 125th anniversary of the founding of......

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Campaigners disappointed with backstreet breeder crackdown

The government's plans to crack down on 'backstreet breeders' have disappointed campaigners who wanted a complete ban on third party puppy sales.
Proposals from Defra include an intention to make it illegal to sell puppies younger than eight weeks old. There will also be a requirement......

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RSPCA should continue to prosecute

The government has ignored a parliamentary report and decided that the RSPCA should continue to prosecute animal cruelty cases.
On the 16th November the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee published its Animal Welfare in England report which called for the RSPCA......

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Tick warning in the UK

Health experts are warning that a rising number of 'brown ticks' imports are coming to the UK.
Public Health England (PHE) and  the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) have warned that given increased travel and importation of dogs more of the 'brown dog tick'  will come......

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Hedges case continues

The saga of the KC Board's proposed ejection of Alan Hedges from his membership of the Kennel Club continues.
It was a proposition by him that defeated the Board's view at the KC's May 2016 AGM on the subject of the FCI/KC Judging agreement. Mr Hedges is now accused by the Board of......

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FCI decides fate of judges

Some months ago it was reported that three FCI judges had been suspended pending an investigation concerning the countries in which they were licensed. This subject had also become a huge talking point at the European Dog Show in Brussels, when the BIS judge Hans Van Den Berg made a controversial......

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Obituary - Margret Baertschi


Margret Baertschi would have been 83 in March. Born and raised on a farm in Switzerland her kennel 'von der Hagrose' was known for excellent temperament and breed type. 
For a decade, in her capacity on the committee......

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Obituary - Ruth Bumstead

It is with great sadness and that one of our greatest Briard founders and past  Our dogs writers in the UK has passed away, writes Anne Webb
Ruth Bumstead had bravely battled through many illnesses though-out her life, she died peacefully in her sleep, she was in her late 80's.......

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Obituary - Mary Downie

We were sorry to hear of the death on Tuesday 31st January of Mary Downie of the Dozmare Griffons. The Toydog community in particular has lost a person who had devoted most of her life to dogs and to dog people. At the age of 91 Mary had been suffering from poor health for some time and in many......

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He looks almost human...

Researchers have found that dog lovers process canine faces as if they were human.
A study, entitled Human Empathy, Personality and Experience Affect the Emotion Ratings of Dog and Human Facial Expressions, by the University of Helsinki and Aalto University explored how empathy and......

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Little Kids and Their Big Dog


When Andy Seliverstoff agreed to photograph his friends' precocious toddler, he had no idea that the informal photo shoot in a St. Petersburg park would turn into an Internet phenomenon.
The friends brought along their......

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Puppy farmers handed suspended jail sentences for fraud offences

Four people have been given suspended jail sentences for conspiring to defraud members of the public out of money as part of a major RSPCA investigation into the underground puppy trade.
Three women and one man were sentenced at Basildon Crown Court last week for their involvement......

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Food manufacturer recalls product

An American dog food company is recalling some of its dog food after a drug used to put down animals was found within it.
Evanger has been forced to make the decision after Pentobarbitol was found in one lot of the food that has killed one dog and made a number of other dogs ill. 
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Government to explore prosecution for bad breeding

The government has opened the possibility of prosecuting breeders who breed dogs by knowingly putting them at risk of being born sick and deformed.
In a response to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs report into Animal Welfare they say, 'We will explore the possibility of further......

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FCI lifetime achievement award

Nic Schwab, along with his wife Gitty Schwab-Kersch, has organised the famous International Show in Luxembourg for many years, and is now its President. Mr Schwab was recently honoured by the FCI. 
He has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Gold Pin by the FCI General Committee,......

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Kids prefer dogs to siblings!

A new study has revealed that children get more satisfaction from their relationship with their dog than they do with their brother or sister.
The paper published in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology entitled, One of the family? Measuring young adolescents' relationships......

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I Judge Dogs extends its services for show managements

It was recently suggested on a Facebook page that it was difficult to tell people that one had achieved all the requirements to be passed for Challenge Certificates (or for a Group) without implying that you were asking for an appointment.  
If a JDP credit has been achieved it......

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