August 2008 Issue

August 2008 Cover

On our cover

John & Wendy Hutchison of Monjoie Bichon Frise are celebrating not only 30 years of marriage but also 30 years with their beloved breed.
They are shown here with their latest champion, Ch Monjoie Jamie

August 2008 Contents

Editorial:

Welcome to all our new subscribers world wide - it is lovely to have you join us. In fact "our family" seems to be expanding at a great rate, and we value the interaction between our readers and ourselves, many of them are so willing to help with some of our projects, they keep us well supplied with great material, they share their joys and their sadness with us and they appreciate our "just the facts ma'am, only the facts" philosophy, as we steer well clear of innuendo and gossip, which incidentally seems particularly rife just now.

From Elaine Banks' notes Patricia Nicholson re the World Show wrote... "At the arrival hall in Stockholm I was surprised by a big area fenced off with grass in it and a post in the middle for the incoming dogs arriving for the show to be able to relieve themselves. A very thoughtful and welcoming gesture I thought".

Also from Elaine... Something Kennel Club members may be interested in is the Swedish Rules on breeding, are we heading in the same direction? The Swedish rules says that a bitch can have only five litters and that we ought not to breed from a bitch older than seven years. We can breed from a bitch older than seven if we have a vet health certificate but the five litters are not negotiable. The proposition of limiting a stud dog to only five services in a lifetime is not yet more than a suggestion for certain breeds to widen the used breeding stock as compared to the available breeding stock. (ND/RL editor's note: Surely we must all agree that no bitch needs more the five litters in her lifetime? But NO to stud dogs being limited to five services, in our opinion that is ridiculous and could force people to use inferior dogs and limit their point of storing semen for future use).

Read Lana McCrindle's Central Queensland notes for some words of wisdom ... Now let this be a lesson to you if you want to make it to the ring at a big Brisbane show - DON'T TALK TO ROD ABELL. He was showing off Geronymo to some people and having such a good old chat that he missed his call. Unfortunate too that the people he was talking to also missed their call. Then later in the day he was telling Chris and Cassie Hatfield about his misfortune and THEY missed their call !!!! Very funny? Yes - except they had all travelled from Central Queensland to get there.

And while you are still laughing read on in the notes about Les's bus trip From Breed Profiles ... We believe that as show people we all need to remember that this is suppose to be a fun thing to do. We should all also remember we were all new once and help people who are just starting out. Don't be afraid to pass on some knowledge for fear of that person potentially beating you. Be proud that you have helped another show person and potentially may keep them in the sport for years to come. Be proud of your breed and promote it well with enthusiasm, confidence and professionalism. Kirstin Bullen-Mann.

From Maree McKenzie on PBGVs as Therapy Dogs ... Even before the dogs' training starts they have evaluation exercises, they must be able to accept friendly strangers; accept patting; be happy to walk on tiles, carpet, wooden floors; walk through crowds; be able to sit/stay, come when called, sit on cue; and be petted by three strangers; have overall examinations; (sight-impaired kiddies will feel every part of their anatomy); be able to take exuberant or clumsy patting; accept restraining hugs; be okay with a staggering or gesturing person/outbursts of yelling/bumped or grabbed from behind/crowded and petted by groups of children. Add to this a hospital scenario, crowded and noisy, people who walk funny, are in chairs with wheels, use sticks to walk with and other odd things. Wow - they really do ask for little superdogs.

The World Show - so much material, we have not been able to do justice to it, but please keep it coming. We would particularly like to hear about Australian dogs and or bloodlines which did particularly well, the top win being Runner up in Group for the Victorian bred Puli Aust/NZCh Cordmaker Hurdy Gurdy, who then went on to win the Hungarian Herding Breeds show the next day, and is now a Swedish and Danish champion as well and this weekend took out another Group Specialty BIS.

Rachel Pajtl (Poodles) and Amanda Huggins (Japanese Spitz) both had success as well, and we are sure there are many more wins which have reflected great glory on our Australian breeders. Debbie Cozart's notes highlight the fact that the top winning Minnies at the Swedish National were by Australian dogs. Deb writes ... "I have to say the consensus was that Australia may not have a lot of Minnies but they certainly hold their own (and better) on the world stage". Well done, Aussie breeders!

My comments on the planned introduction of a natural bob gene to Dobermanns of course created considerable controversy, and in our letters section you will find two in defence of the plan.

Of interest was this article in Dog World April 2008 DOCKING BAN FAILS TO HALT GROWTH IN REGISTRATIONS.- IN SPITE of the ban on docking which was introduced in April last year, Kennel Club registrations for the first three months of 2008 rose by 2.1 perent, compared with the same period last year.

In all, 65,796 puppies were registered during the quarter, as against 64,470 for January-March 2007.

A KC spokesman said: "This is certainly very encouraging news, particularly when considering the fact that the time frame being assessed is comparable to a period before the introduction of the ban on tail docking. While the registration numbers of traditionally docked breeds has fallen since the ban, it is apparent that the overwhelming popularity of pedigree dogs has not."

Three Groups have shown a decrease: Terriers, 10,227 in the first quarter of 2007 and 9,806 this. year; Working, 6,661 to 6,487; and Pastoral, 5,402 to 5,273.

Significant

The other Groups, however, make up .for this, all showing an increase: Hounds, 3,656 to 3,832; Bundogs, 21,570 to 23,005; Utility, 8,252 to 9,024; and Toys, 7,702 to 8,369.

In the Toy breeds, several show significant increases, including Pugs,. Papillons, Pomeranians and Chihuahuas.

The docking ban seems to have made little difference in the Gundog breeds, with most of the affected breeds, including both types of Vizsla, American Cockers, Cockers, English Springers and Welsh Springers, showing increases, as well as the ever popular Labrador and Golden Retrievers. Nor do Miniature and Standard Schnauzers seem to be affected, and Poodle registrations are similar to the same period last year.

However, most of the formerly docked. working breeds Bouviers, Boxers, Dobermanns and Rottweilers - are well down, as are Old English Sheepdogs.

Although some of the formerly docked Terrier breeds have shown a decline - with no Sealyhams at all registered in the period - in has to be said that the- reduction in terrier numbers stems mainly from Staffordshire Bull Terriers which have gone down by almost 500 registrations.

Also of interest in a report that the FCI have banned the registration and exhibition of any Boxer who carries any genes from any other breed.

We are seeking a clarification on this from the FCI.Thinking more about purebred dogs, and reactions to our recent breed feature on Lhasa Apsos and Shih Tzus, how is it possible that we can have a planned cross breeding of two dissimilar breeds condoned by a Controlling Body, and yet if some of our long established and experienced breeders wished to import a Lhasa from the developmental programme in Germany using Lhasas imported directly from Tibet, they would not be allowed to use that dog in their breeding programme

Meanwhile reports indicate that PETA and similar organisations are stepping up their pressure in Australia, so please remain vigilant, keep an eye on all legislation, analyse it, and express your concerns to your Controlling Body or use this magazine as a place to air them.

Wendye Slatyer - Editor

Features:


August 2008 Breed Feature Cover

Breed Feature:

32 page fabuluos stand alone Breed Feature on Dalmations and Rhodesian Ridgebacks
  • Comparisons of the Standards of Dalmatians & Rhodesians Ridgebacks
  • Use of Rhodesian Ridgebacks in the Kruger National Park - Scotty Stewart
  • A Handsome & Lovable Aristocrat - The Dalmatian - Ronald Grenyer
  • The Rhodesian Ridgeback Illustrated Standard
  • Origin & History of the Dalmatian
  • Danish Ridgeback Specialty - Lynne Harwood
  • Origin & History of the Rhodesian Ridgeback - Dalmatians - Early Winners
  • Rhodesian Ridgebacks - the Ridge!
  • The Fireman's Friend/Scotty Stewart's comments on Brown Noses
  • Where Do We Go To From Here? Janet Murray
  • The Dalmatian in Motion - David Staines
  • UK Carriage Dog Trials with Dalmatians
  • Colour in Rhodesian Ridgebacks - Jillyn Myers
  • Breeders Profiles

Articles:

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  • Letters
  • Honey Gross Richardson
  • Communic8tor
  • Informant
  • And - as always - some of Australia's most beautiful dogs
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