Chihuahua Breed Notes 10/10/18
SWKA was last weekend. I’m not going to lie – it was cold! One of my puppy buyers crocheted Mum and I shawls for just this eventuality at shows, but we had stupidly left them at home thinking in October it wouldn’t be that cold. I think there might be a gap in the market here!
The new animal welfare legislation is now place. I’ve seen Pets4Homes removing adverts where a license number is not displayed and they believe the breeder should have a licence. That’s some progress in my book. However, Facebook continues to allow unashamed advertising of puppies for sale. I reported an advert just this week (some mixed breed cross thingymejigs) and received a reply that it didn’t contravene any rules. I replied quoting the legislation to them and have since heard nothing.
I’ve also seen on various groups that some breeders are falling foul of local authorities misinterpreting the legislation. One example is of a LA telling breeders that you need a licence if you sell even a single puppy (not true – the business scope tests have to be applied first). If this has happened to you, please do not be afraid to challenge your local authority. It is up to them to prove that you need a licence or to fulfil a criterion, not for you to disprove it.
I would be interested to hear your experiences regarding the new licensing. I am quite happy for this to remain confidential, but I would like to collate information as to how the new legislation has or will affect is as a breed. Trevor Cooper, the well-known dog law specialist, is collating this information for all breeds.
So, on to the results for SWKA. Longs were judged by Fiona Valentine: DCC and BOB was Leana Evans’ Lemartiz Soul Survivor – his first CC and one happy owner! RDCC was Marie Thorpe’s Ir Ch Idyllium’s Showman, BCC Carol Conquests Kor Ch Neo Fabulous Captivation Of Storyland (her second CC), RBCC Dorothy Entwistle’s Ch Dorenty’s Viva Vienna JW and BP Amanda Green’s Ellochi Chasing Stars. A real shame the society do not award a BV.
Smooths were judged by Derfel Owen (non tickets): BD and BOB Carol Davies’ Ch Dachida’s Johnnine Hot Rocks, RBD the same owner’s Dachida’s State Of Play, BB Diane Fothergill’s Ch Diamonchi Moonlight JW SHCM, RBB the same owner’s Ch Diamonchi Shooting Star JW SHCM and BP Miss White’s Coltham Silver Silhouette.
News from the Irish shows:
At the IKC International Day 1: Longs – GSD, RBOB & CACIB was Sharon Baker’s Ch UK /Int/Pol/Ger/Czech Fabien Chidonna At Efterpi JW, BOB, RGSD and Res CACIB Francine Kelly’s Sweetpanache Stop ‘n’ Stare For Frapachi, GSB and CACIB Mary Goode’s Bramvers Canoness By Tampico, RGSB and Res CACIB Evangeline Clarke’s Ch Lestatt Dance Yourself Dizzy Jun Ch. Smooths – GSD & CACIB Natalja Mamedova’s Est Ch, Ukr Jun Ch, Rom Ch, Grand Ch S Magic Show Shiny Sky, RGSD and Res CACIB Melissa Hamill’s Ch Shadiki Star Spangled, GSB, CACIB & BOB Brenda Part’s Silverchi Desiterata With Fairywings, RGSB & Res CACIB Mrs D Kerr’s Rhinns Sax In The City, BP D Kerr’s Silverchi Burning Bridges.
At the IKC International Day 2: Longs – GSD, RBOB & CACIB was Fabien, RGSD and Res CACIB Francine Kelly’s Stop ‘n’ Stare, GSB, BOB and CACIB Mary Goode’s Canoness, RGSB and Res CACIB Evangeline Clarke’s Dance Yourself Dizzy. Smooths – GSD, RBOB & CACIB Natalja Mamedova’s Magic Show Shiny Sky, RGSD and Res CACIB Melissa Hamill’s Star Spangled, GSB, CACIB & BOB Brenda Part’s Desiterata, RGSB & Res CACIB Mrs D Kerr’s Rhinns Sax In The City, BP D Kerr’s Silverchi Burning Bridges.
News from the open shows: at Romsey Jim Culverhouse’s Lykath Peep Bo was BPIB and PG2, Lesley Barber’s Hollyel Kunzite At Ramrowan was BOB and Lykath’s Mary Poppins At Ramrowan RBOB. At Beckenham Jim’s Peep Bo was again BPIBand PG1. Janet Bradshaw’s Lykath’s Serenity was BOB and G4. Jim’s Baby Boom Efektas With Lykath was RBOB. At Scottish Toy Dog Serena Hunt’s Valenchino Mocking Jay For Moltobello was BOB in smooths. Michelle Emmerson’s X-Ismirelle’s Boy Dogomania was BOB in longs.
Midland Counties released their entry figures this week. Having seen a most obvious decline in longcoat entries in recent months, it was interesting to see that longs have an entry of 120 dogs, more in line with the entry figures we’re used to. The only difference between Mid Counties and other champ shows is that the entry fee has been fixed at £22 for the last 8 years. It is the cheapest General Champ Show to enter and has kept its entry fee the same year on year. This year is also their 50th anniversary year so they are giving away canvas drawstring bags to all exhibitors. Other societies would do well to take note of this – look after the exhibitor and you will get the entries. There is constant criticism of the price of champ show entries, and yes they have expensive overheads, but if you lose entries because of it, it’s a moot point.
Not Chihuahua related, but if you get a chance, look up Olive McDinmont, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier on Facebook. It is absolutely hilarious and guaranteed to brighten your day! Huge thanks for Mairi Austin for introducing me to her – I’m well and truly hooked!
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