Well my lovelies, how are we all doing this week? We had a busy weekend here last weekend with Welsh Kennel Club and then my sister’s 40th birthday. She came home from Surrey (the 40th birthday was just a ruse, she was really coming back to play with dogs and puppies). Welsh Kennel Club was a lovely day in super company. It’s a show I’ve always liked and this year the weather held and we were outside. My only gripe was the incline of the ring, but hey ho, if that’s all we had to worry about!
I’ve currently a 6 week old puppy intent on destroying my shoes, so I’m on my second gin and tonic as I’m writing this – hopefully I’ll make sense and it won’t be a load of garbled rubbish!
Results for Bournemouth champ:
Longs were judged by Tom Isherwood. DCC and BOB was Mr and Mrs Alarion’s Louis Vuitton De L’isle Au Vert Coteau, RDCC Jim Culverhouse’s Baby Boom Mano Efektas With Lykath (IMP), BCC Steve Rooney’s Donami Limelight, RBCC and BP Tony Allcock’s Garnox Shortbread Kiss For Sleepyhollow and BSpecBeg West and Roger’s Doobyave Chilin Lyka Vilain.
Smooths were judged by Mr E Engh. DCC and BP Beverley Sutton’s Now Or Never De L’isle Au Vert Coteau Nikitos (Imp), RDCC Amy Davies’ Dachidas Mr Woo, BCC and BOB Davies, Requena and Llamas’ Gibeltarik Bringing The House Down With Dachidas, RBCC Jurate Suprinaityte’s Borjomi Beaware, BV Beverley’s Ch Lozek Rhapsody In Blue Nikitos, BSpecBeg Karen Hollister’s Voxel Ux November Rain Avec Hollichi.
Results for Welsh Kennel Club:
Longs were judged by Julie Baldwin. DCC and BOB Mrs Chalmer’s Bonni Lasi Irs (Imp), RDCC Lesley Richards’ Hollyel Topaz ‘N’ Diamonds, BCC Steve’s Donami Limelight, RBCC and BP Edith and Martin Lynch’s Garnox Picture This, BV Mairi Austin’s Mairichis Blossom, who was also shortlisted in the Veteran group.
Smooths were judged by Fiona Valentine. DCC and BOB Beverley’s Incredible De L’isle Au Vert Coteau Nikitos, RDCC and BP the same owner’s Now or Never De L’isle Au Vert Coteau Nikitos, BCC and BV Amanda Jacks’ Amarose Tink Attitude JW, RBCC Beverley’s Nikitos Nothinglikenormal JW.
Well done to all winners and everyone placed!
So, on to the open show results. At Preston and Distict, Mairi Austin’s Blossom won AV Toy Veteran and Best Veteran in the Toy Group. The BVIS judge was impressed with how she went for her age. At Sedgefield, Denise Parker’s Chantico’s Shooting Star was BOB. At Kent County Clare White’s Gabrielbelle Beetlejuice went BPIB and G3.
News from the Irish shows – at Clonmel Champ Eva Clarke’s Lestatt Oops I’m Not So Innocent took the GS/CAC and RBOB in the smooths. Lestatt Some Like It Hot took the RGS (dog) and Ch Lestatt Dancfe Yourself Dizzy Jun Ch the RGS (bitch). At the same show Mary Goode’s Bramvers Canoness At Tampico won the GS/CAC and RBOB in longs.
In Agility news, Naomi Hosker’s Skye took 1st in Grade 6 jumping and 2nd in Grade 6 agility and Adams show. Skye is also affectionately known as the ‘Flying Hamster’!
I’m sure you won’t have missed that the new legislation that covers the breeding and selling of dogs and puppies comes in to force on 1 October. There seems to be significant confusion over it, particularly over the circumstances when a licence will be required. I’ve written a guidance document to try and help make it a bit clearer, having spent several hours this week studying the legislation. Below is part of the document I’ve put together specifically about this, based on the actual published legislation:
Will you require a licence?
The crux of this is whether you are a business or not. If you are breeding 1 or 2 litters in the course of a year (a rolling 12 month period), with the primary intention of keeping a puppy/puppies back and then selling excess puppies, then you are probably not a business. Advertising also comes in to the test for whether you are a business, so where you advertise, how often and how many puppies and at what value also determines whether you are a business.
So, if you breed two litters a year, keep a puppy back, sell the rest, mainly through word of mouth rather than advertising, you’re probably not a business.
If you breed over 3 or more litters a year you will need a licence.
There is also a clause with regard to profit – if you make over £1000 a year in profit from the sale of puppies/dogs, then you need to check with your local council if you require a licence. But let’s face it, in our breed, that’s pretty unlikely if you’re only breeding a couple of litters a year.
If you are buying in puppies from other breeders and selling them on, you will require a licence. This may affect you if, for example, you buy in a puppy from another breeder, then a few weeks later decide it’s not going to make the grade and you sell it.
The only way to be sure is to contact your own local authority who should be able to advise whether you will require a licence.
If you would like a full copy of this, please let me know and I’ll send it to you (I know a number of you have already seen it). It’s for guidance only, but hopefully it might help you make more sense of it. A friend of mine in another breed has contacted three different local authorities and DEFRA this week and got little help from them so it would appear that they are still trying to get to grips with it themselves.
I then also heard on the news this morning about further legislation Michael Gove is proposing which bans third party sales completely. I’ve haven’t had a chance to look at this in detail yet, but I’ll post more once I have.
Good luck to all of you going to SKC this weekend, don’t forget to send me your news, results and photos. This week’s photo is Francine Kelly with her new Irish Champion – the dog looks as if he is smiling as much as his owner!
Until next week, over and out!