Chihuahua Breed Notes 26/07/18
Well, the weather continues to decimate the grass and it’s been a scorching 32 degrees here today! Leeds is tomorrow; I’m not relishing the idea of getting up at 3.30am, and hopefully it won’t be too hot underneath the tents. Apologies for the lack of breed notes last week; it was somewhat of a manic week being the last week of term.
I did, however, spend a morning down at the West Midlands Police Dog Training Centre last week. It is also where their breeding facility is, and evidently it is the largest Police breeding facility in the UK. They, like me, are Kennel Club assured breeders and it was very interesting to see breeding from a more commercial perspective. They breed approximately 200 puppies a year. Initially I thought “this is along the lines of puppy farming”. However, they have a purpose built whelping block with facilities I could only dream of, including have music piped in to the kennels! Their brood bitches are keep in the best of conditions. They have a Breed Scheme Manager who oversees all of the matings, whose knowledge of bloodlines was second to none. They have 24/7 kennel staff who care for the bitches and puppies, a full time groomer, indoor and outdoor facilities for puppies when they are older and plenty of office staff around who are more than happy to chip in with a spot of socialisation. Puppies go out to volunteer puppy walkers at 7 weeks until they are 6 months, when they return to the facility to start their training. And this was all before we got to the training side of it! I would have loved to have taken photos, but security is very tight, so was not allowed, but it was an extremely informative visit that only a few people get to make.
So, on to the show results. Last weekend was the North Eastern Chihuahua Club’s first open show. Longs were judged by Alexandria Fox. Apologies if I get any of the owners wrong but I only have the names of the dogs; BD and BOB was Lynn Hill’s Lynpix The Mexican With Becanna, RBD Dave Olive’s Oozora Master Of Dreams, BPD Willy Heap and Jill Palmer’s Penapetitt Paladin, BVD Lynn Hargreaves Ch Tampico Delicious Knight At Leyju. BB and RBOB was Neil and Marie Smith’s Pocoperro Lexie, RBB, BPB and BPIB Aldabech Tickled Pink (don’t know the name of the owner), BVB and BVIB Mairi Austin’s Ch Mairichis Blossom JW.
Smooths were judged by Lee Humphreys. BD and BOB was Rachael Stirzaker’s Ameliachi Making Memories JW, RBD Elaine Waddington’s Spindlepoint Yule Bryner, BPD and BPIB Bratilda Amsriel (sorry no owner details and photo of results a bit blurry so spelling might be wrong!). BB and RBOB was Serena Hunt’s Zoya’s Kingdom Never Fails For Moltobello, RBB Emma Huntley’s Jahneemahs Laced In Love, BPB Rose Lov’s Lovchi Dripping In Finesse.
BIS was Rachael’s Making Memories, RBIS was Serena’s Never Fails, BPIS Tickled Pink and BVIS Mairi’s Blossom. Well done to all!
The Chihuahua Club Of South Wales held their open show on 15 July. Longs were judged by Marie Smith and Smooths by Paul Conquest. In the Smooths – BD and RBOB was Tina Edwards’ Copymear Khalid, RBD Gemma and Kevin Calvert’s Somergemz Artic Force, BB and BOB Diane Fothergill’s Diamonchi Golden Symphony JW, RBB Beverley Sutton’s Ch Lozek Rhapsody In Blue, BMPIB Beverley Sutton’s Now Or Never De L’isle Au Vert Coteau Nikitos and BPIB Diane Fothergill’s Diamonchi Mister Moon.
In the Longs – BD and BOB was Sue Lee’s Ridgehawk Freds Legacy, RBD Steve Rooney’s Zoya’s Kingdom Gorgeous At Yorone, BB and RBOB Tina Edwards’ Ahau Casa Grande In My Love Tinasjoy (Imp Ukr), RBB Mrs S Graham’s Chihgra Toya, BMPIB and BPIB Steve Rooney’s Sweet Melody Scavo At Yorone.
BIS was Sue’s Freds Legacy, RBIS Diane’s Golden Symphony, BMPIS and RBPIS Steve’s Sweet Melody, BPIS Diane’s Mister Moon.
At Langstone Amanda Green’s Ellochi Chasing Stars was BOB, BPIB and PG3. At Oswestry, Sharon Hughes’ Trefnanney Prudence went BOB.
Yesterday was West Country Chihuahua Club’s open show. This is one of my favourite shows and this year didn’t disappoint. They weather was sunny and hot, and judging took place on the field opposite the village hall, covered in the main by the huge trees. That made for a comfortable day’s showing, under the shade of the trees with a lovely breeze. Longs were judged by Hazel Senior and Smooths by Rose Love.
In the Longs – BD and RBOB was Lynn Hill’s Lynpix The Mexican With Becanna, RBD Mr and Mrs Alarion’s Louis Vuitton De L’isle Au Vert Coteau (Imp Fra), BPD Amanda Green’s Ellochi Chasing Stars. BB and BOB was Amy Baranzeck’s Capevidle Licence To Thrill, RBB was Ellochi’s Audacity JW owned by me and Amanda, BPB and BPIB Mrs M Foley’s Tamilay Devil In Disguise and BVIB was Janet Fraser’s Widogi All For Show.
In the Smooths – BD and BOB was Beverley Sutton’s Nikitos Nowherenearnormal JW, RBD and BPD the same owner’s Now Or Never De L’isle Au Vert Coteau Nikitos (Imp Fra). BB and BVIB was Janet Frasers Widogi Hippolyta, RBB and BPB Williams and Loosley’s Jicara Bittersweet.
BIS was Amy’s Licence To Thrill, RBIS Lynn’s The Mexican, BPIS Beverley’s Now Or Never, RBPIS Mrs Foley’s Devil In Disguise, BVIS Janet’s Hippolyta and RBVIS the same owner’s All For Show.
Other big news is that Serena Hunt’s Zoya’s Kingdom Never Fails For Moltobello has qualified to compete in the JW competition in London, having reached the final 56 breeds in England. This is excellent news and a fantastic achievement for our breed!
In Agility – Naomi Hosker’s The Skye’s The Limit complete 9/9 clears and 3 second places in Grade 6 agility and jumping. Our chi’s can do everything those collies do!
This week’s photo was sent to me by Lorraine Daly, winning BOB (not sure which show). I do so love a happy owner and dog photo! Thanks to Lorraine.
Right then, alarms set, car packed with cool pads and fans, see you all tomorrow at Leeds, and safe journeys to you all. Do pop over and tell me your news for next week’s notes; I don’t bite on Fridays!