Last week we had a nice break from dog shows in Ireland, however in the UK, City of Birmingham held their annual championship show in Stoneleigh. Havanese were judged on Friday and our judge was Mr S Band. I think I speak for all exhibitors present when I say that to exhibit under this gentleman was an absolute pleasure. What a polite and courteous gentleman, who had a wonderful manner with dogs and exhibitors alike. I myself showed my just gone six month old puppy. It was her very first show, and she had very limited training. Before she came to live with me she was brought to a one to one training class, but apart from that, she hasn’t had any practice. So I was most appreciative of the gentle and kind manner in which Mr Band examined her on the table, giving her lots of reassurance and encouragement. She thoroughly enjoyed her first experience in the ring, so thank you Mr Band for making her day a special one. I also heard another exhibitor remark that even if they win absolutely nothing on the day, it was a pleasure to show to Mr Band regardless. From his entry, Mr Band selected Ashwood’s Ch Silviesol Priscilla as his Best Bitch and Best of Breed Winner. Best Opposite Sex was awarded to Mr & Mrs P & C Muscroft’s Newtonwood Yours Truly. Reserve Best Male was awarded to Ms A Rutzel’s Am Kolmar’s Painted Masterpiece and Reserve Best Bitch was awarded to Dr A Akkad’s Gr Ch Multi Ch Int Ch Amazing Dance Shisuka. Best Veteran was awarded to Mr & Mrs D & S Lane’s Starleisha Heavenly Star ShCM and Best Puppy and Best Junior to Miss H McCallum-Sealy’s Pandaprint Believe in Magic. The atmosphere was mostly pleasant around the ring, it was lovely to catch up with some lovely people.
In Swedan, Sara Hansson and her lovely boy, Alvin, made breed history for being the first Havanese to gain his Swedish Freestyle Championship Title! This is a fantastic achievement for this pair and I know an awful lot of hard work and practice went into achieving this accolade. If you want to watch their winning routine, you can do so on www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z8g_rPm6Bg
Huge congratulations to Sara and Alvin, and also to proud co-owner Karin Doringer! The Havanese Community are very proud of your fantastic achievements.
This weekend in the UK, Richmond Championship Show takes place, with Toy Day taking place on Friday. Havanese are third in ring 8 after 53 Chinese Cresteds and 23 Bolognese. Havanese has 18 dogs making up an entry of 20 and the judge is Harry Tast from Finland.
In Ireland, there are two all-breed championship shows taking place, Bangor & District on Saturday and Banbridge on Sunday. The venue is the same for both shows, and is a new one for Irish Exhibitors. The Venue is The Ulster Flying Club, Newtownards Airport, Portaferry Road, Newtownards, Co Dow, BT23 8SG. I believe the club are not allowed to put signs on lampposts to provide directions, so exhibitors are advised to keep an eye on their facebook pages for directions. As of yet, numbers haven’t been released, however I’m sure they will be available shortly. Good luck to all showing this weekend.
I’m sure many who are active on social media may have noticed quite a lot of posts lately surrounding juvenile cataracts in our breed. There have some instances recently of cataracts being detected in young Havanese. There is no line that is exempt from this issue, it is something that can occur after many generations, however sadly at present we do not have a marker to be able to genetically test for cataracts. However Anja Brenten and Katrin Leiss in Germany are currently looking for breeders and owners worldwide to get in touch with them, in respect of any dogs they own or have bred that are affected. Kim Bellamy, who is currently working on a PHD on Cataracts in Havanese in Norway, has reached out to Anja and Katrin. Kim is liaising with the Norwegian Kennel Club on the mattter. She is currently looking for samples of Havanese that are either affected by cataracts, or Havanese that are clear from cataracts at 7 years of age or older. Anyone who would like to participate in her project can contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org . So if you feel you can help, please get in touch with either Anja or Katrin via facebook or Kim Bellamy. All information provided will be treated as confidential.
If you have any news, results or information that you would like included in the breed notes, please feel free to drop me a line. You can contact me either by email (email@example.com) or on Facebook through Facebook Messenger. Olivia Carty-Parge