Random news and thoughts

Dec. 12, 2018

Magnus The Magnificent
A very much loved little dog, Magnus The Magnificent aka Multi Ch Hjohoo’s Love Looking At Hjo

So great to meet old and new friends this past weekend at the highlight of the year, Stockholm Dog Fair. On Saturday I got to cuddle with the awesome Magnus the Magnificent and we had a lovely evening and dinner with my Joyce’s breeders Elisabeth and Magnus (kennel Hjohoo’s).

On Sunday I had a very early start as I worked in the Chihuahua/Tibetan terrier ring for Polish judge Jakub Kruczek who really put my fast-writing skills to the test. Time flew by. It was also nice to have a late lunch with my old buddies from the ring-steward course Kristin, Thorbjörn, Elda, Anna and Kristina, before I joined Elisabeth and Magnus to watch the finals.

Those who know what was at stake can probably easily imagine that we were all nervous wrecks. Stay tuned for updates on the Show Dog Of The Year competition! Naturally we cheered like crazy when the group winning Irish Terrier entered the ring in the Best In Show final. The terrier finalist always makes me misty eyed, regardless of breed. There’s just something about those feisty little terriers.

Dec. 1, 2018

Cameron did it again! Best of Terrier Group puppies 6-9 months today at Miniature Pinscher Club’s all-breed dog show in Upplands-Väsby. Judge: Andreas Lantz.

Camy BIG Upplands-Väsby

 

Nov. 23, 2018

What is the impact on a breed’s appearance and traits from the increasing importance of group competitions at dog shows? This very interesting question was raised during a seminar about dog anatomy held by judge and Rottweiler breeder Gerard O’Shea.

Open up any dog magazine and you will see that what’s reported on from dog shows are group results and the best in show final. We also know that some breeds hardly ever win the group. Why? They are obviously the top of their respective breeds.

Give this some thought: dogs are generally expected to be friendly and open, for example toward judges. Well, not all breeds have been bred to be friendly and open. In fact, it might be highly untypical for some breeds.

And some breeds don’t have the eye-catching, flowing gait that is required to win in group competitions. That may be because they’re not supposed to. Instead they have movements that are typical for their particular breed and breed standard.

Some breeds are supposed to look a bit scruffy. But breeders of those dogs know for sure that scruffy doesn’t win groups.

So, what is a poor breeder to do? Stop caring about the breed standard and go for the popular traits to win groups and BIS?  What will those dogs end up looking like?

Or should breeders stop attending groups and BIS because it’s no use anyway.  (Not really an option since we are required to show up for further competition if we’ve qualified)?

We all, breeders, judges and the kennel clubs, have a huge responsibility here. To stick to the breed standard, to honor the breed standard and to appreciate traits that are natural to a particular dog according to the breed standard, even when that isn’t being a polished, friendly dog with a flowing gait.

Can we do that?

Nov. 19, 2018

My adorable little Cameron made hooman mommy so proud this weekend. Best In Show-2 Puppies 6-9 months at Östergötlands Kennelklubb’s puppy dog show held at Mantorp. Judge: Patrik Cederlöf. Entries: 265 puppies of 100 different breeds.

Camy BIS-2 450

Photo: ÖKK

Nov. 16, 2018

The only thing better than a cairn terrier is a pack of cairn terriers.

Cairnterriers och skotte med säckpipa