Daniel Roberts’ Longhaired Dachshund Breed Notes 19/7/17

Trevor, Stephanie & Jeremy Goddard have been touched by the many cards, phone calls & flowers following their loss of Ch Minard Krystal Darque, the all-time Dachshund CC record holder all varieties. The messages of sympathy have been a great comfort to The Minard family & have certainly helped with the loss of such a special girl. Jeremy is judging Min Longs at The Midland Dachshund Club Championship show next month where I’m sure he will have some comfort being among friends judging his own variety.

At Paignton all breeds championship show Jenny Hiscox (Teegate Min Wires & Curly Coat retrievers) has attracted 14 Longs & 13 Min Longs, both without CCs on offer. A generous non-CC classification & I’m sure a typical West Country welcome awaits all that have entered. When I think of Paignton, it brings back memories of making the journey south back in the day when both our varieties had CCs on offer & missing my classes as I had incorrectly read the judging time. Never again, a lesson learnt well although I still have a habit of turning up at a show with the wrong dogs!. Aileen Raven (Kenhaven Longs) was the breed judge that day & it certainly was a hot day, lets hope they are blessed with some great weather this year.

The Midland Dachshund Club partnership open show with Evesham CS was held last weekend. The overall entry for the Midland was 149 Dachshunds which was truly great by today’s standards. Evesham had two breed specialists doing the six varieties & their show certainly benefited from a great entry too. Carolyne Scott (Wolferlow Min Smooths) decided the main awards at she Midland awarding Best In Show to Cindy Dare’s Long Ch Darsoms Zybrox who also went onto win the Hound Group at Evesham under Jenny Hiscox (Teegate Min Wires). Reserve Best In Show was Adey Barrett’s Min Smooth Ch Ayseebee Rumour Has It. Best Puppy In Show was Sue & Jason Hunt’s Carpaccio Midnight Lace with Janet Kay’s Min Wire Kaytian Tempest Over Hiati taking Reserve Best Puppy In Show.

Apart from winning Best In Show at The Midland & The Hound Group at Evesham, Cindy Dare completed a great day with her new Long puppy Swansford Lionellador Darsoms by winning Best Puppy In Breed at both shows & finally Hound Puppy Group Four at Evesham.

This was my first show as official Secretary at the Midland & I was thrilled with how the day went. A lovely atmosphere all day & no issues to deal with. To see so many Dachshund owners together, relaxing in the sun enjoying their day with dogs was a pleasure to see. Of course, the rain had to arrive at some point & just as Best In Show was being called the heavens opened.

Let’s hope we have a dry day at the Hound Association & Midland DC partnership Championship shows at Stafford on 5th August. As previously mentioned, the judging for both shows will take place in the ‘Paddocks’ behind the Prestwood Centre & a detailed judging order is in the schedule. With the exception of Min Wires (which start judging at The MDC at 9am), the other five varieties will follow after the completion of the Hound show Breed judging. The overall entry of Dachshunds at the MDC is 364 which is exactly the same as last year (& with a no CCs for Min Smooths this year like we had in 2016). Obviously the Hound Association has CCs on offer for all six varieties & just three sets at the MDC. Jeremy Goddard (Minard Min Longs) has attracted 77 Min Longs with CCs, Judith Armstrong (Lauralee Smooths) has 56 Min Wires with CCs & her husband Morris has attracted 68 Wires with CCs. The three non CC varieties have all attracted healthy entries with Phil Rollinson (Nosinllor Wires) having 73 Min Smooths, Nicola Spencer (Bannonbrig Spinoni) 38 Longs & Ian Blackshaw (Ravenways Min Longs) 47 Smooths. Ian has also attracted 12 new veterans & long-serving past committee member & Chairman for many years Gladys Mead (Minimead Min Smooths) will make the final awards. The whole day looks to be busy for some, but certainly let’s hope for an enjoyable day which will be remembered for the right reasons. Both societies have worked hard to improve on last year’s first partnership & obviously looking at the entry received you have faith in us to make it all happen as smoothly & trouble free as possible!

On Sunday 10th of September, Dedicated To Dachshunds are holding a fund raising day for IVDD at Caldicot Castle, Chepstow, NP26 4HU. This starts around 11am with a fun dog show, ending in a mass sponsored walk around the castle grounds which will be led by IVDD Dachshunds in their strollers & wheelchairs at 4pm. Plenty of stalls & other fundraising events will take place throughout the day. Without doubt it certainly sounds like a great day is planned & the BBC will their filming the event too. All details can be found on the Facebook page Sausage Dog walks or email enquiries to dedicatedtodaxiswithivdd@gmail.com . A date for everyone’s diary I would think!

Please keep your news & views coming in. Next week I will be looking at Kennel Club colour registrations following their recent press release around registering puppies ‘colour unknown’. I’m sure many of you have opinions so drop me a line, email, call or text please. These notes are for you.

Daniel Roberts


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