Daniel Roberts’ Longhaired Dachshund Breed Notes 3/8/17

Without doubt, we are approaching a very busy weekend. As far as CCs on offer for both our varieties though we still have only one set for Longs & two sets for Min Longs on offer. Certainly, Wires & Min Wires each have three sets on offer in two days. Besides Dachshunds, some lucky owners have an interest in other breeds & groups, indeed the National Gundog Championship show,Paigntonn all breeds Championship show & a variety of breed clubs hold shows & events over this weekend.

As far as our breed entries are concerned, when you look at the events being staged over the next few weeks without doubt the difference is staggering. At the Hound Show on Saturday, Longs have attracted 60 dogs with CCs & Min Longs 85 with CCs. In the afternoon at the Midland DC Partnership Championship Show Longs don’t have CCs on offer but have attracted 38 dogs. Min Longs have CCs at this show with 77.
The next day at Paignton neither of our varieties have CCs on offer but with a generous classification 14 Longs & 13 Min Longs are entered. The following weekend at Bournmouth just 16 Longs are entered in the breed with CCs on offer with more Min Longs (24) entered without CCs.
As usual the WKC have CCs on offer for both our varieties the week after Bournmouth with 43 Longs & 64 Min Longs. At the end of the month both our varieties have CCs on offer at SKC (August) where Longs have 18 dogs & Min Longs 44 dogs.
The entries are certainly diverse, in some cases more dogs are entered in their varieties where CCs are not on offer, which is alarming but I really don’t know the answer. Bournemouth’s Long entry has been in decline for years but this year’s 16 is an all time low for them. August SKC has also struggled with their Long entry in recent years but this years figure of 18 is slightly up. Both these societies have tried all rounder judges & breed specialists but still produce disappointing figures for all involved.

The latest Kennel Gazette has been published & this month’s featured breed is the Smooth Collie. Ten specialists have been asked to name their top three all time favorite dogs & all have nominated at least one (& in some cases all three) dogs that have a Foxearth connection of Trevor & Birgit Hayward. The tally of 74 UK Champions for the Foxearth Kennel also includes many Min Wires, certainly a record to be proud of & a really lovely read in the Gazette, very interesting indeed.

We also have a few more judges confirmed for 2018. Sue Seath (Sunsong Wires) will be awarding CCs in Min Longs at The Hound Association of Scotland, Ray Morland (Trinkin Whippets) will be awarding his first set of CCs in Min longs at Border Union, Maureen Poole (Findowie Min Longs) will be judging Min Long Dogs at The Longhaired Club, at Darlington both our varieties have CCs with Jenny Startup judging Longs at this level for the first time & Jason Hunt (Carpaccio Smooths & Min Smooths) judging Min longs. At The Great Joint DA Lloyd Cross (Logetta Longs & Min Smooths) will be awarding CCs in Longs with Helen Geeson (Abydachs Longs & Min Longs) awarding CCs in Min Longs. So, next year’s judges’ list must be near completion & you can always find an up to date list along with schedules, results & an abundance of other Dachshund related news on Fay Hutchings’ Showdach web pages.

The Northern Long Haired Breeders Association held their open show on 30th July where Di Whitehouse (Rioban) & Trish Rhodes (Bournder) judged the individual varieties & I was delighted to accept the task of judging the final awards. My Best In Show winner came from the veteran classes, Liz Garlick’s Long Ch Ranglewood Genista who was handled by young Millie Street, my Reserve Best In Show was Paul & Nora Price’s Min Smooth Samlane Desdemona. Helen Geeson’s Min Long Abydachs Alohomora was Best Puppy In Show & was attending her first such event with Janet Kay’s Min Wire Kaytian Tempest Over Haiti taking Reserve Best Puppy In Show. As usual, the home made food was delicious & the atmosphere very relaxed, a lovely show with some super dogs & it was great to catch up with many friends.

Over 1532 people now subscribe to the Dachshund Breed Council e-news that gets promptly delivered to us on the first of each month. August’s newsletter includes news on the special offer being available to owners who wish to get their Dachshund screened for IVDD thanks to the fund raising & support of The Little Legs Fundraising Group. There is a reminder about the Dachshund Walk at Caldicot Castle on Sunday 10th September which promises to be a great day. The ever popular Christmas cards are featured with all the contact details & a request for help from the Royal Veterinary College around research into uncoordinated gait in dogs. Education days are high on the agenda at the moment & the Wirehaired DC are holding a talk on the breed standard being presented by the DBC Chairman Ian Seath (Sunsong Wires) & a grooming demonstration by Mandy Dance (Emem Min Wires) on 4th November at Bagington Village Hall, Warks. All the details & links are available through the DBC newsletter & website.

Have a great week, let’s hope for some sunshine!
Daniel Roberts
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