Daniel Roberts’ Longhaired Dachshund Breed Notes 12/10/17

In contrast to the week before at Driffield, a dry sunny autumn morning gave a pleasant drive through the Welsh hills to Builth Wells where The South Wales Kennel Association all breed championship show was being staged. Unlike The Welsh Kennel Club, SWKA use the top area of the showground with all judging taking place inside. It’s been a few years now scince Longs had CCs on offer although like most breeds without CCs on offer they remain classified.

Brenda Jones (Adnerb smooths) had 7 Longs on the day with litter brother & sister winning each best of sex. Daniel Roberts’ Swansford Grantador was awarded BD & BOB with Swansford Gemmadora taking BB. RBD was Sue Burke & Rosie Manston’s Wardax Indian Summer Bonavior with Michael Lewis’ Trixhund Black Opium taking RBB & BP.

Carolyn Davies (Atihara Wires) was awarding CCs in Min Longs for the first time & had 47 dogs on the day. BCC (her first) & BOB was Helen Walters’ Ralines Flirtini handled by Mum Ruth Lockett-Walters. Ruth & Helen where also awarded The RBCC & BP with Crisp Fall Night At Ralines. DCC was Lynne Brooks’ Ch Lyndarlea Just Andy JW with Christine McCarthy being awarded The RDCC with Nagshall Luca Mac.

The organisers at SWKA where certainly keen to keep the show moving & exhibitors on the road at a decent time as the Hound group was called at 2.30pm. Vivien Philips (Debucher GBGV & Wires) had the pleasure of judging the group but sadly neither of our varieties went any further in what looked like an extremely high quality group.

This weekend sees The Long Haired DC open show at Calf Heath, near Wolverhampton. The committee always go above & beyond for the exhibitor & once again offer free Tea & Coffee on arrival. Judging commences at 10am in one ring with Miniatures being judged first. All varieties are classified & the individual figures are Min Longs 8, Min Wires 8, Min smooths 20, Longs 14, Wires 11 & smooths 7. As usual the baby puppy walk will be held in between the judging of The Miniatures & Standard varieties.

Entries for the forthcoming Lancashire & Cheshire DA Championship show where both our varieties do not have CCs this year are 20 Longs & 26 Min Longs. At Midland Counties all breeds Championship show both our varieties thankfully have CCs on offer with two breed specialists attracting 37 Longs & 48 Min Longs. Midland Counties will also be a very exciting time for Fran Mitchell (Bronia Longs) who not only will be celebrating a very ‘special’ birthday but also judging her very first championship show Hound Group!

The Midland DC recently held a committee meeting where club activities for 2018 & beyond where discussed. The club are certainly keen at giving back to both the Dachshund breeder, future judge & Dachshund owner. Many exciting plans are now being finalised to benefit all with details coming by the end of the month. One date worth noting is that The Club’s Championship Show will now be held as usual in Partnership with The Hound Association at Stafford on the new date of Saturday 14th July 2018. This weekend in July will be the new permanent date going forward for both societies.

Sad news comes from The Tekalhaus home of Debbie & Peter Clarke. Their beloved Ch & Aust Ch Tekalhaus Masterpiece Sh.CM has left them to cross The Rainbow Bridge. Maguire came from a repeat mating that also produced the kennel’s first champion Ch Tekelhaus Krugerrand. Sired by imported siemen from Gerhard Robinson’s Am Ch & SA Ch Siddachs Maestro To Nibelheim out of Tekalhaus Liquid Gold, he won his qualifying UK CCs all in 2006 under Di Moate at The DC of Wales, Jeff Crawford (Bournemouth) & Juliet Cooper (Great Joint DA) before leaving to Australia where he spent a short time with Judy & Alan Poulton gaining his title extremely quickly, in fact at his first show in Oz, The DC of New South Wales Speciality he was awarded Best In Show. Maguire returned ‘home’ in 2008 where he lived like all do at Tekelhaus as a much loved member of the household. Our sympathy to Debbie & Peter at this very sad time, I’m sure a great loss to them both.

Daniel Roberts

daniel@swansford.co.uk

01785 664461

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