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    March 10th, 2017Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2017

    The Smooth Collie representative, Ch Clingstone’s Hot Shot at Foxearth, won the 2nd Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds Competition at Crufts 2017 today (Friday 10th March).

    The competition, sponsored by Eukanuba and supported by the competition’s media partner Our Dogs, is the only one of its kind in the UK, raising awareness of Britain and Ireland’s rare native breeds and recognising those breeders and owners dedicated to ensuring their continued survival. In order to qualify for the final, a dog must have been nominated by its owner and have accumulated the most points in its breed at championship and open shows in the preceding year.

    The final was pre-judged during the day by Stuart Plane, and the winner was crowned after a brief consideration of his shortlist in the Main Arena at 6pm.

    Reserve was the Gordon Setter, Sh Ch Lourdace Fulcrum, who won both the VBB Competition and the Gundog Group at Crufts 2016. Shortlisted were the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, English Toy Terrier, Sealyham Terrier and Sky Terrier.

    A full gallery of all the finalists who attended can be found here.

    The Deerhound (Cotherstone Islay Mist of Kaleginy) and Dandie Dinmont (Cloverwood Duchess May) representatives did not compete today.

    Many VBB enthusiasts were disappointed with the way in which the competition was handled at Crufts, with the pre-juding element not announced at all and the final squeezed in between the Eukanuba World Challenge and Utility Group judging.

    This reporter has also been disappointed with the lack of media attention this competition has been given, with no official press release about the winners yet issued, no YouTube footage uploaded, and only the winners pictures being included in the official online gallery thus far. Also, last year the final was televised on Channel 4, but this year it was not. 

    The entire point of this competition, in the KC’S own words is “raising awareness” – how is that supposed to be achieved when these breeds get less than 20 minutes in the spotlight, with no attention otherwise? Even the official press pack info about dog breed trends over the years barely mentions the VBBs, except as an arbitrary table of registration figures. Journalists need human interest angles, quotes, images: stories! Why is the Kennel Club not using this competition – or indeed Crufts in general – to provide these? 

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    March 9th, 2017Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2017

    Alan, a Lakeland Terrier from Uttoxeter in Staffordshire, won the Terrier Best in Group title at Crufts 2017 today (Thursday 9th March), qualifying him for a place in the Best in Show final on Sunday. 

    Alan (Champion Saredon Enigma), who is only 20 months old, will return to the Genting Arena at the NEC in Birmingham on Sunday for a place in the final at the world’s biggest dog show, Crufts, with his handler, John Averis.  Alan is owned by Johann Schembri and Tony Barker and was bred by John, who is a Kennel Club Assured Breeder.

    Second place in the Terrier group went to the West Highland White Terrier, with the Dandie Dinmont and Kerry Blue in 3rd and 4th.

    Shortlisted were: the Bedlington, the Smooth Fox Terrier, the Irish, the Jack Russell (exhibiting at Crufts for the first time), the Norfolk, and the Scottie. 

    People around Britain and the world will be watching to see which dog is crowned Best in Show on Sunday as the final is filmed live on Channel 4 and available to stream on the official Crufts YouTube Channel – www.youtube.com/crufts.

    Around 22,000 dogs will compete over the four days for one of just seven places in the Crufts final and a chance to win the most celebrated title in the world of dogs. 

    The Lakeland Terrier is a Vulnerable Native Breed.

    John Averis, who bred Alan and handled him in the ring, said: “This is amazing.  Alan is only 20 months old but you’ve got to go in to the ring hoping to win and being optimistic.

    “This dog has quite a history – his grandfather, grandmother and mother were all Best of Breeds at Crufts so he had a lot to follow and I believe he excelled himself.  We spend a lot of time training Alan and it has paid off.

    “To me it is the highest honour to win the Terrier group at Crufts.  Time now for a pint and a curry and to look forward to Sunday.”

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We are delighted to see Alan chosen as the Best in Group winner today. Johann, Tony and John should all be very proud of Alan for reaching the prestigious Best in Show final, it’s an incredible achievement and one that not many get to experience in their lifetime.

    “Crufts celebrates happy, healthy dogs and recognises the special and unique bond between dogs and their owners. Alan is such a lovely dog that clearly has a great relationship with his handler, and is clearly at home in the show ring.

    “It’s only day one of four and the final is bound to be exciting. We want to wish Alan and his owners and handler the best of luck in the ring, we are sure that all of Uttoxeter will be turning on Channel 4 on Sunday to cheer them on.”

    For more information, visit www.crufts.org.uk. The full results for Crufts 2017 can be found online at www.press.fossedata.co.uk.

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    March 9th, 2017Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2017

    Frosty, a Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen from the Netherlands, owned by Gwen Huikeshoven and Phil Reid, won the Hound Best in Group title at Crufts 2017 today (Thursday 9th March), qualifying them for a place in the Best in Show final on Sunday.

    Frosty (Europ Champion Frosty Snowman), who is two years old, will return to the Genting Arena at the NEC in Birmingham for a place at the world’s biggest dog show, Crufts, with his owner Gwen Huikeshoven. 

    People around Britain and the world will be watching to see which dog is crowned Best in Show on Sunday as the final is filmed live on Channel 4 and available to stream on the official Crufts YouTube Channel – www.youtube.com/crufts.

    Almost 22,000 dogs have competed over the four days for one of just seven places in the Crufts final and a chance to win the most celebrated title in the world of dogs.

    Proud owner Gwen Huikeshoven, said: “I could not believe it when the judge came towards us and to think we had planned to go home tomorrow.

    “Frosty is a really playful dog.  He loves his squeaky toys and he is the perfect family pet.”

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We are delighted to see Frosty chosen as the Best in Group Hound winner today. Frosty’s owners Gwen and Phil should be very proud of reaching the prestigious Best in Show final, it’s an incredible achievement and one that not many get to experience in their lifetime.

    “Crufts celebrates happy, healthy dogs and recognises the special and unique bond between dogs and their owners. Frosty and Gwen’s relationship really showed in the ring and it looked as though Frosty thoroughly enjoyed himself.

    “We want to wish Frosty, Gwen and Phil the best of luck in the ring on Sunday, and we hope people turn on Channel 4 to watch the action.”

    For more information, visit www.crufts.org.uk. The  full results for Crufts 2017 can be found online at www.press.fossedata.co.uk

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    February 21st, 2017Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2017

    Dog lovers can look forward to a record-breaking 11 and a half hours of television coverage when Crufts returns to Channel 4 and More4 this March to celebrate the world’s largest dog show.

    With Clare Balding at the helm, Channel 4 and More4 will broadcast all the action across the four days of the show, leading up to the grand finale on Sunday when Best in Show will be crowned.

    In addition to the traditional evening shows, Channel 4 will be broadcasting an extra one-hour programme from the show in the afternoon on both Thursday and Friday.

    Channel 4 and More4 will cover the event at the following times:

    On More4

    • Thursday 9th March: 18.30-20.00
    • Friday 10th March: 18.30-19.30

    On Channel 4

    • Thursday 9th March: 16.00-17.00 and 20.00-21.00
    • Friday 10th March: 16.00-17.00 and 19.30-21.00
    • Saturday 11th March: 19.00-21.00
    • Sunday 12th March: 18.00-20.30

    Clare Balding will be joined at the famous dog show at Birmingham’s NEC by a team of presenters; all of them dog lovers who will cover the many varied aspects of the show.  Details of these presenters will be announced in due course.

    All of the Arena action from the show will also be shown every day live on the Crufts YouTube channel which can be found at www.youtube.com/crufts.

    Caroline Kisko, Secretary of the Kennel Club, which runs Crufts, said: “We are delighted that Channel 4 and More4 will be offering viewers at home the opportunity to enjoy even more of this year’s Crufts. The event holds such a special place in dog lovers’ hearts because it celebrates everything that we love most about dogs, and the programmes will reflect on the benefits dogs bring to our lives and the many fascinating aspects of Crufts.

    “The enhanced TV coverage will not only bring exciting sports such as agility and flyball into people’s homes, but will enable people to see the diverse range of wonderful dog breeds, including some of the more unusual breeds that are not often seen in the streets and parks across the country, through the dog show aspect of Crufts. It will also cover topics about choosing, caring for and enjoying life with dogs, as well as different issues affecting dog owners in the UK.”  

    Channel 4 and More4’s coverage of Crufts will be produced by Sunset + Vine.

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    February 11th, 2017Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2017

    The Kennel Club Junior Warrant Winner of the Year final will take place at Crufts on Thursday 9 March 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham and be judged by Tom Mather.

    The finalists qualified in heats held at London’s biggest dog event, Eukanuba Discover Dogs at ExCeL London, with 61 top young dogs competing for just ten places in the final.

    The finalists competing at Crufts 2017 will be:

    • Dalmatian, Offordale Larissa, owned and bred by Mrs JE Alexander.
    • Australian Shepherd, Allmark Vanity Fayre, owned and bred by Mr N & Mrs AE Allan and Mr R Harlow.
    • Rottweiler, Jodipas Time, owned and bred by Mr J and Mrs D Allen.
    • Siberian Husky, Ninlil of Poliarine Arktika Over Zanjelic, owned by Mrs ET Ashcroft. Bred by Mrs E Sutiene.
    • Irish Red & White Setter, Killary’s Grand Venture with Vanders and Romaunt, owned by Mrs J Barney and Mrs J Howatson. Bred by Mesdames Peterson & Zawikowski and Mr and Mrs Harrison.
    • Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Charibere Simply Magic at Chezanna, owned by Mrs C Kenyon, Miss L Bermingham and Mr A Ward. Bred by Mrs L Marston.
    • Bullmastiff, Hyerdunscar The Big Tease, owned and bred by Mrs J Lindley.
    • Whippet, Nevedith Zufor Zeffa, owned and bred by Miss E Newton.
    • Siberian Husky, One in a Million Legend of the Spirit, owned by Mrs RJ and Mr DA Simms. Bred by Mrs I Krieger.
    • Poodle (Standard), Kossab Kijaka With Anorien, owned by Miss K Young. Bred by Mrs G Brekkarud.

    The Junior Warrant is an award for pedigree dogs from the ages of 6 to 18 months which have won a series of first prizes at both open and championship shows. Achieving a Junior Warrant is one of the highest levels of success for young pedigree show dogs.

    The Kennel Club Junior Warrant Winner of the Year competition is held annually and is for dogs which have gained the title of Junior Warrant during the previous year.  The final will take place on Thursday 9 March 2017 and will be just one of the many and varied activities taking place at Crufts from 9 – 12 March 2017.

    Gerald King, Crufts Chairman, said: “The Kennel Club Junior Warrant Winner of the Year competition throws the spotlight on young dogs competing at Crufts. All the great dogs who have triumphed at the show over the years had to start somewhere, so who knows what this might lead to? This year’s final could see a star of the future emerge! We wish all the competitors the best of luck and a very enjoyable show.”

    To find out more about the Kennel Club Junior Warrant Winner of the Year competition, please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/juniorwarrant.

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    February 10th, 2017Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2017

    The Kennel Club has announced the finalists taking part in the Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds competition at Crufts.

    The competition, sponsored by Eukanuba and supported by the competition’s media partner Our Dogs, is the only one of its kind in the UK, raising awareness of Britain and Ireland’s rare native breeds and recognising those breeders and owners dedicated to ensuring their continued survival.

    In order to qualify for the final, a dog must have been nominated by its owner and have accumulated the most points in its breed at championship and open shows in the preceding year.

    The finalists are as follows:

    Bloodhound, Sam Clark’s Ch Gioia Delle Isole Lontane at Farlap, 4 points. 

    Bull Terrier (Miniature), Elaine and Verity Clark’s Ch Grandopera Macchiato, 5 points.

    Collie (Smooth), Trevor and Birgit Hayward’s Ch Clingstone’s Hot Shot at Foxearth, 12 points.

    Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Liz Jacka-Slater’s Cloverwood Duchess May, 15 points. 

    Deerhound, Kay Constantine’s Cotherstone Islay Mist of Kaleginy, 16 points.

    English Setter, Kate Thomson’s Mariglen Fetlar Caspellwynd, 26 points.

    English Toy Terrier, Terry Burgess, Dominic Browne, Katherine and Christine Williams’ Ch Sharex Burning Love for Dobrugh, 17 points. 

    Fox Terrier (Smooth), Rachel Turley’s Zetamaz Marcel Marceau Avec Llyunamill, 29 points. 

    Glen of Imaal Terrier, Kathy George and Natalie Sullivan’s Ch Romainville Billy Whizz, 7 points. 

    Gordon Setter, David Alcorn, David Crowther and Josie Baddeley’s Sh Ch Lourdace Fulcrum, 19 points. (Last year’s VNB winner, and Gundog Group winner)

    Irish Terrier, Angela Cooke’s Ch Montelle Carvillius Gold, 23 points. 

    Kerry Blue Terrier, Carmel Clarke-O’Neill’s Lemracdream Raphael, 7 points. 

    Lancashire Heeler, Nina and Ellie Beach’s Ch Foxthyme Back To Black, 14 points. 

    Manchester Terrier, Kevin Carter’s Ch Digelsa Declaration, 24 points.

    Mastiff, Emma Herring and Jamie Dodd’s Ch Cedwalla Country Boy By Heffalump, 4 points. 

    Norwich Terrier, Ali Hayes’ Ragus Fabulous Clown, 14 points.

    Otterhound, Samantha Lewis’ Ottaryx Phaedrra, 7 points.

    Sealyham Terrier, Joy Banks’ Ch Amberwheat’s Hope’n’Smile with Willowaire, 5 points.  

    Skye Terrier, Jane Curtis’ Ch Brakemill Barnum, 15 points.

    Spaniel (Clumber), Peter and Jackie Sheppard’s Whissgig Daddy Cool, 7 points.

    Spaniel (Field)Caroline Smith’s Ewtor Affinity For Flyenpyg, 14 points. 

    Spaniel (Sussex), Gordon and Lesley Nesbitt’s Yorkham Fred Bear From Charbrouille, 15 points.

    Welsh Corgi (Cardigan), Peter Clifton’s Ch Joseter Mr Blobby, 26 points.

    The final, to be judged by Stuart Plane, will take place at 6pm in the Genting Arena on Friday 10 March at the NEC in Birmingham.

    Gerald King, Crufts Chairman, said: “The Kennel Club Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds Competition final is always a popular feature at Crufts. We are delighted to be able to showcase these special breeds in this way, and would urge visitors who may be interested in acquiring one of these breeds to also spend time in the Discover Dogs area of Crufts in Hall 3 where the dogs can be met at close quarters. Meeting the breeders in this way is always a great way to find out if a breed is suitable for a particular family’s lifestyle.”

    More information on the vulnerable British and Irish breeds can be found on the Kennel Club website at http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/getting-a-dog-or-puppy/finding-the-right-dog/vulnerable-native-breeds/.

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    February 7th, 2017Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2017
    Breed 
    Total2349
    Airedale Terrier92
    Australian Terrier23
    Bedlington Terrier78
    Border Terrier250
    Bull Terrier48
    Bull Terrier (Miniature)78
    Cairn Terrier145
    Cesky Terrier50
    Dandie Dinmont Terrier55
    Fox Terrier (Smooth)67
    Fox Terrier (Wire)85
    Glen of Imaal Terrier37
    Irish Terrier63
    Jack Russell Terrier97
    Kerry Blue Terrier43
    Lakeland Terrier34
    Manchester Terrier62
    Norfolk Terrier54
    Norwich Terrier51
    Parson Russell Terrier104
    Scottish Terrier95
    Sealyham Terrier26
    Skye Terrier39
    Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier123
    Staffordshire Bull Terrier369
    Welsh Terrier41
    West Highland White Terrier140
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    February 6th, 2017Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2017

     201520162017
    Total3,2143,2753,158
    Bearded Collie301299289
    Bedlington Terrier818978
    Bloodhound152518
    Bull Terrier (Miniature)778578
    Bullmastiff130133152
    Collie (Smooth)565853
    Dandie Dinmont Terrier565955
    Deerhound10310181
    English Setter170200174
    English Toy Terrier645864
    Fox Terrier (Smooth)736667
    Glen of Imaal Terrier304237
    Gordon Setter208192200
    Irish Red & White Setter867882
    Irish Terrier475663
    Irish Wolfhound149162140
    Kerry Blue Terrier645143
    King Charles Spaniel108125129
    Lakeland Terrier414534
    Lancashire Heeler898679
    Manchester Terrier576662
    Mastiff586656
    Norwich Terrier405151
    Old English Sheepdog111133124
    Otterhound323225
    Retriever (Curly Coated)737665
    Scottish Terrier1089495
    Sealyham Terrier383326
    Skye Terrier575639
    Spaniel (Clumber)877064
    Spaniel (Field)535466
    Spaniel (Irish Water)363032
    Spaniel (Sussex)575259
    Spaniel (Welsh Springer)200203200
    Welsh Corgi (Cardigan)8391101
    Welsh Corgi (Pembroke)144120136
    Welsh Terrier323841
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    February 6th, 2017Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2017

    Crufts is to stage its most international show ever, with a record number of dogs travelling from abroad to compete this year in an overall entry of almost 22,000 dogs.

    The Kennel Club figures show that 21,838 dogs will be taking part in breed judging, Gamekeepers’ classes and the Obedience and Agility Championships at the show, which takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from 9 – 12 March.

    A total of 3,469 dogs from overseas will compete at Crufts this year, compared with 3,396 in 2016, an increase of over two per cent. Dogs from a total of 55 overseas countries will take part in the show, including, for the first time, Puerto Rico, Georgia, Guadeloupe and Réunion. This is eight more countries than competed in 2016.

    Leading this friendly ‘foreign invasion’ with more entries than any other overseas country is France with 418 dogs, followed closely by Italy (373), the Netherlands (327) and the Republic of Ireland (305).

    The number of breeds competing at Crufts continues to grow, adding to the diversity of the event, with the inclusion of two new breeds – the ever-popular British breed, the Jack Russell Terrier (97 entered), and the Great Swiss Mountain Dog (40), which will both have their own breed classes at Crufts for the first time.

    This year has seen an increase of 50 per cent or more in the entries for the Basenji, Japanese Spitz and Portuguese Water Dog compared with 2016.

    The highest entry in each group is as follows:

    • Terrier: Staffordshire Bull Terrier – 369
    • Hound: Whippet – 386
    • Toy: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – 311
    • Utility: Bulldog – 282
    • Gundog: Retriever (Labrador) – 555
    • Working: Boxer, Rottweiler – both 220
    • Pastoral: Border Collie – 352

    In contrast, there are just two Hungarian Kuvasz entered, which is the highest entry figure for this rare breed at Crufts since 2005, which highlights the fact that the show is a true celebration of all dogs, from the well-known to the highly unusual.

    Gerald King, Crufts Chairman, said: “We are delighted that entries to Crufts remain strong and steady. We feel honoured to welcome dogs from such a wide variety of breeds, representing all corners of the globe. The fact that people travel far and wide to enter this prestigious event is testament to the place it continues to hold in people’s hearts and we intend to keep going from strength to strength.

    “With Crufts also hosting the tenth anniversary of the Eukanuba World Challenge this year, it is a fantastic opportunity to have the entire dog world in one place celebrating the most successful and well-known dog show in the world. This will throw the spotlight on the magnificence of pedigree dogs and enhance the partnership the Kennel Club has with Eukanuba, supported by the FCI.

    “We thank everybody who has entered the show and look forward to welcoming all the dogs and their owners who make Crufts such a wonderful event, whether it is those who have been loyally returning year after year or those who are experiencing the show for the first time.”

    A full list of entries in each breed can be found on the Crufts website here.

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    November 7th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2017

    The Young Kennel Club (YKC) is seeking nominations for the next Shaun McAlpine Outstanding Young Person of the Year, which will be awarded at the world’s biggest dog show, Crufts, in March 2017.

    Through five different categories, the prestigious award acknowledges and highlights the positive contribution that YKC members make to the world of dogs. The categories are:

    • Young Braveheart of the Year: Recognising young people who have overcome personal barriers with their dog to achieve success.
    • Champion Volunteer of the Year: Recognising young people who give up their time to volunteer to help others.
    • Good Buddy of the Year: Recognising young people and their dogs who have proved themselves to be good role models.
    • Sporting Talent of the Year: Recognising young people who demonstrate a real passion for competing with or training their dog.
    • Fundraiser of the Year: Recognising young people who raise money for good causes.

    Previous winners of the annual competition have been selected for their volunteering and fundraising for dog charities, helping organise dog activities in the local community, and assisting others through training, stewarding and mentoring.

    Shortlisted nominees for each category will be invited to Crufts 2017 for a special presentation ceremony where the overall winner will be announced and will receive £750 to be used towards helping them progress their love of dogs.

    Young Kennel Club Chairman, Gerald King said: “Each year we really look forward to the announcement of the Shaun McAlpine Outstanding Young Person of the Year and it’s fantastic to hear about all the outstanding commitments of our YKC members. This award allows us to recognise young people working and helping dogs, reminding us of the way in which the two together can make such a difference in society.

    “Last year’s overall winner was a perfect example of the dedication of our members. Charlotte-Louise Page won ‘Fundraiser of the Year’ after raising £3,000 for a number of charities including the likes of Dogs for Good and Macmillan. Charlotte’s incredible achievements included climbing Ben Nevis with her Dalmatian, Pandora as well as taking on the Virgin London Marathon. We look forward to discovering more passionate and committed members like Charlotte with this year’s award.”

    The award is the highest level of achievement for young dog lovers. For over twenty five years, Ed and Cindy McAlpine have presented the Shaun McAlpine Outstanding Young Person of the Year award in memory of their son. The trophy is awarded annually to encourage young dog lovers to become more involved in dog activities, as Shaun himself had achieved considerable success as a dog handler.

    Anyone can nominate a YKC member in one of the Shaun McAlpine Outstanding Young Person of the Year award categories by submitting the application online from now until 1st December 2016. For more information or support with nominating, please contact ykc@thekennelclub.org.uk or call 020 7518 1030.

    Once nominations have been revealed, the general public will then decide the winner via an online vote on the YKC Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/YoungKennelClub/

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