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    November 7th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Articles, 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 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

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    October 20th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Articles, Crufts 2017

    A nationwide search has begun to find the UK’s top dog hero, to be crowned the 2017 winner of the annual Eukanuba Friends for Life competition, celebrating a lifetime of friendship and the heart-warming stories of how humans and dogs transform and enrich each other’s lives.

    The Kennel Club, the UK’s largest dog welfare organisation, in partnership with Eukanuba, the experts in super premium pet nutrition, is searching for inspiring stories from across the country that showcase just how much dogs do for humans throughout their lives, and is calling for the public to nominate a canine companion that deserves to be recognised for what they do.

    The winner of the Eukanuba Friends for Life competition will be revealed at Crufts 2017, at the NEC, Birmingham on Sunday 12 March, and will win £3,000 for a dog charity of their choice.  Runners up will receive £750 for their chosen dog charity.

    The public are being asked to nominate dogs in the following categories:

    Nominations are open until 12 December 2016 and four finalists will be chosen to go forward to the final at Crufts 2017, where the overall winner, selected by public vote, will be announced before the grand finale of the Crufts Best in Show award.

    Previous winners of the competition include 2016 winner Boo the Lurcher, who is credited with transforming the life of owner Rosie Reid following complications in pregnancy that left her unable to have children and suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder; Miracle, a rescue dog who was to be cruelly slaughtered for meat but who is now changing the life of his owner six year-old Kyle who has cerebral palsy; and Haatchi, an Anatolian Shepherd who had his leg and tail amputated after being deliberately tied to a railway line and struck by a train, only to be rescued and rehomed with seven year-old Owen Howkins, who has a rare genetic condition which causes his muscles to be permanently tense, and his family.

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “Dogs play a significant role in our lives. Every day there are dogs out there saving lives in war zones, giving confidence and independence to those with disabilities, and showing remarkable bravery and loyalty as pets.

    “Eukanuba Friends for Life is an opportunity to celebrate these dogs, who quietly go about changing people’s lives in their own unique and special way. We are looking forward to hearing from anybody who has a heart-warming tale about how their dog has changed their life for the better or how a friend has had their life transformed by their dog.

    “As a fitting tribute, the winner will take centre stage at the Genting Arena during Crufts 2017, an event which is dedicated to celebrating the diverse role that dogs play in society and the way that they enrich our lives.

    “We encourage anybody whose dog has earned the title of Eukanuba Friend for Life to put them forward for recognition in this competition.”

    Annaliese Reekie, Managing Director for Eukanuba UK said: “Eukanuba Friends for Life celebrates the unique relationship we have with our dogs and the important role they play throughout our life and their own. At Eukanuba, we want to help extraordinary dogs everywhere to live a long, happy and healthy life with our high quality nutrition together with appropriate care. I have always had dogs in my life so know the joy, comfort and loyalty they bring; ultimately they will never let you down. I can’t wait to hear this year’s incredible stories of how dogs give us a lifetime of love, care and support.”

    For further information and to nominate a dog, visit

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    March 13th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Articles, Crufts, Crufts 2016

    The 125th anniversary of Crufts has ended on a high, with an exciting Best in Show final seeing Devon (Ch Burneze Geordie Girl), a West Highland White Terrier take home the coveted title tonight (Sunday March 13th). 

    In a packed arena, Devon, who is two years old in July and Marie Burns, a Kennel Club Assured Breeder from Bishop Auckland, County Durhamwere cheered on as they were chosen by top judge, Derek Smith and awarded the prestigious Crufts Best in Show title by Clare Balding. The historic moment was captured live on Channel 4 and watched online around the world. 

    Almost 22,000 pedigree dogs from around the world competed at the Birmingham NEC over four days for just seven places in the Crufts 2016 Best in Show final. The other six finalists were, Jen the German Spitz Klein, Eric the Pekingese, Zony the Border Collie, James the Gordon Setter, Hazel the Whippet and Hector the Bouvier Des Flandres. 

    Devon’s, owner, Marie said of her win: “I can’t believe it, it was amazing. She is a typical terrier, a bit of a tomboy, very independent and fun to be around. I’m so thankful to everyone who has helped us get there. I can’t believe it she’s the first West Highland Terrier to win in more than 20 years.” 

    The Reserve Best in Show award was won by Hazel, the Whippet, owned by Charlie Donaldson from Middlebie, Dumfrieshire, who was also bred by a Kennel Club Assured Breeder. 

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “This has been a fantastic year and a wonderful final, and it’s clear to see why, for 125 years, Crufts has been one of the major British events.

    “Congratulations to Devon who helped end this year’s competition on a high note, taking the prestigious Best in Show award with her owner, Marie Burns. 

    “This year has been such a great show, with dogs and their handlers showing their fantastic relationship across a range of dog sports and competitions.” 

    The full results for Crufts 2016 can be found online at

    Only 361 days until Crufts 2017!

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    February 26th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2016

    Twenty one year-old Zara Werner, from Herne Bay, is getting ready to be awarded the Cinnamon Trust Young Volunteer of the Year award at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts, next month.

    Zara WernerZara, who is currently at Canterbury Christ Church University studying events management, first started volunteering in 2011 when she was taking part in her Duke of Edinburgh Gold award. She wanted to choose a charity where she was able to help someone in her local community on a personal level; this is where she found the Cinnamon Trust, the national charity for the elderly, the terminally ill and their pets.

    At first Zara was paired with a young energetic dog who calmed down considerably for her elderly owner after frequent walks with the young volunteer. After a short break from volunteering, Zara soon began helping with the Cinnamon Trust again, this time walking the dogs of an older woman whose recent surgery meant she was unable to give her pets any exercise. She walked them every week until their owner was back on her feet.  

    Zara met Maureen Sharp and her two dogs, Candy and Toffee, in 2014, and has been walking the dogs every week, come rain or shine, ever since. Zara and Maureen have also struck up a strong friendship, and both women look forward to each other’s company each week, Maureen even regards Zara as her honorary grand-daughter.

    Despite finishing her Duke of Edinburgh award, Zara is continuing to volunteer for Maureen and others whilst juggling university work and a part time job in a bar.

    Speaking about her win, Zara said: “I feel honoured to be have been chosen out of all the other amazing volunteers! It was such a shock when I was informed as volunteering has become part of my weekly routine so it’s easy to forget you are actually volunteering. I am really grateful to the Cinnamon Trust for choosing me.”

    When speaking about heading to Crufts next month, Zara said: “I have watched Crufts growing up as a child, so it is a really exciting opportunity for me to go, let alone to collect an award there. It is definitely a ‘pinch me’ moment!”

    Thanks to Zara’s help, Maureen has been able to keep her dogs, as Zara has given Candy and Toffee the exercise that sometimes Maureen may not have been able to provide.

    Zara will receive the prestigious Cinnamon Trust Young Volunteer of the Year trophy at Crufts on Saturday 12th March at 12pm in the Young Kennel Club ring.

    Mrs Averil Jarvis, Founder and Chief Executive of the Cinnamon Trust, said: “Zara’s commitment and kindness has brought sunshine into the lives of two little dogs and one lovely lady. For this, she more than deserves this accolade.”

    In conjunction with the Young Kennel Club, the Cinnamon Trust encourages young people who love dogs to help older people who also love dogs but are unable to fully care for their canine companion themselves. It’s a win-win-win situation – the dog wins as they get a fun walk and stay healthy, the owner wins as they get peace of mind with a happy dog, and the young volunteer wins as they make new friends and gain a great sense of pride.


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    February 2nd, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2016

    Almost 22,000 dogs will be heading to the NEC in Birmingham from 10th – 13th March to compete at Crufts 2016, the Kennel Club has announced. This marks an increase in entries for the 125th anniversary of the show.

    The Kennel Club figures show that 21,919 dogs will be taking part in breed judging, Gamekeepers’ classes and the Obedience and Agility Championships. The 2016 figure exceeds the 2015 figure by 2 per cent and is the highest number of dogs competing at Crufts since 2010.

    As ever, the event has a truly international flavour with 3,396 dogs competing from overseas compared with 2,987 in 2015, an increase of 14 per cent. Dogs from a total of 47 overseas countries will take part in the show, including, for the first time, Venezuela, Peru and the Philippines.

    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 Lagotto Ramagnolo and the Cirneco Dell’Etna, which will have their own breed classes at Crufts for the first time. Both breeds will be judged by Mrs Carla Molinari from Portugal.

    This year has seen an increase of 40 per cent or more in the entries for the following breeds compared with 2015: Pointer, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Samoyed and Basset Hound.

    The highest entry in each group is as follows:

    • Toy: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – 322
    • Utility: Bulldog – 245
    • Gundog: Retriever (Labrador) –  588
    • Working: Boxer – 236
    • Pastoral: Border Collie – 359
    • Terrier: Staffordshire Bull Terrier – 410
    • Hound: Whippet – 397

    Gerald King, Crufts Chairman said: “We are delighted that entries to Crufts’ 125th anniversary show 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.

    “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.”

    Full entry figures for all the groups can be found on the pages below: 
    Toy Group
    Utility Group
    Gundog Group
    Working Group
    Pastoral Group
    Terrier Group
    Hound Group
    British Vulnerable Native Breeds
    Obedience entry was 19 bitches and 24 dogs

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    February 2nd, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2016


    Alaskan Malamute157
    Bernese Mountain Dog 221
    Bouvier des Flandres 42
    Boxer 236
    Bullmastiff 133
    Canadian Eskimo Dog 24
    Dogue de Bordeaux 153
    German Pinscher 29
    Giant Schnauzer 79
    Great Dane 160
    Greenland Dog 6
    Hovawart 51
    Leonberger 162
    Neapolitan Mastiff 31
    Newfoundland 198
    Portuguese Water Dog 47
    Rottweiler 193
    Russian Black Terrier 52
    Siberian Husky 166
    St Bernard 80
    Tibetan Mastiff 61
    AV Imported Register40

    Any Variety Imported Register Classes for the Working Group includes: Entlebucher Mountain Dog and  Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

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    February 2nd, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2016


    Akita 118
    Boston Terrier 115
    Bulldog 245
    Canaan Dog 13
    Chow Chow109
    Dalmatian 228
    Eurasier 46
    French Bulldog 219
    German Spitz (Klein)71
    German Spitz (Mittel) 83
    Japanese Akita Inu 30
    Japanese Shiba Inu 120
    Japanese Spitz 68
    Keeshond 87
    Kooikerhondje 27
    Lhasa Apso 131
    Miniature Schnauzer 151
    Poodle (Miniature) 116
    Poodle (Standard)151
    Poodle (Toy) 97
    Schipperke 56
    Schnauzer 68
    Shar Pei 72
    Shih Tzu 189
    Tibetan Spaniel 147
    Tibetan Terrier 235
    AV Imported Register20

    Any Variety Imported Register Classes for the Utility Group includes: Korean Jindo and Mexican Hairless

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    February 2nd, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2016


    Australian Silky Terrier 13
    Bichon Frise 134
    Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 322
    Chihuahua (Long Coat) 251
    Chihuahua (Smooth Coat) 178
    Chinese Crested 204
    Coton de Tulear48
    English Toy Terrier58
    Griffon Bruxellois 86
    Havanese 77
    Italian Greyhound 104
    Japanese Chin 132
    King Charles Spaniel125
    Lowchen 35
    Maltese 59
    Miniature Pinscher 100
    Papillon 232
    Pekingese 78
    Pomeranian 154
    Pug 269
    Yorkshire Terrier 107
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    February 2nd, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2016


    Airedale Terrier 81
    Australian Terrier 17
    Bedlington Terrier 89
    Border Terrier 239
    Bull Terrier 67
    Bull Terrier (Miniature) 85
    Cairn Terrier 143
    Cesky Terrier 35
    Dandie Dinmont Terrier59
    Fox Terrier (Smooth) 66
    Fox Terrier (Wire) 72
    Glen of Imaal Terrier 42
    Irish Terrier 56
    Kerry Blue Terrier 51
    Lakeland Terrier 45
    Manchester Terrier 66
    Norfolk Terrier 43
    Norwich Terrier 51
    Parson Russell Terrier 122
    Scottish Terrier 94
    Sealyham Terrier 33
    Skye Terrier 56
    Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier 100
    Staffordshire Bull Terrier 410
    Welsh Terrier38
    West Highland White Terrier147
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    February 2nd, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2016


    Anatolian Shepherd Dog 7
    Australian Cattle Dog 51
    Australian Shepherd 139
    Bearded Collie 299
    Beauceron 24
    Belgian Shepherd Dog (Groenendael) 61
    Belgian Shepherd Dog (Laekenois) 9
    Belgian Shepherd Dog (Malinois) 37
    Belgian Shepherd Dog (Tervueren) 77
    Border Collie 359
    Briard 94
    Catalan Sheepdog 27
    Collie (Rough) 271
    Collie (Smooth) 58
    Estrela Mountain Dog 35
    Finnish Lapphund 100
    German Shepherd Dog 121
    Hungarian Puli 75
    Lancashire Heeler 86
    Maremma Sheepdog 20
    Norwegian Buhund 36
    Old English Sheepdog133
    Polish Lowland Sheepdog 60
    Pyrenean Mountain Dog 89
    Pyrenean Sheepdog 30
    Samoyed 168
    Shetland Sheepdog 282
    Swedish Vallhund 44
    Turkish Kangal Dog 10
    Welsh Corgi (Cardigan)91
    Welsh Corgi (Pembroke)120
    AV Imported Register32

    Any Variety Imported Register Classes for the Pastoral Group includes: Bergamasco, Hungarian Pumi, Picardy Sheepdig and Swedish Lapphund

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