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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 12th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2016

    It was a very busy third day at Crufts 2016. Photos will be soon be available via our Facebook page, but here’s a rundown of the highlights and key headlines so far. Don’t forget that you can watch all the Day 4 action, including Best In Show, live here, or follow us on Twitter for updates direct from the show.

    Vulnerable Native Breeds

    The Vulnerable Native Breeds represented in the Working and Pastoral Groups, and their respective Best of Breeds were:

    Smooth Collie (58 entries) – CH CLINGSTONE’S HOT SHOT AT FOXEARTH
    Old English Sheepdog – CH ZOTTEL’S BEST KEPT SECRET
    Cardigan Welsh Corgi (91) – CH JOSETER MR BLOBBY


    Working Group

    The Working Group was won by Hector the Bouvier des Flandres, CH LISKPORT LORD OF THE RINGS. Reserve was the Bullmastiff, ANGEL’S PHOENIX THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE; 3rd was USA/LUX CH CYPRESS BAY’S THE ONE THAT I WANT FOR BEAR N MIND, Newfoundland; and 4th was CH CHAYO MY PREROGATIVE, the Alaskan Malamute who won the Group last year. 

    The Bouvier who won was also the Top Working Dog 2015, so his success tonight is no surprise. Chayo the Malamute was 8th Top Dog 2015 and continues his winning streak with his Best of Breed and Group placing today. The Top Rare Breed 2015 came from the Working Group: the Russian Black Terrier, ROHANTIA NIKOLAI AT FERNWOOD, came 3rd in his Open Dog class. 

    All four High Profile breeds in the Working Group passed their vet checks today.

    Pastoral Group

    The Pastoral Group was won by Zony, a Border Collie from Germany (GER/INT/AUST CH SIMARO COLD AS ICE). The Reserve went to the Pyrenean Mountain Dog, SEU/DKU/FINU/NOU/NORDUCH VI’SKALY’S HARLEM SHAKE. 3rd was the Shetland Sheepdog, CIB/SE/FI/NO/DK CH WINDCREST STYLISH MOVE and 4th was the Samoyed CH/SVK GR CH SMILIESAM STRIKE HOME.

    The Top Pastoral Dog 2016, Australian Shepherd CH HEARTHSIDE MAN OF MYSTERY AT DIALYNNE, won the Reserve Dog Challenge Certificate.

    The GSD, the only high profile breed in the Pastoral Group, passed her vet check. However, there was some criticism of this dog’s top line on Twitter, and then Channel 4 cut CRUAGHAIRE CATORIA’s turn around the ring short in their TV coverage. This lead to some viewers speculating if this was because the Kennel Club did not want the public to see her movement.  You can watch the full Pastoral Group here, or see her win Best of Breed here, and judge for yourself.

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    March 12th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2016

    Zony, a Border Collie from Eichenried in Germany has won Best in Group in the Pastoral Group at Crufts 2016 today (Saturday March 12th), qualifying him for a place in the Best in Show final tomorrow evening.

    Zony (Simaro Cold As Ice), age six, will return to the Genting Arena at the NEC in Birmingham for a place in the final of the 125th anniversary of Crufts with his owner Sylvia Adelsperger. People around Britain, Germany and the world will be watching to see which dog is crowned Best in Show as the final is shown live on Channel 4 and streamed on the official Crufts YouTube Channel.

    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 Sylvia, said: “I’m on cloud nine.  I think I could fly home in my car right now – this is a dream come true.  This morning I said to my husband that my absolute dream would be to win at Crufts.  I am absolutely overwhelmed and am very proud of Zony and we will be going back to the hotel tonight to celebrate.”

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “Congratulations to Zony for winning Best in Group today – it is going to be an exciting final tomorrow.

    “Crufts celebrates healthy, happy dogs and recognises the special and unique bond between dogs and their owners. Zony is such a lovely dog that clearly loves being in the show ring and has a great relationship with Sylvia.

    “Sylvia and Zony should be very proud of reaching the Best in Show final and representing Germany on the largest canine stage in the world – it’s an incredible achievement and not one many get to experience. We wish them all the best for tomorrow.”

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    February 25th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2016

    The Pastoral Group consists of herding dogs that are associated with working cattle, sheep, reindeer and other cloven footed animals. Usually this type of dog has a weatherproof double coat to protect it from the elements when working in severe conditions. Breeds such as the Collie family, Old English Sheepdogs and Samoyeds who have been herding reindeer for centuries are but a few included in this group.

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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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    March 7th, 2015Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2015

    We’ve rounded up the best news, views and success stories from Working and Pastoral Day at Crufts 2015. Photos are available here. Feel free to leave a comment and share your own news below. 

    Notable Wins

    The Working Group was won by an Alaskan Malamute. Bart (Ch Chayo My Prerogative) will go through to the best in show final on Sunday night. Reserve was the Leonberger, Se/Fi/No/Nord Ch Namupalan Bling Smack Chap. The Bullmastiff came 3rd and the St Bernard took 4th. (Bart also came 4th in the Dog World Top Dog Competition in 2014.)

    The Pastoral Group was won by a Bearded Collie. Fayme (CH Victory Wind’s Ghost Whisperer For Snowmead will go through to the best in show final on Sunday night. Reserve was the Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Vi’Skaly’s Harlem Shake. The German Shepherd Dog came 3rd and the Samoyed took 4th.

    All of the ‘high profile breeds’ – the German Shepherd Dog, Mastiff, Neapolitan Mastiff, St. Bernard and Dogue de Bordeaux – passed their vet checks today. You can track all the vet check results, and the dogs involved, here.

    ShowTails Stars

    We’re delighted to announce that Cuba the Rottweiler went home with three red tickets. She placed 1st in the Graduate, Yearling and Good Citizen classes. Her owner, Julie Campbell was absolutely thrilled, if a bit disbelieving at first!

    Her sister, Xena didn’t place unfortunately, but her owner Lynn Macdonald was very pleased with how she behaved in the ring. “I’ve had a great day out at my first ever Crufts,” she said. “Can’t wait for next year!”

    Miss Dior, the Newfoundland didn’t place either. Neither did Khéops, the Bernese Mountain Dog from France. We hope we didn’t jinx anything!

    Bobbie the crossbreed ‘Wizsla’ enjoyed his moment in the big ring to demonstrate the sport of CaniCross. You can watch a video of the demonstration here in case you missed it.

    There’s also a video of Kizzi competing in the Medium Team agility event here.

    Dog World News

    Kennel Club Secretary Caroline Kisko caused social media uproar with a statement which she made on the Crufts TV coverage on More4 on Thursday night. Breeders and exhibitors watching felt that Mrs Kisko suggested that any breeder who was not a member of the Assured Breeder Scheme (ABS) was a puppy farmer, and that this statement was unfair because there are many excellent breeders who chose not to join the scheme for their own reasons. After airing their views online they contacted the KC about it.

    Comments posted on the Crufts and Kennel Club Facebook pages were removed by admin.  They did however respond to all emails with a transcript of the interview and a statement.

    “At no time were breeders who are not Assured Breeders likened to puppy farmers,” the message said. “However, the KC is aware that puppy buyers find the amount of advice on buying a puppy confusing and the simple message to buy from an Assured Breeder is one in which they can have confidence.”

    We’re sure this story will unfold more in the coming weeks, so watch this space.

    Mainstream News

    The Guardian – “The immigration debate could learn a lot from the spirit of Crufts

    BBC – Welsh Springer Spaniel Max gets caught short at Crufts

    Net Imperative – Pet Selfie Mirror unveiled at Crufts

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    March 6th, 2015Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2015

    Beating thousands of other dogs, Fayme (CH Victory Wind’s Ghost Whisperer For Snowmead JW), a Bearded Collie from Sunbury-On-Thames, Middlesex won Best in Group for Pastoral dogs today and qualified for the final of Crufts.


    Photo Credit: The Kennel Club/onEdition

    Fayme, aged three will now compete for the prestigious title of Best in Show on Sunday against just six other dogs at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts at the NEC in Birmingham. More than 21,000 dogs are competing over the four days of the show for the chance to win the most celebrated title in the world of dogs.

    Owner, Justine Waldron and Fayme will be returning to the Genting Arena – the main arena at the NEC – on the evening of Sunday March 8th for the highly anticipated Crufts 2015 final. Only seven dogs make it all the way through to the final, which will be watched by thousands in the arena and millions more worldwide as it will be televised live on Channel 4 and streamed on the official Crufts YouTube Channel.

    Proud owner Justine said: “It’s absolutely amazing, I simply can’t believe it. I’ve been coming to Crufts for 30 years and it’s the first time I’ve ever won with a Bearded Collie, it’s just a fantastic experience. Fayme loves life, loves playing outside and then coming in and falling asleep on the sofa with her legs in the air.

    “It hasn’t sunk in yet that we’re back on Sunday for Best in Show. All plans for Sunday have now been cancelled.

    “Fayme will definitely have a reward; she’ll probably have some sausages as they’re her favourite.”

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “Congratulations to Fayme for winning Best in Group for Pastoral dogs today.

    “Crufts celebrates healthy, happy dogs and recognises the special and unique bond between dogs and their owners. Fayme is such a lovely dog who clearly loves being in the show ring and has a great relationship with her handler.

    “Fayme and Justine should be very proud of reaching the Best in Show final – it’s an incredible achievement and not one many get to experience. We wish them all the best for Sunday.”

    All the results for Crufts 2015 can be found online at www.press.fossedata.co.uk

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    February 23rd, 2015Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2015, Show Tails

    Meet Bindi the Smooth Collie; the first of our 2015 ShowTails participants.

    BindiBindi (Seanua Sans Souci) is entered in the Obreedience competition and will be handled by her owner, Sophie Harrison. (In fact, they’ll be competing against a 2014 ShowTails star, Kheva the Pyrenean Sheepdog, so now we’re conflicted as to who to cheer for!) This is the first time either Sophie or Bindi have competed at Crufts and they are hoping that their nerves don’t get the better of them.  Both of them have previously competed in Rally and Agility, but never in front of such large crowds.

    Stage fright aside, Sophie tells us that she is looking forward to promoting this little known breed to such a wide audience. Smooth Collies are one of the British Vulnerable Native Breeds, with just 33 puppies registered in 2014. “Smooths get so little publicity and are so vulnerable; it would be lovely to promote them. They make fantastic family pets and are versatile enough to turn their hands to a variety of disciplines,” she says.

    Bindi is living proof of this fact; she’s clicker trained, gained all her Good Citizen awards before she was 13 months old, works as a registered PAT dog and raised £6,500 for charity last year by walking the 102 mile Cotswold Way in a week.

    At home, Sophie describes her as easy to live with, though friends have nicknamed her “Princess” due to her fastidious ways. “She’s the dog who walks around puddles and refuses to take treats from strangers, though her passion for rolling in fox poo is hardly princess-like!”  Bindi shares her home with a German Shepherd, a Schipperke and three very bossy cats.

    Sophie, who has lived in both the UK and Australia, was attracted to this unusual breed for one of the reasons which it is so often overlooked: the Smooth coat. They may lack the glamour of the Rough Collie appearance, but they’re certainly less work! “I wanted a dog that would be intelligent and athletic, good natured and social, with a low maintenance coat,” she says.  Health and temperament was a priority when picking a breeder, and Sophie prepared for 2 years before adding Bindi to the family. Bindi loved to carry things in her mouth, even as a tiny puppy, which was a desirable trait in a potential Obedience competitor and the reason why Sophie picked her out of the litter. “I wanted a dog who would want a job to do.”

    Hopefully Bindi will be able to do the importent job of representing her rare breed at the world’s biggest dog show. “I hope that the scale of the event won’t intimidate her, and that we are both able to enjoy our day,” says Sophie.

    She and Bindi will be competing in the Obedience ring on the Saturday, and we will of course let you know how they get on. In the meantime, please join us in wishing them (and the rest of the Smooth Collie team) the best of luck.  

    Photo credit: The Kennel Club

    Photo credit: The Kennel Club


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    February 13th, 2015Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2015
    Australian Cattle Dog 37
    Hungarian Kuvasz1
    Australian Shepherd126
    Bearded Collie 301
    Belgian Shepherd Dog (Groenendael)60
    Belgian Shepherd Dog (Laekenois)12
    Belgian Shepherd Dog (Malinois)20
    Belgian Shepherd Dog (Tervueren)87
    Border Collie320
    Briard   98
    Catalan Sheepdog20
    Collie (Rough)258
    Collie (Smooth)56
    Estrela Mountain Dog27
    Finnish Lapphund72
    German Shepherd Dog122
    Anatolian Shepherd Dog 11
    Hungarian Puli 62
    Lancashire Heeler89
    Maremma Sheepdog13
    Norwegian Buhund 39
    Old English Sheepdog111
    Polish Lowland Sheepdog54
    Pyrenean Mountain Dog83
    Pyrenean Sheepdog (Long Haired)26
    Shetland Sheepdog 303
    Swedish Vallhund51
    Turkish Kangal Dog7
    Welsh Corgi (Cardigan)83
    Welsh Corgi (Pembroke)144
    AV Imported Register Pastoral9
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    January 20th, 2015Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2015, Show Tails

    You may remember Kheva, the Pyrenean Sheepdog who we featured in our Show Tails series in 2014. She had a wonderful time at Crufts and did very well for herself, coming second in both her classes at just under one year old.

    When Kheva’s not strutting her stuff in the show ring, she participates in flyball, obedience and agility, and loves hanging out with her JRT sister Jinty. Plus, she’s a qualified PAT dog and has recently started canine modelling. You can keep up to date with all her antics over on her Facebook page.

    Unfortunately, in June this year, Kheva had an accident and required surgery for a luxating patella. This busy lady had to take a few months out for crate rest, and she didn’t like it one bit.

    While we’re sure she looked very fetching in the cone of shame, we are pleased to report that Kheva has now made a full recovery, and is back to her bouncy self. The even better news is that this Pyrenean is off to Crufts again, after being selected for the Pyrenean Sheepdog Obreedience team. Go Kheva!

    Photo Credit: Jess Clark / The Kennel Club

    Photo Credit: Jess Clark / The Kennel Club

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