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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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    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 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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    January 27th, 2017Laura P (Editor)Articles

    Well, the annual registration figures for 2016 have been published, and the Kennel Club have issued their usual press release analysing the figures. The seemingly unstoppable rise of the French Bulldog and the persisting popularity of the Labrador has dominated most of the headlines, but we here at Dogs In The News are more interested in how the native British breeds are faring.

    The KC has published an official list of 25 breeds which are classed as “Vulnerable”, meaning they register less than 300 puppies each year, and seven which are “At Watch”, meaning they register between 300 and 500. If you look at the actual registration figures for 2016 using the same criteria, however, there should really be 30 native British breeds on the Vulnerable list and 9 on the At Watch list.

    As to how they’re doing, the answer is: variable. 24 out of the 41 breeds’ registrations are down on 2015, while 17 breeds have increased their numbers. If you extrapolate that analysis out over the past 5 years, some trends begin to emerge.

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    The biggest losers are:

    Bearded Collies
    Bullmastiffs
    Deerhounds
    English Setters
    Irish Red and White Setters
    Irish Wolfhounds
    King Charles Spaniels
    Mastiffs
    Norwich Terriers
    Parson Russell Terriers
    Scottish Terriers
    Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers
    & Welsh Springer Spaniels

    All of whom registered their lowest figures in five years in 2016. The Scottish Terrier has moved onto the At Watch list for the first time, despite the breed’s high profile win at Crufts 2015. The Bullmastiff is now also officially At Watch, while the Beardie and the Welsh Springer have moved from At Watch to Vulnerable.

    The biggest winners were:

    Smooth Collies
    Sealyham Terriers
    Field Spaniels
    & both varieties of Welsh Corgi

    Which all registered their highest figures in five years. Meanwhile, the Irish Terrier has moved off the Vulnerable list in 2015 to the At Watch list in 2016.

    Altogether the Vulnerable and At Watch British breeds accounted for a total of 3.5% of KC registrations for 2016. (By comparison, Labradors alone made up 15%.)

    British breeds in the Top 10 include Cocker Spaniels (2nd), English Springers (5th, down a place), Bulldogs (6th, up one) and Border Terriers (10th, down). Staffies, Cavaliers, Westies and Beagles are all in the top 20. Interestingly, the Westie also saw no spike in popularity following its 2016 Crufts win – in fact, Westie numbers have been rapidly declining since their 2004 high of 10,110.

    Many other British breeds show worrying decline in their numbers, with the Norfolk Terrier and Wire Fox Terrier in particular very close to finding themselves on the Vulnerable list in the near future. What’s to be done?

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

    Owners of vulnerable British and Irish dog breeds are reminded that entry to the Kennel Club’s dedicated Crufts competition closes at the end of the year.

    To raise awareness of vulnerable native breeds, and to recognise those who are dedicated to their survival and prosperity, the Kennel Club created the Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds Competition in 2015. Its inaugural year was met with great enthusiasm by exhibitors and saw the top scoring winner from each vulnerable breed invited to attend the first grand final, held at Crufts 2016.

    The final at Crufts 2017 will be held on Friday 10th March at the NEC in Birmingham.

    The competition, which is sponsored by Eukanuba and run in conjunction with media partner Our Dogs, is open to dogs of all vulnerable breeds competing at open and championship shows, and dogs of breeds on the Kennel Club’s vulnerable breeds list are able to collect points for awards at these shows. Points can be claimed for Best of Breed or Best Any Variety Not Separately Classified (AVNSC) and also for group placings at championship shows.

    Exhibitors should record their Best of Breed/Group wins on the Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds Competition claim form/book for points gained from January to December 2016, and then submit this to the Kennel Club for verification (points will be awarded for championship and specific open show wins). 

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “The Kennel Club has been delighted with the response to the competition so far and is pleased that we are able to give these vulnerable breeds the recognition that they deserve. 

    “Now that the deadline is approaching, we would remind owners of these breeds that they need to fill out a claim form if they wish to have the opportunity to compete on the famous green carpet. Crufts is a wonderful showcase for pedigree dogs and the perfect chance to show the world just how special the rare British and Irish native breeds really are.”

    To take part, exhibitors need to download a Kennel Club British and Irish Breeds Competition claim form from the Kennel Club website:http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/dog-showing/vulnerable-breeds-competition/.

    The completed form must be submitted to the Breed Shows Team at breedshows@thekennelclub.org.ukby 5th January 2017. The Crufts finalist for each breed will be notified by the Kennel Club.

    How points are awarded:

    Single breed open shows and all breed/group open shows:

    Best of Breed/Best in AVNSC classes     1 point

    Championship shows

    Best of Breed/Best in AVNSC classes     1 point

    Group winner                                               4 points

    2nd place in group                                      3 points

    3rd place in group                                        2 points

    4th place in group                                        1 point

    Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds 2016:

    Bloodhound, Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Clumber Spaniels, Curly Coated Retrievers, Dandie Dinmont Terriers, Deerhounds, English Setters, English Toy Terriers (Black and Tan), Field Spaniels, Glen of Imaal Terriers, Gordon Setters, Irish Red & White Setters, Irish Terriers, Irish Water Spaniels, Irish Wolfhounds, Kerry Blue Terriers, King Charles Spaniels, Lakeland Terriers, Lancashire Heelers,  Manchester Terriers, Mastiffs, Miniature Bull Terriers, Norwich Terriers, Otterhounds, Sealyham Terriers, Skye Terriers, Smooth Collies, Smooth Fox Terriers, and Sussex Spaniels.

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    July 7th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Articles

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    Alexander “Sandy” Stoddart, who has been the Queen’s Sculptor in Ordinary for Scotland since 2008, has graciously accepted a commission to produce a bronze statue commemorating “Old Ginger”, the founding father of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier.

    “Old Ginger” was born at The Haining, Selkirk in the Scottish Borders on June 4th 1842 and every Dandie Dinmont on earth today can trace their breeding back through their male line to “Old Ginger”.

    Remarkably, the actual kennels that “Old Ginger” was born in still exist at The Haining, a grade 1 listed Palladian mansion. They were discovered only recently, having previously been incorrectly identified as a “menagerie”.

    Research indicates that these are the only surviving kennels for any breed that can lay claim to the birthplace of a breed founder.

    The life sized statue to honour his significance to the breed will stand in the kennel yard adjacent to the kennels and will be unveiled on Old Ginger’s 175th birthday, June 4, 2017. A three day “Dandie Dinmont Festival” has been announced and a large international gathering of breed enthusiasts from a dozen countries will attend.

    In an extraordinary twist of fate, the surviving kennel run was built in the 1830’s by another Stoddart – the local Selkirk blacksmith, John Stoddart, himself a notable breeder of Dandies whose dogs appear in the female line of Old Ginger.

    Sandy Stoddart is Scotland’s most important monumental sculptor of his generation. An admirer of the 19th century and fiercely devoted to Scottish history, his many works include the 10 feet (3m) bronze statues of David Hume and Adam Smith on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, scientist and mathematician James Clerk Maxwell and John Knox Witherspoon and architectural friezes in the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace.

    He is currently in the final stages of completing an enormous statue of the great 19th century Scottish architect William Henry Playfair for the National Museum of Scotland.

    He sculpts monuments exclusively to historical figures, designed to last into the very distant future. Stoddart says “My ambition is to do sculpture for Scotland, primarily through large civic monuments to figures from the nation’s past”.

    Although renowned for his massive statues, he has chosen to sculpt the more modest, life-sized Dandie breed’s founding father because as a lover of all things Scottish, including Scottish dogs, he sees this as “a literary, cultural and indeed canine project.”

    “I was and am keen to make the Old Ginger memorial for a variety of reasons. First, I am philosophically kindly disposed to the doggy tribe. I’d like to do something in the line of commemorating a fellow creature, long dead, who is the progenitor of so many to whom that loving-kindness has been directed.

    Also, this is a subject related to Scott, who was an artistic titan. I’ve long wanted to make something related to Sir Walter’s genius, and so this opportunity arises. In all honesty I could not turn it down! I never got to make a statue of the man, but in this dog I might make my little contribution to the Scott heritage.”

    Stoddart’s completed statue of “Old Ginger” will bring visitors to Selkirk, The Haining and the actual kennel where Old Ginger was born, given both Selkirk and the Dandie’s close association with Sir Walter Scott.

    The project has the full and enthusiastic support of the Trustees of The Haining Charitable Trust. “The Haining embraces any and all initiatives to perpetuate and promote the Dandie Dinmont Terrier. We anticipate Sandy Stoddart’s bronze statue of Old Ginger will draw many tourists, not just Dandie and dog lovers but those fascinated by Scottish heritage and in particular Sir Walter Scott” says Lawrence Robinson, a Haining trustee. The mansion now hosts an annual “Dandie Dinmont Derby” that this year attracted 65 Dandie Dinmonts on Old Ginger’s birthday, June 4th.

    It is hoped that Stoddart’s bronze statue of Old Ginger – the first Dandie Dinmont Terrier with a known sire and dam – will generate significant interest and help save this ancient breed with unique the literary name and remarkable history. Today Dandies are highly endangered (316 born world-wide in 2014) and is recognised by the Kennel Club as a Vulnerable Native Breed.

    A JustGiving account has been set up by The Haining Charitable Trust to raise the funds for the Old Ginger statue.

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    June 14th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2017

    The Kennel Club has announced that its Vulnerable British & Irish Breeds Competition will take place once again this year, culminating in a grand final at Crufts 2017.

    To raise awareness of vulnerable British & Irish breeds, and to recognise those who are dedicated to their survival and prosperity, the Kennel Club created the competition in 2015. Its inaugural year was met with great enthusiasm by exhibitors and saw the top scoring winner from each vulnerable breed invited to attend the first grand final, held at Crufts 2016.

    The competition, which is sponsored by Eukanuba and run in conjunction with media partner Our Dogs, is open to all vulnerable breeds competing at Open and Championship Shows, and dogs that are on the Kennel Club’s vulnerable breeds list are able to collect points for awards at these shows. Points can be claimed for Best of Breed or Best Any Variety Not Separately Classified (AVNSC) and also for Group placings at Championship shows.

    The aim is for dogs to collect the highest number of points in their breed in a calendar year. At the end of the year, the top scoring dog from each breed will be invited to compete in the grand final.

    Exhibitors should record their Best of Breed/Group wins on the Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds Competition claim form/book for points gained from January to December 2016, and then submit this to the Kennel Club for verification at the end of the year (points will be awarded for Championship and specific Open Show wins).

    Points may be claimed retrospectively this year (from shows held on or after 1st January 2016) and exhibitors can also submit updates to Our Dogs which will publish monthly leader boards.

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “The Kennel Club has been delighted with the response to the competition so far and is pleased that we are able to give these vulnerable breeds the recognition that they deserve.

    “The Kennel Club would encourage show societies to work with breed clubs of vulnerable native breeds so that these clubs can inspire their membership to enter the classes and take part in the competition. Crufts is a wonderful showcase for pedigree dogs and the perfect chance to show the world just how special the rare British and Irish native breeds really are.”

    To take part, exhibitors need to download a Kennel Club British & Irish Breeds Competition claim form from the Kennel Club website:http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/dog-showing/vulnerable-breeds-competition/.

    At the end of the year, the completed form must be submitted to the Breed Shows Team atbreedshows@thekennelclub.org.uk and the Crufts finalists will be notified by the Kennel Club.

    Competitors can track their success on the official leader board, which is published in the monthly competition feature in Our Dogs. Anyone taking part is reminded to regularly log their points with Our Dogs by submitting the completed points tracker form either by email (pam@ourdogs.co.uk) or at the Our Dogs stand at General and Group Championship Shows.

    How points are awarded:

    Single Breed Open shows and All Breed/Group Open shows:

    Best of Breed/Best in AVNSC Classes    1 point

    Championship Shows

    Best of Breed/Best in AVNSC Classes    1 point

    Group Winner                                         4 points

    2nd Place in Group                                 3 points

    3rd Place in Group                                  2 points

    4th Place in Group                                  1 point

    Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds 2016:

    Bloodhound, Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Clumber Spaniels, Curly Coated Retrievers, Dandie Dinmont Terriers, Deerhounds, English Setters, English Toy Terriers (Black and Tan), Field Spaniels, Glen of Imaal Terriers, Gordon Setters, Irish Red & White Setters, Irish Terriers, Irish Water Spaniels, Irish Wolfhounds, Kerry Blue Terriers, King Charles Spaniels, Lakeland Terriers, Lancashire Heelers,  Manchester Terriers, Mastiffs, Miniature Bull Terriers, Norwich Terriers, Otterhounds, Sealyham Terriers, Skye Terriers, Smooth Collies, Smooth Fox Terriers, and Sussex Spaniels.

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    March 21st, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2016

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    March 11th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2016

    It was a very busy second 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 3 action live here, or follow us on Twitter for updates direct from the show.

    Vulnerable Native Breeds

    The Vulnerable Native Breeds represented in the Gundog Group, and their respective Best of Breeds were:

    Clumber Spaniel (70 entries) – TOTUS TUUS KAPRYS REJENTA
    Curly Coated Retriever (76) – ELKYSAR ALL THAT JAZZ
    English Setter (200) – SH CH MARIGLEN SNOWDRIFT AT HAYWORTH
    Field Spaniel (54)  – SH CH NADAVIN NOBILITY JW
    Gordon Setter (192) – SH CH LOURDACE FULCRUM JW
    Irish Red & White Setter (78) – CASAFELICE CHEVIOT
    Irish Water Spaniel (30) – CH/AM CH WHISTLESTOP’S ELEMENTS OF MAGIC
    Sussex Spaniel (52) – SH CH JUBILWELL BEAST OF BODMIN AT VOBROOK

    Today was also the Final of the Kennel Club & Our Dogs Vulnerable British & Irish Breeds competition, judged by Ronnie Irving in the Main Arena prior to the Gundog Group. We are delighted to report that the Gordon Setter, SH CH LOURDACE FULCRUM JW won BOTH competitions! What a fabulous result for both this individual dog and for the Vulnerable Native Breeds as a whole.

    The Reserve prize for the Vulnerable Native Breeds competition went to the Cardigan Corgi Ch Joseter Mr Blobby. 3rd was the Glenn of Imaal Ch Romainville Billy Whizz and 4th was the Field Spaniel Ch Elgert R’Anna. Shortlisted were the Bloodhound, Smooth Collie, Skye Terrier and Irish Water Spaniel. A full list of all the dogs who participated in this competition can be found here.

    Video – Vulnerable Native Breeds Final
    Photos from the final can be found here and here

    Finally, an Irish Water Spaniel represented the working native breeds in the ever popular Gundog display.

    Gundog Group

    The Gundog Group, as detailed above, was won by James the Gordon Setter, from Fife. Unfortunately, the press picked up a story about fellow exhibitors grumbling because the judge who put him forward was the sister of one of the Gordon’s co-owners, but the Kennel Club have stated that no rules were broken in this case.

    It was also a successful day for the Valentisimo kennel, who were present at the show despite their recent headline grabbing tragedy, with Best of Breed, Reserve Best Dog and Best Opposite all going home with them this evening, as well as multiple smaller successes in the classes. The Spanish Water Dog Best of Breed unfortunately wasn’t shortlisted in the Group, but they probably wouldn’t have had room in the car for any more awards!

    Reserve in the Gundog Group was the Chesapeake Bay Retriever SH CH ARNAC BAY EXE. 3rd was the Lagotto Romagnolo IT/NL/SLO/BE/FIN/SE/VDH/LUX CH GLESKA GOODY-GOODY and 4th was the Flatcoat Retriever CH/SEU(U)CH/NOU CH CASTLEROCK SIMPLY MAGIC.

    The Top Gundog 2015, Pointer SH CH SHARNPHILLY JUICI COTURE, won the Bitch Challenge Certificate. The Weimaraner SH CH GUNALT DE ICE AT STRIDVIEW, joint 10th 2015, won Best of Breed. Top Puppy 2015, the Labrador MATTAND EXODUS JW won the Reserve dog CC.

    There are no High Profile breeds in the Gundog Group.

    Video
    Gundog Group Judging & Presentation
    Winner’s Interview
    Behind the Scenes

    Other

    BASC launches new social media account ahead of Crufts showcase
    Docked and Denied takes its campaign to Crufts
    Retired gamekeeper lands second Crufts title
    Norfolk Agility Star Crowned Winner At Crufts
    Gloucester Agility Star Crowned ABC Agility Novice Winner At Crufts
    Ashleigh and Pudsey Crowned Agility Winners at Crufts
    Shetland Sheepdog Stars Win at Agility Team Event at Crufts
    Young Person Crowned Groomer Of The Year At Crufts
    Southampton Agility Star Crowned Winner At Crufts
    Bilbo Baggins from Surrey Wins PAT Dog of the Year

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