That can be through spending on health or whatever. At the end of the year, the one thing I like to avoid is giving too much money to the tax man. If I make profit, I have to give 20 per cent of that to the tax man. The one word I would use for my reason for being is impact. It is how do we make the most impact on what we are trying to achieve? He feels that its content could very well be just online. Fortunately, he readily acknowledges that the Board is entitled to spend money which will not necessarily bring a financial return but more intangible benefits.
But the message is clear: the Kennel Club needs to up its game. With the Scottish Government currently developing new breeding regulations, the Kennel Club has launched a new report on how the Assured Breeder Scheme can be incorporated into the local authority licensing framework. The event was attended by a wide range of stakeholders including animal welfare organisations, local authorities, MSPs and a representative of the Scottish Government.
The Kennel Club is very grateful to Assured Breeders Margaret Brown, John Caswell, Fiona Clarkson and Margaret Kay who attended the event and were excellent advocates and representatives for the dog breeding community. With special thanks to Margaret Kay who gave a presentation at the event. Before the main roundtable we had arranged for the four Assured Breeders to meet with the Minister Mairi Gougeon, to provide the Minister with the opportunity to hear the views from breeders who might be personally impacted by changes to the regulations.
Separately we had arranged for Sharon Edwards from the City of London Animal Health team to meet with the lead civil servant who is developing the new regulations. Ms Edwards has first- hand experience from a local authority of practically implementing the new breeding regulations that came into force in England last October. We wanted the Scottish Government to be aware of some of the issues that have arisen for local authorities in relation to the new regulations. We will be following up with Defra officials with specific examples of bad practice and have launched a survey of breeders in order to provide data to Defra.
We also discussed the progress of the shock collar ban that was announced in August The Minister reaffirmed to us that legislation to introduce a ban would be forthcoming. We will again be keeping the pressure up on Defra on this matter. Since the publication of this guidance, it has sadly become clear that it has not stopped the use of shock collars in Scotland.
Given this, the Kennel Club and other animal welfare organisations have come together again to push for clear regulations to ban the use of electronic shock collars in Scotland. We co-organised a drop-in for MSPs in the Scottish parliament with fellow animal welfare organisations, and we presented our position to the Parliamentary Cross Party Group for Animal Welfare. The group has been set up to build consensus views on companion animal welfare matters and feed into the Welsh Government and Assembly decision-making processes. While we welcome the Government commissioning new research into dog incidents, it seems clear that they have no current intention to make any meaningful improvement to the Dangerous Dogs Act.
Dog meat Historically the Kennel Club has long campaigned for the human consumption of dog meat to be banned in countries where such a practice is grounded in cultural roots. We met with the World Dog Alliance which is calling for a loophole in England that allows for people to humanely kill and consume their own pet dogs, to be closed.
Wealthy fanciers, many of them aristocratic, owned huge kennels, hundreds of dogs were sent by train to shows around the country every week, and top winners changed hands for immense sums of money. All this activity, of course, revolved around the dogs: but, like dogs today, Edwardian show dogs suffered from a variety of diseases and ailments. They could be injured or develop cancer; some had problems linked to their conformation, or potentially inherited conditions like cataracts or deafness; bitches might have difficulty whelping. Even these issues were overshadowed by the infectious disease distemper, which then caused massive canine illness and mortality, as there was no vaccine against it.
Breeders obviously wanted to tackle these problems. Many breeders treated dogs themselves or got their staff to do so , using patent medicines, in which there was a thriving market. Valuable dogs were sometimes attended by medical doctors, which was then quite legal. And some fanciers, of course, sought veterinary advice. At this time, most vets dealt with horses; their training hardly mentioned dogs at all. West End, provided highly sophisticated treatment for the dogs of affluent society.
Most of these canine vets were closely involved with the dog fancy and the Kennel Club. The best known was Alfred Sewell, who was official veterinary surgeon to the Kennel Club, and kept Bulldogs himself. Sewell ran a practice in Elizabeth Street, Belgravia still a veterinary practice today, currently owned by Bruce Fogle, father of Ben, the television.
He was deeply embedded in the show world, serving as an expert witness in Kennel Club disciplinary hearings, writing for the Kennel Gazette and leading the fight against distemper. This made him very unpopular with other vets, who complained that he got away with conduct forbidden to those with less influential connections. Other canine veterinarians included Frederick Hobday, who was also interested in Bulldogs. Hobday pioneered small animal anaesthesia and the use of artificial limbs and eyes in dogs, but is mostly remembered today for his innovations in equine surgery and veterinary education.
While each canine veterinarian thus had their own area of particular expertise, they often worked together, despite a few arguments. These vets really broke new ground in canine. They were skilled surgeons, performing caesarean sections, removing bladder stones, dealing with tumours and even operating on cataracts.
They drove efforts to find a vaccine for distemper. They provided a referral service for other vets. They obtained the latest equipment, such as X-rays and heat treatment, had lavish facilities for hospitalising patients, trained the first canine nurses and offered free treatment to the dogs of the poor. Despite their skill, the canine vets had a difficult relationship with their profession. Even though few vets specialised in dogs themselves, they resented the encroachment of unqualified practitioners, so the RCVS brought a lawsuit against Musgrave for veterinary fraud. However, he was protected by influential contacts in the fancy, and remained in business.
When I began my research, I was surprised to discover the complex world of Edwardian canine practice, because their work has almost entirely been forgotten. Even at the time, their work was more valued by the show world than by other vets, few of whom thought much of the dog fancy. The canine vets worked very differently from their colleagues, presenting themselves as well-groomed gentlemen who attended their patients in elite drawing-rooms, whereas equine vets obviously had to visit stables and deal with grooms. Perhaps for these reasons, the next generation of vets seldom mentioned these first canine experts, and so they largely slipped out of veterinary history.
She has been involved in various breed and Kennel Club health initiatives, has previously written for Our Dogs, and is one of the veterinary team at Crufts. Her research looks at how breeders and vets from onwards have approached pedigree dog health, with the aim of using history to understand the challenges around canine health today. Coming up: The role of the Edwardian dog vets in the dog fancy — how they were involved with shows. Philippa was passionate about all dogs and owned both pedigrees and crossbreeds. In , after years of detailed research to find her perfect breed and ideal breeder, Philippa picked up Alfie, a gorgeous German Wirehaired Pointer puppy.
Alfie was much loved, but while he was still young he suffered from ill health and familial disease and sadly died at the age of four. She was a strong advocate of systems thinking and her holistic approach led her to consider the roles, relationships and responsibilities of all those whose actions impact dog welfare. For Philippa, collaboration was key and she always strove to bring something constructive and valuable to any debate, encouraging others to work together to be part of the solution.
In , Philippa launched the Karlton Index, an independent measure of how the breed community were improving dog health. The project was named in memory of Alfie, whose Kennel Club registered name was Karlton.
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Philippa used this platform to fully engage and collaborate with many of the breed clubs, breeders and breed health co-ordinators, to find ways to improve things for the benefit of dogs. Philippa witnessed the passion and dedication of many of the breed community and was keen for all those involved in canine welfare to utilise their individual strengths and work together towards a common goal. In , Philippa met with the Kennel Club health team for the first time to discuss the Karlton Index and thus began a close collaborative five-year partnership and friendship. Philippa sat on the Assured Breeder Scheme sub-group, she hosted dog health events for the Kennel Club and Royal Canin breeder symposia, she spoke about dog welfare at several of the breed health co-ordinator symposia, she lectured to vets at the British Small Animal Veterinary Association Congress and she launched the Breed Health Awards with the Kennel Club Charitable Trust.
She was a vibrant and dynamic. Her compassioned rationale and the earnest way in which she could influence ensured that her vision and philosophy will always be in the minds of those whose lives were lucky enough to be touched by her quests for solutions. Philippa believed in people. She believed that we all have the power to make a difference.
So whether you were lucky enough to have known Philippa or not, please honour her memory by asking yourself one simple question. How can I contribute? Animalier, artist and sculptor extraordinaire A chance visit led to the discovery of the work, life and times of sculptor Richard Fath.
It was not just stylised models that interested Fath, as he was drawn towards realism and to this extent he came to know many prominent dog breeders in the first half of the twentieth century. From this association followed many commissions in Europe and in America where his talents were appreciated. It was this remarkable chance visit, 20 years ago, that led me to exchange lengthy correspondence with his son, Richard-Camille Fath. To this end, a book by him was published in the late s and the Afterword contained an appeal for anyone who owned or knew of the whereabouts of any of his works.
It seems unlikely this dream was ever fulfilled but one thing that still remains is an appreciation of the works of an underrated artist who lived and worked in turbulent times in France. A huge poster hanging outside a public building portrayed an image of a Brittany. Inside we learned of the fascinating life and times of sculptor Richard Fath, in an exhibition which had been curated largely to rediscover the many and varied works with which he had been associated during his relatively short life.
A view of the Kennel Club Art Gallery. Our changing exhibitions in the main gallery, in addition to the capsule exhibitions in the gallery foyer, are an exciting opportunity to develop and share a great love of art and history through the world of dogs. Our exhibitions normally take between one to two years in the planning. It may sound like a long time, but we are dependent on loans for the changing exhibitions and. There are a lot of legalities involved and we have to assure lenders that their valuable historical works of art are in safe hands with us.
The Gallery is very fortunate to have a great deal of grass roots support from members and breed enthusiasts without which we would not be able to mount our important exhibitions. Ahead of any exhibition being agreed by the Library and Gallery Panel, the proposer is asked to carry. Awarded by Spratts to Tom Steadman for the best team of Setters, any variety.
These works are normally drawn from members and breed or subject enthusiasts, who are also, often, experts in their own fields. This generous support for the Kennel Club exhibitions is absolutely necessary for us to be able to mount our shows and ensures we have access to personal collections of great significance to the world of dogs and we are very grateful for it. Happily, through our exhibitions, we have built good working relationships with a number of national collections such as the Royal Collection Trust, the National Portrait Gallery and the Tate to name but a few.
These have been fantastically enjoyable to work on as they offered a new perspective on our archives and collections as well as involving new audiences. In addition to our in-house exhibitions our collection has been receiving A photograph of a dog in the Antarctic landscape from the British Graham Land Exploration that took place between and Ciara Farrell has the actual album of photos in the Library Collection.
One of the reasons why the Gallery receives donations is because it has the correct lighting, temperature and humidity for keeping items in optimal condition. For example, the painting of Old English Sheepdog Ch Fair Weather, by Margaret Collyer, oil on canvas, signed and dated , was donated for these exact reasons so that the Gallery can keep it for posterity and longevity. See the March edition for more details about this prolific winner.
Japanese Chin embroidery: a 19th century Japanese embroidery on silk using single silk threads by an unknown artist. Carved wooden Whippets, English School 20th century. Once, we received an enquiry via the National Gallery from someone who was attempting to verify the breed in a painting from After carrying out some research and speaking to the relevant Kennel Club experts, we were able to confirm that it was a Pug type.
The Kennel Club Art Gallery has an enviable level of autonomy when compared to collections owned by the nation, but it also means we have to protect what we have. This is one of the reasons behind the rule that our works of art should not be photographed. We are not a publicly owned collection and we have the opportunity to raise a revenue for the Kennel Club from the works that we hold the copyright for. In addition to this, we have the responsibility for the ongoing care of the art collections.
This has been thrust into the spotlight during the last year when some. We hold these tours quarterly for interested members of the public, and the link to these on our website is: www. New, and more robust procedures were put in place to maintain the current level of access to the works of art at the same time as protecting and monitoring them. Embroidered silk cloth. This cloth is decorated with some embroidered signatures of well-known people in the dog world and is dated A portrait of the Sussex Spaniel Flora.
Oil on canvas, initialled FLB and dated A very early example of the breed in art. During we held as many as 50 tours, and this does not include the impromptu collection visits by members and their guests. The spectrum has broadened to include tours with Secret London Walks, the London Ashridge Circle and the London Appreciation Society, in addition to the super popular breed tours that we are regularly giving as well as tours for young students from Seevic College. If you would like to organise a tour of the collections, please contact us on the following email address: artgallery thekennelclub.
Our next exhibition in the Gallery is Hidden Treasures of the Kennel Club which will open in May and will showcase some of the rarely seen gems from our own collections. It is a very enjoyable privilege to work in the Kennel Club Art Gallery and we look forward to welcoming you when you are next at Clarges Street, please do come and say hello. This badge is accompanied by a letter from Charles Cruft dated 6th April, Both will be included in the Hidden Treasures of the Kennel Club. One of the jewels of the Kennel Club collection that will be on show in Hidden Treasures of the Kennel Club, which will open in May Luisa is one of the art collection curators at the Kennel Club Art Gallery.
She is also a practising artist and has exhibited nationally and internationally The Kennel Club Art Gallery is open by appointment Monday — Friday 9. To book an appointment or for further information on our work, please contact us on or email artgallery thekennelclub.
Now enjoying a well-earned retirement police dog Mojo lives with his former handler who was honoured at Crufts last year for his sterling work on that tragic night. Thanks, Phil, for talking to the Kennel Gazette; can you please run us through the events of May Manchester? In which way did PD Mojo contribute to this? However, the day did come and auto pilot kicked in to some extent and this meant that PD Mojo and myself had to go into the blast zone and work among the casualties.
This meant the searching in the blast area of packages, casualties, and the deceased, in case there were bombers. What was your dedicated role that evening? Having covered these duties, I returned home and stood down after a hour duty. After turning on the police radio, I knew that this was now a major incident and that fatalities and casualties were being reported.
There was a possibility that there could be devices that had failed to detonate or further devices waiting to detonate. I knew that I had the specialist resource to assist in this and immediately booked back on duty and deployed to the Arena with PD Mojo.
They were among the first responders at the Manchester Arena on the night of the bombing, which killed 22 people on 22nd May, His actions were also acknowledged by the rail industry and the PDSA, so it is only fitting that he is looked after in his retirement, and now lives happily at home with me and my family. Not only does he have a new comfy bed but he also seems to get away with being on the sofa, too! As a team PD Mojo and I worked on until 7 am the following day before standing down.
In order to try to keep ahead of the terrorists, he is now trained to not only search buildings, vehicles and routes but also people, hopefully detecting explosives before they get to their intended location. What are your day-to-day duties within the force? As I have two dogs, I can deploy either at any time. We are always happy to talk to people who approach us and if you check with me first, yes, you can stroke the dog as PD Harry loves a cuddle! This has been an interesting and enlightening exchange. Thank you for keeping us all safe. How many years have you been involved with the dog section?
I was so proud to be awarded this and as PD Mojo was coming to the end of his working career, it meant that he was now retiring at the top of his game. We understand that PD Mojo is now enjoying a well-earned retirement — is this correct? Here is another versatile dog, perhaps the only one to be described. Amongst his roles, he was used for driving shoals of fish into the nets. He was also used as a messenger dog between boats at sea, as a retriever of lost nets.
He is said to have acted also as a foghorn when his resonant bark would alert other boats to the whereabouts of his boat in thick fog and thus help avoid collisions. Modern technology in fishing vessels threatened the breed's. However, as one of the national breeds of Portugal, the PWD was regenerated as a family companion, a role that he fulfils happily. The traditional clip of the Portuguese Water Dog, the lion trim, with a mane of hair over the forequarters and clipped hindquarters, is said to aid his propulsion through water.
Hard, penetrating and attentive expression. Shoulders muscular and well laid. Pasterns long and upright. Stop well defined. Muzzle tapers slightly. Median furrow extends for two-thirds the length of skull.
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Frontal bones prominent. Nose wide, nostrils wide open. Black nose in black, black and white, and white dogs. Nose liver in brown, brown and white and brown tones. Tips not below neck line. Withers are wide and not prominent. Chest wide and deep, reaching to elbow. Ribs well sprung and carried well back.
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Short, strong loin. Moderate tuck-up. Croup only slightly inclined. Membrane reaching to tip of toes, covered with hair. Central pads very thick. When the dog is moving, the tail should be carried gaily, curved above the level of the topline, but not necessarily in a full curve. Two distinct types, both without undercoats. Muzzle and entire hindquarters from the last rib clipped. Two-thirds of tail clipped from set on. Skin bluish under black, white, and black and white dogs. Weight: dogs: 19 — 25kg 42 — 55lb ; bitches: 16 — 22kg 35 — 48lb.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum. The first open show was held in September , and with classes at general championship shows steadily increasing, with entries averaging 18, the PWD was starting to make itself known. In , the breed was awarded championship status by the Kennel Club. Mrs Carla Molinari became patron with Mrs Ferelith Somerfield the president, positions they still hold today. The Club owes them all a vote of thanks for all their hard work. The running of a breed club is a hard and tiring job that can only be done properly by people devoted to protecting the breed they represent.
Without the help of these devoted people. Today, there are 15 sets of CCs and an average entry of 31, with a top entry of 78 at Crufts In the early years, there were only two or three litters bred a year, and between and , puppies and nine imports were registered. Over the last few years the breed has been growing in popularity. In , there were registrations with Jan — Oct showing registrations.
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There have been several imports from Europe and the USA, and the gene pool is relatively diverse for a breed which was close to extinction in the s. It is also important that X-rays for hips and elbows are sent to the Kennel Club for scoring. Isabella and Ollie with Anna. Both are very determined working dogs with a lot of stamina and courage, and would have been prized by Portuguese fisherman of times gone by! Isabella working off the boat retrieving a fishing net as well as diving to retrieve a weighted object.
The dogs were taken out on the fishing boats, and worked as retrievers of fishing nets and tackle that fell or was washed over-board, life savers, and as couriers from boat to boat or shore as the need arose. As well as being a strong swimmer, the breed has the ability to dive underwater if needed. The breed has very keenly developed senses with a good sense of smell, acute hearing and keen eyesight. Its intense loyalty and sensitivity to the atmosphere around it, not forgetting a loud and fairly deep bark, made it useful as a guard on the fisherman's boat.
It was highly valued and was treated as part of the crew, and traditionally paid a wage in fish on Fridays!
Anna Samuelson, whose Portuguese. Since the Kennel Gazette last spoke to her in February , Anna continues to travel to Portugal from her home in the Cotswolds to take part in water trials. Ollie moved up from level one to level two during the four water trials in September as he gained sufficient points to do this.
Anna has trained other Portuguese Water Dogs in a canine hydrotherapy pool in the UK, and these have gone on to compete in water trials in Portugal. There is a growing interest in water trials from UK PWD owners, largely due to owners seeing photos on social media, which enthuses them to work in the Atlantic waters of the Algarve! Agility can just be done as additional training exercise and many owners do no more than attend classes each week and enjoy and strengthen the bond between owner and dog.
But they are extremely intelligent and need an outlet for both their brain and their energy. While the PWD might not have the speed of a Border Collie, they can be much more accurate and therefore can be just as fast as any other breed around a course. I started doing agility for fun when Ziggy was a puppy, but then.
I got the bug and started competing. At the same time, I continued to show him successfully in the ring, with judges complimenting his muscle tone and observing that there was no question this dog was fit for function. I was lucky enough to make him into a champion in the ring at Bournemouth in , and only a few weeks later he gained the last few points for his Agility Warrant Gold. It makes me smile at agility training when a lot of new starters ask me what breed Ziggy is, and their surprise at how good he is. This year I intend to try and qualify Ziggy for the Olympia ABC Anything But Collie final, as it will be a great achievement for the breed and demonstrates that a PWD can step out of a show ring and onto an agility course, and be successful.
The dogs could be from the past or the present and from anywhere in the world Rachael Reddin. I judged this bitch at Crufts in A truly beautiful bitch with the most attractive head and expression and d so balanced throughout; strong but not overdone in any way. Good d front and lay of shoulder with the required short, strong neck; beautiful ribbing and plenty of width; th; best of toplines and correct incline of croup with good tail set. She was in beautiful muscled condition giving the sound and strong movement required for a working dog. Not only has this bitch been a great ambassador for the breed worldwide but she has been very influential in breeding terms.
I judged this dog at the Norwegian PWD specialty in and from a very strong line-up of dogs this boy was my choice for his beautiful type and faultless movement. The Pachon Navarro itself contributed to the early development of other European feathered setting dogs and braques. The Navarro is a very sociable dog that gets along well with other dogs. Males mesure 55 - 64 cm 22 to 25 inches and females 53 - 60 cm 21 to 24 inches. The breed is unique to the Tarsus-Mersin region of Turkey. The basis of the breed is unknown, but European pointers and hounds imported by Turkish noblemen as well as a number of Greek pointing breeds probably played a part in the Catalburun's genetic pool.
Due to the limited gene pool, the breed is heavily inbred, but modern specimens are quite sound and no important hereditary defects have been reported. Like the other double-nosed breeds, the Turkish Pointer is not recognized, but the breed is fairly uniform in type.
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Catalburuns are short haired with a strong body structure, strong legs, deep chest, powerful muzzle with scissor bite and exceptional scent. The coat comes in a variety of colors, the most common being a white base with darker patches, ranging from yellow, orange and wheaten to red, brown and black shades. Tricolored dogs also occur. The nose can be either black, brown or pink in color. Despite their heavy, well-boned body structure, they are surprisingly agile and fast.
Their morphology makes them particularly suited for partridge hunting in difficult areas. They will quarter for a long period without getting tired. Usually employed as a single dog when hunting, the Catalburun does not get along well with other dogs, although they are friendly with children. Devoted to their master, Turkish Pointers make a calm and loyal companion dog, but they can be aloof with strangers and quite alert and territorial. They require a great amount of excercise and are happiest when working. Their life span is rather long for this kind of breed, ranging from 12 to 17 years.
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