Both our varieties had CCs on offer at Birmingham National Championship Show where the day at Stafford stayed dry even if a touch on the chilly side. All the Dachshund varieties where together in the annex just off Bingley Hall with just one breed specialist officiating in Smooths & Wires.
Dr Ronald James judged Longs attracted 37 Longs awarding the DCC & BOB to Cindy Dare’s Ch Swansford Lionellador Darsoms. Cindy also won the RBCC with Darsoms Zeunice & BP with Darsoms Zocratees who went onto win the Hound Puppy Group under Diana Spavin (Dialynne Beagles). Cindy & her Baby Boy will be returning to Stafford on Sunday evening for Best puppy In Show & I’m sure we all have everything crossed for them both where Mike Gadsby (Afterglow) will decide the final award. BCC was awarded to Daniel Roberts’ Ch Swansford Gemmadora with Daniel taking the RDCC with her litter brother Ch Swansford Grantador. Best Veteran in Breed was Ken & Sandra Paskins’ Ch Abydachs Summer Dream at Kindeace Sh CM.
Keith Thornton (Karnak Afghans) judged Bill Browne-Cole’s original Min Long entry of 71 awarding Roy Wood both CCs with Ch Wildstar Wrobinson (BOB) & Ch Wildstar Wynnona. Zara Boyle won the RDCC with Zarcrest Black Brewer & Anne Johnson was awarded the RBCC with her Veteran Ch Charpurdy Just Iss. Mrs Irvine won BP with Bronia The Dutchman & Sharon Broad’s Eldmour Sea Lord Of Dinkidudlor was Best Veteran In Breed.
Lesley McNaughton was VHC in one of the strongest Champion Stakes classes I’ve seen for sometime with her Long Ch Cedavoch The Alchemist under Tommy Johnston. Looking through the results I see that a few other varieties of Dachshunds where well placed through the variety classes too, congratulations to everyone on a great day.
Over the Bank Holiday weekend Michael Lewis had a good time with his Trixhund Longs. At Aberystwyth & DCS Jason Bullock handled Trixhund Opium to Best In Show, at Anglesey CS Michael handled Trixhund Paddington Bear to Reserve Best Puppy In Show under Martin Sanders (Castelloch Longs & Whippets) having won the Puppy Group under Lynda Billinghurst (Jiljac Min Wires). Then onto Hereford KA where Opium was awarded Reserve Best In Show. That was certainly a great weekend, congratulations to Michael & Jason & their team! At Seaham & DCS Open show Adam Rowell handled Lynne Bell’s Min Long Tolberg Cream Treat to Reserve Best In Show under Sharon Pinkerton (Bareve German Wire Haired Pointers). At Marlborough & DCS Open show Peter Higgins’ Min Long Ralines Just Jewels was Hound Group Three under David Cavill (Toveri Finish Spitz).
Last weekend, the majority of the sixteen UK Dachshund Breed Clubs joined together once again to attend the Dachshund Breed Council for the AGM & May meeting. This year marks the tenth anniversary year of the formation of the council. Chairman Ian Seath presented a review of 2017 & covered many highlights that included the continued long standing & continued commitment of education & judges through the council’s sub-committees, awaiting confirmation from the Kennel Club on CC allocation & the future of clubs & rotational CCs, IVDD screening, Lafora disease & the registration of recessive coated puppies, the very sad demise of Dog World & the importance of the Canine Press & a special thank you to all who freely give their time for the benefit of the breed. Treasurer Katherine Herrington presented the accounts which shows a balance of around £29,000 in the newly formed Charity account ‘Dachshund Health UK’. Ian Seath remains Chairman, Katherine Herrington Treasurer, Pauline Kerslake Secretary & Anne Moore was once again voted in as Vice Chairman. The ‘business as usual’ meeting followed the AGM & your breed club representatives will feed back to your clubs all the actions & outcomes. Having attended many meetings over the years on behalf of the Midland DC I have to say that all the member clubs certainly work very hard & well together on your behalf for the good of Dachshunds, we are certainly lucky to have such unity in a breed that covers six varieties & with so many breeders & exhibitors.
The latest Kennel Club Breed Record Supplement has arrived, this covers the period January to March 2018. I will go through the detail next week but at a glance Longs had just six new litters recorded with 28 new registrations which is well down on the 52 for the same period last year. Min Longs had 85 new litters recorded, with 283 new registrations which is just a dozen up on the same quarter last year. Min Smooths once again lead the whole Hound Group with 1,452 new registrations, just slightly up on the same period last year. When you compare this figure to Longs it certainly looks that extinction is close for the larger long coated variety, so sad in many ways.