Norwegian Buhund

Breed Notes 14th July 2023 Margaret Deuchar


Hinchingbrooke Country Park in Huntingdon Cambridgeshire was I think the first place to host a Bu Bumble, it covers 150acres of grassland, woodland, and lakes, and since 2018 has held the Green Flag Award, which recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces internationally. There is a mix of hard-surfaced and muddy paths, secluded woodlands and wildflower meadows and a café, all of which make it ideal for a Bumble. Lillian and Michael Rumsey with Darcy, Sarah Stonton with Jack, and Lisa and Alex Strong with Eris and Loki started the Bumbles and were often joined by others wanting to know more about the breed. Then Lillian and Mike moved to Cumbria making Hinchingbrooke much too far to travel, but as they were coming down to the area on July 1st for a wedding, they suggested a Bumble the next day. With the power of Face Book coming into play, Lisa put the date out on the Forum and Buddies so there was a lovely turnout of 10 Buhunds ,7weaten and 3 Blacks, ranging in age from 10 weeks which was Eris’s black puppy Raven who was carried by Lisa, as she is not yet fully covered by her vaccinations, to 11-year-old Toby owned by Karen Southwell. Another black was 2yr old Ruby who also has Eris as a mum she brought along her owners the Guillod -Rees family and her kennel mate who was an honorary Buhund for the day. Robbie, Kier and family were accompanied by Otto and his litter sister Peanut was also there with owner Sam Palmer. Both Otto and Peanut were born in Eire but now  UK residents. Sue and Martin Camm had Teya who is Jack’s litter sister and of course those who started the Bumbles were there, Sarah and Jack, Lillian and Mike with Darcy and Lisa and Alex with Loki and Eris who was the third black. The weather thankfully was not as hot as the weekend before, but a couple of dogs still went for a dip in one of the numerous lakes.

Ten years ago, the East of England Agricultural and County show came to an end after 200yrs having made losses of several hundred thousand pounds. This year it is the last ‘East of England General Championship Dog Show,’ as it was connected to the Agricultural Society which is now focussing on delivering its future strategy on promoting rural life, and the E of E showground is in the process of being sold and developed for housing and leisure facilities and is no longer able to support a dog show.

We lost CCs there several years ago, but they kept us scheduled so I am glad the breed could support them at their last ever show, which was held on The Rutland Agricultural Showground Oakham. The Agricultural Society was formed in 1831 and has held an annual show ever since with only a handful of interruptions. The showground is the hub for the Rutland community, and is the home of the Oakham Rugby Football Club, Royce Rangers Football Club and of course the Rutland County Show. Since the Pandemic the Kennel Club Agility Festival has also been held on the ground.

Pastoral day was Saturday July 8th, the show was unbenched, I think most of you know my feelings on unbenched shows but at least we did not have to take gazebos, the show provided 3 large marquees for exhibitors with in/out rings just no benches. There was just enough room for everyone but at the height of the showing before anyone left it was very packed with not much room to move around. Although we were not going to be in until around lunch time we arrived early, to make sure coming from the south we missed any Silverstone traffic and the thunderstorms that we due to arrive later in the morning, just as well we did as it was not long after we arrived that  we had a torrential rainstorm and then thunder and lightening on and off for most of the morning, with just enough gap in the weather to visit the trade stands and buy lunch . To make sure the marquee could hold everyone they had cut down the in bit of the in/out rings, so even with our small numbers there was no choice but to move the dogs out into the pouring rain, and watching the groups online it would appear that the inclement weather continued on the Sunday, but the Toys managed to stay under cover. Having said all that, it was a very pleasant show with a very welcoming committee, it will be interesting to see the layout next year when Boston Ch show takes over the dates and the venue, but certainly E of E went out on a high. We were in the ring after 55 Newfoundlands 14 Welsh Corgis and 6 Australian Cattle Dogs. Our judge was Barry Blunden who gives CCs in 1 breed in the Utility Group, 12 in the Working Group and 4 in the Pastoral Group. He found his BB BV & BOB in Jenny Shorer- Wheeler’s Ch Maidofcopper For Koromandel JW (Imp Fin) (Pikka) by Swe/Nor Ch Gnipagrottens Qu x Multi Ch Cipacan Mila Magia. RBB Michael Patrick and Leigh Ashman’s Ch Tapui Starla (Freya) by Ch Koromandel Best Served Cold At Knytshall x Ch Kimura’sVera with Tapui. BD my and daughter Debbie’s Ch Rikarlo Gable JW (Time)by Ch Koromandel Best Served Cold At Knytshall x Ch Kimura’s Vera with Tapui RBD Jenny Shorer -Wheeler’s Ch Koromadel Tusen Takk (ai) JW(Muchly) he is by Multi Ch Trollheimen JR Made For Cascilius x Sturtmoor’s Ffascination With Koromandel he was also 4th in the Good Citizen Stakes under Adrian Bicknell, winning money! Best Special Beginners Nick & Dr Jo and Bethany Guillod -Rees Draccus Obsidian at Bucamereru by Time ex Leggatts Dancing Queen At Draccus she was handled by Bethany, she also won her junior handling class 6-11yrs under Leila Tarabad, which qualified her for Crufts next year. Later Jenny said that Piika was shortlisted in the Veteran Group under Phil Freer, since becoming a veteran she has continued her successful show career having gained her crown while still in junior, she has  also been  very successful in the maternity department now being the Dam, Grandam and Gt Grandam of Champions  shown by the results at E of E, Time and Freya are Ch Grandson and Ch Granddaughter, and  Ch Muchly is her Gt Great Grandson and Ruby is a Gt Great Granddaughter just starting out on her show career. There are also Granddaughters in Sweden Bonnie and Dimma who are successful in the show ring.

I finish with the good news that Marie Corin and Adam Camm’s Kligenthal Almuric(Bergen)has had another clear eye test .

Margaret Deuchar

Any views expressed in Margaret’s Breed Notes are hers and hers alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Norwegian Buhund Club of the UK