Norwegian Buhund

Breed Notes 20th October 2023 Margaret Deuchar


The weekend the 7th /8th October saw several Buhunds take their owners to shows. The youngest of these was Andy Platts Mazads Joie De Vivre or Luna to her friends, she was born on 27th May and is by Kligenthal Almuric (Bergen) x Gladidegelli Arvejente for Rikarlo AI (Lucy).Having been going to ring craft, Andy thought is would be good to go to  a show and  put into practice what they had learnt, so they entered  their local animal charity fundraising dog show, where with plenty of competition, Luna won Best Puppy and was then RBIS to a Rhodesian Ridgeback, so a great start to her showing career. The same day Mary Dosson took her, and husband David’s Kligenthal Bran Mac Morn (Teddy) to Plymouth Premier open show held at The Matford Centre Exeter, where under Mike Johns they were BOB. Jacqui Walmsley’s & the Frostisen’s Kennel’s Trelowen Amelia at Frostisen (Bunny) was RBOB, 4th in the Good Citizen Stakes under Mike Vincent and 6th in Open stakes under Penny McIlroy-Stracey just missing out on treat money,but winning a rosette as these went down to 10th place. The next day Mary and Teddy went to The Sam Price Memorial Members’ Limited Show run by Bridgewater & District Canine Society, which was held in Woolavington Village Hall, Bridgewater Somerset where they were AVNSC Best Open in the Pastoral Group under Brian Kirk. Mary was thrilled that Mrs Bragg who bred Mary’s first Buhund that was born in 1987 came to watch, I often see the breeder of my first Buhund who I had in 1992 at shows, and although she no longer has a Buhund, she is still interested in the breed. It is great that we still have breeders who bred 30/40yrs ago and that and can still keep the history of the breed alive. I think the history of breeds and shows is very important and interesting, but then one of the few subjects I was good at when I was at school all those years ago was History! At the moment I would like to find out the history of a  Buhund that one of the Buhund  Forum member found  when sorting out  some  old photographs, it is a photo of a group it actuallyTrial  competitors and was taken in the early 80’s.There amongst the GSD which  were the breed that was mostly used in working trials at that time was a Buhund, Lorraine Bolton knew it was Mary Jenkins Glenmardwin Torsons Lad but I would love to know if it  actually competed, or was just there with his owner and no one has come up with the answer to that one so far.

The Kligenthal litter brothers had a very successful weekend, as also on the Sunday Marie Corin and Adam Camm’s Kligenthal Almuric (Bergen) was BOB under Mr P Young at Portsmouth and Southsea Kennel Association Open Show, and Neil Hood’s Sturtmoor  Eeza GeezaAt Buhcafrey was 4th in the Richard Masters Memorial Veteran Stakes under Mrs Wilkinson and gained a point towards his Veteran Warrant. The show was held at Havant Leisure Centre Havant Hampshire.

South Wales Kennel Assoc Ch show has scheduled the breed for many years without CCs, for which we are very grateful having lost several shows without CCs recently. The show now runs over 4 days, and this year Pastoral Day was Sunday 15th Oct and since 2010 it has been held on the Royal Welsh showground Builth Wells in the middle of October, so that means it is not always popular with everyone and Buhunds along with other breeds have a reduced classification. When I first came into the breed the show was held on the Wales and West Showground at Crick near Chepstow, which was the Event Centre of show jumper David Broome. When the site was redeveloped the show moved to fields in USK, these had very good access as it was just off the M4 and being in July had a good entry of Buhunds for a non-CC show. The fields though were very near the river and low lying, and with our summer weather the inevitable happened, just before the show in 2009 the showground flooded and at the last minute the show was moved to the showground at Newbury where Southern Counties is held. The next year the committee had obviously decided that they could not risk it happening again, so with the permission of the KC they moved the show to the Royal Welsh Showground at Builth Wells, unfortunately their usual date was not free at Builth, so it  had to be in October so that it did not  clash with any other Ch show, so from being a mid-summer outside show it is now well established as an inside Autumn show, so did not have to worry about the wet and stormy conditions of the first two days, although  by the Sunday it was very cold with frost in many areas .The show was also benched.

This year our judge was Michael Patrick who gives CCs in Siberian Huskies a breed he has shown and bred for many years with the Coldasice affix, and which he will be judging at Crufts in 2025. He now has his second Buhund, Ch Tapui Starla who he co owns with Leigh Ashman. He found his BD & BOB in Marie Corin and Adam Camm’s Kligenthal Almuric (Bergen) following on from his success the week before at Portsmouth show, he is by Ch Arnscroft Di Na Mo Farrah Of Koromandel JW ShCM x Ch Koromandel Gild The Lily.BB

Kerry & Fritz Frost, Addreinne Frost Treadwell and Jacqui Walmsley’s Trelowen Amelia at Frostisen (Bunny)she is by Ch Trelowen Conar Tun x Trelowen Lola. RBB Jacqui ‘s Frostisen Blakk Zitter (Penny), she is by Ir Ch Leggatts Fernando From Frostisen x Ir Ch Kyon’s Dronningen AV Frostisen and is handled by Anne- Marie Taylor.

I finish with the very sad news of the passing of the very popular judge Hedd Richards on 5th October, his breed was Newfoundlands but he gave CCs in 11 breeds including Buhunds, and last judged the breed at Bath in 2021 when shows started up again after the pandemic. He was diagnosed with a very aggressive kidney cancer in 2020 just 3 months after judging Leonbergers at Crufts, his treatment kept the cancer at bay for two years so he was able to continue  with his judging but then sadly  it stopped  working,  he was then put on a drug trial but sadly it did  not work. We send condolences to his wife Delphine who he was married to for over 40yrs .

Stay safe everyone.

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