I start by wishing you all a Very Happy and Safe Christmas wherever you are.Pastoral day at LKA (Ladies Kennel Association) was Sunday 12th December. This is one of the 10 all-breed Championship shows, meaning that all the breeds that have CCs have them at these shows. It was a lovely day, more like it was before the pandemic except for having to show either a record of two vaccinations or a negative covid test at the entrance and with us all wearing masks, but it did not take away from the enjoyment. This was the second completely indoor Ch show for the breed, this one was different as to most people’s delight it had benches, although one or two of the younger dogs who had not experienced benches were not keen on the idea! We were in ring 31 which was the last ring in Hall 6 our benches were also at the end of the benches so we had plenty room. We even managed to have a socially distanced picnic, with the food put out and instead of gathering round the table we returned to our seats with our plates of food.
We had an entry of 23 for judge Charlotte John (Chardicea) who was giving tickets for the first time. She breeds and shows Alaskan Malamutes, her parents Chris and Mike also show and breed Malamutes (Cristakell) and Chris judged the Malamutes here, happily finishing in time to be able to watch her daughter judge. Charlotte has had Buhunds since she was 8yrs old and made up her first Buhund Ch Trelowen Bysy At Cristakell when she was 16yrs old.Chris has a new puppy which she showed at the club’s Ch show for the first time when she was just six months, so hopefully we will see her in the ring again next year.
Charlotte found her BOB & DCC his 12th in Jacqui and Michael Cobb and Nancy Kent’s Ch Koromandel Best Served Cold at Knytshall (Jamie), he is by Multi Ch Kyon’s Bold Norseman x Ch Maidofcopper For Koromandel JW (Imp Fin) (Pikka) and was shown as usual by his breeder Jenny Shorer-Wheeler, he also has 13 RCCs. Coming over from Northern Ireland to win the RDCC from the puppy class was Sue Sercombe’s Trelowen Forest Gump, he is by Ch/Ir Ch Trelowen Conar Tun x Ch Trelowen Dizzy Rascal. Gump was handled by Sue’s daughter Jacqui, he was also BP and his litter brother Trelowen Pride and Prejudice won the minor puppy class so the trip was certainly worth it, although unfortunately they had rather a rough crossing home, hopefully that will not have put off Jacqui’s 8yr old son Ashley who was a great help to his mum. BCC her first was Sue Crocker’s Knytshall Noor Ul Ain she is by Knytshall Diamond Ted x Trollheimen Elske To Knytshall (Imp US). Noor was Top Puppy in 2016 and also has 2 RCCs. Noor is a Black Buhund and it always good to have a Black in the top placings, just to remind people they do come in Black! RBCC again her first Jenny Shorer -Wheeler’s Sturmoor Ffascination with Koromandel(Fable) she is by Jamie x Sturtmoor’s Ezee Luuva. BBP Lorraine Bolton’s Gladidegelli Arvejenta For Rikarlo(Lucy) by Multi Ch Trollheimens Jr Made For Cascilius(JR) x Rikarlo Gable.
The Buhund as you all know is numerical small breed so keep the gene pool as wide as possible breeders are now using AI. In the past it was used by famers in particular for cows and pigs and also for race horses but it was not very successful for dogs, but in the last few years that has all changed, and Gump and Lucy are both by AI as their sires are no longer with us.
Jenny certainly had a good day at the office as her Koromandel Tusen Takk(Muchly) by JR x Fable was shortlisted in the puppy stakes under Peter Clifton, there were 4 groups on the Sunday so it was a big stakes class. Then his GG grandmother Pikka by Gnipagrotten’s Qu x Cipacan Mila Magia won the AV Good Citizen Dog Scheme Class under David Guy winning Jenny £50, a very nice Christmas present.
Below Marie Corin talks about a trip to her local show the week before LKA.
‘The Woolwich, Bexley and District Canine Association Open Show took place on 5th December in Maidstone, Kent. As well as being fairly local to us, it is organised by the same club as the ringcraft we attend, so it was a show we were keen to support. I had seen the judging order and that being in one of the outside rings, would mean that these classes would be moved indoors in the event of bad weather. Well, the weather was shocking first thing, the heavens opened, so we did not rush to get ready. Then of course it dried up and I panicked about being late! I should not have worried though, as AV Pastoral classes were held after Sibes, GSDs, Laphunds and Samoyeds. There was a good turnout (apparently their highest entry for almost 30yrs), with 9 rings in total,5 inside and 4 outside. It was quite cold waiting outside and there were large puddles on the edge of the ring to be avoided. We went inside to watch a friend show their Afghan Hound puppy and a good excuse to get warmed up. When it came to be our turn in the ring the drizzle stated up again, but that did not put anyone off. Bergen (Kligenthal Almuric), the only Buhund there, took first in AV Pastoral Open, then went onto to be awarded Best AV Pastoral, beating the Sheltie winner of the Post Graduate class and the Rough Collie winner of the puppy class. The judge was Ray McDonald (Roanjora). We were of course delighted; however, it is a good lesson to learn…. check the entry form twice before submitting, as until I arrived at the show, I thought I had entered him into the AVNSC Pastoral. Whoops!’
Thanks Marie, we all learn over the years, I have known of people taking the wrong dog or not taking one at all!
Stay safe everyone.
Margaret Deuchar firstname.lastname@example.org
The 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