Norwegian Buhund

Breed Notes 3rd Novemebr 2023 Margaret Deuchar


In last week’s notes I talked about the CC winners and BIS at the Breed Club Ch show held on 22nd October at Shirland Village Hall Alfreton in Derbyshire, with our judge coming all the way from Northern Ireland, Sue Sercombe with  daughter Jacqui who did  an excellent job stewarding. We were lucky that we escaped the terrible flooding the poor people of Chesterfield suffered just further up the A61, and the weather on the day was dry and sunny. The show started at 10.30am so most travelled on the day and considering the weather in the previous days we only had one absentee.

As it was the club Ch show there are always other classes after the main show, so once the Bitch CC had been awarded, we decided to have a lunch break and hold BIS and the extra classes after lunch.  During the lunch break we held 3 Special Award Classes. These are separate from the main show and were brought in by the KC, so that those judges who are near giving CCs in the breed can gain more hands-on experience of the breed. You can only hold 3 classes and must have permission from the KC to have them. On this occasion the judge was Mark Cocozza who as many of you will know has judged all over the world and gives CCs in 75 breeds, but interestingly only one in the Pastoral Group but as Marion Sargeant was at the show to give him his third and final mentoring session in the breed, I think he may be soon giving CCs to two breeds in the Pastoral Group. His winner in the open dog class was Marie Corin and Adam Camm’s Kligenthal Almuric(Bergen).In the  Open Bitch class it was Kirsty and Alex Irvine and Callum Gillies Ch Blackcombe Bodil With Tapui (Imp Aus)Bodi. The Ch Dog /Bitch class was won by my and daughter Debbie’s Ch Rikarlo Gable JW L6 ex (Time)

Once these clasnotes). These it was time to start the main show again, with BIS RBIS BOSIS and BVIS(results in last week’s notes ).These were followed by  the Brace class where the dogs must be in the same ownership, it was lovely that there were 3 Brace entered Cobb & Kent(Knytshall) ,the Crocker Brace(Leggatts) with the winners the Frost & Walmsley Brace(Frostisen)with  Frostisen Blakk Zitter (Penny) and Frostisen Blakk Zeta (Birdie). The special bred by class was won by Lesley & Liz Butterworth’s Kligenthal Einar (ai)Ruskin. Special Not Bred By was won by Jo Guillod & Bethany Guillod -Rees Draccus Obsidian (Ruby). It was then time for the Trophy Challenges when the winners of the dog and bitch classes go head-to-head for the Trophies. Best Junior was Ruskin. Best Yearling was Sue Crocker’s Leggatts Jive Talkin (Noodle). Best Post Graduate Ruby. Best Limit Noodle. Best Open Bergen. Best Champion Michael Patrick and Leigh Ashman’s Ch Tapui Starla (Freya). Best Veteran Kirsty Irvine’s Ch Kimura’s Vera At Tapui (Imp Nor) Betty. Best Working Time. Best Black Ruby. We always have a Puppy Walk for puppies 4-6months. The idea is to help them prepare for the show ring with the atmosphere of a show, and with everything that would happen at a show including  the judge going over them. Only one puppy this year Lisa & Alex Strong’s Draccus I Have A Dream (Raven), she showed very well and it was great practice as a week later it was her first show Midland Counties, there were no breed classes but she was 2nd in AVNSC Pastoral puppy bitch under Richard Bott.

I have talked quite a bit recently about days to remember, I think 8yr old Bethany with Ruby had one of those days, what an improvement from earlier in the year when Ruby really did not like being gone over by the judge, she would happily trot round the ring but anything else was a no no, not quite there yet but I am sure if they continue  to improve they will  be very successful. Because Bethany is young, she could not go to evening Ring Craft classes, but YKC summer camp seems to have made all the difference. Ruby won the PG Bitch class then was Best PG. Best Working Bitch only being beaten by dad Time for best overall Working. Best Not Bred By and Best Black in show.

Everyone brought some food for the lunch time picnic and as usually there was more than enough, which of course is the right way round. Many thanks to Nancy Kent for providing Bacon Rolls to anyone who wanted them on arrival. Tea and coffee were available all day. Chris Maynard ran the raffle making £83 and the shop which has many Buhund themed goodies was manned by Lillian Rumsey and made £45. Every dog went home with either a toy or treats. It was a very enjoyable show with a great atmosphere.

The following weekend it was Midland Counties Ch show at Bingley Hall on the Staffordshire County Showground. We do not have classes there anymore but Jenny Shorer Wheeler took her Ch Koromandel Tusen Takk(Muchly) on the Saturday , leaving the girls at home as they are waiting for their new clothes to arrive. She and Muchly had a fantastic day winning Best of Breed AVNSC Pastoral under Richard Bott, then being shortlisted in the group under Zena Thorn Andrews and winning the Eukanuba Champion Stakes Pastoral /Hound .That meant going back on the Sunday for the final, the winner from the show going to the Final of the Eukanuba Ch Stakes next February, which is a very prestigious affair. In the end the winner was the West Highland White Terrier with the Cocker Spaniel in Reserve, but to have a Buhund in the four finalists, how fantastic is that.

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