Christmas present number six

This is an interesting read for anybody interested in canine history.

Quite possibly the most interesting dog book to have emerged in the last decade, “The Invention of the Modern Dog” explores when, where, why and how Victorians invented the modern way of ordering and breeding dogs. The ideal Christmas gift for the doggy nerd in your life!

This is the last Christmas present we’ll be doing as it is now December and time to get posted and delivered has to be considered. many thanks to the people who have sent ideas.

From the Breed Education Co-Ordinator

On Sunday 15th July, I went to the Breed Education Co-ordinator day at Stoneleigh on behalf of both breed clubs. It was a long day with representatives of the majority breeds present. Many questions were asked after the presentations. The aim of the day was to discuss the Judges Competency Framework (JCF) and Breed Appreciation Days (now known as BADs). Following this I wrote with the way forward to both clubs and this has been recently or due to be discussed soon by both committees.

The full details of the JCF can be seen on line at

Prospective judges at level 2 ( who have completed level 1), will need to attend 3 mentor sessions which may be in a group or one-to -one. So the search is on for mentors, I have been given some initial names and I will be contacting these people over the coming weeks to see if they are interested. Mentors can be active or retired judges that award CC’s in breed or respected breeders/handlers that have achieved success. If anybody is interested in becoming a mentor or a judge and would like more information, please contact me directly at

Plans are underway for a BAD next year, more details will follow when the date has been set.

Jane Alstead (Glen of Imaal Terrier Breed Education Co-Ordinator)

As it’s December……

….it’s time to look back at how judges have performed with their critiques in the UK.

It’s been a very good year with only two missing. It’s three if you count the Glen Association Show but as that was only last week no worries at all as the judge, Val Harley, is a breed person and knows what is desired. Unfortunately though the same can’t be said of the two judges with no critiques up to yet. Jeff Luscott (Belfast) and Tom Johnston (SWKA) are serial offenders across many breeds. Glen of Imaal Terrier folk aren’t known for being subtle and a loud “why haven’t you done the critique?” across the judges’ dining room at a show four and a half months on caused, surprise, surprise, a critique to appear.

Things have changed since then and the Kennel Club now has a rule regarding the length of time critiques should be submitted. As can be seen by the advice below it’s three months so, before the fingers come out to count, there is full acknowledgement that there is still time. Hopefully both gentlemen will be running it to the wire and their critiques will appear before complaints start to go into the Kennel Club. We’ll love to be able to add their names to the list of judges who have felt honoured enough by the time, effort and money exhibitors have spent to show their dogs under them.