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Maddie 22-08-2019 09:25 PM

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Well, Pops has fitted in a treat. Her coat has darkened too which seems a common thing amongst yellows. She was very pale but is now a dark honey colour. It seems her Dad really stamped himself on his first two litters. I’ve seen photos of Pops litter mates and half siblings (the litters were born two days apart) and you can barely tell them apart.

She’s a pretty little thing but, boy, is she feisty. The good thing is she’s incredibly biddable, her recall is currently second to none, even when she’s playing with her buddies. She passed her puppy assessment with 100% which is brilliant.

She was entered into her first show at 4 months and 1 week and she got ranked as very promising and best baby in breed. The judge was very complimentary about her when he spoke to me afterwards. He liked Freddie too but felt his head was too big. Freddie is very masculine which isn’t to everyone’s taste I know. At the same show he got first place, was ranked excellent and was best junior in breed. By the way, his eyes aren’t really as pale as they appear.

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BushYakker 22-08-2019 09:54 PM

Fine looking dogs. :cool:
I love chunkys, though I've never had one. :D

I also like reading about the dogs in show. I just wouldn't have the time. :rolleyes:


:D

Maddie 22-08-2019 11:11 PM

I don’t really do anything else. At the moment the shows are outdoors and are way way too hot for me. From September we’ll probably do one or two a month. It’s expensive to enter, the travel costs are even greater because of the huge distances involved, you can only enter one class with each dog so it’s only worth going if you have a half decent dog. We’ve built up a collection of ribbons and “silverware” (aka silver coloured plastic) already.

It is fun, I’ve found possibly the only ringcraft class in France and am learning that there’s so much more to it than just running around a ring. A good handler can make or break a dog. Freddie is a total natural. He moves beautifully and will stand perfectly with his feet in precisely the right place to show off his angulation and top line. The judge going over him has been more of a challenge but we’re getting there. His next show is with the British judge Frank Kane, so I hope Freddie behaves. Pops is a work in progress, she moves well but hasn’t yet got her foot positioning quite right, not for me anyway...though when my ringcraft teacher handles her she does it perfectly! She’s entered in to the same show as Freddie but her judge is Shaun Williamson. It’s the retriever Club of France National breed show, so a bit of a biggie for retriever breeds, I’ll have the added pressure that their breeder will be there and probably watching me. Last time I took one of her dogs to a show where she was there was in 2007 and her daughter handled my dog for me.

It’s nice in France that as well as a placing you also get a ranking. Excellent, very good, good, insufficient for adults. Similar for puppies. You’ve achieved if you get an excellent but don’t get a placing and in certain shows this qualifies for a “red” entry on the dogs pedigree.

I’ve met some lovely people, not many lab people because they don’t talk to me because I have dogs that could be competition to them. Showing in France is not for hobbyists but for mostly professional breeders. If my dog wins, they potentially lose income. I tend to spend the day with owners of other breeds....polish lowland sheepdogs, Dalmatians (which I’ve also handled), Sussex spaniels and various other spangly breeds, Goldie’s, Bichon Bolognaise, Bullmastiff and soon a curly coated Retriever. I love dogs!

JohnW 23-08-2019 12:25 PM

Showing has never really interested me to any great extent. I’ve shown so many different breeds, Pointers, Poodles, Flatcoats, Goldens, Labradors, even Japanese Spitze. One thing I have never shown is my own dogs! In the last 12 years the only place I’ve shown at has been Crufts which is not easy, when you only showing once a year. My interest has always been more in the handling direction, originally in competitive Obedience, and later in gundog work, although these days I’ve had my fill of competition. I've judged and stewarded in the Obedience ring and Gundog Working Tests. About the only thing I've missed out on is stewarding at Crufts, although I have stewarded at the LKA which is the second largest show here in the UK. These days my competition days are over. I spend my time assisting our gamekeeper as a 12 months of the year job. But one thing is certain, I have had a LOT of fun with dogs over the years.

Maddie 23-08-2019 03:15 PM

I’ve done competitive obedience and agility in the past. I turned to showing because I can no longer run fast enough for agility and competitive obedience in France is something altogether different. The downside of showing here is that if they do well and in order to get their national and international titles, they’ll have to have competed in a field trial too. They don’t need to be placed but need to be graded at least “very good”. They also have to have been health checked, hips and elbows. Finding somewhere where you can learn the skills required is a challenge. Our nearest training is a 200 mile round trip away.

JohnW 23-08-2019 04:18 PM

Gundog training is very easy to find here in comparison. Few people will be much more than 30 minutes from training. The only down side is that some gundog trainers can be quite heavy handed, so people need to be rather careful, and be prepared to walk away if the training is not to their liking.

Tarimoor 23-08-2019 06:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Maddie (Post 1896985)
I’ve done competitive obedience and agility in the past. I turned to showing because I can no longer run fast enough for agility and competitive obedience in France is something altogether different. The downside of showing here is that if they do well and in order to get their national and international titles, they’ll have to have competed in a field trial too. They don’t need to be placed but need to be graded at least “very good”. They also have to have been health checked, hips and elbows. Finding somewhere where you can learn the skills required is a challenge. Our nearest training is a 200 mile round trip away.

Crikey that's a trek! And I thought it was bad having to travel about 30 miles for a round trip to ring craft!

Maddie 23-08-2019 10:53 PM

I do 30 mile round trip for ring craft, obedience and flyball. Each in different direction. A trip to a big supermarket is a 40 mile round trip. Lol.

Tarimoor 23-08-2019 11:08 PM

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Originally Posted by Maddie (Post 1896997)
I do 30 mile round trip for ring craft, obedience and flyball. Each in different direction. A trip to a big supermarket is a 40 mile round trip. Lol.

The nearest supermarket to me is about 5 miles away, but it's not a big supermarket. The nearest proper supermarket is probably about 20 miles away, but I tend to shop small and local. The gundog training stuff I'll probably do a lot myself, it is just the ring craft stuff I'll want help with.

JohnW 23-08-2019 11:25 PM

I can walk to my nearest supermarket in less than 15 minutes, but I drive because it is all uphill going home with the shopping. But then, I tend to only go about once a month. If I need anything in between then it's the corner shop just 10 houses away.


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