More puppy stuff - Labradors Forums
Like Tree15Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 22-08-2019, 09:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
Old Dog

Old Dog
 
Maddie's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: France
Posts: 8,718
Default More puppy stuff

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.

CA6FCB47-0950-4A15-9A76-9CF95F73FF36.jpeg

9F5D7167-4637-4E87-897F-6E87625AABCE.jpg
Tarimoor likes this.
__________________
Nicola
Coco - Cocoa Calos Thea 25.7.2002 - 30.5.2012
Milly - Myegirl Millicent 1.5.2001 - 17.6.2015
Together at Rainbow Bridge, gone but never forgotten
Maddie is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 22-08-2019, 09:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
Lead Trained

Lead Trained
 
BushYakker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Scarborough
Posts: 4,592
Default

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

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


Maddie likes this.
__________________
left to right: Hollie, (Harry, Perro, Bailey - gone over the bridge) and Henry.
BushYakker is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 22-08-2019, 11:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
Old Dog

Old Dog
 
Maddie's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: France
Posts: 8,718
Default

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!
BushYakker and Margaret like this.
__________________
Nicola
Coco - Cocoa Calos Thea 25.7.2002 - 30.5.2012
Milly - Myegirl Millicent 1.5.2001 - 17.6.2015
Together at Rainbow Bridge, gone but never forgotten
Maddie is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 23-08-2019, 12:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
Administrator
Pack Leader
 
JohnW's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: South Bucks
Posts: 20,238
Default

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 and Tarimoor like this.
JohnW is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 23-08-2019, 03:15 PM   #5 (permalink)
Old Dog

Old Dog
 
Maddie's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: France
Posts: 8,718
Default

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 likes this.
__________________
Nicola
Coco - Cocoa Calos Thea 25.7.2002 - 30.5.2012
Milly - Myegirl Millicent 1.5.2001 - 17.6.2015
Together at Rainbow Bridge, gone but never forgotten
Maddie is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 23-08-2019, 04:18 PM   #6 (permalink)
Administrator
Pack Leader
 
JohnW's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: South Bucks
Posts: 20,238
Default

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.
JohnW is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 23-08-2019, 06:17 PM   #7 (permalink)
Lead Trained

Lead Trained
 
Tarimoor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: God's own country
Posts: 1,304
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Maddie View Post
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!
__________________
Life is like a box of chocolates ...
Tarimoor is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 23-08-2019, 10:53 PM   #8 (permalink)
Old Dog

Old Dog
 
Maddie's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: France
Posts: 8,718
Default

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.
__________________
Nicola
Coco - Cocoa Calos Thea 25.7.2002 - 30.5.2012
Milly - Myegirl Millicent 1.5.2001 - 17.6.2015
Together at Rainbow Bridge, gone but never forgotten
Maddie is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 23-08-2019, 11:08 PM   #9 (permalink)
Lead Trained

Lead Trained
 
Tarimoor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: God's own country
Posts: 1,304
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Maddie View Post
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.
Maddie likes this.
__________________
Life is like a box of chocolates ...
Tarimoor is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 23-08-2019, 11:25 PM   #10 (permalink)
Administrator
Pack Leader
 
JohnW's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: South Bucks
Posts: 20,238
Default

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.
Maddie and Tarimoor like this.
JohnW is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Labradors Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Insurance
Please select your insurance company (Optional)

Log-in


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


» Site Navigation
» Home
»
 > Search
 > FAQ
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 08:25 PM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
PetGuide.com
Basset Hound Forum Doberman Forum Golden Retriever Forum Beagle Forum
Boxer Forum Dog Forum Pit Bull Forum Poodle Forum
Bulldog Forum Fish Forum Havanese Forum Maltese Forum
Cat Forum German Shepherd Forum Labradoodle Forum Yorkie Forum Hedgehog Forum
Chihuahua Forum Cichlid Forum Dart Frog Forum Mice Breeder Forum