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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Catching up, Crufts and Controversy

OK, OK, OK. I've had a couple of complaints via email about not updating recently so I need to get a wriggle on. So what have we missed? Well, a little dog get together we like to call CRUFTS! For those outside the UK, Crufts is a big deal and is a massive dog show, competition and festival. It was a controversial organisation in the past because of over-breeding exacerbating genetic defects. In the last couple of years however, Crufts is at the forefront of education and responsible breeding which is great for the future of dogs and dog owners.

This year's winner is a black Flatcoat Retriever named "Sh Ch Vbos The Kentuckian", known as Jet.

So what's the difference between a Retriever and a Flatcoat Retriever? This is some info for you from The American Kennel Club:

Although his tail never stops wagging, the Flat-Coated Retriever is suited for hard work. Originally bred to flush and retrieve both upland game and waterfowl, he transfers his determination, desire and verve on the hunting field to everyday life, enthusiastically participating in family activities and in the show, obedience and agility rings. Slightly racier and more moderate in bone than other retriever breeds, the Flat-Coat has a solid black or liver-colored coat that protects him from the elements and lies straight and flat.

The Flat-Coat’s ancestry includes the "Retriever Proper," a cross-breed emerging from the Large Newfoundland, setter, sheepdog, and spaniel-like water dogs. These retrievers were invaluable to fishermen and often traded between Britain and North America, where they became known as generic "Labrador" dogs. Eventually, a breed known as the Wavy-Coated (subsequently Flat-Coated) Retriever appeared and became distinct to these "Labrador" dogs.

Described by all who meet him as cheerful, optimistic and good-humoured (sic.), the Flat-Coat excels as a family companion. He requires regular vigorous exercise, however, due to his working heritage. Dog sports such as obedience, agility and hunt tests provide both mental and physical exercise. Among Sporting breeds, the Flat-Coat is easy to maintain, needing only occasional brushing and bathing.

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