Happy Pawlentines Day to you all in Chihuahua Town! I hope your little Mexicans are spoiling you today! I made the liver cake I talked about last week – a nice easy recipe to follow, but it went down so well with my gang that one of my unappreciative little monkeys nearly took off one of my fingers. “Category 2 on Breed Watch for dentition” you say? There’s certainly no issue with her teeth!
I’ve read the article published by the Royal Veterinary College following their research on our beloved breed. The article states that the most common health concerns in the breed are (in order of most seen first) dental disease, obesity, retained baby teeth, aggression, luxating patella and retained testicles. I can’t help but think that dental disease and obesity are in the hands of the owners. Aggression, whilst there can be an element of genetics in it, again, is largely in the hands of the owners and incorrect training/socialisation etc. Retained baby teeth are common in all toy breeds, and LP made up only 4% of the health concerns seen. I have to say, having read the article, and not trying to make light of it, these are all easily treated (with the exception of LP).
The article went on to say that males are more likely to suffer from aggression, heart murmurs, ear infections, conjunctivitis and chest infections than females. However, the average weight seen was 3.4kg and the average lifespan 8.2 years. This set me thinking about the majority of Chihuahuas vets see through their doors, as when I read the article, I certainly didn’t recognise the Chihuahuas running around my house in it, or indeed any puppy I’ve bred and sold. Link that to the reduction in KC registrations in our breed and it’s not hard to see that it would seem to indicate that there are more non registered puppies born and sold from back yard breeders than there are quality registered puppies. Then there’s the additions to the Kennel Club Breed Watch for dentition and we as a breed seem to be taking a hammering at the moment. This all made me feel quite depressed to be honest. Then I thought, hang on a mo, if that’s the worst of it, then actually our breed is in a much better place than many other breeds!
I know quite a lot of you have been watching the breed judging of the Westminster show. Unfortunately, the long coat judging video link stopped working on their website. However, the smooth BOB was GCHB CH Bayard Sex Lies & Videotape at Jaken and the long BOB was GCHS CH Figgy’s Valentino’s Delight Of Cavahua.
News from the open shows:
At Swansea, Kacey-Leigh Green’s Parisland It’s All About Me Ellochi was BPIB. At Rutherglen, Kirstie Price’s Bramver’s Fortune Garden was BOB in the longs and the same owner’s Torre Del Pilar Crackerjack BOB in the smooths. Crackerjack also went on to win G4.
Sunday is the Longcoat Chihuahua Club’s open show, entries are 70 dogs making 74 entries plus 9 NFC. Sue Lee will have squeaky knitted toys for sale for the bargain price of £1 (I don’t think they will last long before they are sold out!) and the AGM will be held in the lunchbreak.
The JCF have announced changes to the structure which would appear to have been reasonably well received. They key change is that judges will not be required to pay to join the KC Academy. The two systems will run along side each other for 5 years and aspiring judges can choose which route to follow. The full information can be viewed here:
Please do send me your results and news from the upcoming weekend – after all the reading of articles I’ve done this week I could do with some more light-hearted reading! Safe travels and good luck for the weekend.