We’re now on the countdown to Crufts in Chihuahua Town. For the past couple of years I’ve talked about wearing flight socks to save the ankle and calf pain that the reinforced concrete floor at the NEC can inflict. I’ve recently discovered Fit Flop shoes so that’s possibly something that might help as well.
I saw on one of the Chihuahua groups I’m a member of on Facebook about a little longcoat that was found and rescued from a bin. The poor little mite had such bad mange that he had no coat left and was in a bad way. The good news is he was rescued and treated, has now re-grown his coat and is looking a handsome boy. Having been in a foster home, his foster carer has decided to keep him permanently. So a happy ending!
Last weekend was Midland Chihuahua Club’s open show, at the new venue of Brackley. It would seem that the move to this venue has perhaps affected entries, and the club are going to hold one of their open shows in the original venue of Alfreton, a solution which would cater for the geographic location of a lot of exhibitors. Finding quality venues at reasonable prices is no mean feat and it cannot be denied that clubs are not going to be able to please everybody. Nevertheless, there was a lovely atmosphere and super raffle. There was plenty of space with nice large rings.
Longs were judged by Angie McAllister who found her BD and RBOB in Colin Craggs’ Reynoldco Sweet William, RBD was Pauline Lodwick and Teresa Barker’s Royal William Bikin Dvor (Imp Svk), BPD and BPIB was Geoffrey Curr’s Natimuk Beaumont and RBPD was Anita Skinner’s Peaky Blinder. BB and BOB was Jill Palmer and Willy Heap’s Chirouxe Cracklin Rosie Maciendas, RBB was Jones’ Flickan Flibbertigibbet, BPB and RBPIB Lesley and Roy Barber’s Ramrowan Love in a Mist, RBPB Jones’ Flickan Fragrance, BVIB Geoffrey Curr’s Ch Natimuk Astrid and RBVB Mairi Austin’s Ch Mairichis Blossom JW VW.
Smooths were judged by Carol Conquest. BD and BOB was Wells’ Peepetolynn Obsidian at Dollybeau JW, RBD and RBOB Diane Fothergill’s Diamonchi Mister Moon JW ShCM, BPD and RBPIB was the same owner’s Diamonchi Mr Black and RBPD Beverley Sutton’s Aristodemos Spaceman Nikitos. BB was Wendy Ansell’s Mjis Elle Dogomania, RBB Wells’ Bullywood Summer Fire Avec Dollybeau, BPB and BPIB was Diane Fothergill’s Diamonchi Last One Standing. BVIB was Beverley Sutton’s Ch Lozek Rhapsody in Blue Nikitos JW and RBVIB Diane’s Ch Beths Sunshine Lady at Diamonchi.
BIS was judged by Irene Robb who awarded BIS to Wells’ Obsidian and RBIS was Cracklin Rosie. BPIS was Beaumont and RBPIS was Last One Standing. BVIS was Rhapsody in Blue and RBVIS was Astrid.
News from the open shows:
At Lichfield Serena Hunt’s Moltobello Queen of my Heart went BOB under judge Caroline Holmes. At Cardiff, Kacey-Leigh Green’s Parisland This Is Me Ellochi went BPIB and PG3. At the Northern Dog Club Diane Fothergill’s Diamonchi Last One Standing went BPIB and PG2 and the same owner’s Diamonchi Mister Moon JW ShCM went BOB.
The Kennel Club Journal for February has been published and the following judges have been announced: Scottish Kennel Club on 29/08/2020; Mrs L Crane for Longs, Richmond on 11/09/2020; Mrs H E Davenport-Willis for Longs, UKTD on 27/03/2021; Dr A G Schemel for Longs and Mrs B Sutton for Smooths, Midland Chihuahua Club on 11/04/2021; Mrs S T Barker for Longs, WELKS on 23/04/2021; Tony Allcock OBE for Longs and Mr R Haynes for Smooths, WKC on 20/08/2021; Mr D Guy for Longs, Northern Counties Chihuahua Club on 24/10/2021; Mrs L O’Neill for Longs, Mr C Sparrow for Smooths and Mrs J A Sparrow for BIS.
I’ve had a look at the 10-year trend in registration statistics. The figures for Quarter 4 of 2019 haven’t been published by the Kennel Club yet, so I’ve used a mathematical function in a spreadsheet to predict it. I might need to amend the data when the final figures are published, but my findings are this: both varieties have been showing a decline in registrations over the last few years, but Smooths are faring better than Longs. I’ve included two graphs below that I have created to easier display the trends, but in a nutshell, Smooths have maintained their number of registrations in the last 10 years, with 2019 registrations being roughly in line with 2009 registrations. However, registrations in Longs is down 50% in 2019 compared to 2009. Both coats have seen the biggest in-year drop in registrations from 2018-19 and this would be in line with the new legislation that came in to effect in October 2018; Smooths are down 28% and Longs 26%.
This supports what I have been thinking in that the legislation is affecting registrations, and I’m still seeing and reading about misinterpretation of the legislation by Local Authorities. I also think the breed is waning in popularity with the increasing trend for ‘doodles’, chi mixes and other popular breeds, and I have to wonder whether that is not actually a bad thing for our breed.
I’ve mentioned previously about getting together a Chihuahua Obreedience team. I now have two dogs/handlers, and need 4 more. If you are interested, please do get in touch. I can help with training in terms of heelwork, loose lead work and the exercises, so don’t worry if your dog isn’t trained!
Good luck and safe travels this weekend and don’t forget to let me have your results and news.