So that's another Crufts over and done with, just like Christmas - weeks worth of build up and then Poof! gone in puff of smoke.
We have come to terms with the Media frenzy that has become the norm, the usual round of Press "Born To Suffer" headlines about all flat faced breeds. The close scrutiny from the activists, the moment when you find out if the Best Of Breed passed it's vet check - and sadly this year some infighting to complete the package. Of course this year we also had the threat of coronavirus on top of the miles and miles of motorway, the increadibly early start and the recovery which takes longer and longer every year. But when it's all said and done, when the NEC closes it's doors to Crufts for the final time on the Sunday, when the facebook frenzy about who should have won and how bad the judging was - there's a side that only fellow rescues will understand ........ the fall out that is the Breed that went Best In Show!!!!
Every year I sit there worrying, knowing full well that the chances are pretty remote but it's not totally unheard of - not since 1952 has a bulldog taken the podium - Noways Chuckles. In the 70s a Bulldog did go Reserve Best In Show but for some reason no one ever seem to take notice of the runner up. We knew that this year there was no hope - the bulldog didn't pass it's vet check due to a skin problem so never made it through to the group - in fairness the less said about that the better - but the breed that did win was The Dachshund
According to their Breed Council
"Dachshunds are a very popular breed with six different varieties: Standard and Miniature sizes, in 3 coats, Smooth, Long and Wire. Maisie, the Standard Wire-Haired Dachshund that won Crufts, may be the first time that many members of the public will have seen this particular variety. Their registrations have increased steadily over time, with 861 being registered by the Kennel Club in 2019. We are aware that a sudden increase in popularity of any breed can lead to an increase in the numbers being bred irresponsibly and without any thought for their health and welfare."
However, as with our breed - the Fad Colour breeding has taken a hold on the little Dachshund- white dogs, merle dogs - all become increasingly popular creating yet another storm for their serious breeders and Health Committee alike so it was nice to see the following published by the Dachshund breed council
The article states
"The Dachshund Breed Council’s advice is the same when considering buying a puppy of any variety: that buyers should do their research and make sure that they contact a breeder who places health, welfare and temperament at the top of their agenda when breeding."
In the meantime, we are sitting back and breathing yet another sigh of releif as the Bulldog didn't go Best In Show for another year .....