Year: 2012

WHAT IS A WORKING GUNDOG? – a UK perspective by Fiona Lucas

An article sent to us by Fiona Lucas, training her dogs in UK. “Although definitions for “gundog” abound, a definition of the term “working gundog” is not readily available and is for some, apparently, less easily made. The most commonly quoted definition for “gundog” includes the phrase “a dog trained, or bred, to assist in the hunting, flushing and retrieving of game”. Obviously all breeds classified in a “Gundog” or “Sporting dog” group (terms vary according to country and kennel club) were bred, originally, for that purpose or they would not have been so classified! However, one has only to observe many (if not all!) gundog breed (conformation) classes, both at home and abroad, to see that it is patently obvious that most of the representatives of these breeds would not be physically capable of carrying out the task for which they were originally bred, let alone have the skill to do so!! go to the article“

Use of studs (01.09.2012)

As it is necessary to use all available studs to maintain genetic diversity of the breed, therefore we have prepared a short list of all know to us studs. We assume that all studs that have reproduced in last years are still available, also there are studs never used but listed by breeders or breed clubs as “ready to use”. IF You would like to add a stud to the list, please feel free to contact us. Dogs that have never reproduced or have reproduced once are marked in green. use of studs 1.09.12 List of studs will regularly updated.

A Must-Read for Barbetiers

An article by prof. Bernard Denis (Professor emeritus at the Ecole vétérinaire de Nantes, Chairman of the Société d’Ethnozootechnie) –  REFLECTIONS ON THE GENETICS OF PUREBRED DOGS AND THE ESSENTIAL MAINTENANCE OF GENETIC VARIABILITY Prof. Bernard Denis, was one of guest who were answering questions on recent Symposium. His knowledge and wisdom is completely astonishing, is this article he mentioned almost every aspect of breeding rare breeds.