Silvestre's Jolene is placed 3rd at Bath championship show and qualifies for Crufts 2019. Well done Mrytle.
Silvestre Ace is placed 5th in Open dog at Bath Championship show.
Silvestre Red Woman was first in puppy and best puppy in show at North of England HPR Open show. This was her first show. Owned by Sue Butler. Well done Sue.
I am sure I will post this over and over again, but with warm weather we need to remember our Pets.
Dogs with long noses, can pant easier and expel heat from their body through panting. Dogs with short noses, have shorter palettes and have difficulty expelling the heat through panting. Short nosed breeds are Pugs, French bulldogs, Pugs, Pekes, Cavaliers, Griffons, Lhasa, Shitzu etc.
As I own French bulldogs and Pugs it is knowledge of first hand owner ship that I can share with you, but we must not forget the sun loving Vizsla.
The Hungarian Vizsla will bask in the sunshine to the point you do not know the dog is over heating. First signs of over heating is lethargy, sticky drool, and collapse. You must bring your Vizsla inside from the heat and think for your dog. Provide bowls of fresh water inside and outside.
If your dog is showing signs of lethargy and sticky drool, grab a bath towel and soak it in cold water. Take to the dog and wrap dog in towel and carry to bath. Lay dog in bath and pour cold water on the towel. With phone in other hand ring your vet for immediate treatment.
French bulldogs and Pugs have a bit of an understanding with heat and will lay on their stomachs on cold surfaces and spread all their body out with legs out in front and legs out behind. They are quite clever dogs, but of course your dog must be able to get to the cold. If they over pant it can cause the muscles in the throat to go into spasm and they can not breathe because of the way their faces are designed. So never put your dog in that position.
You can purchase online cooling mats from amazon. Gel filled mats which keep cool and they will go and lay on them. Also if you go to dog events buy a cooling coat. They are made from fabric which hold water, so you can pour water over the dogs. Personally I avoid extreme heats.
Ice and dogs: Everything things we should give ice to dogs, but actually we must be careful. If a dog breaks larges chunks of ice and swallows whole it can cause a spasm in the stomach. So either hold ice for dog to lick, or put ice cubes in water and allow to melt and give the dog cold water. Put ice in flannels and rub over dogs surface if over heated.
Fans: If you have fans use them to circulate air where your dog is sleeping. It will help your dog sleep more comfortable.
Space blankets: These silver blankets are used to expel heat but also to keep heat in. So if you put a blanket over a crate it will keep the hot sun out.
Walking: Walk early in the morning and late evening. Avoid the heat of the day with all breeds of dogs.
Transportation: Never jump into a hot car with your dog, your dog can over heat on the journey. Cool the car down 1/2 hour before you need to travel. Place car under tree and open all windows. As you get in put the Air con on. Remember metal crates will be boiling hot to touch. If a dogs tongue licks it, your dog could get burns.
Tarmac: For those city dwellers, tarmac gets so hot it will actually burn your dogs pads off. Do not walk your dog on tarmac. To find out how hot it is, use your own hand and feel the warmth. If its that hot, do not go out. Ideally go to a grassy area when cooler.
Remember we all love our dogs, and sometimes we can just forget and leave our dogs in the garden. So think dog, think heat, think safety.
In the last five years their has been an explosion of dog breeders.
When I was a child you had very few dog breeders, but they fell into different category’s. Breeders who worked their dogs on shoots, or did field trials, farmers who bred farm dogs and sold off cheap and breeders who showed their dogs at kennel club events. Then you had cross breeders whose dogs accidentally mated and had offspring which were sold for £10 or given away. Then the odd pet breeders who bred their dogs for money, but the prices were not very high. So it was never really considered an income back in the 1970’s or 1980’s. I think the rise started when it got to 2014 onwards.
Dogs were advertised in free ads papers and also other news papers. Their was no internet to sell dogs.
Then something quite unexpected happened, a man bred a poodle to a Labrador in Australia, and created the Labradoodle. This was the start of something which no breeder thought was possible, the huge price increases. Suddenly the £10 dog was being sold for £700 then £800 then £1200 and so on. Breeding anything with a poodle was the new craze and suddenly an explosion of mixed breeds dogs reaching huge prices, bringing in big incomes to the breeders. They were onto a good thing, as they weren’t also paying taxes on their high priced crosses. I met someone the other week who paid £1800 for his Cockerpoo. With cross breeds their was no high cost involved unless a dog needed a C section. The Kennel club didnt recognise these crosses as they registered pedigree dogs. So money in the pocket for those breeders. Not paying taxes drew in lots of people. But they forgot one thing. You have to pay tax on your income even if it is from dogs. They have no health tests required, no paper work, so minimal expenses, and all profit. Now with saying all this, I do know their are some very good cross breeders who ethically do all they can for their dogs including health tests, but they are in the minority.
With demands came illegal imports. Brought in from Europe. If you see an advert and you can have a puppy delivered do not purchase. If you see an advert and they will meet you in a car park and hand over the puppy, do not purchase. It is so important to 🛑 (Stop), promoting bad breeding practises. You may well say “But what does it matter”? These illegal imports come with fake paper work, taken from their mothers at 4 weeks, come with behavioural problems because they have been taken away too early, come with health problems. They have lived in filth, parasites, parvo-virus and more, and brought into the UK with out the adequate checks. DO NOT PURCHASE.
But then the next thing happened in dog breeding, lots of breeders jumped on the band wagon as trying to produce, rare, or designer dogs. Pedigree’s now were being brought up by these breeders and trying to create something which is a cross but charging big big money. French bulldogs were hit, pugs, small toys. They started mixing in different breeds but still registering them as pedigree, it created new coat lengths, new colours. With these colours came more health issues. The media like to say its show breeders who ruined the breed as its easy to blame someone, especially those in the public eye. But actually its the unrecognised colours which causes extremes. Bred to be extremes brought in more money. I recently saw in a vets an unrecognised coloured bitch who was going to be bred and she had no nostrils, they were slits and she couldnt breathe, but she was being bred because she was a lilac and tan colour and the owner said he could make big money from her. She couldnt walk, because she couldnt breath. This is just criminal to animals.
This escalation in high prices in 2016 made the government sit up and realise their was income to be made from these dogs so where were the people paying taxes? Hardly anyone was. Legal micro chipping came in, because then they could track dogs back to the breeding sources.
The kennel club have tried to get breeders to join the assured breeder scheme so that the buying public would have some assurances that they were buying from good sources. But this scheme was abused by breeders to the point we even dropped out of it.
The government have had to step in and quite rightly so, as too many dogs bred do not have good welfare. Corners cut in dog breeding means the dogs suffer. In OCTOBER 2018 the new law will be in for dog breeders. You are allowed 1-2 litters with out a dog breeding license. This maywell stop some people breeding in houses where they shouldn’t own pets, it may well help slightly the big problem. But it will not however stop it well enough. This breeding law doesn’t apply to just pedigree dog breeders but cross breeders alike. Some breeders are churning out huge numbers of designer dogs and they are licensed. So you have to do your home work if you are looking to buy a dog. I do not think the law is tight enough to make a big difference.
If you show your dogs their is no monetary gain so it is still classified as a hobby. Showing dogs costs huge money. In law we are allowed to show our dogs and deduct those expenses from our breeding. The cross breeder can not.
What also came to light in 2016 was when the R.S.P.C.A told the HMRC how to find out what breeders were charging for their puppies. This effected many breeders as many worked part time or full time and was dog breeding on the side, and they ended up realising that they had to pay taxes on their puppies. In the UK you are allowed to earn £11,000 tax free but anything over you must pay tax. So if you are working and breeding your going to be paying tax.
Dogs World newspaper was brought out by Our dogs and they wrote articles how it was effecting breeders. Breeders were being effected across the UK.
If you find yourself in the position of being contacted by the HMRC. Here is a link that will help you.http://www.lindsayhenson.co.uk/hmrc-get-in-via-the-cat-flap-never-mind-the-back-door/
We had a good day at the National dog show in Staffordshire. Silvestre Hooked on a Feelin (Brooklyn), qualified for Crufts 2019 by winning 2nd place in minor puppy. Also Karaszy’s Falco Peregrinus at Silvestre won a respectable 4th place in a class of champions. Congratulations to my best friend Angie Porter-Manning as her dog Jack won first placed in PGD and the RCC. Jack is the son of our own dog SH.CH.Bitcon Skymaster with Silvestre Sh.Cm.
Ruger won 5th place in Open his pedigree name is Silvestre Blazing Saddles.
Most people are very aware of hot weather and dogs, but the few do not take enough care. Here are some tips for your dogs in hot weather.
French bulldogs, Pugs and any breed with a brachephelic head shape can not be exercised in extreme heat. They can over pant which causes issues with their breathing. They are a breed which must be kept cool.
Hungarian Vizsla are sun lovers, but they can over heat by over basking in sunshine. So you must keep your dog cool.
Here are some tips: Buy a cooling mat for dogs which contains a gel inside which keeps them cool. We even have one that goes in our caravan in case we get caught out in warm weather. Cookie will instinctively seek it out and lay down.
Use fans to keep your dogs cool, drawn curtains in side to keep rooms cooler. Make sure dogs have access to cool water. But watch they do not over drink. Years ago when we owned Weimaraners we would have to monitor water as they would over drink, and they could get bloat from too much fluid in the stomachs. We have not found the Vizsla to be a breed of dog which needs such monitoring.
Provide paddling pools but watch what goes on. Never leave a dog on its own with water.
Use cooling coats if you go to dog shows. You can purchase online coats which you can pour cold water over, and they cool the dogs down.
Although dogs love to lick ice, do be careful as dogs have been noted to swallow chunks of ice, which cause problems in the stomach. The ice doesn’t melt quickly and causes a spasm in the guts. So licking ice is okay but not swallowing chunks.
Do not leave your dog in a car and walk away. A dog should never be left in a car during any warm weather, even with windows down the temperature inside can reach boiling point. If you have to travel in the car, open the windows an hour before journey, place the car under a tree in the shade. Start the air con five mins before getting in. Check metal crates arent boiling hot. Cars with air con keep dogs lovely and cool. When you get to destination you must remove the dog.
Mrs Rachel Savage