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10 Your Dog May 2019
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According to research from
Maguire Family Law, 15
per cent of Brits admit to
loving their pet more than
their partner, but only one
in 20 couples draw up a pet
custody agreement in the
event of a break-up. The
and family law practice has
created its own version of
a pet pre-nup, dubbed
● May 11 & 12: 8am
- 5pm: Dogfest 2019,
Knebworth Park, Stevenage,
Hertfordshire SG1 2AX.
Join Professor Noel Fitzpatrick
and Clare Balding at this canine
festival, packed with have-a-go
activities for you and your dog.
● Cost: £16.50 (adults);
● More info: http://www.dog-fest.
● May 18 & 19: 10am – 6pm:
Dogstival, Pylewell Park, East
End, Lymington, Hampshire
Don’t miss this new must-visit
canine extravaganza in the heart
of the New Forest, hosted by
● Cost: £13.50 (adults);
● More info: http://www.dogstival.
● May 19: 10am – 1pm:
London Walking Dog Show,
Kensington Gardens, London
Presented by Canine Partners,
this event combines a 2^1 / 2 -
walk through stunning
Kensington Gardens with fun
dog show classes dotted along
● Entry: £5; £3 per class.
● More info: http://www.eventbrite.
● May 24 – 26: 9.30am – 4pm:
Three-day John Rogerson
CSI course (Murder, fun,
mystery & your dog), Loose,
near Maidstone, Kent.
Run by Family Dog Services,
don’t miss this rare chance to
learn new skills with leading dog
trainer John Rogerson. Find out
how to train your dog to become
a canine detective.
● Cost: £270.
● More info: http://www.
The recent release of the Kennel Club’s
latest vulnerable breeds statistics
brings a few surprises, including the
iconic Scottish Terrier, entering the
‘At watch’ list for the i rst time, and
the face of Dulux paint, the Old English
Sheepdog, plummeting to an all-time low.
We asked readers what’s it’s like to own a vulnerable
“I love Curly Coated Retrievers as they
are very intelligent, loving, easy to train,
and versatile. Last year, Dorrie won both
her obedience classes at our club show,
but the breed also does rally, heelwork to
music, agility, and gundog training.
I don’t understand why the breed
isn’t popular — their coat is a lot easier
to take care of than any of the
Jill Stubbs, owner of Curly Coated
Retriever Dorrie, a breed with just 70
puppy registrations in 2018.
“Otterhounds are laid-back,
rewarding, and one of the
in existence. Their three
favourite things are sleeping,
eating, and scenting — not
necessarily in that order.
They look untidy even when you groom them, which makes
them low-maintenance. Perdy is a big softie with the most
expressive eyes and gentle nature. Most people have never
heard of Otterhounds and I’ve lost count of how many people
ask if Perdy’s a Labradoodle. But if anyone is thinking of having
an Otterhound, don’t leave it too long — the choice may not
always be there.”
Faye Sutton, owner of Perdy, the granddaughter of her
i rst Otterhound, Izzy. There were just 39 Otterhounds
registered last year.
No, they’re not
“I’ve owned Scotties for 30 years
— they have such character and make
me smile. If you have one and accept
they’re stubborn and aren’t the most
obedient, then you’ll be hooked for
life. They don’t require a lot of exercise,
they’re not a sickly breed, and they
don’t shed, so it’s odd that they are out
of fashion. The 1930s/1940s was their
era — and I thought there might have
been a resurgence after Knopa, a perfect
American-bred Scottie from Russia, won
Crufts Best in Show in 2015, but it never happened.”
Karen Clayton, owner of two Scottish Terriers, 10-year-old
rescue Bonnie and Maisie, seven. The breed has declined
by 38 per cent in the last i ve years, with only 438 puppies
registered last year.
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