1. Most novice Bulldog
owners ask, how can we get involved in showing??
First of all I say go to
some open Bulldog shows, mix with different breeders & show
campaigners, mingle around look at the different type of Bulldogs from
different bloodlines, donít be afraid of approaching the owners with
questions regarding the breed.
Next step, go to a
Championship Bulldog show, with a little more knowledge under your
belt now you will see the best Bulldogs in the World, speak to the
campaigners, take as much advice as possible, and enjoy the day, (
keep away from the beer tents, here is where most of the hassle
When you are home start
stacking up your Bulldog, be patient with it, it will take time, when
you feel ready go along to you local dog ring craft be confident, and
feel proud of what you have at the end of the lead.
To be honest donít expect
to much at the start, remember both of you will be learning the trade,
but enjoy and have fun in the sport.
This is a learning
process, as they say you have to do your apprenticeship, which in my
opinion takes a couple of years.
good adviceÖ. Have a well groomed Bullie, do your home work, keep your
ear to the ground, keep your mouth shut, and treat the show as a bit
of serious fun, enjoy the sport, in time a good dog will always come
through and campaign under every judge.
question I get asked, is showing fixed ??
In all aspects of life
there is good and bad, from business to sportÖ horse racing there have
been scandals, Snooker, Cricket, Soccer has had some bad press, Boxing has taken knocks
for many years, Wrestling has always been suspect.
So Bulldogs shows are no
exception, to be honest where there is money there is a fiddle. I get
told regularly, the same faces win every week, yes 80% itís true, why
because they have breed breeding for many years, have a great
knowledge of the breed, and their Bulldogs are are known and some are
a credit to the Bulldog
In this world the only two
things that is fair is fresh air & traffic lights, everything else can
be an supect if you get my drift !!
3. Have I
heard of suspect judges ??
Yes, when you get told
weeks in advance that a certain show is going to be rigged, that
certain decisions are going this way or that way, you do get annoyed, pissed
off is the
real term for it!!!! But if you canít take the heat get away from the
fire, thatís life.
There are many credited
respected knowledgeable breeders here in the UK, i.e. my good friend Pat Dellar of Merriveen Kennels, Norman Davies of Ocobo
kennels, in my opinion these two are the most knowledgeable in the
breed today, not only in the UK but World wide, they will be
immortalised later as years go by, the same as in the
HALL OF FAME, i have always respected their their view and judging.
there is Kevin
Davies of Ocobo / Mystyle, in my opinion the best Bulldog handler i
have ever seen, a quality judge and most of all a nice guy, Malcom Presland & Melanie Vincent of Kofyn
Bulldogs, Terry Davison of Brampton
Bulldogs, Margaret Goodwin of Britishpride Bulldogs, there are many
more honest judges, so if I have missed you out donít email me just be
proud of who you are, the rogue dishonest judge you are the ones who
should feel guilty, you are the one that is doing a dis-service to
this breed that this country loves so much, you are the ones that are
making a mockery of the breed.
3. What should
I wear in the ring ??
Like any sport or
competition you have to have a winning appearance & a winning
Remember this is not a
fashion show, but you need to look good without outshining the dog, a
picture is like a thousand words.
FOR THE LADIES.
Forget about the hats &
gloves and high heels that people wore years ago, be practical, a good
presentation without the silly extras, hands & nails should be clean,
hair kept out of your face & not distracting the dog. Bosoms should
not be falling out, thongs are also a distraction when bending over,
again at CRUFTS
this year some of the woman will never learn, big arse in thongs so
ugly and the thongs halfway up their backs, attention for the wrong reasons.
FOR THE GENTLEMAN.
Again the same as the
ladies, clean appearance, groomed hair, clean nails, have a shave
before leaving home, trim that beard or moustache.
Wear a nice shirt and tie
& blazer with a tidy pair of trousers, always wear comfortable pair of
shoes, NO TRAINERS, but some guy's thing it trendy pinstripe
suit and trainers.
Try and not be to flash as
you will draw the attention of the judge for the wrong reasons,
sometimes this can go against you.
4. Which is
the best show in the country ??
Well to be honest, I love
the Windsor Champ show, here you are in lovely surroundings, the
atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, over the years the standard and
turn out has been superb, if the weather is kind on the day itís a day
There are many other
fantastic shows, the Welsh Champ show in Builth Wells i think this
show is superb and not to far from my home in a lovely part of mid-wales,
to mind, this show to many is the pinnacle of all shows in the UK for
prestige i agree but for enjoyment NO, in my opinion itís to packed.
Malvern has a nice show,
but there are also so many nice club shows, here the members work so
hard to keep the club afloat from year to year without much thanks,
they deserve all the respect for their hard work.
A little tip to all
organisers, if you want to keep these shows going and getting
the novice to the breed interested and to KEEP them
interested, keep them campaigning make sure you select decent
JUDGES, and if the judge goes hey wire someone should have the
balls to report that judge to the kennel club as the Bulldog
standard which i call the bible of the breed MUST be obeyed from
Without doubt i'll be
critisized for my comments because as all ways the truth
hurts and people do not like change.
5. Which is
the best show abroad ???
Well there are so many, to
me the World show is the ultimate, it has been in Argentina,
Ponzan Polland, Amsterdam, Sweden, this year 2011 Paris France this is
the biggest dog show in the world the cream of all shows.
The shows in Europe have
improved drastically over the years, now the countryís like Spain/
Italy / Holland have top quality Bulldogs as they have invested
heavily from the British bloodlines, they have imported so many of our
countryís Champions, many of the UK kennel turn their champions into
cash, as the song goes money money money is so funny in the rich
mans world, but then the champion is gone.
The USA have the
Nationals, again this one of the best shows in the world, itís on par
with our Cruffts. The Westminster show in New York is also a show that
deserves credit, but everything in the USA has to be big, but is big
always best ???
6. Would I
like to judge this show ?? How would I judge ??
First of all, I would
always be straight, I have the dignity and honesty to give my true
opinion, never mind who I would upset or who I would be pleasing, the
problem with judging you make a lot of enemies, you canít please
everyone, but as long as you judge the dog and not who is holding the
lead I believe the decent bulldogger will respect your decision.
On the continent every dog
has a written critique, here only the first two of each class gets
one, in my opinion the UK judges are having a ball.
Again I believe there
should be written exams as well as a practical exam through the kennel
club on all Championship judges in all breeds, the days of a nod or a
wince to become a Champ judge has gone, I believe the judge should
understand the genetics and anatomy of the breed via exams to fully
understand the true make up and standard of the breed, the breed is to
important to have judges that's judging for the wrong reasons.
I will put this question
to you, if the kennel club implemented what I have stated above,
how many of our Bulldog Championship judges would have the enjoyment
of issuing Championship certificates today ?????
I have my opinion, Iím not
a betting person in any shape or form, but I would wage £1000 with
anyone on roughly the correct answer.
Judge the dog, Judge with
care, Judge with honesty & integrity, respect will follow who ever you
are, and where ever you go.
I hope you will have
enjoyed the read as much as i've enjoyed writting it for you, if anyone feels offended
or pissed off my advice take a chill pill and get on the
straight & narrow for the goodness of this awesome breed that the
whole country loves and respects and god bless you all.
Take a few minutes and
leave your comments in the guestbook.
Judge the dog, judge with
care, judge with honestly & integrity,
respect will follow where ever you