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Breed Notes

An insight to going ons in the Elkhound World written by Diana Hudson

24th February 2020

Crufts is not far away now and with the worldwide spread of Coronavirus and the numbers of foreign visitors and exhibitors the show attracts, the KC has published a notice about precautions. The Health service warns that the only practical way to try to avoid it is with frequent hand washing and avoiding crowded places. Avoiding crowded places is impossible; we all have to go to work and do shopping but we can wash hands frequently.

Here is the KC’s advice.

“Following the outbreak of novel Coronavirus in China, the Kennel Club and the NEC will be taking enhanced measures to help protect our visitors, exhibitors, clients and staff at Crufts 2020 taking place on the 5th - 8th March.  We are monitoring the situation closely and we continue to follow advice from the World Health Organisation and Public Health England, as well as that of local government."

Everyone should note that the main message from Public Health England is on personal hygiene, therefore staff, exhibitors and visitors are also being encouraged to maintain good hand, respiratory and personal hygiene by employing the ‘Catch It. Bin It. Kill It’ ethos. Additional signage and bottles of hand sanitiser will be introduced in toilets and the in-hall catering areas, to make it even easier for everyone to clean their hands. In addition, Crufts will be supplying a hand sanitiser station at each public and dog exhibitor entrance.

The Kennel Club recommends that those with concerns about the Coronavirus follow guidelines set out by the World Health Organisation…/dise…/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public and follow government advice on travel.”

Not quite such a concern was this weekend’s prestigious NECGB Contest of Champions and the AGM. I would personally like to thank Britt Cowper and Margaret Deuchar for sending me the results and photos of the catalogue. Well done to all the winners. I hope you all had safe journeys given the strength of the wind in some areas and the amount of rain.  Here are the results. I think they are correct. It’s awkward flipping back and forth through pages on a computer to correlate numbers with names. If there are any errors please let me know. The Contest is held on a knockout system for each sex until the winning  D & B compete and one winner remains.

The judge who remained secret until the event, was Hazel Fitzgibbon

Best Puppy

Wendy Threadgold's  Norvin Joyeux Noel B

Best Dog Puppy Middleton’s Graythor Rocky Mountain D

Special Beginner Challenge 

Wendy Threadgold's  Norvin Joyeux Noel B overall winner

 Best dog SB, Mrs A Stone’s  Laakso Eike  D

Special Yearling

Middleton's Graythor Gates of the Artic B overall winner

 Best dog SY, Middleton’s  Graythor Rocky Mountain D -


Pauline Clark's Ch Aftonlee Ayrlie Winds B overall winner

Best Veteran dog, Simms’  Ch Bowerhinton Broder at Elverdal D

Stud Book Challenge

Jaquetta Brown's Laakso Cara B overall winner

Best Stud Book dog, Laura Stephenson’s Bowerhinton Bangalore at Brawdor D

Champion  of  Champions

Jill Cowper's Ch Rothenborg Peder D overall winner

Best bitch Ch, Robert Greaves & Nicola & William  Croxford’s Ch/Ir Ch Whittimere Prada B

 The Raffle made £!44.50 – thank you to all who contributed .

Many thanks to Margaret and Debbie Deuchar for organising such a lovely event.

Some advice came from the breed Health Co Ordinator.

“Animal DNA Diagnostics' will be at Crufts this year, they are in Hall 5,  Stand 28.

They are offering tests for Norwegian Elkhounds at a reduced price :

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (prcd-PRA) (tested by Optigen)         -     Normally £96.00     Show offer £76.80

Primary Open Angle Glaucoma (POAG-NE) (tested by Optigen)    -    Normally  £60.00     Show offer £48.00

There is also a warning about more  cases of Alabama Rot around the country. It seems to be the ideal weather and  wet and muddy conditions so do wash your dogs down well after walks and keep a check for any sores on legs or muzzles.


Diana Hudson

17th February 2020

There were no notes last week quite simply because there was no news; at least no one sent any.

This week we received the sad news that Robert Greaves’ aunt passed away at 103 years old. Having lost his mum not long ago, losing Sheila’s sister is a double blow. Our sincere sympathies to Robert.

I hope everyone was ok during the two bad gales. During Ciara, our area was extremely badly hit with flooding and even in the days afterwards, train services were badly affected and many roads still closed. Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd in Yorkshire and Ribchester and Whalley in Lanc’s were all seriously flooded.  On the worst night, Otta took two steps out at bedtime and fled back in terrified. No way was she going out in that!  She had to cross her legs all night. Thankfully we escaped the worst of storm Dennis but South Wales, the Worcester area, York and Scotland were all badly hit. I hope all our Elkaholics were safe and suffered no damage. We just had a bad leak in the Conservatory.  


The Herts Walk on the 16th was postponed because of the weather. I hope to have further details later.

Rather late news from Treena Maun said that at Lichfield open show on 25th Jan, Aslan went BOB and was short listed in a huge group and Portia went BPIB and also got short listed she also went RBIB . 

A show to look out for is Redditch and District Open where Sarah McMahon will have her first judging appointment on May May 16th. I didn’t realise just how many years Sarah has been in the breed. How time flies.

More shows coming up with breed classes are:

23rd Feb, Cheltenham @ Stoneleigh;

29th March, Hound Assoc, @ Ryton;

11th April, Wellingborough @ Ryton;

10th May, Dover and Deal @ Maidstone;

Humberside Hound Open Show Saturday 18th April (day before NECGB Ch Show).


Details on Fosse Data. Retford Canine Society have scheduled breed classes at their Premier Open Show. The show will be held at Newark Showground on 15th March but be aware entries close on Feb 25th.

Next weekend is the NECGB Contest of Champions with a terrific entry of 42 dogs spread over all of the 6 different contests. Safe journey and good luck. Laura Stephenson posted the following message. “We are very lucky to have not 1 but 2 photographers at the contest next Saturday!! The wonderful Stuart Horner is the official photographer for the show taking action shots and as always our winners!! Thank you, Stuart. I am also bringing a friend along for the day who specialises in black and white photos and loves dogs! He’s taken some of Stark for me and they are fab. There is no pressure he simply wants to build his portfolio up as it is a new venture and the committee kindly agreed that he could come along.”

Don’t forget to take along any items you may have for the raffle.

Crufts entries have been announced at a very disappointing 31 for the judge Jerry Daly from Ireland. Elkhounds are in ring 24 hall 4 after 80 L/H Dachshunds and 16 Finnish Spitz. It says judging starts at 10am in our ring; rather unlikely after so many other dogs. Looks like a very long day. Even though we will likely be late in, don’t forget that Crufts has a time limit  after which you will not be admitted.

The main news this week was from KC about the proposed amendments to the Judges Competency Framework. Details are still very much up in the air and to be finalised later, but the main decision is to keep both methods of progressing with judging, running in tandem for a few years – a bit of a nightmare for show secretaries. You can read the entire press release on

Please don’t forget to start planning your adverts for the Journal.






3rd February 2020

February has arrived and the quiet spot with no Ch Shows now until Crufts so the notes may  be shorter than usual for a while.

There’s a Hertfordshire Elkhound walk  on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 10:30 AM at Ashridge Estate NT Ashridge Estate Visitor Centre, HP4 1LT.

Retford Canine Society have scheduled breed classes at their Premier Open Show. The show will be held at Newark Showground on 15th March Postal entries close 14th February. Online entries close 25th February Schedules available on Fossedata.

Other shows scheduling breed classes are 23rd Feb, Cheltenham @ Stoneleigh.  29th March, Hound Assoc, @ Ryton.  1st April, Wellingborough Open Show at Ryton. 10th May, Dover and Deal at Maidstone. Humberside Hound Open Show Saturday 18th April (day before NECGB Ch Show). Details on Fosse Data and of course don’t forget the NECGB Ch Show on Sunday April 19th.

I reported last week on the OD Top Dog Tables but have to admit I just copy/pasted them without paying particular attention so I was delighted this week when I read them properly to see that our sweetheart Otta is yet again Top Brood Bitch. Congratulations to Jill on such a great litter and well done to those who showed her puppies to allow her to gain this award. We don’t show now and never have anything to brag about so I make no apologies for saying how proud I am of this deliciously funny, cheeky girl. It’s taken her a full year to completely recover from losing Sky and becoming an only dog but my word, she’s back to normal now and full of beans. Dogs do grieve quietly and it’s easy to put their quietness down to other things.

Everyone will have seen the KC announcement last week about the DNA tests for our breed. The tests have been compulsory for all breeders who are Club Members for some years now and Barbara Barganska has kindly kept a record of all the results. Thank you so much Barbara. That was necessary because not all the companies automatically sent results through to KC. Now, if you use one of the companies on the KC’s list, results will go straight to KC to be recorded on registration documents. If you have old results that were not recorded, you can get your registration documents updated  if you wish,  by sending the original to KC along with proof of the results and the dog’s microchip number and they will send out a new certificate. Remember too that they now accept only 2 generations to be recorded as hereditary clear. Beyond that puppies will need to be tested.

Well Brexit is now done and we are out of the EU. It remains to be seen what changes may happen with regard to taking dogs abroad but for now we have been assured there will be no immediate changes. It’s wait and see time.

Diana Hudson




27th January 2020

There  were two Open shows this last weekend with classes on for the breed ; Lichfield and Coalville. At Lichfield Treena Maun’s Aslan went BOB and was short listed in a huge group and puppy Portia went BPIB and also got short listed she also went RBOB.

At Coalville on Sunday, Elaine and Nev Simms took BOB with Ch Seasara Earl Grey and then went on to win Best in Show. Congratulations. Elaine wrote “He  was judged in the breed by Lennart Stahle from Sweden, Wendys, Darcy, Norvin Joyeaux Noel was Res BOB. He then judged the Hound Group also and gave it to Loki, then as luck would have it he was doing BIS &to my utter amazement he gave it to him, he was very complimentary about him & told me he was a very good dog. Treena did very well in the stakes classes, also judged by him. I know she won one & was placed well in others.” Thanks for letting me know Elaine and well done all keeping the flag flying for Elkhounds.

Last week Our Dogs published their top dog table results although a few breed shows have to send in their details. For Elkhounds:

Top Breeder: Cowper Mrs J E , Rothenborg with 31 points.

Top Dog: Ch. Rothenborg Leaha with 20 points.

Top Puppy: Whittimere No Nonsense of Rothenborg with 35 points. He was 2nd top Hound Puppy.

Top Brood Bitch: Rothenborg Otta  with 16 points

Top Stud Dog: Laakso’s Lone Ranger with 34 points.

Margaret Deuchar sends thanks for the entries for the  Contest of Champions. We have 42 dogs entered spread over all of the 6 different contests.

A reminder now that it’s that time of year again – Time for the Journal. Michael Sharman kindly sent his condolences to me for getting back on the Committee so it looks like I’m stuck with the job for another 3 years!  I have posted a flyer on the NECGB Facebook page giving details of deadlines and costs for advertising and I think  Britt has also put it on the website. The main thing to think about is your adverts. Deadline is near the end of April so it’s time for you to start planning your adverts and photos ( colour again) also stud dog adverts and Kennel adverts. Please make your adverts ready for printing either in a Word document or  a pdf. This includes the stud dog adverts. I cannot design them for you. They need to be print ready with all health test results.


Diana Hudson

20th January 2020

Before I start on shows news I’d like to pass on a warning from vets. There is a very nasty canine virus doing the  rounds; particularly widespread in the  Midlands and Yorkshire Dales but not confined to those areas. It causes extreme vomiting, pain, panting and shaking, lethargy and bloody diarrhoea. Many dogs have had to be hospitalised. Vets advise washing feet after walks and vet visits, limiting contact with other dogs, even if they look well and avoid the sniffing of lamp posts or places dogs are prone to urinate.

Now to shows. I received the news last week too late to include. Last week at Nuneaton Open  on Jan 12th, , BOB was Norvin Marvel of Brawdor and BP was Bowerhinton Be Portia.  Jacquetta Brown also did exceptionally well with one of her Min Pin’s.... Branok, aka Hawksflight Black Russian. Going from winning AVNSC at Nuneaton and on to be Toy Group 1.

This weekend of course was our first Ch Show of the year with CCs. Manchester Ch Show where the judge was Ms Editha W Newton.  BB, Best Veteran and BOB was Jill Cowper’s Ch Rothenborg Leaha who went on to win Hound Group 3.  Jill did the double taking the DCC with her and Britt’s Whittimere No Nonsense Of Rothenborg (Sonny). RBCC went to Treena Maun’s Bowerhinton Bettina and RDCC was a new puppy belonging to new exhibitors, Mr & Mrs KONSTANTINIDIS with Bowerhinton Bassanio. Many Congratulations. I wonder if they realise what they did. Both DCC and RDCC came out of the Junior Class. Bassanio also won PD and Best Puppy. What a way to start a show career.

Last week we also gained a new Dutch Champion in Treena Maun’s New Ned Ch Bowerhinton Bettina (Willow). Well done.

Entries for the Contest of Champions have now closed. I do hope there’s a good turnout and people go to watch even if they haven’t entered. Remember you will need to pre book a meal.

Don’t forget the NECGB Club Ch Show in April where the judge is Mrs C E Cartledge. Entries close March 16th. Schedules are now available. An extremely knowledgeable judge with a good understanding of our breed, she says in her CV, “ My first CC appointment in the breed was for the Norwegian Elkhound Association of Scotland, more than 40 years ago. Being Swedish I have always taken a special interest in the Nordic Spitz breeds. I have judged Elkhounds many times at Championship Show level (including the GB Club and a second time for the Scottish Club) both here and abroad. I also judge all groups and BIS. I have judged the Terrier, Working, Pastoral, Utility, Toy and Hound Groups at Crufts plus BIS at Crufts in 1999.”

13th January 2020

Last weekend was the first CH Show of the season, Boston. We have no classes at this show but Treena Maun supported our breed by entering AVNSC  Hound under Mrs H Fitzgibbon; where  Brouhaha was Res Best dog, Bettina was R BB and her new puppy Bowerhinton Be Portia was 1st in AVNSC Puppy Bitch. Well done.

I don’t yet have the results for Nuneaton Open Show.


Yet again there have been reports of dogs made ill and suffering neurological problems because of household diffusers so it’s time for a reminder that some essential oils used in diffusers are highly dangerous for dogs.

Vets and poison control say that they see these cases often now that the popularity of essential oil is growing. Please make sure that the essential oils you are burning are not toxic for your pets.

Here is a list of essential oils not to use if you have a dog at home

Anise (Pimpinella anisum)
Birch (Betula)
Bitter Almond (Prunus dulcis)
Boldo (Peumus boldus)
Calamus (Acorus calamus)
Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora)
Cassia (Cassia fistula)
Chenopodium (Chenopodium album)
Cloves (Syzygium aromaticum)
Garlic (Allium sativum)
Goosefoot (Chenopodium murale)
Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana)
Hyssop (Hyssopus sp. with the exception of Decumbens)
Juniper (Juniperus sp. with the exception of Juniper Berry)
Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)
Mustard (Brassica juncea)
Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium)
Red or White Thyme
Rue (Ruta graveolens)
Santolina (Santolina chamaecyparissus)
Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)
Savory (Satureja)
Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)
Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Terebinth (Pistacia palaestina)
Thuja (Thuja occidentalis)
Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)
Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium).

Don’t forget to get your entries in for the Contest of Champions(which will be held after the AGM on 22nd February. Entries  close on 18th January) and claims in before the end of the month for the Club Points trophies .

Diana Hudson

6th January 2020


Please note, The Contest of Champions, despite its name is NOT only for Champions. It’s for newcomers to the breed and well as all dogs between puppies and Champions. There is a class for everyone.

Entries for the Contest of Champions which will be held after the AGM on 22nd February, close on 18th January (no extended closing date).


There are Contests for Champions, Puppies, Stud book holders that are not already Champions, Special Yearling, Veterans and, new this year, Special Beginners  - no qualification necessary, but neither dog, owner or handler to have won a CC or Res CC. Ideal for new owners.

Anyone can come and watch, but lunches, if required must be booked in advance. For any queries, people can either pm Margaret Deuchar  on Face Book or email her on

Let’s have a lovely entry this year and secure the future of this prestigious Contest. The judge remains secret until the day , you can see the best of the breed  and have a lovely meal in a beautiful venue. Entry forms and details were either emailed to members or sent out with the Magazine.


If you haven’t got yours, contact Margaret.

Also if you didn’t get your Magazine, please contact Linda Middleton. The Post Office seem to have mislaid a few.


Now to News.

What an incredible year 2019 was for Jill Cowper and the Rothenborgs. Our Dogs has now published the final results of their points competitions and Jill took Top Breeder in breed, Top Veteran in breed with Leaha, Top Dog and Top puppy with Sonny, Whittimere No Nonsense of Rothenborg.

This year started well for another Whittimere  from the same litter with the crowning of a new Irish Champion in Jerry & Nancy Daly's Whittimere No One's Fool gaining his qualifying Green Star (and CACIB & BOB) at 15 months of age at Dublin & DSS Int Show. "Donny" is litter brother to Jill Cowper’s Whittimere No Nonsense of Rothenborg and Tom Croxford’s Whittimere No Matter What. Congratulations.

It was also a great start for the Laaksos at Open Shows. Tanja Mortimer wrote; “Wow what a fantastic day at Luton show under first time judge Laura Stephenson, Ty (Laakso Canute) 1st in open dog and best of breed went on to win G4 from a huge hound group and Rein (Laakso Dana) 1st puppy and BP and who also went on to win PG4!!! When they both made the initial cut, I was thrilled but to be placed too woo wooo!!! And a huge well done to Alison and Aimee with Laakso Eike who was 2nd at his and their first show!!!

Alison and Aimee Stone at their first ever show got 2nd in puppy out of 4 with Laakso Eike they were over the moon. And well and truly hooked”.

As I mentioned last week, at Stourbridge show under another first-time judge, Wendy Threadgold, Best of Breed was Laakso Cara and BP Laakso Dana. Treena Maun’s new puppy Portia came 2nd in Puppy Stakes.  Lovely to see several new puppies out especially so early in the year when they have a full season of showing ahead.

At Coventry on New Year’s Day, Jill Cowper’s Sonny, Whittimere No Nonsense at Rothenborg took BOB at Coventry. It’s lovely to see more Elkhound Classes at Open Shows and much more support and better entries. If people don’t support them the classes could be lost so remember them for next year.


There was an interesting statement on Facebook this week by a new member to the group. She commented that her aunt used to breed Elkhounds a long time ago when she ran a boarding kennel near Bolton. She posted a photo of a page from the 1974 Club Annual showing her aunt’s name and her affix Saeverstad.  Being one of the “ahem” older Elkhounders, I dug out my old Journals because I simply didn’t recognise her name or affix and I should have. She was Carole Cullens or Cullins (Spelled both ways in the membership lists) who got her first Elkhound in 1973 and was a Club Member until 1976. She bought Borellan Krans from Joan Block and Borellan Jorga. Later she got Lillabo Selma and kept one of her own breeding from her first litter and also a male pup. She bred 5 litters in all using Borellan Skusk and Mardew Momentous as studs.  She showed only rarely getting 4th in Spec beginner at the Club Show and a 4th in Novice at Windsor with Borellan Krans. She seems to have left the Club after 1976. How lovely that her niece remembers the dogs so happily that she now has a rescue dog. I realised that the reason I couldn’t remember her or her kennel name was because I moved to Germany in 1973 and wasn’t around shows again until  1978 and I’m missing the 1976 Annual which would show the last two litters. It just shows what an impression our breed can have on people that they remember them over 40 years later.

Happy New Year to everyone and much success over the coming year.


1st January 2020

Happy New Year to everyone. I hope you had a lovely Christmas with no mishaps or thieving dogs. I spent my first ever Christmas day after 54 years with a dog that actually knew how to open her presents; carefully selected one at a time and ran off with each one to either play or eat. She was so excited. A crinkly bunny  rabbit is the favourite and her new bed’s gone down very well indeed.

I just have results for one Open Show. At Stourbridge Open Show, Wendy Threadgold had her first judging appointment.

BOB J Brown’s Laakso Cara
Res. BOB T. Maun’s Ch. Bowerhinton Brouhaha
Best Puppy T Mortimer’s Laakso Dana who was also Puppy Group 4.

 Treena Maun’s new puppy , Bowerhinton be Portia came 2nd in Puppy Stakes.


There are a few Open Shows coming up with Elkhound classes. Foremost entries close very soon so you will have to move fast.

12th Jan, Nuneaton @ Ryton (entries close 1st Jan on line)

22nd Feb Contest of Champions. Weston Hall, Bulkington, Coventry CV12 9RU

23rd Feb, Cheltenham @ Stoneleigh
11th April, Wellingborough @ Ryton
10th May, Dover and Deal @ Maidstone.

Coalville at the KC Building, 26th Jan, (Online show closes very soon)

Lichfield at Stafford 25th Jan


A reminder to judges. Writing a critique on the first two dogs in each class is a  requirement of your contract, whether it’s an Open Show or a Ch Show. KC can fine those who fail to to do so, £50 a time.

If you think critiques for a show haven’t been done you can report  the judge to  the KC show department but do check that you haven’t just missed it.

Everyone should by now have received their Club Magazine/newsletter. I hope you enjoyed it and will start sending me articles for the next one as soon as possible ie what did they get up to at Christmas; in the mud, on holiday, visiting family? Who was naughty or nice. Write while it’s fresh in your mind.

Diana Hudson

16th December 2019

This weekend, LKA was the final Championship show of the year. The entry was 31 and there were only 2 absentees. It can’t have been a pleasant journey for many people. Here at least, we had torrential rain and it was bitterly cold. We now have snow on the hills. Linda Middleton went down to hand out some of the NECGB Magazines and letters. The rest will be posted out during this week. I hope you enjoy it. If you don’t get yours, please let Linda know but do allow for the Christmas post.

 The judge, in the centre of the ring for the first time in quite a while, was Nicola Callow. For her BOB she chose the BCC winner, Jacquetta Brown’s Laakso Cara with litter brother Ch Laakso Canute taking the DCC. The RCC in dogs went to Stephensons’ Norvin Marvel Of Brawdor from the puppy class. He was also Best Puppy. There was only one dog puppy entered but lovely to see a great entry of 7 babies in MPB and PB,  from which Tanja Mortimer’s Laakso Dana was BPB at her first Ch Show. Res BCC went to the Middletons’ Ch Graythor Norwegian Lights Sh.CM.  Best Veteran was HORNER, Mr J S & SIMMONDS, Mrs S P & MOTT Mrs M Multi Ch Kamgaard Kut Above (Imp USA). Norvin Joyeux Noel later came 2nd in a huge puppy stakes class of 31.

Across the Channel it was a great weekend for Enid Hicks at Nantes. Enid wrote the following

“A fabulous weekend 14/15 Dec at the Nantes National and International shows.
Saturday our judge was a Mr Seicchiro Ishimaru from Japan who awarded Jaxon (Multi Ch Naraena Magnus) an Excellent and Best of Breed.   No Certificate for Jaxon today as this was the National show so no International certificate available and as Jaxon was competing in Champion class, he was not eligible for the National certificate.   Then later in the Group competing against 34 other spitz and primitive best of breeds in Group 5, Jaxon was awarded third place by well-known French judge Mr Jean Louis Escoffier. Sunday saw us once more back at the same venue for the International show.   This time we had a Norwegian judge, Mr Christen Lang, who loved Jaxon and awarded him Excellent, CACIB and Best of Breed.   No 3rd place in Group today but he was shortlisted down to the last 5 by our Japanese judge of the day before.

The organisers of these 2 shows always have a theme running throughout the weekend and this year it was Pirates.   Most of the organisers themselves were all dressed up in pirate gear, especially those who were involved with activities throughout the day in the Main Ring.   But what struck me most about this was our Group 5 judge on Saturday who dressed in full pirate gear complete with eye patch, beard and big pirate hat for his stint in the Main Ring judging the Group and I did not see one dog flinch or get upset by this strange person wanting to look them over.”

Only just over one week to go now to Christmas. Have a lovely time but do remember there are numerous things that can cause serious problems or illness to your dogs. Be sure that none of your baking or bought cakes or sweets contain xylitol. Keep them away from stuffing and onions. I will never forget the Christmas one of mine stole an enormous pile of fried onions from the worktop- the only time I’ve ever had to ring the vet on Christmas day and even he had to phone the poison centre to get advice. The effect of onions is cumulative and they can cause severe anaemia. Chocolates go without saying, especially those tempting coins on the tree and gifts left under it. Do you know what’s in every parcel? A friend’s English Bull Terrier sucked out an entire box of chocolates leaving only a tiny hole in one corner of the box. Poultry bones can splinter and cause internal damage. Of course, grapes, Christmas puddings and cakes- anything containing raisins or sultanas are toxic to dogs. Plants like mistletoe and holly berries and poinsettia are all toxic to dogs. Most nuts are ok in small quantities; it’s okay for dogs to eat peanuts, almonds and cashews but under no circumstances should they have macadamia nuts or black walnuts. The high fat content of all nuts can cause diarrhoea and sickness. And above all keep those alcoholic drinks away from the dogs. Have a lovely time, not a visit to the vet!

Happy Christmas to everyone. No notes next week.



9th December 2019

There are a few Open Show results this week. Treena Maun wrote “Had a lovely day at Humberside hound. Willow went BOB and group four. Bear went RBViS Lovely chats and lots of laughter which is what showing should be about.”

At South Yorkshire Hound, BOB was Ch Bowerhinton Brouhaha; RBOB Graythor Rocky Mountain, Best Puppy Laakso Dina of Conrick and Best Veteran was Multi Ch. Kamgaard Kut Above who also went RBVIS.

At Oakengates Show on Sunday, there were only 5 entries and the venue was very sparsely populated, Elkhounds being in a side room, so they were not many watching and felt quite cut off from the rest of the show. Jon Crossley found his BOB in Tanja Mortimer’s Laakso Canute who also won the Hound Group. Tanja showed her “newly out” puppy at her first ever show, won the PG class then went  3rd in the Puppy Group. I am told she was very nice and extremely confident.

The weather has really changed now; the wind and rain has been dreadful here this weekend so do take care when you are driving or out walking the dogs. My husband had to cut his walk short today because he was being blown off his feet and last night Otta wouldn’t go out at all before bed. When you travel to LKA next weekend, do remember that high sided vehicles can be blown over. Safe journey and good luck to everyone.

A report in the National news this weekend states that Peter Purves has been fired from his job as commentator at Crufts after 41 years. He has been invited to present the BIS Trophy, but I know he will miss doing his commentary and I for one will miss hearing someone who has an obvious keen interest in and knowledge of the dogs. I’ll never forget him reporting on the little dog that sailed over the A frame in Agility. I do hope they have replaced him with someone who knows what they are talking about and doesn’t treat it all like a comedy show as some have in recent years.

Finally, I must give a massive thank you and well done to Robert Greaves for the excellent article he wrote on the breed in last week’s paper; most certainly one to keep along with some excellent adverts.

Diana Hudson


2nd December 2019

There are no Ch Shows until LKA so thank you Laura Stephenson for sending in the following. “Burton on Trent open show at Newark. BOB Ch Grasilva Little Rock Avec Gilkaro.  RBOB, BPIB and puppy hound group 2 Norvin Marvel of Brawdor. Lovely little show with hopefully more classes next year. Got us all in the Christmas mood! There were some absentees due to injuries and sickness over the week so thoughts go to Elaine Simms, Treena Maun and Jackie Hodgkinson.”  I knew Treena has hurt her knee getting into a taxi after a lovely lunch at KC but didn’t know about the other two. Get well soon.

Winter has really started here with very hard frosts and the council has started gritting the roads so if you walk your dogs near roads, do remember to wash the road salt off their feet when they come home. It can make for sore pads and if they lick their feet and ingest it, it can make them sick. Also, it’s possible they may pick up traces of antifreeze when crossing roads. Just dipping each foot in warm water should be enough.

Don’t forget your newspaper next week when Our Dogs will carry the Elkhound Feature. Many thanks to Robert for the time and research he has put in for the editorial. I’m sure we are all looking forward to it.

To save you searching for them and to allow forward planning, here are the Hound days for the various General CH Shows next year.

Hound Days for General Ch Shows in 2020

Boston Jan 11

Manchester Jan 17

Crufts March 8th (final day)

HAS April 11

Welks April 24

Birmingham May 10

SKC May 16

Bath May 23

Sothern Counties May 29

3 Counties June 6

Border Union May 21

Blackpool June 27

Windsor  July 4

East of England July 11

Hound Assoc July 18

Leeds July 24

Paignton August 2

Bournemouth August 8

WKC August 21

SKC August 29

City of Birmingham September 4th

Richmond September 13

Darlington September 19th

Belfast September 26th

Driffield October 3rd

SWKA October 9th

Midland Counties October 25th

LKA December 13th


Diana Hudson

25th November 2019

This weekend was the Nordic Show, an Open Show purely for Spitz breeds at Ryton. It seems that the overall entry was down on previous years but there was a good entry of  16 Elkhounds with, I believe just one absentee.

Unfortunately I don’t have the pedigree names for some of the winners, only pet names. (Please do send me dogs’ full names. I don’t know all their pet names).  Jill Cowper’s Ch Rothenborg Leaha was BOB, BV in breed and later won BVIS.


BOS was Jill’s Ch Rothenborg Peder. Tanja Mortimer also did well with Mya 1st in OB, Lina 1st in PG; Ty and Mya winning Brace, Ty, Mya and Lina winning team and Ty won the Nordic Stakes and Bred by Exhibitor.  Jill’s Sonny, Whittimere No Nonsense at Rothenborg also won the Junior Class.

The next show is LKA. Safe travel and good luck to those going.

As people start to prepare for Christmas, here’s a timely warning about Diffusers.  It’s one I have reported before but bears repeating. Certain essential oils are very dangerous for dogs. This follows a report that a small dog almost died after being left exposed to a diffuser with concentrated Tea Tree Oil. This dog recovered but was very disorientated and confused and at risk from liver damage. He had to be given Sub Cutaneous fluids.

Here, from Poison Control, is a list of essential oils not to use if you have a dog at home. I admit I haven’t heard of some of them, but several are in common use. Note that these are concentrated essential oils. There are also plants and berries to beware of but more of that next week.

Anise (Pimpinella anisum)
Birch (Betula)
Bitter Almond (Prunus dulcis)
Boldo (Peumus boldus)
Calamus (Acorus calamus)
Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora)
Cassia (Cassia fistula)
Chenopodium (Chenopodium album)
Cloves (Syzygium aromaticum)
Garlic (Allium sativum)
Goosefoot (Chenopodium murale)
Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana)
Hyssop (Hyssopus sp. with the exception of Decumbens)
Juniper (Juniperus sp. with the exception of Juniper Berry)
Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)
Mustard (Brassica juncea)
Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium)
Red or White Thyme
Rue (Ruta graveolens)
Santolina (Santolina chamaecyparissus)
Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)
Savory (Satureja)
Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)
Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Thuja (Thuja occidentalis

Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)
Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)


Diana Hudson (

The NECGB Magazine  has been printed and will be mailed out early December as soon as Linda can get them all addressed. I hope you enjoy it.

18th November 2019

As the editor couldn’t post the notes last week I only sent them to dogfocus so I will repeat them here.

Enid Hicks wrote from France; “A good weekend in the Netherlands at the Dog Show Bleiswijk, 2 days, 2 shows. Two CAC and two CACIB's for Nikki (Naraena Nordic Nymph). One judge from Finland and the other from Sweden. That now completes her Dutch Champion title So proud of her.”

Enid did think she’d also got her International title but she added;  "Oh dear I think I was a wee bit premature in saying Nikki had gained her International title as well as her Netherlands one. Have just read the rules and regulations again and totally forgot that for the International Champion title there has to be 1 year and 1 day between the first and last CACIB certificate. 4 CACIBs are required - 2 in the country of residence and 1 each in 2 other countries. Nikki has the required number (in fact she has 7 CACIBs) but her first one was in France middle of March this year. So I can put all the paperwork away again until she can gain one more CACIB after middle of March 2020."

What confusing regulations but well done Nikki.

There is also a Yorkshire walk this month. Details are: Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 11 AM – 2 PM Forest Holidays, Cropton YO18 8ES. This is the Pickering, Redcar and Cleveland area.

Sheila Greaves funeral was very well attended with people travelling from as far as Lancashire, Cheshire,Derbyshire and Somerset. Travel was very difficult with multiple hold ups and torrential rain and flooding. We were so upset that we couldn’t get there but our thoughts were with her, her sister and Robert all day.

The only news this week was from Treena Maun who wrote “Had a lovely day at Humberside hound. Willow went BOB and group four. Bear went RBViS Lovely chats and lots of laughter which is what showing should be about Treena”

Entries for the Nordic have now closed. There is a very nice entry of 16 Elkhounds will be 5th in the ring on 23rd Nov.  Enjoy. It’s a lovely show for just Spitz breeds so even if you haven’t entered it’s worth going to watch.

I hope everyone’s dogs survived Bonfire Night(s) without too much trauma. Some places are still getting fireworks which is ridiculous.





4th November 2019

First of all I have a message from Robert Greaves about his mother’s funeral.

“My sincere thanks for all the cards and messages following the passing of Mom on 14th October. Thanks also to those who have provided me with support at this time."

The arrangements on Thursday 7th November are:
11.40am – Gornal Wood Crematorium, Chase Road, Gornal Wood, Dudley, West Midlands, DY3 2RL

Followed by refreshments at Himley Hall & Park, Himley, Dudley, West Midlands DY3 4DF

Flowers or donations (for Broadmeadow).” If sending flowers to Sheila Greaves' funeral this Thursday, they should be sent to Funeral Directors - Dainty and Downing. 89 Dixons Green Rd, Dudley DY2 7DJ


No shows this weekend but Elaine Simms has kindly gathered up information about several Open Shows that have classes for the breed. Elains said “ Just a few open shows with breed classes coming up in the central area over the next few months, all details on Fosse Data. Nordic, Coventry. Burton, Newark. Oakengates, Telford, breed spec. judge. South Yorks Hound, Barnsley. Luton, breed spec. judge. Stourbridge, Worcs, breed spec. judge. Coventry, Ryton. Nuneaton, Ryton. Lichfield, Stafford. Coalville, Swedish breed owner. These take us into the new year, hope we can keep the classes by supporting if we can, if you don't show, ask for details and come along and join us.” Coalville is on a different site, “ Onlineshowentries!”

It can be difficult finding out about Open Shows if you haven’t shown for a while or picked up schedules at Ch Shows but if  you sign up for the weekly emails from Dogshowcentral, they list most of the entries closing with links to schedules and entry forms.  Don’t forget Nordic entries close Nov 10tgh online. The show is on Nov 23 at Ryton

It’s a bit late to be warning about Bonfire Night and fireworks but better late than never. Here are  a few suggestions on how to help if you have a dog that is scared of them . I’ve never had a dog afraid of fireworks but when Poppy was going deaf, she became terrified of sudden noises as she couldn’t work out what they were. I used a thundershirt for her. First 5 minutes she wouldn't move a muscle then just went and lay down and slept. It doesn't work for all of them though. You could try a figure of 8 bandage first to see if it helps. Get a crepe bandage and wrap it round and across chest and back firm but not tight. (Google anxiety wrap) You could also try Skullcap and valerian tablets from Dorwest. A friend has used those for her Buhund that's absolutely terrified of fireworks and loud noises, but you need to start them as soon as possible. Her girl has slept right through the last three nights. They are herbal and do not sedate the dog. You can also get a DAP diffuser; all vets sell them. They give off calming pheromones. I have no personal experience of those though . There is also Bach Rescue Remedy.  All three of these help so it shouldn’t be necessary to resort to sedatives except in extreme cases. Why can’t we have silent fireworks as they do in a town in Italy? Well done Sainsburys for refusing to sell them. I hope more follow suit.

Finally, Lindsey Smith has arranged a Yorkshire elkhound Walk  onSunday, November 24, 2019 from 11 AM – 2 PM at Forest Holidays, Cropton  YO18 8ES (Pickering, Redcar And Cleveland area).

Diana Hudson

28th October 2019

Well, it would be almost tempting to say that Midland Counties on Saturday was a washout but that would be the wrong term. It was a very successful show. However, it and many drivers were very nearly washed away by the torrential rain and flooded roads; some of them extremely deep. I gather the car park officials were to be highly praised for the way they helped people off the showground. I don’t know how the caravans fared but it can’t have been pleasant even though the rain eased off on Sunday and the floods on the roads gradually soaked away.

The judge was Stuart Byrne giving CCs in the breed for the first time. He tells me that despite a few pre-show nerves, he really enjoyed his time in the ring. His DCC and BOB went to a delighted Tanja Mortimer with Ty, Laakso Canute. This was his second CC in 2 weeks thus giving him his title.  RDCC was Jill Cowpers Sonny,  Whittimere No Nonsense of Rothenborg. BCC went to the MIddletons’ Ch Graythor Norwegian Lights Shcm. I was sorry to hear that Linda was at home ill and couldn’t go to the show. Get well soon. RBCC went to Jacquetta Brown’s Laakso Cara; a good day for the Laaksos and Best Puppy was Annelise Haugstad’s Skogly’s Kamerican Vika. I hope everyone got home safely in the awful weather.

I hope everyone remembered to put their clocks back and their dogs have adapted. Mine was begging her tea an hour early today but it won’t take long to adapt 15 minutes at a time. She certainly didn’t object to an extra hour in bed this morning.

Well the dreaded bonfire night is almost upon is and the random fireworks have already started. We had them going off at 2.30am last night and that was after changing the clocks so it must have been 3.30. I’m grateful that Otta is totally bombproof but many dogs are terrified so please do be prepared. You can get Skullcap and Valerian from Dorwest, plug in diffusers from your vet or a thundershirt works well for others. Make sure they go out only on lead so they don’t bolt if startled and go in daylight before the bangs start.  We have three very large displays close to us so the noise goes on for quite a while; two pubs and the town display, so no dog ever goes out until they’ve all finished. Keep curtains closed and the TV on. IT used to be thought that cuddling your dog made them more anxious but if they come seeking reassurance, do stroke them gently or let them hide in a safe place. Many will choose the bath tub or under a table.

I’m sure I speak for everyone when I pass on our deepest sympathy to Wendy Sharman on the  sad  loss of her sister and hope that Robert Greaves is coping after the loss of his mum.


21st October 2019

I must start this week with deepest sympathy to our Chairman Robert Greaves on the passing of his mother Sheila. Those of us who were in the breed back in the 70s and 80s will remember Sheila well from the Club Shows where she and Gill Bingham’s mum Stella held the fort behind the scenes putting in hours of hard work doing refreshments and helping with the raffle. Sheila and Ken moved into a beautiful care complex  several years ago and after Ken passed, Sheila remained there in her beautiful apartment and the staff would still pop in to make sure she was alright. She was much loved and never had a bad word to say about anyone and never lost her interest in Elkhounds. On a personal note, Sheila became a close family friend , especially supportive when I lost my mum and when my very premature son was born and I and our whole family will miss her dearly.

I’m afraid last week I didn’t have the necessary names to mention the Discover Dogs at ExCel London held on the weekend of 12th and 13th October. Many thanks must go to Wendy and Keith Threadgold, Caroline Allchin and Mel Jepson and anyone else I may have missed who manned the stand and gave information on the breed to hundreds of visitors; at times the crowds were 10 deep. And of course, their long suffering dogs who had to put up with all the petting and oohs and ahhhhhhs from the adoring crowd. I don’t think it's ever been so busy. Hopefully it will produce plenty of new owners and hopefully even a few exhibitors. (A massive thank you to all!  I know how much hard work goes into it!  I hope you had a good rest afterwards! - Britt x)

There’s one show result from a week ago when Edith Wallace wrote that “at Hound Association of Scotland, Sonny, Ch Steldawn Allclear got Best Veteran in Show. He just keeps going.” Well done.

Saturday 20th October was the first show for the new committee of the NEAS held at Cumnock. I’m told everything ran smoothly although I don’t have any details of the actual show except that the after-show meal was very good indeed. It’s hard work running a show and several of committee had very long journeys (and unfortunate breakdowns). The judge was Ian Lees (Aftonlee) who gave second CCs to two dogs; Laakso Canute and Bowerhinton Bettina. I believe there were around 26 dogs entered.

DCC and BIS went to a delighted Tanja Mortimer with Laakso Canute (Ty) while BCC and BOS was Treena Maun’s Bowerhinton Bettina. (Willow). RDCC and RBIS was Annelise Haugstad’s Archie; Ch Kestos Nightcap at Skogly at 11 years old. He also won Veteran Dog. RBCC went to Jannice Meyrick’s Skogly’s VL Akerselva by Norvin.  Winning Veteran Bitch and Best Veteran was Jill Cowper’s Ch Rothenborg Leaha.  Best Puppy went again to Annelise with Skogly’s Kamerican Vika and Jannice’s Norvin Jul was Res BP. Well done everyone.

An Elkhound walk is planned for anyone in West Yorkshire. It’s at Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 11am at Swinsty Reservoir, HG3 1 Harrogate, North Yorkshire, meeting at the Sun Inn, Norwood, nr Harrogate, HG3 1SZ as the postcode for the walk covers 2 car parks and is only a 2 minute drive to the walk. All welcome.

In the North East, Sue Owens has arranged a North East Elkhound Walk Sunday 17th November at 10.30am at the Car Park on Links Road Blythe NE24 3PL - All welcome

The Welsh Government decided not to attend SWKA as planned because of security concerns. (What did they think exhibitors would do?)  but a statement from KC says “ the Kennel Club and Welsh Kennel Club met with the Welsh Government’s Chief Veterinary Officer and officials on October 10th. The Welsh Government confirmed that the draft Regulations and Guidance concerning the licensing of animal exhibits is out for consultation and all options remain on the table.

Activities considered in scope and out of scope will be determined on analysis of the consultation responses received. The Welsh Government officials did express to us their desire for the licensing scheme to be proportionate and fit for purpose and want to hear personal experiences, views and evidence from dog show exhibitors in response to the consultation.”

That means that licensing all exhibitors who attend shows in Wales is still very  much a possibility. Make your views known.

The magazine is now finished and ready for the printers  apart from just two news articles. I have just 2 pages ready and waiting; no space for anything more.  It will go to the printers  next Monday so I must have those two pieces by Thursday at latest please.

A final note; it’s that dreaded time again, Bonfire Night. We already had some going off tonight. Be prepared; get your dogs out in daylight, put the TV on and close curtains and if necessary use pheromone sprays or herbal remedies. Kudos to Sainsburys supermarket who have decided not to sell fireworks because of the distress they cause to animals.  Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone did that?  (Yes it would! My two are terrified of bloomin fireworks! - Britt x)


14th October 2019

Numerically the entry at SWKA this weekend was decent but there were 3 absentees and almost all classes just had one entry except OB with three present and OD with two. The judge was Mr W D Fellows.  Jill Cowper took DCC and BOB with Ch Rothenborg Peder who was shortlisted in the Hound Group. Jill’s Rothenborg Leaha also won RBCC from the veteran class. There was no Veteran Group at this show. BCC went to Will Croxford with Jerry Daly’s Ch/Ir Ch Whittimere Prada and RDCC went to the Stephensons’ Bowerhinton Bangalore At Brawdor. They also won Best Puppy with  Norvin Marvel Of Brawdor.

The Welsh Government last week sent a response to SWKA saying they do not intend to licence any dogs going to dog shows in Wales. However the KC are still asking people to send in their letters and will hopefully meet the Welsh Government to discuss the wording of the draft bill.

You also only have a couple of days to fill in the KC questionnaire about the JCF.

Short news this week as no one sent any.

The Magazine is almost ready for the printer and the deadline for articles is now past. Thanks to those who contributed.


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