Tag Archive: Basset Hound


CANINE DOUBLE STANDARDS

It was fantastic to recently read about the removal of the Basset Hound from the category three ‘high-profile’ list. This breed is (for obvious reasons, given my passion for Dachshunds) yet another of my ‘favourites’ and one I find myself instantly drawn to at shows and I have over the past few years noticed that a number of the winning dogs (like the Bulldog) have been more athletically built, have ‘more light underneath them’ and have good clean, tight eyes – in other words they have all the requirements of a working hound. For once, it’s good to see justice done and the sterling work of breed clubs, breeders and a dedicated health co-ordinator being fully recognised. Continue reading

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From my ‘Crossing the headlines’ column in Dog World (9th October 2013) where I review recent TV documentaries on dogs.

 

Having seen the success ITV has enjoyed with its plethora of dog related shows it seems the BBC has decided that it too wants a piece of the action and so it brought us ‘The Wonder of Dogs’. The programme promised to investigate why this “single species comes in such an array of shapes and sizes” and the team also aimed to find out “how the extraordinary genetics of modern dogs underlies the extreme differences we see between the breeds”.

Hearing that promise and those lofty aims combined with the fact the show was being produced by the BBC immediately set alarm bells ringing and it was a feeling obviously shared by many others as one wag posted on Facebook, “has everyone got Ofcom’s address to hand!” Continue reading

Check out my weekly cartoons appearing in Dog News (USA) from 6th September onwards

Here’s links & page numbers of cartoons in the September 2013 issues:

6th September 2013 (page 117) http://issuu.com/dognews/docs/090613 (Dachshund, Borzoi)

13th September 2013 (page 117) http://issuu.com/dognews/docs/091313 (Boston Terrier)

20th September 2013 (page 125) http://issuu.com/dognews/docs/092013 (Poodle, Pekingese, Cavalier)

27th September 2013 (page 110) http://issuu.com/dognews/docs/092713 (Basset Hound)