17 February 2023 Papillon Breed Notes

Well, here we are in to February and it doesn’t seem two minutes since we were all celebrating Christmas.

The second General Championship show of the year Manchester Dog Show saw a return to the popular venue Staffordshire Country Showground. The main hall was bustling and it was encouraging to see such a hive of activity present. As always it is such a well run show and the committee work tirelessly to ensure the day runs like a well oiled clock. A total of thirty six trade stands set up on the upper balcony, so plenty of browsing for the potential buyers.

The Papillons were situated in the usual place of Annexe B. There was a good entry of 100/106 for Breed Specialist Karen Maskell of the Kaskell affix who was taking the reins for judging the breed. On entering the ring the judge looked smart in a fitted pink skirt and jacket with black boots. The day went smoothly along with the help of the very competent stewards.
For those at home unable to get the show they must have been delighted to know Gary Thompson was there with Papillon Live. I am sure exhibitors and home viewers are very grateful to Gary.

The principal winners of the day were as follows: A lovely day for Caroline Lee-Slater and Christine Kewley taking the BCC and BOB with Magic Sunrise Natalia (IMP LVA) and then Caroline partnered with Mrs J.S Parke also took Best Puppy with Graycaz Wing It. Best Veteran was awarded to Jane Thompson and Sandra Austin’s Melangel Highland Vogue at Jhanaki and Best Special Beginners Petula Humphrey’s Lilnrose Butterfly Kisses to Gloynbyw.
DCC went to a delighted Joan Savage with Bankshill Chasing Dreams with Abbyton. RDCC Mary Whitehill’s Amicae Mr Chips and the RBCC Sue Morrell’s Athene vom Schwabenhof for Temelora (Imp Deu).
The Toy Group was judged by Irene McManus, Toy Puppy Group Jeff Horswell and Special Beginners David Guy.

At Heywood & Radcliffe Open Show there was a good entry of Papillons with 16 entered. Sara Kirkman (Kirkara) was taking on the task of judging the breed. Susan Lanson had a successful day taking BOB with
Cantoverde Captain Casper JW ShCM and Best Puppy Carl Cooper’s Wilachans Lizzy. Congratulations to you both.

With Crufts looming up quicker than the light of speed I expect you are all counting the days or sleeps!

This year the judge honoured with a Crufts appointment is well known breed specialist Caroline Lee- Slater (Graycaz).

The Kennel Club have released the entry numbers for all breeds and the Papillon entries are 156 dogs making 167 entries, last year (2022) they were 159/178 so similar numbers.

Enjoy showing your four paws, until next time then.

IRENE ROBB